The Boys participated in another full training session at the grounds of FC Kaiserslautern this morning. This was followed up with a visit to the historic and beautiful city of Heidelberg. The visit included a guided tour of its remarkable ancient castle. The rain on the day was a reminder of home but the sights were seemingly a world away. A late dinner and a couple hours of down time concluded the day.
The Boys were given some rest time to start the day but found their legs when visiting a large sporting goods store. Later in the day, the U14 Boys played SV Wiesenthalerof, a feeder Club to FC Kaiserslautern. The locals were clearly overmatched with the MUFC team coasting to an easy 9-0 victory. The hosts were gracious and impressed with the abilities of our players. Up the road, the U16 boys were matched up against FK Pirmasen. A winding climb up the mountainside made for some pleasant scenery but there was a significant drop in the temperature making it feel more like a November in BC. The Pirmasen team showed considerable technical ability and were very effective in counterattack. They were able to establish a 2-0 lead before the MUFC boys rallied back on a goal from Willem Kok. With six minutes to go and with MUFC pressing by going with three at the back, Pirmasen found a way to score three late goals to finish it at 5-1. A disappointing scoreline and certainly not one indicative of the game overall, but a lesson in determination and competitiveness for the MUFC players.
The group traveled to the beautiful French city of Strasbourg. The canal tour provided some incredible visuals of the architecture and historic buildings. This was followed up with an opportunity to walk the cobblestoned streets and a quick visit to the extraordinary Strasbourg Cathedral. Later in the afternoon, the U14 Boys played a team from the town of Obernai, about 20 minutes from Strasbourg. The local team was essentially a replacement group to the originally scheduled Strasbourg team and did not match up to our boys. MUFC cruised to a lopsided victory and again, the hosts were extremely friendly and impressed with the quality of our play. A 2-hour bus ride returned the group to our base in Kaiserslautern.