The two teams representing Brazil in the annual Child and Youth Services U10 division (ages 8-9) and U13 division (ages 11-13) soccer championship title games, kept offensive momentum at full steam, to emerge victorious over Team Spain and Team USA, respectively, Saturday on Long Parade Field.
In the U13 division title match, Team Brazil fought against a ferocious Team USA defense that limited the victors to 2 goals throughout two intense periods. But, Brazil’s own defense rose to the occasion and succeeded in thwarting any and all Team USA efforts to balance the scales, ultimately stepping into the winner’s circle as the 2019 champions with the 2-0 win.
In the U10 division showdown, Team Brazil kept the emphasis on precision passing and spot-on goal kicking, netting 5, while the defense made it a priority to limit their opponents to 2 scores with a double-team approach to applying the pressure all over the field.
For the coaches of the winning squads, the key to success came down to the dedication of their respective players.
“This was a fantastic game—a great time and I very much enjoyed it,” said U10 division Team Brazil Head Coach Earl McCoy Jr. “At the beginning of the season, we were in last place and watching these kids develop into what they are now is amazing. Of course, I wanted to see my team win but watching them develop like this was what it was all about.”
“This is an amazing thing,” said U13 Team Brazil Head Coach Brent Wilde. “They worked hard all season and earned this title. Team USA is a phenomenal team—they are very, very tough and I’m just proud of these kids; they worked hard and they earned it.”
Rashawd Pope, CYS sports and fitness assistant director, hosted a post-game awards ceremony during which the champion and runner-up trophies were presented to McCoy and Wilde, and each player on all four teams received individual trophies for their stellar seasons.
For more information about the youth soccer program, call Jerry Arrington, CYS sports and fitness director, at 703-805-9139.