US Hopes Treasure European Experience

By Matt Hetherington | Sept. 06, 2018, 3:07 p.m. (ET)

Seven US Hopes players ventured to Europe, many of them for their first international experience representing the United States. Emily Tan, Ann-Ping Shangguan, Kayleigh Cui, Daria Fahimi, Stanley Hsu, Mu Du and Darius Fahimi traveled to compete in the biggest Hopes competition in the world, drawing 327 competitors this year. 

Under the guidance of coaches Maggie Tian and Judy Hugh, the 7 partook in a special international training camp from 16th-23rd August. The players experienced a full training schedule with 3 hours in the morning session and 3 hours in the afternoon, along with physical conditioning as part of the practice. 

The young players had an opportunity to train and compete with players from many different countries and make new friends in the same age category. All players were born 2006/07, the Hopes age category. 

Parents and the players alike commented on the positive impacts of the experience and the many lessons learned. Emphasis was certainly placed upon a strong desire to repeat more opportunities like this to help develop young American talents. The team encountered many tough matches as they entered the large euromini competition and played with merit, certainly many different styles and a different environment and atmosphere to the USA. 

These experiences often show some different drill types, training methods and philosophies with a different continental flavor. Hopefully the players will bring back what they learned to the USA and continue to impress here at home.

Coach Maggie Tian commented on the hard work and improvement of the young US players, noting that she saw positive progress from each player every day during the time in Europe.