Desert Friendlies hosted by IV Futbol

Coach Robert Osoria instructs his team during halftime at the Desert Friendlies on Saturday. Photo by Gus Garcia.

IMPERIAL — The Imperial Valley United Futbol Club hosted a series of friendlies this past weekend as four teams from the Valley and Yuma looked to sharpen up their skills in preparation for future competitions.

The two-day event was filled with action on the soccer pitch, a Dino jump for the younger spectators, and a variety-filled snack bar.

“So far it’s been a complete success,” said Robert Osoria after the completion of the first day of the friendlies. Osoria is the head coach of the Imperial Valley United Futbol Club’s 2005 boys’ squad.

“We put this event on to prepare for the CalSouth state cup and thanks to all of our parent volunteers the environment was soccer festive,” said Osoria.

Officially titled “The Desert Friendlies,” participating teams included IV United and the El Centro Dynamo from the Imperial Valley and Yuma squads; Yuma Premier Soccer Academy and Spartans FC.  The games played in the 2005 category, meaning participants were born on or after the year 2005.

Hundreds of spectators made their way to IVUFC field next to T.L. Waggoner Elementary in Imperial to cheer on the young athletes and be a part of an exciting day of soccer in the Valley.

Overall the IVUFC 2005 squad fared well as the host team, going 3-1 overall, including a hard fought and narrow victory over Dynamo El Centro Soccer Club, a fellow Valley team.

“We had great family and soccer environment. Everyone was in a great mood and the weather really cooperated,” said Osoria of the event overall.