A team of boys born in 2004 recently traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico for an international youth soccer event. The event, Copa Chivas 2017, was hosted by the professional club Club Deportivo Guadalajara or more commonly known as Chivas Guadalajara. Chivas Guadalajara were recently crowned champions of Liga MX, Mexico’s top division for professional soccer.
The event is endorsed by the Mexico Federation of soccer and drew top teams from the US and Central America. Clubs from the US included FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, San Diego Surf and Slammers FC. International clubs included Chivas, Pumas, Tigres, Monterrey and Santos Elite.
Copa Chivas 2017 provided high level competition that saw our ’04 Boys compile a record of 1-2-1 over the four matches. The team played against Seleccion Cordica from Guadalajara, Marval FC from Los Mochis, Sinaloa and Santos Elite an academy from Santos Torreon. All opponents were Mexican teams from three different states.
“The Copa Chivas was a great cultural experience for our boys internationally. Playing in Guadalajara provided difficult challenges and unique life lessons. Our team displayed commendable work ethic, responded well to adverse moments and played some great soccer.” Coach Brian Cvilikas, Director of Coaching – Youth Boys.
“Copa Chivas was a perfect event for the purpose of taking this group of talented players internationally for the first time. Boys faced adversity in different ways and the way they responded to this matter was amazing. The experience that every single player acquired on and off the field in this trip will help them and make a positive impact in their personal lives.” Coach Alex Cardenas, Head Coach, U19 Boys Development Academy.
The boys got to see Estadio Chivas where the 2017-2018 Liga MX season kicked off with local teams Chivas and Atlas starting their campaigns. They experienced the city culture walking downtown, going into the market, dining at local restaurants, and sampling the local cuisine. They scored some local professional jerseys and other souvenirs. They also had the opportunity to see the Guadalajara Cathedral, Teatro Degollado and the Plaza de Armas.