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October 2, 2012

Jon Gerardi's High School Soccer column: Warrior Run learns from the best

A three-hour trip seems like a long time to sit on a bus for practice. That's just what Warrior Run was off to do back in August, however.

No, it wasn't coming home from a scrimmage somewhere. The Defenders weren't trying to get back early to get on their practice field. In fact, the practice wasn't even for Warrior Run's players.

Nope, the Defenders were simply watching another team practice.

It may seem a little weird that a high school team would travel that far to go see someone else practice, but it just so happens that they were watching a professional soccer team, which more than made that three-hour bus drive down I-476 worth it.

The Warrior Run boys soccer team made the trip down to Philadelphia in the preseason to watch Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union work out.

Thanks to the Warrior Run Boys Soccer Booster Club, the Defenders were able to go see the Union play a game back in April. After to some talking with the Union marketing and public relations' departments after the game, the club extended an invitation not many get.

"They could see that we were driving three hours to see a professional game and I think that impressed them a little bit with that commitment," Warrior Run coach Doug Bastian said. "So they offered us an opportunity to see them train and so on."

The Defenders got to see the Union on a recovery day for a two-hour training session. The opportunity to see Philadelphia in a light practice on a recovery day was something that Bastian thought was interesting to see.

The rare chance to see professional athletes not in a game, but rather in a practice, was something that Warrior Run took advantage of.

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