Members of the B2002's won the 'east coast' UEFA Young Champions League Final hosted by adidas at Upper 90 in Astoria, Queens earlier this spring. Los Angeles offered a similar competition on the west coast and the two teams squared off in the national final in Los Angeles the weekend of April 29th with the winner going to Kiev for the world final in conjunction with the UEFA Champions League Final.
The trip commenced by bumping into Mr. LL Cool J in the airport terminal in JFK, who wished the boys well and gave some words of wisdom.
Landing in LA on Saturday, April 29th the boys had a light training session on the beach with the coaching staff of Venice Beach Football Club (VBC) to prepare for the event the following day. A good night sleep in downtown Los Angeles was what the doctor ordered to get ready for a busy day on Sunday morning.
The team arrived to the The Base, LA where the pre-game party for LAFC coincided with the national final. In a hard fought match, the boys from nyc came up on the short end of the result, losing 3-4 to the west coast representatives. We are extremely proud of the their accomplishments off the field, but just as proud of the way in which they handled themselves throughout the trip.
The trip coincided with the home opener of the new professional MLS club LAFC vs. Seattle Sounders, and the boys enjoyed the historical moment. Being introduced on the field at half time to the sell out crowd of 22,000 people was an experience in itself. The match ended with a stoppage time winner from the home team, and a great ending to the evening.
Similar to the beginning of the trip, the boys bumped into a legend, this time a US Soccer star 'deuce', Clint Dempsey in the airport on the ride home who again offered some words of wisdom and was a great way to end the trip.
Congratulations to the boys!