Playing Soccer in Costa Rica Offers a Valuable Lesson to USA Kids

Costa Rica News -My heart sank the first time I stood on the sideline of my 9-year-old son’s soccer practice in Costa Rica. Liam’s teammates ran circles around him. His little brother Reid was off the hook – at 6, he was too young for this Costa Rican team — and he gripped my hand on the sideline, reminding me at three-minute intervals that he would never play soccer in Central America. We watched as Liam nervously linked his arms behind his back and ducked every time the ball bounced near him.
For years, I had coached my kids’ recreation league soccer teams in Maine, but we are living in Costa Rica for the academic year. I felt sorry for my kid, but I was also

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