Weston AYSO U14 Boys Team Places Second at National Tournament

Two AYSO teams from Weston competed in the AYSO National Games in Hawaii, with the U14 boys team taking home the second place trophy. The U19 boys team also played in the Hawaiian tournament.

Colleen DiGiamberardino, whose son Massimo plays on the U14 team, says both teams spent the summer practicing and fundraising for the trip. One practice was held the in Lauderdale by the Sea, with the boys holding a beach clean-up afterwards. 

 The trip to Hawaii was expensive, so to help offset costs both AYSO teams held dine-out fundraisers at local restaurants, and the U14 team held a car wash at the Weston YMCA where the boys raised $960. There was also a Go Fund Me account for supporters to make donations.

All the preparation and effort were worth it. DiGiamberardino says the Opening Ceremony was reminiscent of the Olympic Games with a parade, bands, Polynesian entertainment and words of encouragement from Hawaiian dignitaries. 

Although a competition, she says she was impressed with the level of sportsmanship expressed by the players. “The players were privileged to meet boys from various states and exchange team pins after competing. Our coaches took pictures of our team and the teams we played as a large group. We wanted to share a feeling of togetherness and unity with teams throughout the country.”

Looking back on the experience, DiGiamberardino says the parents are all proud of their boys for their athletic achievement as well as their personal growth. “While in Hawaii our boys demonstrated respectful behavior while in the hotels, during competitions and while in public. We are proud of their accomplishments and professionalism.”

In addition to cheering on the teams, families were able to do some sightseeing while in Oahu. According to DiGiamberardino, many families visited Diamondhead, Hanauma Bay, Moana Falls and Pearl Harbor. Both teams enjoyed a beautiful dinner together at a waterfront restaurant adjacent to Pearl Harbor. 

The AYSO U14 team is coached by Rubin Jimenez and Assistant Coach Reggie Araujo. The U19 team is coached by John DeLeo with Assistant Coach Alan Dagen.