The DUSC B2006 group traveled to England this summer in partnership with Generation Adidas International. The boys were accompanied by coaches Rolando Gonzales, Danny Rodriguez, and Jose Luis Rebay.
The group's first stop was Manchester, where they were able to watch Manchester City vs.Tottenham Hotspurs at the Etihad Stadium. Although a 2-2 draw, the match didn’t lack drama. A late goal for City was called back thanks to Video Assisted Review (VAR). At the end of the match, the boys found their way to the gift shop before beginning a tour of the Etihad Stadium facilities.
Our players were fortunate enough to have several sessions with the Manchester City coaching staff on official training grounds. These sessions where ahead of some friendlies in the local area. The group played two matches against Moston Juniors FC before changing locations and heading to Liverpool.
While in Liverpool, the group was able to tour both Anfield Stadium and Goodison Park. Both facilities are less than a mile away from each other, thus explaining why the rivalry is so intense between the two clubs. The boys had two friendly matches during their time in Liverpool. One was against a Liverpool Community Affiliate Team and the other against Rainhill United.
The final stop of the trip was London. While on the way there, the boys were able to stop by St. George’s Park which is home to England’s National Teams. At George’s Park, they were able to test out the facilities. This included exercise bikes, futsal courts, and both indoor and outdoor pitches.
While in London, the group had a training session with the Tottenham Hotspur Academy coaches. They were also able to spectate a U9 7v7 Academy match between Tottenham and Watford. With a plethora of clubs in London, the boys went on to visit Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge as well.
As the trip wound down, the boys not only fit in one more friendly match in London, but also were able to catch Fulham play in the Championship. Everything was capped off with some tourism on the London streets and then the group prepared to head home after what could only be called a jam-packed trip.