Dear Bolts Nation:

I hope you and your family continue to navigate this COVID-19 crisis with good health and mind! Apologies for the gap in club communications. We are working on several projects....
Virtual Tryouts, Columbus Cup, NEP, NPL, ECNL updates, player and facility safety protocols, new MLS Academy league, Q&A with Pros, New Bolts Partner Club, to name a few.

Let's not forget that tomorrow is Mother's Day! Please remember to celebrate that. To all the Moms out there who are working from home or on the front lines, we appreciate you and all that you do!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and we will supply further updates next week. Please feel free to send us any questions you may have between now and then if you like.
Stay Home, Stay Safe & Stay Healthy!
THE FOUNDATION E-Book Training Guide
On behalf of the Bolts we want to provide you with the Soccer Foundation E-book on YouTube using  this link   that is made up of an extensive series of skills training sessions. 

Without the direction of a coach you can train at your own pace and sharpen your skills based on game specific situations. This book has been put together by Alex Ainscough. Alex returned from playing professionally in Germany and spent endless hours putting this together. To find out more about Alex and what he does go to  www.ainscoughssoccer.com

We hope that this E-book helps you to stay active and keeps your skills sharp.
VIRTUAL BOLTS TRYOUTS
We welcome new players to the club anytime . With in-person tryouts postponed due to COVID19, we developed a virtual tryout process described below. Bolts are planning on holding evaluations for players upon return as soon as we have a 'return to play' date.

Virtual tryout video entries are for any players age 7 to 17
Directions:
1) Please complete the following Prospective Player google form
2) Download & watch this YouTube video of the Bolts virtual tryout .
3) Make a video of YOU demonstrating these skills and e-mail your virtual tryout to Dan Colwell or Sean Napier (ECNL only) or Don Whitaker (EAST NEP only)
OR
upload into this Dropbox Link
OR
upload to your YouTube channel and share the link with us.

Any questions or issues with the process, please email us

Video entries will be accepted through June 15, 2020. Players will be notified via email one of the options below regarding assessment once videos have been viewed. Final team selection notification will go out no later than June 20, 2020.

In order to be as transparent as possible and help expedite the tryout process for both prospective players and BOLTS, email video entries will receive an email response from a Bolts staff member.
The response will include one of these:
  1. PLAYER WILL BE OFFERED A 2020/21 ROSTER SPOT
  2. PLAYER IS STILL BEING CONSIDERED FOR A 2020/21 ROSTER SPOT
  3. PLAYER IS NOT CURRENTLY BEING CONSIDERED FOR A 2020/21 ROSTER SPOT
The Bolts are entering their 34th year as the premier soccer club in Massachusetts. Most of you know Bolts CEO Brian Ainscough , but before Brian, our Club Director was John Kerr . Jonathan Sigal from New England Soccer Journal is writing a series about the MLS in its 25th year and featuring players from that time. John was traded from Dallas to NE Revolution and moved to Needham and he and his wife Tracy immediately became involved in club & college soccer in the area.
John Kerr’s trade to Revolution sparks key Boston soccer role
NE Soccer Journal April 23, 2020

By the time MLS launched in 1996,  John Kerr  was already a decade removed from winning the MAC Hermann Trophy during his senior season at Duke.
Kerr, now entering his 13th year as the Blue Devils’ head coach, was also a decade into his professional playing career, one that was mostly spent in England, with brief stints also in France and Northern Ireland. The original North American Soccer League had folded in 1985, and well-paying, outdoor opportunities were hard to come by in the United States.
As the inaugural MLS season neared – America hosting the 1994 FIFA World Cup came with the league as a pre-conditional requirement – Kerr recalls a conversation that accelerated his eagerness.
Then a midfielder with the U.S. men’s national team, Kerr was playing in England’s top flight for Millwall alongside American goalkeeper Kasey Keller and fellow ex-college star Bruce Murray. They all met Sunil Gulati (Cheshire, Conn.), long before his lengthy term as U.S. Soccer president, at the Hard Rock Cafe in London.
“Sunil was asking if we’re interested in the project, the start,” Kerr said. “All three of us said absolutely – maybe not as much Kasey because he was just starting his career and was a younger guy. But for us at the twilight of our careers, coming back to play in our home country was something we never got to do. When we were coming out, there was no outdoor league.”
What Kerr didn’t expect, however, was to be selected in the ninth round (83rd overall) by the Dallas Burn in the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft.

“I didn’t realize it until after, and it made total sense once I figured it out, was the draft was different than the normal NBA or MLB or NFL draft,” Kerr said. “There were already price tags, meaning players were signed and they were all entered into a draft. It wasn’t just a draft from round one through whatever as based on ability. It was also based on the salary that was attached to you.
“I was perplexed and asking, ‘How could I be picked in the ninth round? Am I really that bad?’ It was because I was making more money as a veteran than someone coming out as a rookie.”
The Burn, now known as FC Dallas, were a solid team, one that made the Western Conference Playoff and U.S. Open Cup semifinals in 1996. Only Kerr wasn’t around for too long, and even requested a trade after learning that Hugo Sanchez would be joining the team. Sanchez, a Mexico national team all-time great, is seventh all-time in goals scored for Spanish super club Real Madrid.
“I was doing the math and was like, ‘I’m not going to get to play here,’” Kerr, 31 at the time, recalled. “At that stage, I talked to my wife about it and I said, ‘I only have a few years left and need to be playing. If I’m doing the odds, Sanchez is going to play.’ I didn’t want to be a bit-part player.”
So, Kerr became part of the first in-season MLS trade. The New England Revolution sent Zak Ibsen, a former UCLA defender, to Dallas, and Kerr shipped up to Foxboro, Mass. The setting was an ideal fit, since his wife’s parents are from Rhode Island and he fancied playing USMNT games at the old Foxboro Stadium.
There were also some friendly faces, with USMNT center back Alexi Lalas a marquee piece of those early Revolution teams. Lalas even picked him up from the airport that June.

“I think Alexi told the [general manager] I’ll go pick him up because he’s my teammate and I want to show him around,” Kerr said. “It was great. He gave me a big tour of Back Bay and where he was living at the time.”
Kerr’s first season with New England started well, and USMNT forward Joe-Max Moore arrived shortly after. But that partnership was derailed when Kerr tore his groin and needed surgery. Ultimately, his 1996 season with the Revolution included two goals and one assist in seven games.
Despite the setback, Kerr will always remember playing under head coach Frank Stapleton. One of Ireland’s best-ever forwards, Stapleton was close with Mick McCarthy, Kerr’s old manager at Millwall. That relationship worked in his favor, given their common backgrounds.

“It was fun to almost be an assistant coach to Frank,” Kerr said. “Coming from his environment to MLS with trades and waivers and draft picks, it was a lot to understand for someone who never arrived in America beforehand.”
Kerr enjoyed a better 1997 campaign with two goals and four assists in 19 games, and was appointed player-coach of the USL A-League’s Worcester Wildfire (later known as the Boston Bulldogs) in 1998 before retiring a year later. At the time, little did Kerr know that he was starting a defining decade in New England soccer.
He coached the men’s team at Harvard from 1999-2007, leading the Crimson to an Ivy League title in 2006. Kerr also served as the director of coaching of the Boston Bolts, succeeding former Boston College head coach Ed Kelly in that role. All the while, Kerr’s wife, Tracy, coached at Providence and Harvard.

“We still have tons of friends from there who we talk to regularly,” Kerr said of Boston. “It’s a place close to my heart, it’s a place where my three children were born and my wife played, coached some. I brought Steve Nicol to New England when I played and coached the Boston Bulldogs. I also brought Paul Mariner to Boston after playing with him in England at Portsmouth. He was in Arizona at the time and I brought him to be my Harvard assistant. I’ve got so many great friends and memories there.”
Nicol and Mariner, of course, coached the Revolution during their run of four MLS Cup trips from 2002-07. They also helped New England win the 2007 U.S. Open Cup title.

Nowadays, the Bolts are well-established as one of New England’s strongest clubs and are run by  Brian Ainscough , Kerr’s good friend. He even always has a Bolts player on his Duke teams, including former MLS midfielder  Michael Videira  (Milford, Mass.) and current captain  Jack Doran  (West Roxbury, Mass.).

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Pro Player Video Q&A
Miles Robinson joins us next Thursday the 14th. Miles is a defender who played for the Bolts from age 12 through 18. Miles was s elected by Atlanta United with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

MLS: Robinson, who has the speed to run with pacy forwards, the composure to pick the right spot for tackles, the strength to win aerial challenges and the awareness to account for threats from all angles, is coming off a breakout season. He featured in all 34 games and made 33 starts. His 2,978 minutes played set a new club record for most minutes played by an outfield player in a single season. He was named MLS Best XI and earned a call-up to the US Men's National Team.
INTERNATIONAL : Robinson made his USMNT debut against Mexico last September and also had a substitute appearance against Uruguay four days later. He represented the U.S. Youth National Team at the U-20 level, earning eight appearances, all starts, in 2016 and made a pair of appearances for the U-23 team last March.
College:  Robinson was a two-year starter for Syracuse University where he was named the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year. At Syracuse, Robinson scored eight goals in two years while picking up honors for ACC All-Freshman Team, ACC All-Tournament Team and All-ACC First Team. He helped the Orange defense post 20 shutouts in his 42 career starts. A native of Arlington, Mass., Robinson played youth soccer with FC Boston Bolts where he was a four-year starting center back. Robinson was named to the U-15 and U-16 All-Eastern Conference Starting XI and was dubbed team captain his senior year.

Email us your questions for Miles

We will send the final details and video link on Tuesday.

**Shoutout to AJ and Max C for their creative use of green screen on the video call last week with Diego!! Can't wait to see what you come up with this time!
NEP Proposed Schedule

At the NEP Board Meeting, the league submitted a Proposal for a calendar of games for the spring season. This is for NEP and NPL teams. The official league dates will be (pending clearance from local and state authorities and availability of facilities):
  • June 21 
  • June 28 
  • No games July 4th Weekend 
  • July 12th 
  • July 19th 
  • August 9th 
  • The July 26 and August 2 weekends will be available for us to schedule additional games or for us to move those first two weeks back if we are still pushed out by the state. 
This is a work in progress and the dates of the U10 games are not yet determined. They will be played, but there is discussion over whether or not they will be played as jamborees or not. The belief is jamborees will not be allowed on a large scale and it could be games closer to home. This information will be forthcoming as it is made available to us.
ECNL Proposed Schedule

ECNL has proposed a similar type of schedule to the NEP/NPL one above, with training beginning at end of June, then local games and even some tournament/jamboree play dates. Their proposed dates are between June 21st and Sept 4th.
Any proposals would need to be sanctioned by the governing bodies, State and Local authorities & health officials and club leaders are working through all of that. We will share any information as it becomes available.
St. Michael FC Sand Soccer Tournament
Early Bird Registration Deadline May 16th
Registration fee is $350 per team and full payment must be received by Monday, June 1st for team to be confirmed. Early registration of $300 if paid by Saturday, May 16th. Age groups are set by Spring 2020 season. Shoes are not allowed... Players must play in bare feet or use sand socks. Further tournament rules and details will follow after team registration.  In the event the tournament gets cancelled due to COVID-19, registered teams will receive a guaranteed FULL refund.
If you have any questions, please contact Tournament Director, Justin Medeiros
Phone: (774) 634-1254