Day 9—Final Match and FC Barca Home Opener! (Aug. 20)

We arrived at La Barruana for our final match of the tour. There was only one team available for a game so we combined our own teams of boys and girls into one coed team to play the match. It was a great experience and the other team was very skilled and disciplined.

ASA playing in the final match of the trip!

A competitive and hard fought game under a dramatic sky.

The opposing team scored two goals and we weren’t able to capitalize on any of our opportunities. Regardless, it was another hard fought match with great learning opportunities in international play.

Post game, last official match of the trip.

After the match we decided to end our soccer tour with a friendly, ASA Girls vs. ASA Boys — it was a sight to see! The girls netted the first goal and the boys answered back with a quick two.

Coaching Chris bringing the coaching intensity.

However at the end of regulation, Coach Tommy said that there were ineligible players on the boys side making the the match a tie game. This meant PENALTIES! No surprise, the players loved this. After much debate we still weren’t quite sure who won the match, but goal line technology favored the girls!

We headed to the hotel to pack and get ready for the FC Barca home opener! But first, a tour of downtown Barcelona — we saw lots of sights including a mountain top view, Las Ramblas, and Sagrada Familia.

Team ASA had a blast cruising the city. We also shared a special moment of solidarity on Las Ramblas remembering the victims of the terrible attack that happened on Thursday.

After the tour we headed to Camp Nou for FC Barcelona vs Real Betis! To see the stadium fill up with so many supporters was unreal!

Team ASA was in awe. To see one of the best teams in the world play was an amazing experience! We saw two awesome goals as well.

We couldn’t have enjoyed our time more in Barcelona!

This is where our trip ends, but stay tuned to the international travel page and maybe YOU can come along next time!

A big thank you to all of our hosts — Pedro, Davi, Adu, and Meita! We couldn’t have done it without you!

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