Thursday, July 8, 2010

A United Nations of Soccer: Shalrie Joseph Soccer Club draws from diverse backgrounds for success


WEST ROXBURY — As the soccer world turned its attention toward South Africa and the 2010 World Cup for a celebration of diversity in sport, the pitch at Millennium Park was host to its own potpourri of ethnicities, featuring young players from several countries suiting up for the same squad.

The Shalrie Joseph Soccer Club U-14 team, sponsored by the captain of the New England Revolution, practiced for the final time last Friday night before traveling to Murfreesboro, Tenn., for the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup. There, the Brookline-based squad will kick off its quest today in the first round of pool play against SC of Waukesha, Wis.

“You have to practice the way you want to play,’’ coach Pedro Herivaux told his players after overseeing an intrasquad scrimmage. “I don’t care if he’s normally on your team. You have to make your guy uncomfortable.’’

That is the Haitian style of soccer, according to Herivaux, a native of the Caribbean nation.

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