Both the participating teams from Dallas and Fort Worth of Texas have entered the final of the ongoing Inter-State Soccer Tournament in California, Saturday.
The Dallas Texas team with umpire Jitu Basnet. The team defeated Idaho team securing its position for the final battle (Picture : Yug Dabadi)
Defeating the Idaho team with a marvelous victory of 5/2 during the semifinal, Texas Dallas team sealed their place for the final battle, which will be played against the Texas Forth Worth team on Sunday at 13:15 hours.
The latter entered the final after beating the Oregon team against 5/1 in today’s match.
Quarterfinals and semifinalsThe second day of the Inter-State Soccer Tournament ended successfully here in Oakland California.
In the first half of the day, all the first rounds of the games were played between the participating teams.
Team Idaho won the first game scoring two goals against Tucson, and Arizona in a tiebreaker penalty shoot scoring a total of six goals.
In the second match, Oregon team secured its victory against the host team California White with six goals in the tiebreaker penalty shootout. Oregon was privileged to enter the semifinal as a bystander team bypassing the quarterfinals, where over 300 Californian Bhutanese spectators were present.
Meanwhile, Texas Dallas team gained a victory with single goal against Colorado team. Similarly, Texas Fort Worth won Georgia by two goals while Idaho team defeated Tennessee in a tiebreaker penalty shoots.
The Texas Forth Worth team pose for a group photograph after entering the final by beating Oregon team against 5/1, Saturday, California
The official team led by Jitu Basnet included experienced Bhutanese soccer player and trainer Madan Yonjan and one volunteer Travis Nichols judged all the games. Nichols is a Regional Director of Ethne Global Services, which is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, and a soccer lover.
According to Jeevan Subba, the Chairman of the Bhutanese Community of California, Yonjan had even trained Bhaichung Bhutia, the former Indian soccer team captain.
Organizers said that all the matches were played in a friendly manner with no injuries and conflicts.
Local American volunteers, volunteers from Bhutanese Community of California and Bhutanese California Youth Club supported the players and the teams with foods, lodging, transportation and other logistics helps.