From museums to breathtaking sites, there's plenty to do in England. For the boys on the AYSO Region 120 under-12 travel soccer team, they know the game is big in that country. That's enough to get them excited.
But, as the boys from Costa Mesa board their plane today, some taking a flight for the first time, they'll think of the most thrilling part about their upcoming trip.
"We are looking forward to everything, but we are looking forward to the tournament mostly," said Kobe Wood, an 11-year-old Costa Mesa resident on the team. "We are looking forward to the tournament because that's the whole reason we're going."
FC Mesa, the travel team made up of 15 players and two coaches, will spend a week in England, competing in the Arsenal tournament. The boys say they are grateful for the opportunity to play together outside of the U.S. They realize all the work that went into making it happen, as expenses have been paid for their trip through fundraising. A community came together to help the boys create everlasting memories.