There are certain sports you can do all your life: Golf. Tennis. Swimming. Running.
At some point, baseball players move on to softball. Football players trade their helmets for flags.
Soccer — a game of constant running, tough physical contact and diving* all over the place — seems to be a young person’s game.
Don’t tell that to the Fairfield Gaelic-American Club team. With a roster filled with Westport and Westport-related players, they made the finals of the national Over-40 Cup tournament, in Maryland.
In the semifinal, they edged the Florida Kickers — the defending champions national champions — 1-0.
Unfortunately, they fell in the finals to a team from Chicago. “They were fitter, better organized and had a few former MLS [pro] players,” says Todd Coleman.
By day, he’s an investment banker. In his spare time, he’s co-president of the Westport Soccer Association. And — as a former Staples High School captain — he’s representative of his team that is not very Gaelic, but quite Westport-oriented.
Todd’s teammates this weekend included Westporter Tyler Ricks, plus Edwin Leon, Steve Halloran, Tim Yates and Andy Hoffmann. All have played on many Westport men’s teams, and in Staples soccer alumni events (though they are only “honorary” alums).
Gaelic players who helped the team reach the finals, but could not make this trip, include Dr. Jonathan Sollinger, a former Staples captain and Dartmouth College star; Mickey Kydes, Westport Soccer Association director of coaching, former MLS player and Westport resident; EJ Zebro, a certified movement and performance coach who owns Westport’s TAP StrengthLab, and Mike Brown, who won 2 state championships at Staples and starred at Middlebury College.
Congratulations to all. “06880” is indeed where Westport meets the world — and the world game.
*For headers and tackles, not the fake-injury kind.