Pitch Invasion! Lions Players Coach Medford Soccer Youngsters
Michael Preston | Thu, Jun 8, 2017 6:30 am

Youngsters from Medford Soccer were taken by surprise on Wednesday evening when a Boston City FC ‘Pitch Invasion’ took over their weekly training session.

Several players and coaches from the National Premier Soccer League club arrived at Medford High School in a Boston City FC branded minibus and literally invaded the Medford Soccer sessions, spending two hours teaching the first to sixth graders soccer fundamentals using fun training drills.

The ‘Pitch Invasion’ is an element of the Boston City FC Youth Soccer Partner Program, which is designed to engage multiple youth soccer clubs and programs in the area, providing an opportunity for higher levels of player training, coach education, inclusion, entertainment, inspiration and motivation.  Medford Soccer, which has more than 700 members, became the first town to sign up for the alliance back in March and will follow up the pitch invasion by bringing more than 150 youngsters to Boston City’s next home match on Saturday, June 24.

Check out the Boston City FC Pitch Invasion photo gallery here.

“You can see the excitement on their faces,” said James Casey from Medford Soccer.  “It was a surprise for them that Boston City showed up, we didn’t tell them.  You can see there’s a lot of enjoyment evident there and it’s nice for them to be able to learn from some professional players who they can look up to.

Goalkeeper Vitor Scariot, defenders Paulo Henrique and Gilly Desouza, midfielders Filipe Dutra and Leandro Monteiro, forward Yaw Addow and top scorer Isaac Nana Addai paired off to take groups of young soccer enthusiasts for coaching sessions. 

Head coach Palhinha and assistant coach Tom Pashoarelli coached Medford's Under 10 girls group dusing the session.  Strength and conditioning coach Jean Michel Carlone educated a boys Under 14s group on how to warm up and stretch before training sessions and matches.

“The boys and girls all seemed to really enjoy themselves and so did we,” said Scariot.  “We made the drills fun because the best thing for them at this age is to get as many touches on the ball as possible and for training to be a fun time.”

Local soccer clubs and programs interested in partnering with Boston City FC to enjoy similar benefits should write to or call 617-513-0202.

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