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Local Talent Travels to Northern Ireland

By Karla Ortiz

Last April, the FC STRIKERS SOUTH COAST football academy presented the media with its program of support for young people with soccer skills and the commitment they will have with each of the selected players.

The boys who make up the FC STRIKERS team of San Miguel also made the commitment to train daily to gain discipline, more so now that they have new motivation to see one of their teammates realize his dream.

On Wednesday, July 11, the group introduced the first player from their team to be invited to the international Super Cup N.I. tournament, formerly known as “The Milk Cup.” He is 15-year-old Josué Fernando Soria Rangel, one of the most committed players on the national team.

Originally the invitation came for two players from the San Miguel team, but due to the electoral ban, one of the players could not process his papers to travel abroad, leaving Josué as the only player to represent our city in the Irish tournament that will last 10 days. There Josué will be able to share the pitch with other players his age of different nationalities. He will play on the pitch where the greats like David Beckham and Giovanni Dos Santos have played. He will also have the opportunity to sign a contract with another foreign team (if he impresses the recruiters).

The team’s technical director, Jaime Vázquez, commented that the team Josué will join is made up of Japanese, English, and Brazilian youths.

The team hopes that more young people from the city will join this project to create awareness in each of them that they can go far and grow as professional sportsmen and women when guided on the right path. This helps them to reaffirm their commitment to form their football mentality, teaches them how to eat and train in a disciplined way, and above all helps them to face great challenges like the ones Josué Soria is facing now.

“I’m very happy and excited. I’m going to meet more players in Europe and more teams, and I’m going to show that there is talent in San Miguel, too. We Mexicans can do many things, and I also want to be an example for children and adolescents who have the dream of being footballers like the dream I want to achieve,” said Josué.

Within the news the academy released, they also reported that in a year or two, it will not only be the dream of the boys, but also that of girls. They plan to start a women’s soccer team, in which they can also integrate San Miguel women.


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