Pa. soccer team overcomes injuries, learns life lessons on the field

NORTH WALES, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — “This season has been really good for us,” said 11-year-old Colin Serfass. “We’ve grown, we’ve moved the ball better and we’ve really bonded.”

Serfass is a player in the 2011 Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals Soccer Team Black, the under-12 boys’ section of the club of the same name. About two weeks ago he broke his arm in a game against FC Delco.

“It’s probably the worst, the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life,” he said. “And I won’t be able to finish the season.”

Nonetheless, Serfass turned up for training today ahead of their last regular season game.

“All I know is that I can’t just break my arm and then not show up for four weeks,” he said. “So I just want to be there to support my team.”

It’s an attitude shown by teammate Sullivan Reilly earlier this season when he broke his knee.

“I couldn’t even like the training. I only had to sit on the bench, but I still supported our team for six weeks,” said 11-year-old Reilly. “You know, you don’t bring anyone down. bring him up And our team does it really well.”

It’s a team that has impressed head coach Boomer Steigelman at every turn.

“I’ve been coaching the team for about four or five years and I think this has been our best year yet,” said Steigelman. “At the beginning of the year we didn’t know how we would look now because of some injuries. But at the moment we’re doing a really good job.”

With excitement surrounding the upcoming World Cup building, players were particularly keen to compete in the SUPERCOPA+ tournament in May 2023. The Tampa, Florida event will have three ways to register: by invitation, a qualifier, or by application.

“We were invited last year but couldn’t go,” Steigelman said. “Many of the local teams will try to apply. So we just applied and hope we get accepted.”

In order to raise the funds needed to send the team on a trip to Florida next year, the team is holding various fundraisers. A 50/50 drawing and World Cup Bracket Pool is currently underway and anyone interested can enter using the information below.

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To learn more about the Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals Soccer Club, visit their website.

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