HEREDIA, COSTA RICA – Marcelo Sarvas’ return to Costa Rica has been headline news locally this week and amid all the attention, the Brazilian midfielder and several of his teammates had an opportunity to give back to the community.
Sarvas and his Galaxy teammates Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin and Juninho participated in a clinic with sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica, Herbalife and the Club Sport La Libertad Foundation. During the event, children from local youth soccer team Club Sport La Libertad were able to sign autographs, pose for pictures with the 2012 MLS Cup trophy as well as run through soccer drills with the players.
It was Sarvas who served as the catalyst for the event as he spoke to Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena about the potential for an event during LA’s CONCACAF Champions League trip to face C.S. Herediano. Arena quickly agreed and the event was coordinated.
“It’s something beautiful, when you live in a country like [Costa Rica] you know how important that some words for the students are,” said Sarvas. “I think that it’s very beautiful for Galaxy and Herbalife to do this and help these people. I’m sure that they had a beautiful day and they will keep this in their memory for a while.”
Photos and video of the event are below…