Our Revolution Journey—Guest post from Cristian Montañez
Updated: May 12, 2022
Troy started playing soccer at the age of four and had a love for the sport, but in the summer of 2019 when he was coached by Kirk Kinsey, something changed. Troy thrived with the possession based soccer that Kirk taught. As the summer season ended our family was looking for an opportunity for Troy to play soccer year-round. We had Troy play with the local, well known travel team and it just didn’t feel right for him. Flagstaff Revolution, a small club team, was starting a new team for Troy’s age group. It was the perfect fit, as Kirk Kinsey would be the coach.
Year one into Flagstaff Revolution was a huge transition for Troy and the team. Although during the first tournament the boys were not as competitive as their opponents, they did not quit, their coaches instilled confidence and support to keep them excited for the next game and development to come. Each tournament brought the team growth, confidence and pride. By the end of the season, which was cut short due to the pandemic, Flagstaff Revolution had become a family. Although practice was not allowed and team events on hold, the Revolution families managed to plan soccer games- parents vs. kids to keep the passion, fun and connection alive. Those games will be cherished forever, all thanks to this soccer organization, Flagstaff Revolution.
Year two was a challenge due to the ongoing pandemic but that didn’t stop this team. Through strategic effort, planning and safety the boys were able to practice and scrimmage every week, as well as participate in tournaments. They became more competitive, more passionate and driven. Troy could not put his soccer ball down. Before school, during every zoom break, he was on the ball and when it came to game time it showed. Troy’s love for the sport, vision of the game and commitment was far beyond his years. Flagstaff Revolution gave these boys something to hold onto in a time of unknown and their coaches never stopped showing up no matter how hard it was to navigate.
Troy’s abilities on the ball and as a leader on the field have not gone unnoticed. Troy was asked to tryout for the Arizona Olympic Development Program in the summer of 2021. He tried out with hundreds of Arizona’s best soccer players for his age group and was selected to advance as pool player. In being a pool player he has attend multiple training sessions in an effort to make the final team. We credit much of Troy’s growth to the dedication and coaching style that is taught at Flagstaff Revolution.
Troy has always been a gifted athlete, but once he became a part of Flagstaff Revolution his development as a soccer player flourished. We are excited to see what the future holds for the Revolution club as a whole.