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Aspiring soccer stars take to the field in Friendship Cup

Posted June 28, 2014

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— Aspiring soccer stars took to the field Saturday in the third annual Capital Area Soccer League Friendship Cup in Raleigh. 

More than 30 teams formed from community based organizations came together at the single-day tournament to promote diversity, sportsmanship and inclusion.

Players, from low income areas around Raleigh enjoyed the chance to play at the WRAL Soccer Center. 

"The other field is sometimes muddy, barley any grass and too many rocks," said Erickson Bonilla

Tournament organizer, Ron Sanyal, said he wants the kids to know they can grow up and be whatever they want to be. 

"I just want them to be happy and know there is a future," he said. 

Founded in 1974, the Capital Area Soccer League was the first youth soccer organization to serve youth soccer players in the greater Wake County area.

According to organizers, every participant left the tournament with a commemorative medal, goodie bag and t-shirt donated by local businesses. 

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