Galveston County Youth Soccer has teamed up with Jay Sims and Marcelo Arredondo to recruit and develop an under-19 soccer team.  

The ultimate goal is to prepare these young high school age men to compete in the Disney Cup International tournament during the summer of 2015. The tournament is held each summer at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Kissimmee, FL. This will be an exciting opportunity for some of the best soccer players in Galveston County to come together to train and see how they stack up to teams from other parts of the USA as well as teams from other countries.  

The team has had two open tryouts and is currently working with about 26 players. They will train and compete in local area tournaments to test their skills and determine which players will make the cut to go to the Disney Cup International. The maximum roster size is 18 for the tournament in Florida so each player will need to earn their spot on the team and must work hard to keep their spot.  

The coaches are looking for respectful, skillful, knowledgeable, energetic and coachable players.   

The team had its first scrimmage on Saturday, in Galveston.

The current team is made up of players from Galveston Island, Texas City, Santa Fe, Bacliff and Dickinson.

These players will all be registered through GCYS. 

GCYS provides fall and spring seasons for players from 4 to 18 years old, giving them a fun safe place to play soccer.  

GCYS offers recreational and competitive soccer teams.  

You can get more information about the upcoming fall season by visiting their website at registration opens May 1st. This unique opportunity for these young men will not come easy. 

Each player will need to continue to improve individually and as soccer teammate, he will also be required to raise funds to pay for the transportation, accommodations, food, tournament registration fee and uniforms for the Disney Cup International.  

So, during the next 12 to 15 months, the team will be looking for any opportunities to raise money for the trip as well as putting together sponsorship packages for anyone who would like to help offset some of these expenses. 

All donations are tax deductible. 

Anyone interested in trying out for the team or wanting more sponsorship information can contact Jay Sims at

Matthew Hay, a Daily News correspondent, is a lifelong soccer fan and has coached youth soccer for more than 12 years.


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