Force to play Major League Soccer academy team

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 08:21 AM.

"A lot of big-city teams, Raleigh or Wilmington, they don’t get offers to do this. It’s a pretty big deal. We’re pretty excited, and the boys are pretty excited as well."

He said he hoped the players learn from the experience.

"I think it’s going to open their eyes to elite soccer," he said. "They’ll see what they can improve. It will open their eyes and make them see that if they want to play on a college level or professional level that it’s a whole different game."

Pablo Verduzco said he hoped the match continues to build the reputation of Havelock and the Havelock Youth Soccer Association as a quality place for soccer. So far this spring, the Fury is 6-0-1, having also won the Wrangler/McDonald tournament.

"Hopefully, we can develop a relationship between Havelock soccer and D.C. United," he said. "And who knows, maybe they’ll see one of these players and like one of these players and invite them up there. They can get some exposure in different places and different teams and show they can play soccer."

Members of the team are Fox, Brown, Zach Martin, Tucker Mentink, Sean Gorman, Nicolaus Seegel, Roy "R.J." Howard, Justin Temple, Tyler Gares, Drew Hardison, Lamberto "Beto" Gomez, Justin Kilgore, Ricardo "Ricky" Garcia, Dylan Baker, Joe Andrews, Adrian Young, Noah Kemble and Kevin Quinn. 

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