The players marched into the field in single file, as the fans settled into the bleachers. The crowd hushed as the opening ceremony began. The United States Armed Forces Men’s Soccer Championship started by recognizing the different branches of the United States Military. The Army marched out first in their black jerseys; the Navy followed closely behind in white. The third was the Marines, who marched out in red. The Air Force marched out last, in blue, to the sound of the crowd’s cheers for the reigning champions.

 

 

The players marched into the field in single file, as the fans settled into the bleachers. The crowd hushed as the opening ceremony began. The United States Armed Forces Men’s Soccer Championship started by recognizing the different branches of the United States Military. The Army marched out first in their black jerseys; the Navy followed closely behind in white. The third was the Marines, who marched out in red. The Air Force marched out last, in blue, to the sound of the crowd’s cheers for the reigning champions.

Garrison Commander Col. Kyle Reed opened the ceremony with words of encouragement and celebration, reminding everyone what they were there for.

“Reflect on who you represent, and let the game and sport be memorable,” he said.

Reed himself has played for 17 years.

The field was full of Soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen, but a few young boys stood out. Five ball boys framed the field. Mom, Michelle Chavez, watched the game while also watching her son, ball boy Angel Chavez, age 10. On the other side, brothers Michael, age 11, and Christopher Wooten, age 9, concentrated on their professional roles.

In the first game of the night, the Navy beat the Marines 6-4 after being tied in overtime and going into sudden death.

In the second game, the Army played Air Force, who in 2016, had beat them winning 3-0. The game was full of tension, building until the game was thrown into overtime. The Air Force ended overtime with a goal and beat the Army 2-1.

The games continue this week until the final championship on Saturday, June 9th, which starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 7:30 p.m.

The Army team is most eager to play against the Marines who defeated them in the last Army Forces Soccer Championship. This year’s winning of the two will be decided Thursday night, June 7th at 8:30 p.m.