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WCU Youth Soccer Camp Teaches Kids Messi, Ronaldo

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109 kids hone their skills at day one of William Carey's youth soccer camp. But one particular group of campers learns how to evade defenders by using the same dribbling techniques as their idols.

"The long touches are Ronaldo and the short touches are Messi touches," says 10-year-old camper Michael Owens.

These touches are just two of the moves coach Reynolds teaches the kids.

"The Maradona move, the Cruyff, Ronaldo's got a couple of moves and then different styles of dribbling - Lionel Messi's style of dribbling may be a little bit different to Cristiano Ronaldo or something like that so it's kind of just teaching them the move, the technique of the move, and why and when they would need to use that move," says William Carey assistant men's soccer coach Carl Reynolds.

The campers demonstrate which of the new moves are their favorites.

"That's my favorite move," says 11-year-old camper Tulio Sulbaran.

"I know two of these moves that are named after famous soccer players - the Maradona and then the Cruyff - they're both famous soccer players," says 9-year-old camper Carson Kratz.

Reynolds says teaching the kids moves coined after soccer legends serves as added motivation for the campers to improve their games.

"As they start doing their moves and they become good at them, it makes them do their homework on these players, and now they're starting to learn players from all around the world, and I just think that helps because it excites the kids."

"I like learning new moves to just pull a trick on a defender - just take him out," says Kratz.

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