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Former Truckee soccer players win Un Mundo Invitational

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Courtesy John VirusTeam R. K. Force: Jeff Ebner, Gabe Gannam, Danny Rostad, Jarret Bower, Kevin Flynn, Kyle Flynn, Matt Freeman, Peter Nicholas, Kevin Waters, Tom Linnet, Tom Kleffman, Justin Platt, J.C. Martinez, Tim McDonald and Elias Silver.

Team R. K. Force, an assembled group of former Truckee High soccer players, won the second annual Un Mundo Invitational this past weekend with a hard-fought 2-0 win over the defending champs, the Zorros.

The tournament, put on by the Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club, featured 10 teams competing on the Truckee High soccer fields in front of a crowd of more than 300.

Rotary District 5190 Governor Wyn Spiller attended the opening ceremonies, after which players from Eastern Europe, South America, Reno, Lake Tahoe and Truckee played five one-hour matches.

Teams battled for bragging rights as well as a complete set of uniforms with the logos of sponsors and free admission into next year’s Un Mundo Invitational.

“It was a special moment for all of us,” said Matt Freeman, R. K. Force’s captain and manager. “This was a chance for us former Truckee High soccer players to band together one last time before we all separate to our chosen career paths. Most of us hadn’t played organized soccer in years, and we played this tournament as if we hadn’t missed a beat.

“None of this was possible without the exceptional play from guys like Jeff Ebner, Elias Silver, Danny Rostad and Justin Platt. What better than to be sponsored by a fellow Truckee High classmate Ryan Kautz of RK Excavating, and we represented his company with pride.”

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Freeman said he and his teammates also enjoyed the opportunity to have Rob Curtis, former Truckee High coach, in attendance to support R.K. Force in the title game.

“He coached everyone on the team and showed us how to play real soccer,” Freeman said. “Truckee soccer was a significant part of all of our youth, and this was a perfect way to top it all off.

Along with their new jerseys, R.K. Force hopes to raise money to put names on the backs of the shirts. For donations, e-mail kilosta2001@yahoo.com.