On Friday 5th of June, the Nou Municipal in Cornellà was visited by the men’s soccer team of the prestigious Harvard University to play a friendly match against the Youth B of UE Cornellà.The players of Cambridge, Massachusetts visited Spain after a short Italy tour, to learn about Spanish football and to take the opportunity to face some spanish teams in a couple of friendly matches.
The opponent of the university students was the Juvenil B team of the green entity. In their first friendly match in Barcelona the Americans won by 2 goals to 0 against UE Cornellà, with SOCCER Stages member Joey Soeder in its raks.
Both teams measured their potential in a closely fought first part, with many touches of quality by Cornellà but little success in front of the goal. The Harvard team had some very good chances, some saved by the goalkeeper and others frustrated by a strong local defense. But just before the end of the first half of the match, and after a good combination, the university team scored the first goal.
After the break, Soeder, also American, entered the field to play the second half. The game continued in the same vein and just a few minutes after resumption, the Harvard team scored the second and final goal on the scoreboard. A good play on the left side that ended with a powerful shot into the net of the Cornellà team. A good experience for both teams.
But the day in Cornellà was not finished for the Harvard men’s team. After the match some team members of WOSPAC accompanied the whole expedition, more than 30 people, to make a visit through our facilities to show how our players live in Barcelona.