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Professional soccer kicks off in Hawaii with exhibition match

by Kyle Galdeira, Sports editor

 

Hawai‘i was treated to its first professional soccer game since 1977 when the D.C. United defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 in the innagural Aloha Soccer Cup. The Feb. 27 exhibition match featured the two major league Soccer teams as they faced off at Aloha Stadium.

 

The main attraction of the game was 15-year-old phenom Freddie Adu, a striker for the United. Adu was awarded a $1 million contract with Nike at age 13, and began playing professionally at 14.

Every time Adu came close to the ball, the crowd of almost 15,000 burst into a frenzy of cheering and yelling.

After the match, thousands of screaming youngsters sought autographs from the star on everything from soccer jerseys to cellular phones.

Galaxy midfielder Cobi Jones, a well-known soccer veteran, did not play.

The lone goal of the match was scored by United midfielder Christian Gomez on a penalty kick.

 

 

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