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The tournament was billed as a demonstration and development event, but neither the World Cup veterans nor first-tournament players treated it that way.
They all came to win.
Competitive Play"Adaptive soccer is relatively new to this area," said Kirkwood General Manager Joe Mills, "so we really didn't know what the level of play would be.
"We found out very quickly that it's aggressive, very competitive, and I think a much faster game than some of us expected. And if someone went down, they spit out the grass, got back up and got back into the play - just what you'd expect of tournament soccer."
Few DifferencesAsked about the differences between adaptive and two-legged soccer - other than the obvious - Mills said, "There's no question this was real soccer.
"There really was no difference in terms of the attitude of the players - the chatter on the field, the griping at the referee, and the celebration after a score.
"If you closed your eyes and just listened to the match you couldn't tell the difference between this adaptive game and the tournament play we have here all the time.
"We were really quite impressed. I think a lot of people came away with a new respect for the adaptive athlete - especially on the soccer field."
Rookie Leads All ScorersThough the tournament featured seven World Cup veterans, the surprise of the tournament came in the form of Keith Mann, the 18-year-old rookie from Plainfield, NJ.
Playing in his first amputee soccer tournament, Mann, the youngest player in this year's event, led the scoring with three goals, including one in the medal round, to lead Philadelphia to the Championship.
Five time World Cup veteran Charles Brown, of Los Angeles, put it simply, "That red-headed rookie just plain smoked us."
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