SO Sounders

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.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Our Day Off!

I'd like to start by saying thank you for all the comments that you've left on the blog! I'm thrilled to hear that you are all enjoying our updates!

Today was considered a day off for all the teams in the tournament, so Team USA took the opportunity to do some sightseeing.  They started the day with some soccer tennis, in order to keep their focus on why we're here and to have some bonding time.  Afterwards, we all met in the lobby and hopped on the shuttle to Avenida Central, in the center of San Jose and where there is tons of shopping!  Biz (our nickname for our guide, Bismark) directed us through blocks of central San Jose.  There was even an area where they'll give you corn to feed the pigeons and let me tell you, those pigeons are not shy!  You'll understand when you see the pictures below!  Our tour ended with a local market, where the guys got to browse and pick up souvenirs for themselves and their families.  The market was awesome.  It was a tight walkthrough, but wasn't crowded.  Each little store was filled with dresses, beautiful painted feathers, magnets, coffee products, and anything Costa Rican you could think of.  The guys loved it and were able to go off on their own and explore at their leisure because the set up was perfect for coaches and staff to keep an eye on everyone.  I fell in love with one item I couldn't take with me!  A stray kitten that was insanely adorable.  (What can I say, I have a very soft spot for animals! See picture below.)  Once everyone got some shopping it, Biz took us across the street to an amazing Costa Rican restaurant, where we had one of the best meals I've had this whole trip!  Seasoned chicken with rice and beans, along with fried plantains and followed with rice pudding.  (Great restaurant, Bismark!)  Once we got back to the hotel, the guys were directed to relax and meet for dinner at 7.  Tomorrow, we begin the second round of the tournament and we play Portugal , which I believe is ranked third.  (I will have to confirm that.)  Make sure to send good vibes down for the team, it will be a challenging match, but our boys have proven that they have the skills, talent, and the heart to play along side every one of the teams down here! Go Team USA!!!

(Pictures are slightly out of order.  Some are from my iPhone and others are from Norm's camera.)

Soccer Tennis
Walking through town

 Beautiful local flowers
 Norm and I with some local K9 officers

The Biz! 

Andrew and Levi

Ali, Norm, and Levi

Jowell's sister with the pigeons! (Told you they weren't shy!)

Peace with the pigeons

Now it's Ali's turn!

Norm and Jowell

Brian with Jowell and his grandmother

At the amazing restaurant

Jowell and Ali

The stray kitten that I wanted to take with me so bad! (We got her some chicken to eat.)

The inside of the restaurant

Biz and Norm with Biz's friend who worked at the restaurant

Our amazing food!
 The coaches ordered coffee and this is how it's served! Brewed right in front of you. Scott said it was amazing.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Share your comments