The SoccerCleats101 (SC101) Team has been hard at work bringing you in depth reviews and all things related to boots in the past few months. However, you probably don’t know what positions we play or what boots we are currently wearing! That’s why we have compiled a “SC101 Team Best XI“. Of the ten writers we have, some are located outside the U.S. (Scotland, Canada, and Iceland) and others scattered across the continental United States. But that doesn’t stop us from building our line up, and giving you the scoop on where we play and what boots are our current choice.
Just to note, you can build you own team at lineupbuilder.com!
Our team is quite diverse and that’s what makes us special. Each writer brings their own qualities and play experience. Obviously, our most notable player is former pro player Bryan Byrne (the boss) who has played on the New England Revolution. Below, you will find our full lineup and the boots we prefer.
Bryan Byrne – Bryan’s current boot of choice is the Mizuno Morelia Neo, a boot known for a lightweight design that features kangaroo leather. The boots are also worn by the Brazilian Hulk, who is known for a killer shot. Perhaps he is following in the Brazilian’s footsteps and wearing the same boots to increase his goal count!
Tyler Welch – Alongside Bryan up top we have Tyler Welch. He has a passion for adidas products and his current preference is the Predator LZ. The five lethal zones would definitely be useful in helping him connect with the back of the net some. Tyler has also been known to play left back, where he could also play to make a solid back four.
Elise Britt – Elise is our resident female writer and brings with her some valuable playing experience. She has played at UCLA and even won a WPSL National Championship. Her boot of choice is the Adidas adiPure 11pro, which is a great option for her midfield position, where she helps control the left side of the pitch.
Colin Thompson – Working to control the midfield is Colin Thompson. He also favors the control the Predator LZ offers as the lethal zones give him better control on any ball that comes his way. Top choice by a top man!
Kevin Wightman – Colin’s partner in crime at the center mid position is Kevin Wightman. He prefers the Umbro Speciali IV because of its supreme touch and comfort, but he also likes the Maestri 3, Predator LZ, Ryal Italia and Mizuno Neo Made in Japan.
Jim Gauthier – When he isn’t working as a massage therapist , Jim has been known to play right midfield and even as a right forward on the pitch. Jim’s current go to boots are the Nike CTR360 Maestri III, a great boot for distribution and dribbling.
Defenders and Goalkeeper
Robert Carty – A valuable asset to any team, Robert is the guy that has played all over the pitch. He is currently playing in defense and would serve as a LB/CB for our three in the back makeshift defense. As a defender, Robert knows its important to wear a powerful, hard hitting boot. That’s why he currently wears the Mizuno Wave Ignite 2, especially because they have an effective strike zone.
Richard Wyatt – At the heart of this defense is Richard Wyatt. Located in Canada, he probably has a harder time finding a place to play than keeping strikers from scoring goals because of the recent weather. But when he does find a place to play, he plays in the Joma Granada, a boot that features quality touch from kangaroo leather.
Ethan Edwards – As a defender that likes to play out the back, I prefer boots that have an emphasis on passing and receiving. I have found that the Nike Tiempo Legend IV consistently offers a high quality touch and a uniform surface throughout the boot. I am also hoping to move into the Legend V once some more colorways are released and the price drops.
Aaron Perez – Currently a goalkeeper for the LA Blues, Aaron has played with stars such as Maurice Edu and Sammy Ochoa. The gloves that he currently sports are the Aviata Optimus in the red, white, and blue colorway. I’d be glad to have him behind me in goal as he would surely save anything that slips through.
As you might have spotted, this is a team XI post, but we only listed X players. Reason being, we regard you guys as being our extra man. Help us out and leave a comment below telling us which boots are your favorite and why. We might even add the best response to the list as our #11!