By Jasmine Gonzalez
The following essay won 1st place in a contest sponsored by South-East Madera County United.
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My experience at this game was unforgettable. Starting from the car ride here till the end of the game. I’m glad I got to have this experience with my soccer team (Central Valley Vipers) as well.
Once we got off the bus I was all ready to see the game, and see Chivas USA win. I have been a Chivas fan since who knows when. My whole family is a big fan of Chivas soccer teams!
Anyways, once we got off we all got prepared with our tickets in our hands and smiles on our faces. It took us a while to get in but we did, with our cameras ready for every shot. We got in and stood in line to high five the players hands. As I heard the screaming and yelling I knew they were coming out and when they did I had my hand out and wide open to high five every single one of them.
When the players were warmed up and ready to play my whole team sat down, prepared to cheer. I was ready to cheer on my team but also learn from them. I watched the defenders play and saw how they could wait and cover each of their forwards. I was able to see the nice perfect goals they scored both Chivas USA and New York. I had a great time cheering with my team. We would yell and celebrate each goal, argue at each foul the ref miscalled, and laugh at how some players would fake their injuries/fouls. This fantastic experience and team bonding would have never happened without the help of our coach who organized this. I am just glad and grateful that I have a team like Central Valley Vipers to experience my unforgettable moments with.