Valeo Boston Youth Soccer Team Needs Help to Play in National Tourney in Colorado

The Valeo Boston 2007 boys soccer team is the first Boston youth team to ever qualify to play in the U.S. Club Soccer National tournament in Colorado in July -- and they need the community's help to get to the tourney. Tournament fees, flights, and hotel costs for the tournament are very expensive and may make it hard for the team to participate. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the team reach the tourney and win the whole darn thing! The tournament starts July 16th. After an undefeated season, the team won the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament in New Jersey on June 28th, which no Boston team had ever done before them.

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Petition to Repair Murphy Field Gains Steam

A petition was recently created asking the city to improve the Murphy Field, and last week residents testified at city hearings, urging money be allocated to fix up the well-used site. As of June 6, more than 700 people had signed the online petition created by Jamaica Plain Youth Soccer (JPYS) board president Alf Gracombe. "The playing surface, surrounding fences and backstops, lighting systems, and concrete bleachers are in clear need of an upgrade. Ever-growing youth sports programs like Jamaica Plain Youth Soccer (JPYS) and the Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League (baseball) rely on spaces such as Murphy to run their programs that provide athletic opportunities for the children of JP, Roxbury, Roslindale, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Dorchester. The crisis is already upon us.

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City to Replace Pagel Field Turf After JP Youth Soccer Petition

Pagel Field on Hyde Park Avenue is one of the most used fields in Boston, and that use has made the artificial terrain unsafe, according to an online petition. In response to the petition, the city will be doing a full turf replacement. "The artificial turf on the field desperately needs to be replaced. It is significantly worn down and there are health and safety concerns with children playing on a field in such a state of neglect. Replacing the surface with new turf will provide a safer and better soccer experience for children in our community," reads the change.org petition.

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