For group of 10 young soccer players from Greenwich, it was 10 days to remember.
Last month, Shoreline FC Connecticut took a large group of players to England for its 2013 trip. Included in the group were 10 players from Greenwich – Thomas Wiener, Jonathan Wiener, Matthew Molinelli, Zach Moore, Mihir Shah, Bernardo DeFranca, Christopher Mackay, Alejandro Maclean, Julito Ojea Quintana and Lucas Rivero.
“It was a great cultural experience for the boys,” said Shoreline FC coach Danny Simpson, who along with Jason Simone, brought the team overseas. “They learned so much about the country, had great training sessions, played some very competitive opponents and got to attend some games.”
Simpson, who also serves as the Greenwich High School girls varsity coach – a team that’s won the FCIAC title three consecutive years, made special arrangements for the team to leave for Great Britain a day earlier than scheduled due to the snow storm that hit our area on Feb. 8 and the trip went on without a hitch. The team attended a game between Blackpool FC and Millwall FC their second day in England and were presented with a SHES #26 shirt at a special reception for the Sandy Hook Relief Fund.
After a training session at Southport Park, Shoreline FC played Burschough FC an unbeaten U15 team a Victoria Park – a stadium with 120 years worth of history. Goalie Christopher Mackay was named Man of the Match for Shoreline.
Day 4 saw Shoreline FC train at Walton Hall Sports Center – the home of Liverpool FA – for the first time. The team then took a guided tour of Liverpool, visiting sites such as Liverpool Cathedral, Strawberry Fields the Cavern and Penny Lane. During its stay overseas, Shoreline FC went to five professional games, played in four games, had two guided premier stadium tours and had eight full training sessions.