(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).
Thibbs, Toby, and Jake
We had breakfast at 8:30 for a training session at 10. As we started walking to the field, we see German, a Saprissa coach, walking towards us with a team trailing him. German started talking with Gary and Brian about what he wanted to do. We had no idea this was coming, but German wanted to scrimmage our team. 20 minute halves, and a 40 minute game, even a referee showed up.
We got to kick off, and kept possession for quite a while. We finally lost possession after a couple of minutes because the ball went out. We had way more possession, in the first half. The other team could barely keep the ball for over a minute. Although we had our opportunities, we were not able to finish them. Going into halftime, the score was 0-0.
In the second half, we still had a lot of possession, but had more of an attack going; therefore we lost the ball more. Finally we got on the board after Juan crossed the ball for Jake to just tap in at the far post. Not too long after, Toby played a through ball to Jake around the 18 yard box that Jake scored off. Right after that Jake crossed the ball to Juan who had a beautiful finish right into the corner. The game was totally in our favor, even up to the point where Win tried to dribble and cut someone in his own 6 yard box, but the other player stuck his foot out for the tackle, deflecting the ball into the goal.
The game ended at the score of 3-1. Afterwards, Gary nicknamed Win, Winaldinho for his amazing dribbling skills. The game was another good one for us, another W.
Dani, Hayden, Marco
We woke up 8:30 to eat breakfast, we had omelets and fruit. We then got our gear and went to the fields with the hotel owner’s grandson, Daniel. At practice we scrimmaged another team and won. After we had lasagna and vegetables for lunch. After lunch we said goodbye to Gustavo because they thought that there baby was going to be arriving either today or Sunday.
After we said goodbye, Coach Gary (right, with hotel owner's son, Daniel) took us to the pool where we played handball in the water for around an hour Wins team won 8-0…….. because they had all the tall people. After the pool we rested till 7:00 and ate dinner. At dinner we ate rice, chicken, and beans. For dessert we had vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate sauce, while the coaches had cheesecake. Then we went to bed prepared for our early, intense game tomorrow!!!!!!!!