A U14 Loudoun soccer team is at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship in Frisco, TX, and is asking for help paying their expenses.
The team, Football Club of Virginia’s Ashburn Elite, played its first game of the tournament today. They lost to team Valparaiso from Arizona 2-1, but they still have a few games ahead of them. In all, the Loudoun team will play three games in a group of four. Two teams will advance and two teams will go home.
Parents of some of the players created a GoFundMe page to help pay for the boys’ tournament fees, as well as transportation and hotel costs. The expenses are expected to reach $40,000.
The team’s goal is to raise $15,000. So far, the page has brought in $8,820.
Pepe Thupthien, a father of one of the players who created the GoFundMe page, wrote on the page that the players are positive, special and deserve a helping hand.
“Most of our team has been playing together since they were 6 or 7 years old and week in and week out, they go up against these larger academy style soccer organizations who recruit heavily,” he wrote. “Most of our team is made up of less fortunate kids whose parents are from El Salvador but they are 1rst generation Americans.”
To read the team’s story and to donate, go to gofundme.com/2czt624.