KMC team plays with the big boys in Nations Cup

Airman 1st Class Edward Drescher
Kaiserslautern American

A soccer team from the KMC is representing the U.S. in the first-ever Nations Cup.

The team has played a total of four games in the pool play tournament, which started Saturday.

Despite going against some of the top teams from other countries the U.S. team’s record currently stands at 2-2.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to play at this level; it’s very good exposure for our players,” said Roy Dietzman, U.S. team coach.

The team started off the tournament by beating a college team from Cameroon 3-1. They followed with a tough 5-1 loss against an overpowering Rwanda National team. Next they defeated a local German team 4-2. These three games advanced the U.S. team to the semi-finals where they were hoping for a shot to win the title. They drew a tough draw for the first game of the second round and they suffred an even tougher loss. They tied a good Brazil team 0-0 and then lost on penalty kicks.

The team will now be able to finish in places 5-8. The championship game for the tournament will be held at a stadium in Brücken.