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2013 Central American and Caribbean Unified Soccer Invitational

The Central America Unified Soccer Invitational will take place in San Jose, Costa Rica from May 9-17 in regional professional soccer stadiums (Cuty Monge and Coleya Fonseca). Team USA is made up entirely of Washington and Oregon Special Olympics Athletes as well as Unified Partners from the Sounders FC Development Team.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Closing Ceremonies

Wow. That's all I can really say. Wow. The Closing Ceremonies were awesome! There were multiple speeches and awards were presented. Team USA placed 6th in the tournament. Much higher than I think many anticipated we'd rank, since soccer seems to be a newer sport to the states. (At least, compared to the other countries that were there.)  Our own RJ Noll was presented with a Best Unified Partner award, which was well deserved and he should be immensely proud of it! There was tons of confetti when the 1st place winners, Ecuador, were presented with their medals and trophies.  Afterwards, a Latin band played and there was TONS of dancing! All the players had an amazing time! After the ceremonies, Biz took us a an awesome Costa Rican restaurant, overlooking the city. It was beautiful and the food was so good!  Then it was off to the hotel for a mass swag swap! The Sounders kits were a HIT! Everyone from every team was trying to swap for our gear! It was insane! 

Team USA at the Closing Ceremonies

Our view from the restaurant.

Daniel, from Guatemala. We gave him a full kit because he had the biggest smile and biggest heart out of everyone at the tournament.

Team Honduras, signing a shirt for Scott to bring back to Mario Martinez. 

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