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Thirty of the best soccer players from the United States Army came together for a 3 week long trial camp in Ft Benning, GA. These Soldier athletes span from across the globe from duty locations in North America, Europe and Asia and came together (Player Intro Videos) for a chance to compete in the Armed Forces Soccer Championships at MCAS Miramar in San Diego, California against the best of the Air Force, Navy and Marines from 12-21 May, 2015. (Video)
During this trial camp came grueling 3-a-day trainings which helped the team prepare for the tournament. Also, the team travelled down to Jacksonville, Florida where they had the opportunity to play against quality opponents including the Jacksonville Armada (Professional) squad of the North American Soccer League.
The team arrived in San Diego prepared to represent their respective units and the Army. In the first two matches, the team sustained 4 injuries to notable starting players, including team Captain, Andy Hyres, based out of Joint-Base Lewis McChord, here in Washington. Hyres attended Pacific Lutheran University of Tacoma, where he played collegiately from 2005-2009. He and fellow teammate Jeremy Dornbusch, a Reservist, played for the local amateur team South Sound Shock F.C. in the recent winter Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL) season.
Despite the injuries, Army prevailed and came out on top against the Air Force in the Championship game to win the gold medal. From this tournament, 18 of the top players from this tournament were selected from all branches of service to represent Team USA in the 2015 World Military Games which will be held 2-12 October in South Korea, of which Hyres was selected to participate in.
Leo Potts (Logistics Specialist 2) of the Olympic Force of the Evergreen Premier League was called into training with the Navy team as they began their tournament preparations.
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