DeJonge International World Cup Soccer Tournament
The Ramstein men participated in an international soccer tournament May 29 to June 1 held in Hengelo, the Netherlands, with 40 teams from more than 15 different countries. Ramstein finished third overall allowing only two goals in nine games while accumulating a record of six wins, two draws and one loss. Staff Sgt. Ubaldo Barrios was selected goalie of the tournament and didn’t allow a single goal. Senior Airman Konrad Goolsby tallied six goals with two goals each for Senior Airman Micah Cummins and Staff Sgt. Jaffar Akpoidrissou. This was the best showing in international competition from the Ramstein men and started the tournament season off in fine fashion. Ramstein is preparing for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Soccer Championships to be held July 8 to 13 in Alconbury, United Kingdom.
Anniversary soccer match in Normandy
A select team from the Ramstein and Spangdahlem men’s soccer team, coached by Master Sgt. Scott DeHerrera, represented the United States in a tribute June 6 recreating a soccer game played 65 years ago after the D-Day invasion. The original game was played by Army Air Corp members who actually thought they were going to be playing American football. After 30 minutes, the U.S. team was dismantled by the local French team of St. Pierre-Eglise. The final published score was 4-1.
The United States did turn the tables on the French team winning 4-2. Spangdahlem player Staff Sgt. Jesse Zaragosa put the Americans up 2-0 with two goals within the first 10 minutes of the game. The French managed their first goal, which was quickly countered by Senior Airman Micah Cummins, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, for a 3-1 halftime advantage. Both teams paid tribute to the original game by drinking champagne at midfield during halftime. The French managed another goal to narrow the score to 3-2 before
Lt. Col. Alex Gaines from Ramstein finished scoring with a stunning 20 meter blast.
(Courtesy of Master Sgt. Scott DeHerrera)