WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – Five soccer players from the north of the country will travel to Hammonton, New Jersey this weekend to compete in the 2021 US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships.
Plays for Invictus Football Club from Syracuse in the U-14 division. The team earned this right by winning the State Cup in its age group in May to qualify for the Regionals.
“It’s pretty exciting to just come out and play against different teams from different countries,” said Nico Spaziani.
“We worked hard and it’s nice that I’ve played this tournament before but haven’t gotten that far,” said Marcus Cole. “We usually lost on the first lap and now we’ve made it to the Regionals, which is pretty great.”
“I’m pretty excited,” said Trey Smith. “I’ve never taken a trip like this for any other football so I’m not sure what to expect.”
“Yeah, I’m pretty excited,” said Peyton Matuszczak. “I have a feeling we’re going to do a decent job as we did pretty well in the State Cup and we won everything.”
The players say that playing together and sharing the experience of playing in the regional championship is special.
“I think it’s really cool that five people from this small town in the north of the country play on a national cup team and go to regional championships,” said Connor Jones.
“Yes, it’s nice to have this opportunity and know the kids who are already on the team when you join and just have friends to do that with,” said Smith.
“It’s pretty cool because I’ve known most of them for most of my life,” said Matuszczak, “and I’ve also played against a few of them in a different league.
All five players hope that their hard work will pay off this weekend in the form of a regional championship.
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