Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pura Vida Futsal - Tziarra King in Costa Rica

By Tziarra King, Captain of the U.S. Youth Futsal Girls U18 team
Our fourth day in Costa Rica, and first match day, was certainly very action packed!
It all began with an early rise and the breakfast of champions to prepare us for our first match later in the day. After an early 8 am departure we arrived at the CTP Lindora stadium where we briefly watched the U14 boys play and score a quick goal as we chanted "USA USA USA." We then left and went directly across the street to a childcare center where we met the most adorable children and had a blast. Seeing their faces light up with excitement as we took them outside to play soccer in the yard has definitely been the highlight of my trip thus far. After a few hugs and high fives good bye we made our way back to the bus to start our next adventure. 
On the bus on our way to the market near the national museum we sang along on to songs like "Party in the USA" and "Hollaback Girl." When we arrived at the market it was a very memorable experience. There were tons of vendors selling their beautifully crafted jewelry and other Costa Rican souvenirs; it was a tourist's paradise. 
Fast forwarding a few hours, meals, and naps later into the day, it was almost game time and the nerves were starting to act up. We knew nothing about our opponent and as captain the pressure was really on to preform well. We got into the locker room and geared up as we talked about strategy and our goals for the game. Although we had a bumpy start to the game, being down 4-1 in the first half, we came together as a team and corrected our flaws to win the game 9-5. It was a great way to kick off the next few days of challenging games ahead of us. It was awesome seeing our team work out our issues on the court and start to build a rhythm. 
Overall day four of Costa Rica was definitely one to remember. I can't wait to see what the rest of the trip has to offer. Go USA! 

King (right) with Lisette and Elysa Virella

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