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Local Soccer Player Competes In Colombia

Carle Place’s Anthony Bileddo was one of five Long Island soccer players invited to take part in the prestigious AC Milan’s Copa Americana soccer tournament in Colombia recently.

The tournament took place the week of October 7, and hosted International Milan Junior Elite teams, premiere Colombian youth teams, and selected participants of the Milan Junior Camps from North and South America.

In Colombia, the players shared experiences and stories while participating in cultural activities and training sessions with their AC Milan coaches.  The week culminated with the Copa Americana, a 3-day soccer tournament where the Milan International Milan Junior Elite and Milan Junior Camp teams were challenged by the creative playing style of the South American teams. Bileddo was on tournament winning elite team. He says he learned many new skills while at the camp and enjoyed playing with other athletes and coaches, including Italian soccer player, Filippo Galli, from all over the world.

Bileddo has been playing soccer with the Milan Academy Team in Albertson for the past year. The 10-year-old started playing soccer when he was five, inspired and encouraged by his dad.