Boston City FC Teaches Soccer Techniques At Malden Soccer Nights
Fri, Aug 4, 2017 9:13 am

Boston City head coach Palhinha and two star players of the team’s 2017 NPSL season, Kevin Herrera and Vitor Scariot, demonstrated techniques for youngsters attending this week’s annual Malden Soccer Nights event.

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Malden Soccer Nights is a week-long evening program that attracts more than 200 children to engage in soccer training along with health and nutrition education.  The program brings in celebrities to drive home the messages of hard work, commitment and dedication.  The program is run in conjunction with Malden Youth Soccer, local church leaders and a large number of volunteers and takes place at MacDonald Stadium.

On Tuesday midfielder, Kevin Herrera demonstrated techniques of dribbling, beating defenders, one versus one movements, getting around the shoulders of defenders and driving to space and ultimately to goal.

On Thursday night, goalkeeper Vitor Scariot answered questions from a group of aspiring young goalkeepers before sharing techniques on how to make saves on the air and on the ground.  Coach Palhinha put Vitor through some keeper drills and the pair then tested the Malden youngsters to see if they could make similar saves.

"I had a great time and I love coaching kids," said Vitor.  "There were a lot of great questions about what it is like to face penalties, the toughest part about being a goalkeeper, and when they found out I am Brazilian, they wanted to know if I had ever played against Neymar!"

Vitor started the first four matches of the 2017 NPSL campaign for the Lions, before suffering an injury in a U.S. Open Cup win away to Western Mass Pioneers.  He regained his place in the second half of the season, totaling 681 minutes played.

In 2016, the teenage goalkeeper made an immediate impact starting between the posts for the Lions, making two crucial late saves in only his second NPSL match to help defeat New York Cosmos B.  His arrival in goal coincided with a nine-match unbeaten run and during that time he kept five clean sheets.  He was named to the all-NPSL second team and selected as the Ironsides Crew 2016 Player of the Year by the club's supporters.

Kevin Herrera made headlines in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup win away to Western Mass Pioneers.  The Lynn, MA, native provided a pinpoint cross for the equalizing goal in extra time and then coolly tucked away the fifth and decisive penalty in the shootout after a 2-2 draw.  He finished third on the team in scoring with four goals in all competitions and contributed five assists, which was the second most for the Lions this season.  He totaled 769 minutes, playing in every match except the season opener.



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