When the U14s entered the hotel on Thursday they had to walk past a towering team that looked like they may be one of the top U18s around. Come to find out they weren't. They were actually U14s and our first opponent.
Fortunately the game was less of an athletic contest and more about soccer. The teams were welomed by Bermuda legend and former West Ham player Clyde Best in the pregame ceremonies. With much anticipation and plenty of island publicity, the game kicked off in front of 500 fans in the National Stadium. The first half was even with very few chances and some good play from both sides. As the second half wore on, the French side started to take more of the possession and in the final 8 minutes goalkeeper Brad Holub had to make 3 spectacular saves to deny the games first goal. With a gale force wind at thier backs Sochaux finally broke the deadlock in the 4th of 7 minutes of stoppage time.
Although disappointed, the Rapids team will regroup for today's game against one of Bermuda's youth national teams.
We will update you again tomorrow...