There was little time for rest over the Spring Break as Sigma teams travelled to the Boston area for a series of games against university and club competition.
The highlight of the trip was a match at historic Harvard Field on the campus of the world-renowned school of the same name. The purpose of the trip was to face some American competition and play before some U.S. College scouts.
Beyond that, the trip was a chance for the younger Sigma teams to see what the U.S. College system was about. To that end, the group took in a tour of Northeastern University, Boston College and College of Holy Cross along with playing matches at Harvard Campus, Mt Ida College and Brandeis University.
"The boys got to see a lot in this trip both on and off the field. The competition was very good with the FC Bolts Celtic Academy teams who are members of the USS Development Academy League. Beyond the games which were played on very good fields the boys were able to visit a variety of Universities in and around the Boston area where they were able to get a great feel for the environment. Our A1 team played a great match with Northeastern University while our B2's had the opportunity to play a match at one of the top academic institutions in the world, Harvard University.," said Sigma FC Technical Director Bobby Smyrniotis. "From that end, it was really great. It really opens the eyes of the younger kids."
Sigma FC has had a long history of sending players to study and play at the U.S. Collegiate level, including more than 30 players over the past three years. According to Smyrniotis, it is important that players understand what it means to be a student athlete in that environment.
"We played some good competition," he said. "The reality of what things look like down here was evident. Here, the boys could see how sports are supported."
SIGMA Teams @ Boston College (Photo: Sigma FC)
SIGMA Teams @ Holy Cross (Photo: Sigma FC)
For Sigma A1, the trip gave the boys a chance to play before more university coaches. There were more than 14 coaches in attendance for their first game against FC Bolt Celtic U18 Academy team, in a 3-3 tie. In there second match there were more than a dozen in attendance as the A1s faced a very strong Northeastern Univ. team. They dropped a 3-0 decision, in a very close and competitive match at times controlling the game with their passing style against the bigger, older Northeastern side that knocked Boston College out of the NCAA tournament last season.
Poor weather rendered fields unplayable, scuttling scheduled games against Holy Cross.
Sigma FC left Boston, leaving behind a good impression and invitations to return.
Following are complete results from the Boston Spring Break Tour:
Sigma A1 3 v 3 FC Bolts Celtic
Sigma A1 0 v 3 Northeastern University
Sigma B1 1 v 1 FC Bolts Celtic
Sigma B1 4 v 0 FC Bolts Celtic
Sigma B2 2 v 2 FC Bolts Celtic
Sigma B2 2 v 5 FC Bolts Celtic (at Harvard)