Villarreal Nebraska Academy holds “Myths and Legends Cup”

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Saturday was day one of the “Myths and Legends Cup” at the Lincoln Sports Foundation sports complex.

The youth soccer club, Villareal Nebraska Academy hosted the event for 87 teams, dubbed “dragons and unicorns”.

Event organizers say the two-day tournament is a breath of fresh air for soccer fans in Lincoln.

According to Academy Director Jorge Sambataro, the tournament is just one way in which the Academy partners with other local clubs to grow a competitive environment for athletes while also helping the soccer community develop on and off the field.

“Our goal from the beginning was to work within the community and for the community and our kids have been doing just that. We are extremely involved with our community in other aspects of that,” said Sambataro. “We have kids that do after-school work with them, coaches that do after-school programming.”

Sambataro says the Academy focuses on using soccer as an avenue for success in the athlete’s life and career.

He says Villareal Nebraska gives players scouting opportunities for college and the chance for selection to elite teams overseas.

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