Barely two-years old, it does not have access to a soccer field, using a church basement in Newark for practice. Many of its athletes, mostly immigrants from Latin America and Africa, cannot afford to pay any member fees, making the club reliant on donations to stay afloat.
But these three dozen young men from North Jersey are turning heads. Last year, the club took home the under-20 and under-23 titles of the New Jersey Soccer Association state cup. In two months, the team will take on the nation’s best clubs at the Dallas Cup, a premier, invitation-only youth soccer tournament.
“We don’t have many resources, but when we play, we beat,” said one of its players, Johan Romero, 18.
Brick City has heart.