International Arena Soccer Tournament kicks off tonight at Century Link Arena


    Tonight, under the CenturyLink Arena lights, Team Mexico, Team Colombia, Team Somalia and Team USA will take to the turf. (Axel Quartarone Photo)

    Tonight, under the CenturyLink Arena lights, Team Mexico, Team Colombia, Team Somalia and Team USA will take to the turf.

    This is the second year Boise has had the opportunity to host some of the best arena soccer players from around the world.

    Practice kicked off bright and early for the teams this morning ahead of tonight's match up.

    CBS 2 News spoke with Team USA midfielder and Sandpoint, Idaho native, Brian Farber who says they have a lot of new faces this year.

    But it's this tournament that is the first step in solidifying their international standing.

    "This is preparation," Farber says. "We have the Indoor World Cup coming up in a couple of months and we have new guys intermingled into the squad, so we are getting to know each other a little bit. First game we are gonna try to kick the rust off and so if we advance then we will have a much tougher match up. It's a semi-final format and we are looking for two wins. "

    Taking on Team USA tonight is Team Somalia.

    CBS 2 News caught up with their coach Ahmed Ali who says that although his team is young, they have been practicing year round for this season. And for some, he says this is the opportunity of a lifetime.

    "This year we changed what we had last year and we have young kids fresh out of high school, some of them graduated last year some of them still in high school," says Ali. "The oldest guy on the team is 23 years old so we decided to change the whole team to give these kids an opportunity they never had before. "

    He says his team is ready to take on Team USA tonight, that match up starts at 7:30pm.

    The tournament kicks off at 5:30pm tonight as Team Colombia takes on Team Mexico.

    Tickets can be purchased through the CenturyLink Arena HERE.

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