The Lake Placid-Arcadia United (LPA United) soccer team, comprised of young men under age 18, traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22 to play in a tournament with teams invited from all around the United States.
The Lake Placid squad competed against a team from the Atlanta area, defeating their opponents, 7-0. Lake Placid’s Diego Mireles served up two assists while Green Dragon teammate, Alfredo Aguillon, was the goalie, registering a shut out.
Other Lake Placid members of the team included Scott Sigrist, Jorge Arceo, Adan Barajas, Carlos Santana, Obed Cabanas and Armando Orozco. LPA United players from Arcadia included Marcus Ferguson, Jair Montalvo, Jodey Rios and Manolo Resendiz. Coach Omar Rendon of Arcadia accompanied the team. Edgar Vasquez of Lake Placid is the team’s other mentor.
The Atlanta tournament was also attended by a number of scouts for professional teams, notably from the professional league in Mexico. Diego Mireles participated in special tryouts for players under age 16 and placed in the top 20 of nearly 400 players from around the United States. The tryouts were called “Sueno Alianza.”
“I don’t want to say too much about all this right now because I’m not sure what happens next,” Mireles said, “but it was a great experience and a great honor to be chosen in the top 20 of this group.”
The LPA-United team has already played in a couple of soccer tournaments, the most recent having been in Orlando.
“We’re going to compete in several other events this summer,” Mireles said.