Jim Altomonte is very proud of the boys on his Central Carroll Soccer Club's under-16 Dynamo soccer team.

For three years, his team has been on a winning run that has seen it amass enough trophies to fill up an average sized display case. Now it's ready to add another one.


It has clinched the Baltimore Beltway Soccer Spring League's under-16 B division with a 7-0 mark. The Dynamo has a game to play, but it leads the division by a huge margin. The local squad has 21 points to the second place team's 12.

Dynamo has outscored its opponents 34-4, and nobody has scored more than one goal against it in a game.

Since February 2013, the Central Carroll Dynamo has five first-place finishes and 10 seconds in tournaments and leagues.

But most of Altomonte's pride doesn't stem from his boys' sterling performances over the past three years. It comes from the manner in which they have achieved them.

"My proudest thing is the way we play soccer. The trophies, medals and championships are great. But it's what the kids do on the field that I'm most proud of," he said. "They play beautiful soccer; they play clean soccer. It is fun to watch the way the kids show their character and the way they play."

The Dynamo began under modest circumstances. The team started in 2009 as part of the North Carroll youth rec soccer program. Altomonte, whose son played soccer, took over as coach. He felt he could pass on the soccer knowledge and develop the skills his kids would need to pass on to high school competition.

In 2010, the Dynamo began playing as a travel team.The next few years were a building process as Altomonte concentrated on teaching his players and getting them used to both league and tournament competition. The team became more and more competitive as he gradually built it up.

In 2012, "we really developed as a competitive team. We were better than 50-50 that year," he said.

By 2013, the kids were playing in the Central Carroll Soccer Club. And at that point, they began to make their mark in area soccer circles. They broke through in early February of that year when they finished second in a Four Seasons indoor soccer league. By the end of the year, the Dynamo had been a finalist in five other soccer leagues and tournaments.

In March of 2014, the Dynamo took first in a Four Seasons indoor league. Then in November, it finished first in the Central Maryland Soccer Association's under-15 division. That year it added second-place trophies in a Carroll Indoor Sports Center soccer league and at the Gettysburg Clash tourney.

Altomonte's players come from throughout Carroll. As a matter of fact his team, "a real hogdepodge" as he calls it, has players from six different county high schools.

The Dynamo generally carries 22 on its roster. Altogether, as many as 40 boys in the 16-under age group train with the squad.

Because the team plays year round, there is a fairly significant changeover as players move on or play other sports.Often times players leave in the spring to play lacrosse or baseball. Then they return for the fall.

But despite this turnover, the team continues to win. One key to that is the ability to adjust its playing style to game conditions in order to counter the efforts of its opponents.


"When we began, we were a one-dimensional team. We depended on our speed.Now we are a multi-dimensional team that can switch when we need to," Altomonte said. "We are primarily a possession team; we control the ball. If we play a kick and run team, we play possession soccer and keep the ball away from them. If we play a gambling team, we make them pay with our speed. We are also a physical team with good size. We use pretty much every weapon we want to use."

Another key to its successes is the players themselves. They are talented, and they also play as a team, their coach says.

Besides the trophies and other awards that continue to pile up for his kids, the county's high schools also reap benefits in the form of some very accomplished soccer players. Altomonte noted that 21 of Dynamo's 22 players made their high school teams in 2014, and all 22 made those teams in 2015.

While he wanted to prepare his boys for high school when he started the team, that goal has obviously been achieved. Altomonte and assistant coach Nick Lewis now look to get them ready for college-level competition.

To that end, Altomonte wants his team to play in high level tournaments and college showcase tournaments for the rest of its time together. Plans are for it to practice this summer and then play tournaments in the fall and next spring.

"We need to have a challenge for our kids, and we want them to play the best teams in the area," he said.

It will no longer play in outdoor leagues. Altomonte says his team has simply outgrown them.

By way of illustration, one need only look back at this past season in the Beltway League.The closest any team came in the final score was two goals, and two teams lost by three. The other four games were routs by four-goal margins or more.

"We controlled the games from start to finish and forced the other teams to play the way we wanted them to play. We dominated from start to finish from day one."

However, the end is coming into view. In fall of 2017, many of the boys will be off to college.

"At that point, it will be the end of the road for the team," Altomonte said.

But once they began traveling down their next road, there's a good chance, their coaches will have them ready for the ride.