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By Michele Gile

ANAHEIM ( — A professional soccer team spent Friday afternoon coaching hundreds of young soccer players from the Anaheim YMCA.

Members of the Los Angeles Blues, a professional soccer team, met on an Anaheim field with 220 energetic elementary school students who refined their kicking and passing techniques.

“When we get to come out here, you want to put a smile on their face. You want them to enjoy themselves. You want them to enjoy soccer,” L.A. Blues soccer player Matt Hall told KCAL9’s Michele Gile.

The event marked the second year the L.A. Blues have coached the kids for free.

“This is a wonderful event and a great opportunity for the kids in Anaheim to come out and get to see the soccer players in action and be able to participate side-by-side with them,” said Donna Frey of the YMCA Anaheim.

The L.A. Blues will host the Galaxy soccer team this season. They begin their third season on Saturday evening. The team gave the children one free, season opener ticket, Gile reported. For more information, visit the L.A. Blues online.


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