By Mike Max

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The state soccer tournament is into the semifinals at the Metrodome. One team, Prairie Seeds Academy, is on a definite mission and it’s all about a championship.

They are the most talked team in the field. Prairie Seeds Academy is a charter school with a niche — winning soccer games.

On Monday, they did just that with a 2-1 win in overtime over Rochester Lourdes. Many of the team’s players came from somewhere else, as in a different continent.

“A lot of us grow up in Africa so we came here together. We all play soccer, we all go to the same school, a lot of us play for the same club,” Prairie Seeds Academy Captain Adama Keita.

While winning a state championship would be important to Prairie Seeds Academy, it almost seems secondary. The goal is really is exposure that can create opportunities through college scholarships.

That’s the vision of the coach, Youssef Darbaki, who has twin sons on the team. He also played for Morocco’s national team and coached collegiately, so he’s got a year-round program.

“And you see the results … you can see it in the field and the way we play as a team,” Darbaki said.

He is unapologetic in his philosophy that earning college scholarships is a bigger priority than winning a state title. Because he believes that’s the ticket to the American Dream.

Comments (3)
  1. Jeffrey P. says:

    Don’t forget that these kids are on scholarship in high school as well. May as well extend the handouts and turn them into life long users of tax dollars a.k.a. democrats.

    1. John F. says:

      If they had half the opportunities you had growing up, they wouldn’t be complaining about a few measly tax dollars like you are. You should be ashamed.

  2. Paddocki says:

    I personally know these boys and in general, they’re good people, however…I’m sad to see that they only focus on the “extracurricular” as a means to achieve the “American Dream”. How in the hell are they to survive college if they can’t even maintain passing grades in high school? They are not being prepared to go to college and get ready for the real world. Instead, they are being prepared to rely on a false hope that they will become professional players IF they get college scholarships.

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