Unspoken bond on the Yokota soccer field
Yokota Air Base hosted its inaugural bilateral youth soccer event Dec. 20. The Yokota Youth went against the Haiichi Wing at the track across from the Samurai Fitness Center, playing a total of four games.
During the event, both teams showed their skills to the surrounding spectators. The Yokota Youth played very well together, as their constant communication with one another throughout the games showed as they played.
The Haiichi Wings played as if each player thought the same, which proved to be critical during the games. Along with thinking and acting almost in unison, the Haiichi Wings were also the clear favorites coming in, as they were more experienced than their competition.
The Haiichi Wing plays year round as opposed to Yokota Youth who only plays for a season. With that, the Haiichi Wings won each of the four games played.
However, win or lose, the true purpose of the event was held to blend Japanese and American cultures together, allowing them to enjoy a day of sports, entertainment and of course, food! It’s clear that that purpose was achieved.
As each of the teams excitedly scrambled to take photos, an exuberant feeling filled the air. The players could all be seen with vibrant smiles on their faces.
“A picture is worth a thousand words,” 374th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Douglas C. Delamater said after the games.