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Coach from Brazil lends hand to Coulee Region soccer players

Elton Mota's stay part of "Tetra Brazil" program

Coach from Brazil lends hand to Coulee Region soccer players

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The World Cup final is Sunday, and a couple kids from the Coulee Region can't help but feel a connection to the host country.

Their coach is from Brazil.

Elton Mota coaches the Coulee Region United Soccer Assocation's U-17 team. It's part of a program called "Tetra Brazil." Mota travels around the world to teach kids soccer.

"They can see a staff that had a lot of experience and people that have been into the game," Mota said.

"Sometimes kids around here grow up with coaches that don't necessarily play soccer; they're just a parent or whatever and they play football. They might not know the game as much as Alton," said Camryn Zimmerman, who plays on the U-17 team.

Mota's main goal is to help grow the sport on a global scale. If you ask him, though, the United States is on the right path.

"Sometimes I think you guys are developing better, better than other countries. Even Brazil, you guys really [are] going [in] the right direction."


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