(A selection of Colorado Rapids U-13s is in Costa Rica participating in the Saprissa Cup. The kids, ranging from 10-13 years-old, provide updates from their trip).
By Marco Rios, Dani Haddad, and Hayden
We had breakfast at 7:30, then got our gear and went to practice. Hank didn’t go to practice because he wasn’t feeling good.
After practice Gustavo took us around and showed us the Costa Rica national stadium with his wife.
Then we had a snack at the hotel, while we were eating coach Brian came. We went to the pool and we did races in the pool. After all that we all rested and then went to dinner.
Right after dinner we had a meeting with Brian, Gary, and Drew. The meeting was at the pool and we talked about many things like what’s different and what we liked about it. Finally we went to our rooms and rested. While we were resting there was a power outage and it was completely dark. But then the lights turned back on. Eventually we fell asleep and woke up ready for tomorrows game.
Sunday after practice
Max and Vincent
Today after practice, we went to go see the Costa Rican National soccer stadium in the city. When at the field, our host Gustavo tried to get us a tour of the stadium, but the guards did not let us in, so instead we went around the stadium.
We saw pro baseball games, animals, and people playing soccer. Baseball in Costa Rica isn’t popular and while we were there, we started to watch a professional game. Even though it was a championship game, you could watch for free and there were about 15 people in the crowd. It felt like watching a little league game.
In Costa Rica, there is about 90,000 different species of animals, but we only saw three. We saw ducks that didn’t look like ducks. They were black with a red face and looked more like chickens than ducks. We also saw horses that you can ride for about $2 U.S. There were kids riding horses at the age around 7, riding horses with no adult supervision right by the edge of the lake. The last animal we saw was dogs. We saw a vicious Labrador puppy, a British mop dog that was black and white, and a small beagle puppy. We also saw dogs at the practice fields. There was a dog barking at us loud and spinning all at once. Dogs in Costa Rica are scary.
While we were walking around, all we saw was soccer. There was street soccer, pick-up games, and adult leagues. Even though the fields weren’t the best, they just wanted to go out and play.
When we were walking, there were people staring at us and whispering to each other. Some people would even approach us and ask for autographs. While we were at the airport, there was a man who helped us with our luggage trying to make a few dollars. Costa Ricans are friendly and look up to us. They’re different than Americans. They´re different in a good way. After dinner, while we were writing this paper, the whole town´s power went out for about 10 seconds. It was even scarier than the dogs.