Youth practiced soccer with the pros over the weekend during free clinics where two Chivas USA coaches taught age-appropriate skills and strategies.
The four clinics, hosted by District 4 Supervisor Max Rodriguez, the City of Madera Parks and Community Services Department and Madera Youth Soccer League Association, drew children and their families to Sunrise Rotary Sports Complex where shade, water and free tickets to an upcoming Chivas USA game were also provided.
But most of the children weren’t new to the game, said Rodriguez, who sat in a lawn chair under a canopy watching players do drills on Saturday.
“When kids get engaged in soccer they stay out of trouble. I’ve talked to their parents and that’s what they tell me,” he said. “It’s for their enjoyment. Soccer is so widespread here in Madera. The Latino community really enjoys soccer. So we do this so they could come out and learn from the professionals." ...