A youth soccer team based out of the city of Coachella returned home from the U.S. Youth Soccer Association’s National President’s Cup tournament in Oklahoma with some serious bragging rights and a glistening trophy.
The team took the national title after winning multiple games against other youth teams.
Coach Leopoldo Ledezma’s translator stated how thankful he and his team are for the support from the Coachella Valley. "This is the first time a [team] from this region has done this," Ledezma said.
The youth soccer team brought home three cups after winning the state, regional, and national tournaments. Ledezma said the team won most games, only tying and losing once. These successes propelled them higher and higher in competition, until they eventually qualified for the national tournament, and ultimately won.
Eric Kserrano, a 13-year-old team member, said their hard work and practice paid off. Kserrano was also scouted by recruiters from the Colorado Rapids men’s soccer team. "It’s unbelievable because not everyone gets this chance," Kserrano said.
This is the first time a youth soccer team from the local region has competed and won at such a high level. Ledezma believes they have put Coachella on the map in youth soccer.