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Norfolk boys travel to Chattanooga to play for football club

PUBLISHED: 12:14 11 August 2014

John Carrier. Photo by Tracey Pattarozzi Stiegler

John Carrier. Photo by Tracey Pattarozzi Stiegler

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From Norfolk to New York- how two friends and team mates have made a kick start in their football ambitions in USA.

Luke Winter. Photo by Tracey Pattarozzi Stiegler Luke Winter. Photo by Tracey Pattarozzi Stiegler

From Norwich to New York- how two friends and team mates have made a kick start in their football ambitions in USA.

Luke Winter, from Thorpe St Andrew and John Carrier, from Cromer, have crossed the pond to play football for the Chattanooga Football Club (CFC) in Tennessee.

Luke, 22, started playing for Chattanooga in 2011 after he went to a university close to the city.

He said: “I knew the team was good from previous years, I worked my way into the line up my second year and that is also when john joined the team.”

The club, who are regional champions, recently played in a National Premier Soccer League championship match in New York.

Despite a goal scored by Thorpe’s very own Luke Winter, the team’s dreams were dashed by opposing side- the New York Red Bulls’ U-23 squad.

Luke said: “Watching the MLS (Major Soccer League) game was great, getting to play in a nice stadium with top facilities and looking around New York was great with the team, but it was amazing to have the Chattahooligans(CFC fan base) ride up on a bus and watch the game.

“As well, a few of the players including me had parents there which was extra special, shame we didn’t win the game and national title but we had a fantastic season and many more highs than lows to remember.”

Luke has just finished his masters and his current goal is to begin his coaching career after taking a job at Bryan College, a university near Chattanooga.

The star added: “As for the future I just want to stay involved with soccer and keep enjoying it as a player and a coach.”

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