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Soccer Helped This Blind Man Overcome His Battle With Suicidal Thoughts

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The power of soccer isn’t just in the passionate fandom it creates, or the millions of dollars of income it generates every year. The power of soccer also lies in its ability to change the lives of those who play the game.

For Brazilian Andre de Souza Carlos, who is blind, soccer proved to be a second chance at life.

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A childhood accident left Andre with severely impaired vision, which eventually deteriorated to the point of total blindness, leaving him shut off from the world and severely depressed.

After he completely lost his vision, Andre describes the grief that followed as, “a big and deep fall for me. I hit rock bottom.”

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For nearly six months, Andre’s battle with depression took him to thoughts of ending his own life.

Fortunately, Andre found a glimmer of light in the darkness.

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Through blind soccer, Andre overcame the depression he experienced from losing his eyesight.

Originally developed in Spain, blind soccer is played like regulation soccer, but with modified rules.

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A few changes to the game include: Only five players per team, the ball is modified to produce sound, and games last only 50 minutes.

The popularity of the game led to its inclusion in the 2004 Paralympics.

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It has been a staple of the games ever since.

“After I started playing soccer, some things started to transform.”

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In the four years since Andre began playing the sport, he has emerged from the depression with a renewed outlook on life. “My mind started to work again and create other expectations, dreams, goals.”

Check out Andre’s entire story here.


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MLS Players Test Positive As Teams Travel To Florida To Start Tournament

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MLS Players Test Positive As Teams Travel To Florida To Start Tournament

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The numbers are startling. The number of COVID-19 infections in the U.S. is skyrocketing and breaking records for the number of infections almost daily. One of the hardest-hit states in Florida and the MLS is determined to bring their season back using Florida as their meeting ground.

MLS athletes and staff members are testing positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Florida.

Major League Soccer is one of the first sports to attempt to restart its season. Fans were excited about the decision to restart the sport and MLS officials set their sights on the Walt Disney World Resort. Teams were flown down to Orlando to create a bubble to restart the sport as safely as possible.

Florida is experiencing one of the most severe spikes in cases in the country and the MLS is not immune to the spread.

Florida recently reported more than 10,000 cases July 1, a record for the state, and within 1,000 infections from the nation’s record set in New York. Orange County, which is home to Orlando and Walt Disney World Resort, is facing one of the most devastating outbreaks in the state.

There is a lot of chatter about whether or not is possible for this bubble idea to work.

“So far, most guys have been sticking to their rooms, playing video games, FIFA and 2K. We’ve had the opportunity share meals together, which was nice because I haven’t eaten in a group in a long time,” San Jose defender Tommy Thompson told Tampa Bay Times. “It felt great to be back on the field. When we all got on that bus together and started to train with contact, it felt really good.”

Fans are questioning if this idea is going to work.

Some players have told the press that they do feel safe in the bubble as the teams practice and prepare for the MLS is Back Tournament.

“Everyone is wearing masks, some guys are wearing gloves, and I feel safe 100 percent,” Dallas midfielder Tanner Tessmann told Tampa Bay Times. “They separated us on the buses and on the plane. We are staying one to a room in the hotel. So, I feel really safe. They have good procedures in place, so everything should go smoothly.”

The MLS is Back Tournament is set to begin July 8, considering everything goes according to plan. The rest of the teams are expected to arrive this week with the first game between Inter Miami and Orlando City.

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Teammates Give Friend One Last Soccer Goal To Honor His Life After Being Killed By Police

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Teammates Give Friend One Last Soccer Goal To Honor His Life After Being Killed By Police

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There are protests against police brutality taking place across the world. The death of George Floyd sparked global anger about how people are treated by police officers. In Oaxaca, the people offered a touching tribute to a young boy killed by police.

This was the scene of a funeral in Oaxaca, Mexico honoring a teenage boy.

The young boy, identified as Alexander Martinez, was killed by municipal police in Oaxaca. Martinez was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Mexico and had been back in Oaxaca for four years. The young boy was a soccer player with a promising future.

People immediately took notice of the phrase over the goal.

Martinez’s teammates gave him a chance to score one last goal before being buried. The team met at the field where they played and he scored one last goal.

People who have seen the tweet are stricken with the irony that the goal has the words “Un Gonierno para Todos.” This translates to “A Government for Everyone.” The boy’s death, to some people, proves the hollowness of the slogan.

People are comparing this young man’s death to the death of George Floyd.

While the circumstances are much different, people are angered that the young boy was killed by the police for no reason. There is no concrete explanation as to why Martinez was shot.

It has been reported that Martinez and a friend were at the convenience store buying a soda when they were shot by police. People believe that it was a case of mistaken identity turned deadly when the boys ran from police who were shooting from a squad car.

The tribute is a touching example of athletics for some.

The video is very emotional. After the goal is scored, the teammates rush the coffin and pile on top grieving for their friend’s untimely death.

Rest in peace, Martinez.

Our thoughts are with your friends and family.

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