When you are George Larsen and you have two Newport Beach-based Slammers FC teams traveling to the Midwest, one team flies Sunday and the other the next day.
The chaotic flight schedule is one Larsen is glad he experienced.
Larsen is the only coach guiding two teams to the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, Kan. Larsen has a side in under-17 girls' division and one in the under-16 boys' division.
The tournament starts Wednesday, giving Larsen and the teams time to settle in. The girls arrived before the boys and right away each felt the change in temperature.
"It's hot and humid," said Jack Gorab, a defender for the Slammers boys' team. "It's something to get used to."
Gorab and the rest of his teammates plan to sweat it out at the tournament for five days. The Slammers want to make it to Sunday, the finale.
Gorab has won a lot this year. He said much of the Slammers success is due to having six members of the Corona del Mar High boys' soccer team. Larsen coached the squad and Gorab, midfielder Mason Case, striker Jack McBean, goalkeeper Connor Gaal and sweeper Greg Allen played.