23 Jul 2013
By Alicia Lashley, Oakville Soccer Club
If you asked a young Russell Teibert where he saw his future, he would have said he would be a professional athlete. After years of hard work, it turns out he was right. Teibert is in his fourth season with the Vancouver Whitecaps and recently spoke with OSC.
The Niagara Falls native began playing soccer at the age of three. Coached and influenced by his father, he excelled early on.
“I always wanted to be the best at every sport I played in school,” he said.
Growing up, Teibert also played hockey at a high level, but was forced to choose one sport as he got older.
“I wanted to be a professional hockey player and soccer player, but training sessions started to conflict and I chose soccer. I think I made the right choice,” he laughed.
Teibert played at OSC as a U11-U12 rep player before he moved on to train with Toronto FC Academy. At 15, he was advised to leave TFC Academy and train with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency. Forced to leave his family and friends, Teibert moved across the country to pursue his dream. He called the experience a “culture shock,” moving from a small town where he knew everyone to the big city.
It was at this time Teibert began to play for the U17 Canadian National team. As the former 2008-2009 Canadian U-17 Player of the Year, he was called up to the U20 national squad and got his first cap with the Men’s National Team in August 2012. During his time with the National Team, Teibert was coached by OSC Coach Development Manager, Rafael Carbajal during Olympic qualifiers. Teibert was also named to the 23-man squad for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Well into his professional career, Teibert’s sacrifices have paid off. With direction from coaches Paul Ritchie, Carl Robinson and Rick Celebrini, he worked tirelessly before and after training sessions. Leading into this 2013 MLS season, he dedicated his offseason to development with help from his coaches, staying in Vancouver well after season and returning well before training camp. Teibert’s hard work and training were rewarded this season when he scored his first (and second) goal of his career against the 2012 MLS Defending Champions, LA Galaxy.
“It was definitely a blur,” Teibert said about scoring. “All I remember is pointing up at my family.”
Teibert attributes his success to his family and coaches who have mentored him over the years. He is also grateful to the Canadian soccer system. Through district training and provincial and regional teams, he was given the tools to develop as a professional soccer player.
If you ask Teibert today what he sees for his future, he will tell you he doesn’t look too far ahead.
“I believe you can only control what you can control. I only focus on playing football right now,” he said.
See Teibert's first goal here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH7reSkz6nQ
04 Sep 2012
Welcome to The Supporting Angle, a blog written by Dino Lopez, Technical Director of Oakville Soccer Club (OSC), to help promote our club philosophy, build a body of critical thinkers around the game, and to engage in spirited discourse with the soccer community at large.
I’ve always appreciated people who are willing to post their thoughts to be scrutinized and debated by others and feel that as Technical Director of OSC I should be brave enough to share my thoughts as it relates to our club and to the game we love. I hope you enjoy the discussion.
04 Sep 2012
By Desmond Jordan, Sylvan Learning
On Thursday, August 24, I attended the Oakville Soccer Club's Annual Scholarship Awards luncheon at Glen Abbey Golf Course where this year’s winners were recognized and received their awards. I was representing Sylvan Learning Oakville as a sponsor and as one of the members of the 2012 Scholarship Selection Committee that led up to this day.
It was a great event with an amazing keynote speaker in George Heller, former CEO of Hudson’s Bay Company and one of the most prominent and successful business leaders in Canada. George is also very passionate about amateur sport and sport in general as a model for leadership and life skills. The message was that life is a team sport and no one can achieve anything great by themselves. Therefore, they have to learn to share the work and successes and failures as individuals within a team. He believes anyone who thinks they deserve all the glory in sport, in business or in life is missing the whole point.
05 Jun 2012
By Angelika Uremovich
To the very generous administrators of the Oakville Soccer Club,
I would like to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the overwhelming amount of jerseys that were donated to me for my service trip to Botswana. This year has been unlike any other for me; it has been a time of discovering my true passion, learning, loving, growing, and appreciating.
The Oakville Soccer Club fostered my love of soccer, as I began playing house league when I was six, and currently I am playing my second year in the Women’s League for Hamilton. I am going into my fourth year studying Sport Administration at the University of Louisville, where I play for the Women’s team. In the fall of 2011 I was introduced to Sport for Development.
19 Apr 2012
Former OSC player and current Canadian women's national team star Diana Matheson has been busy preparing for the upcoming London Olympics where the Canadian women will compete against the best soccer teams in the world.
With over 100 caps to her name, Matheson is an integral part of the CWNT but a recent knee surgery has kept her off the roster and out of national team training camps since before the Olympic qualifiers held in Vancouver in January. Matheson made the trip to Vancouver with the team, but watched from the stands as her team accomplished their goal of qualifying for London 2012.
Since then, Matheson has been working tirelessly to get back into match form and has been training with some of the OSC Rep teams around town before she heads to Vancouver once again to join her teammates at training camp. She recently trained with the OSC boys U16 A and B teams - something that team manager Stephen Bruce describes as an unforgettable experience.