Our final day in Spain and after a slightly later breakfast than usual, the morning entertainment came in the form of some songs and skits by players and coaches. With the task being that each group had to come up with a new GW Soccer song and a skit of the coaching staff, all the players did a great job and we saw some ver entertaining impressions and jokes as this was their opportunity to have some fun at the expense of all the coaches! Phil's impression of Coach Jake, Oli's great English accent for Coach Luke, Tobi's very elegant imitation of Bernadette and Jopus, Dom and Christian's brave impressions of Coach Jones were some of the many highlights.
We then jumped on the bus and headed to Estadi Cornella El-Prat, the home of RCD Espanyol, for their visit of Atletico Madrid, last year's La Liga champions and Champions League runners-up. It was another fantastic experience watching a top-level professional game, although unfortunately we used up all of our luck at the Barcelona game and the game ended 0-0. After a quick stop in the club shop, it was back on the bus and back to the hotel for our final team dinner.
After dinner, we presented our tour guide for the week, Enrique, with a GW jersey and pennant as a gift for all he had done for us throughout our time in Barcelona. It was then room and passport checks before settling down for the night before our early morning departure to the airport back to DC (after a short 19-hour trip from start to finish tomorrow!)
From all the GW Men's Soccer players and staff, we can truly say this has been an amazing and memorable experience that we will never forget. We want to thank the administration, alumni, donors, family, friends, Excel International Sports, Enrique, the staff of the Omnabrava Spa & Hotel in Santa Susana and anyone and everyone that has made this trip possible!
We look forward to seeing everyone back stateside!