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Sean Cooke and Sal D’Amico chased the ball along the inflatable sideline.
Ahead of World Cup, EMSC celebrates soccer
Susan Grieco/Herald
Megan Fischer, left, and Paige Werlau battled for a loose ball at Speno Park.

It’s the season of soccer, not only in East Meadow, but worldwide. On Thursday, The 2014 FIFA World Cup will kick off in Brazil. Teams from countries all over the world — including the United States — will compete to determine the champion.

On Sunday, soccer was on full display at Speno Park in East Meadow, but in a much less competitive manner. The East Meadow Soccer Club hosted its annual intramural festival, giving kids of all ages an added opportunity to play the sport for fun, on fields with inflatable dividers. More than 800 families were expected to participate in the festivities throughout the daylong event.

In addition, the Herald asked the young athletes about what they are most excited for in this year’s World Cup tournament.

"Watching a great player like Lionel Messi should be very exciting."   

Matthias Martin






"Soccer is my favorite sport... I've been playing since I was 3
                                                                             so I'm excited to watch the great players in the
World Cup."

Amanda Green



"I'm happy to watch all of the great players from the best soccer teams in the world."

Arjun Varma






"I'm excited to watch Messi bring Argentina to the finals!"

Eric Valasquez

"Watching all of the teams unite together to determine
who is the best of the best in world soccer."

Leandra Meuller

"Being a typical girl, I'm really looking forward to
watching Cristiano Ronaldo play for Portugal."

Thea Weingarden




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East meadow soccer club does not allow children to participate in their recreational intramural program if the children choose to play travel soccer with another club. They are punishing the children who have made a personal decision to play with another club. Parents volunteer to coach the intramural program, there are no standings and the club is always touting it as a fun, recreational experience for the community. They are in fact trying to take the fun out of the soccer experience and they do not take our children into consideration. Additionally they have funded their field of dreams renovation with taxpayer money and they use east meadow school district's fields while not sharing in the cost to maintain them. It's outrageous that they feel they have the right to exclude certain children they see as possible rivals.

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