By Stacey Bomser
The Weston FC Boys’ and Girls’ U12 competitive soccer teams travel to New York this month to represent the United States in the Danone Nations Cup World Finals. It takes place at Red Bull Arena, home of Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls.
Established in 2000, the Danone Nations Cup is the world’s largest soccer tournament for players ages ten to twelve. Over 2.5 million children participate in the annual tournament, with just 500 players from 32 countries advancing to the World Finals.
The road to the international tournament was exciting for both Weston FC teams. This was the third time in seven years that the Boys’ U12 team won the Danone Nations Cup. The Girls’ team won the inaugural All-Girls national tournament that Danone Cup hosted this year.
In addition to the prestige that comes with playing in this premier international tournament, the Weston players had the privilege of appearing in a promotional video for the Danone Cup. Tournament Ambassador Abby Wambach spent time interacting with the players in a training session. The video was filmed at Tequesta Trace Park. Wambach, who has retired from playing soccer, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award.
In addition to participating in drills and cheering on the players, Wambach posed for pictures with the Weston FC players: Reese Klein, Sophia Brelage, Sage Carey, Fiona Mateo, Ashley Fonseca, Kyle Reid, Marcelo Mondragon, Tyler Hall, Wylie Shaw, Nicolas Weyenberg, Alex Champagne, Kyra Tuesday, Isa Barrellage, Madyson Taylor, Melissa Noriega, Tiffany Murillo, Benjamin Cremaschi, Nicholas Preciado, Andre Casas, and Christian Blanco.
The Weston City Commission plans to honor the Weston FC U12 Boys’ and Girls’ teams for their accomplishments during a commission meeting this month.