Area team jetting out |

Area team jetting out

Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox Players take part in a training session for the National Soccer Association-sanctioned Eurotour 2005 at Sayre Park last month. The traveling group, consisting of local soccer players, coaches and parents, departs for the three-week trip July 5.

After months of fund-raising and practices, 16 area kids are going to play soccer. But these games are not going to played in a local park. Or in Denver. Or even anywhere in Colorado.Rather, these contests will be held in Denmark and Sweden.

In major soccer stadiums. In front of huge crowds. Against tough opponents.”This is a great opportunity for the kids to play at a higher level and see where the rest of the world is at (in soccer),” said Brad Jordan, coach and director of the entourage’s three-week trip, which starts Tuesday.Starting with a quick meeting at Sayre Park to establish carpools, the group motors to Eagle airport for a jet ride to Sacramento, Calif.

Upon arrival, the trip joins additional players for three days of training in nearby Davis, Calif., before heading across the ocean for games in the July 11-16 Dana Cup Tournament followed by play in the Gothia Cup Tournament, July 18-23.Those tournaments feature more than 1,600 age 11- to 19-year-old boys and girls club soccer teams from countries worldwide.”That’s the thing that excites me the most is getting to meet other people,” said Silt resident Emily Johnson. Johnson will play on the National Soccer Association’s G13 team in Europe.

Area residents will be placed on one of five gender- and age-appropriate teams. Jordan said area players will be on team rosters at the boys 12- and 14-year-old levels along with girls 12-, 13- and 15-year-old squads.Each of the local players had to raise $4,000 to cover expense of the trip.

The following local residents are part of a Colorado group participating in the Eurotour 2005 Dana Cup and Gothia Cup youth soccer tournaments in Fredrikshavn and Gothenberg, Sweden, July 11-23. Players: Holly Brown, Brytnnie Evans, Jessi Graf, Emily Johnson, Zack Jones, Sam Kaup, Nick Kneedler, Charles Taylor Mays, Taylor Parsons, Hope Whitman, Travis Whitman, Kyle Wood, Ryan Young, Arick Zeigel, Ryan Zelenka. Directors/Coaches: Andre DuBois, Brad Jordan, Sheryl Johnson , Bonita Whitman.

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