English team Playr Academy came close, but in the end, American team Ryerson SC West came out victorious. ”Heart and passion” was key, according to scorer Marcel Alexis Salceda.
First half was almost a one person show, with Ryerson’s Paul Ilijah Gindiri stealing the spotlight. The first goal came when he pushed his way past two defenders and rolled the ball into the net.
He was also involved as Ryerson scored 2-0, when his smart pass cut through the defense and found Marcel Alexis Salceda, who could finish.
– It’s fantastic, we played well and a great game overall, says Marcel.
On a lofted corner some minutes later, Gindiri came up much higher than his marker and could head in 3-0 from the far side of the box.
Ryerson continued to play technical and pushed Playr back, but the English team would get their chance when Frankie Church was tackled hard just inside the penalty area.
Playr was awarded a penalty, one where Luke Plange sent the goalkeeper the wrong way and scored the teams first goal of the game.
In the second half, chances came at either side, as both teams played technical and fast in offense and physical in defense.
Playr edged closer to an equalizer, as Arkell Jude Boyd got in to an open position and precisely placed the ball a chasing defender, the keeper and the post, setting the score to 3-2.
The English team tried to muster the strength to get even, and even though they ended the game with several corners, free kicks and shots, they couldn’t break down the cohesive Ryerson team.
– Oh my good! I can’t explain this feeling with words. The flight here was 30 hours but I would do it everyday for this. We played with heart and passion and that is what football is all about, says Marcel.
RYERSON SC WEST – PLAYR ACADEMY 3–2 (3–1)
1–0 Paul Ilijah Gindiri, 2–0 Marcel Alexis Salceda, 2–1 Luke Plange, 3–1 Paul Ilijah Gindiri, 3–2 Arkell Jude Boyd
Yellow card: Marcel Alexis Salceda, Ryerson SC West
MVP: Paul Ilijah Gindiri
REFEREE: Robin Boqvist, Sweden
RYERSON SC WEST’S ROAD TO VICTORY
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FC Seefeld/Witikon (SUI) 5–1 W
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Ordin FC (BRA) 8–0 W
CA Barra da Tijuca (BRA) 5–4 (P) W
Hong Kong FC (CHN) 4–0 W
Forssa BK (SWE) 1–0 W
Västerås SK Ungdom (SWE) 3–0 W
CD Inter Vista Alegre (ESP) 2–1 W