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DUSC B2002s in LA for adidas 5v5 national championship

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DUSC B2002s in LA for adidas 5v5 national championship

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!  

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My Belgium Experience

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My Belgium Experience

Players from the boys DUSC 2004, 2003 and 2002 age groups combined for a-once-in-a-lifetime international experience this summer in Europe. The trip included stops at some of the top youth clubs in Europe, including Club Brugge and RSC Anderlecht, along with training from youth coaches of the the Royal Belgium Football Association (RBFA). They competed in competitive matches and had a chance to see live games in France during the European Championships, most notably the epic quarterfinal between Wales and Belgium.

My Belgium Experience

by Aidhan Astrachan, B2002 Blue
 

I really enjoyed going to Belgium and playing against local teams. I think it was a great experience for me and for all the other players who went on the trip. I thought that it was a lot of fun to meet some of the younger DUSC players and play with them.

I liked the training sessions. It was interesting to see the difference between how DUSC coaches and Belgian coaches coach. My favorite part of the trip was playing in the games. The games were entertaining because it was cool to see how club teams in Belgium play; actually, our third game was against a Dutch team. One of my most memorable moments during the trip was in our second game and we were losing 2–0, and then I scored and then later assisted a goal to put our team back at 2–2.

Another memorable moment was when we went to the Euro 2016 quarterfinal Belgium v. Wales game in Lille, France. We saw a really nice goal by Radja Nainggolan, maybe one of the best goals of the tournament. The atmosphere at the game was a lot of fun and the game was one of the best. Seeing players like Gareth Bale live was very impressive. Our bus had a flat tire before we left the hotel, but luckily we still made it on time. 

Overall I loved the trip and I hope that I will be able to go on another trip like this one.

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