Former Colombian soccer players to teach their skills in US

by | Jul 25, 2022 | Sports

NEW YORK — A Colombian soccer fan who came to the U.S. as a political refugee is creating a training camp for young people in New Mexico with former players from Colombia as the instructors. David Certain, who owns a coffee company, hopes one day to expand the program in the United States and also take it back to his home country.Former Philadelphia Union player Carlos Valdés and ex-Colombia midfielder Víctor Pacheco are among those teaching the skills and disciplines of soccer to young people in Albuquerque this week, along with former midfielder Jorge Bolaño and ex-goalkeeper Julián Viafara.Certain wants to create a physical but also emotional and mental training camp for young people who like to play soccer.“You see a lot of talent that looks very robotic. We want to focus a lot on the emotional part, so that they can control their emotions a little more and know that, when there are emotions, it is normal”, the 42-year-old Colombian said. “It is totally normal to feel failure when the goal is not scored, but how do you manage the moment after that? After that, a lot of kids get stuck.”The daily camp, which is the first project of the new Alianza Sports, ends Friday in Albuquerque. New Mexico United forward Devon Sandoval will also be involved.Certain says he is working with companies to provide scholarships for the camp. Sessions are for 10-14- …

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