More than 100 youth soccer players attented soccer tryouts in Lawrenceville, NJ, hoping to make the team to play in the 2013 San Marino Cup.
A girl from Muncy HIgh School was one of the few to make the trip. Muncy junior Carly DeVore attended the friendly U16 soccer tournament in the small republic of San Marino Italy, which is about 250 miles north of Rome. The tournament was held July 7-13.
The 13th edition of the San Marino Cup was the largest Italian youth soccer tournament for boys and girls. The tournament welcomed more then 2,000 participants and 75 teams from more than 15 different countries and 4 different continents. The games were held on 12 grass and astroturf fields, with the Olympic soccer stadium of Serravalle hosting the championship game.
DeVore played for the U.K. Elite, and her teammates came from all around the northeastern United States, with the closest coming from about 3 1/2 hours away. Each team was guaranteed four games in the San Marino Cup and Devore's team played six, going 4-2.
DeVore had fun at the tournament, but said the competition was much better then in the United States.
"It was different and the competition was a lot harder," said DeVore. "The teams were really physical and fast and a lot more competitive."
Even though DeVore was more 4,200 miles across the world she still received a lot of support from her family and the Muncy community.
"I got a lot of support from the people in Muncy and my friends," said DeVore. "My family was really excited that I got to experience something like this and that I got to experience a different culture."