Pair of MVLA soccer teams kick their way to nationals

Courtesy of Kim Cesana
The MVLA Vipers Blue made nationals by winning the west regional in Davis. Front, from left: Kai Moos, Ben Ambach, Jake Echanove, Tyler Poulsen, Paul Faurot, Ciry Mendoza and Ivan Cordera. Back: Jakob Motogawa, Nicholas Vollmer, Nikhil Weigel, Ethan Briens, Matthew Lopez, Harry Allen, William Lepesh, coach Rafael Soares, Tyler Roey and Brandt Hedgpeth. Not pictured: Ollie DeVisser and Justin Ratner.

Two teams from the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club traveled east this month to prove that the west is best when it comes to youth soccer.

The MVLA Typhoons Black (under-15 girls) competed in the Elite Clubs National League Finals in Richmond, Va., while the MVLA Vipers Blue (under-13 boys) participated in the National Cup XIII Finals in Greensboro, N.C.


Locals return from soccer tournament with fond memories of games, fans and country

Courtesy of Kingstone Shih
Dr. Kingstone Shih and wife Laura Meneses show their support for her home country of Costa Rica at the FIFA World Cup.

When Dr. Kingstone Shih goes on vacation, soccer is almost always on the itinerary. The dentist from Los Altos said he is an “avid soccer fan” who tries to attend a game wherever he travels.

So Shih couldn’t pass up the chance to be at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil – especially after learning that his wife Laura Meneses’ native country had earned a berth in the tournament.


World travelers have a ball in Brazil

Courtesy of Allie Miller
Los Altos High graduate Allie Miller and boyfriend Nick Eppers show their support for Team USA while attending a World Cup match between Iran and Nigeria last month in Brazil.

Los Altos High School graduate Allie Miller said she’s suffered from the “Brazilian blues” since returning home from the World Cup last week.

While many fans viewed the 2014 FIFA World Cup from their homes, Miller and her boyfriend Nick Eppers spent two weeks in Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba watching the international soccer competition.


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