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First Unoffi cial NCS Annual Meeting Soccer (Fútbol) Match Scores a Victory in Scottsdale By Hani Murad, MD and Pravin George, MD This year’s NCS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, on both sides and the ever-changing goalkeepers did an amazing Arizona was very successful and exciting. job defending their goals in crucial moments. Not only did it bring the latest results of important recent studies in the fi eld, but it Pravin George and Hani also incorporated the fi rst-ever multi-national Murad from the NCS U.S. unoffi cial soccer match where the NCS-U.S. team felt the challenge of their took on the NCS-International. opponents until the end of the game. Despite the tired feet, It was a bright and beautiful Saturday dehydration, and hyperthermia, afternoon following the intense international the pace remained fast and Hani Murad, MD conference. All competitors were transported the players kept running to the soccer fi eld just a few miles away with the ball. The end of the from the Scottsdale Westin-Kierland resort. game became, in the words of Despite the hot weather, the energy level was Japanese player Yasuhiro Kuroda high. The players only needed about a ten- from the NCS International second warm-up before taking positions on team, “a real nail biter!” The the fi eld. The professional Croatian referee referee eventually blew the fi nal blew the fi rst whistle and the battle started. whistle announcing the victory of the U.S. NCS team 9-7. The U.S. team, captained by Dave Seder, started off very strong with experienced With all the competitiveness, the players such as Kevin Sheth and Javier atmosphere was full of energy, Pravin George, MD Provencio moving the ball tactfully and fun, jokes, and laughs. It was a attacking from all directions. Playing both great way to close out the NCS long and short passes, it did not take them Annual Meeting and everyone long before Teresa May scored their fi rst goal. felt this to be a critical ignition to add more exhaustive action The international team, captained by Julian Bösel from World to the NCS meetings. The Cup country Germany, seemed to be confused in the beginning, international team promised but they got their act together quickly. Skillful Pedro Kurtz from revenge next year at the Gaylord Brazil and Han Jeong from Korea charged the defensive line which National Harbor in Maryland. jumpstarted their offense to start the counterattack. Susanne You and your friends can be part Muehlschlegel led the offensive and kept the pressure with of this soon-to-be tradition of German endurance and discipline until the Internationals scored the Annual Meeting! Just make and rallied to a tie. sure to bring your cleats and shorts. Both teams used highly technical and sophisticated tactics. All the give and go, man-to-man marking, shielding, and skillful See you next year in Maryland! dribbling would have left Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in total astonishment if they were watching (surprisingly they Hani Murad, MD and Pravin George, MD are invited guest writers for weren’t)! All the players fought fi ercely, going in for slide tackles Currents. and jumping and heading to score, not caring at all about any head trauma or brain injury. The game kept on going with both teams changing their strategies in the second half. The Internationals had new hopes when key U.S. player Kevin Sheth was sent off after a red card and had to go directly to the airport. There were several missed chances 13


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