I brought my 7-year-old son, Mateo, to watch the team practice. He and I passed it around with the team members. Afterward, I asked him to describe what it was like to see it in person. He had three words: "It was amazing!"
It's why team captain Calabria thinks there's potential to grow the team and several regional programs into a certified league with paid players and ticketed games.
"I think people might have an idea when they hear ‘amputee soccer,’ what it might be. But you gotta come see it to believe it, really," he said.
It's the goal and another challenge to overcome. Their coach knows, for these athletes, that's part of this game.