• Joash Dukes
       Sereno Soccer Club

  • Matt Convertino
       Holmes Bulldogs

  • Kenny White
       Chicago Fire
       Juniors of Mississippi

  • John Murphy
       Colorado Rapids

  • Fernando Clavijo
       Colorado Rapids

  • Jurgen Mainka
       Colorado Rapids

  • Larry Sunderland
       Chicago Fire Soccer


    Matt Convertino
    Head Coach of the
    Holmes Bulldogs

    "My Report From Euskadi"


    First, the best characteristic from our trip to the Basque Country was that it was authentic. The opportunity to eat traditional basque meals with the opposing teams and their families was a unique awesome cultural experience. The experience was one that will be difficult to forget!!.

    Another great characteristic was the fact that since we were not in very touristy area, the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz really let us get a feel for what daily life is probably really like in the Basque Country. In 2006 I helped coach a team that went to a resort area north of Barcelona to participate in a tournament. It was a great trip but it wasn't authentic. Since we were in a popular vacation area there were as many foreigners (Germans, English, etc) as there were locals!!! Being in Vitoria-Gasteiz was a genuine experience.

    A third unique characteristic about the trip to Vitoria-Gasteiz was the environment at Deportivo Alaves. Walking into the training facility everyday with the first and second teams training on the adjacent fields was great for our young boys to see!!! Also, as a coach, going into the locker room having Alaves training kit folded up on the bench with a bottle of water was a nice touch. All of it together truly gave the trip an authentic professional atmosphere.

    There is plenty more good things I could say but I will stop here (all the excursions were awesome by the way!!!).

     This program is sponsored by:
    The Basque

    Club Deportivo

    Foral de Alava

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