VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) — On a bright and sunny Tuesday morning, the Virginia Beach City Football Club got in a ninety-minute training session.
T.J. Cyrus, who won a national title at Virginia, is getting a workout before he heads off to his job as a government contractor.
“You sit at a desk from 9 to 5,” Cyrus said, “Before that you get a good wake-up call and go play the game that you love, it’s a win-win.”
The Virginia Beach City FC is playing its second season in the National Premiere Soccer league, it’s a fourth division league, with current and former college players from all over Virginia. Goalkeeper Sean Stowe is from Richmond, played at Old Dominion and he’s been playing with and against some of his teammates for years.
“It’s been fun getting to know the guys we’ve been playing against all through our lives growing up and playing soccer,” Stowe said. “It’s been exciting getting to know them on a personal level.”
Head coach Brian Hinkey has been the clubs coach from the beginning, and while some of his players are just trying to play competitive soccer while they can, some are hoping to get noticed.
“One of the big components of our program is pushing players on to the next level,” Hinkey said. “We had one player that was drafted in the Super Draft round for MLS last year, Sydney Rivera, and I think we have other players that can play at higher levels.”
Virginia Beach sits in first place in its division, and so far, has never lost a game at home.
“We’re trying to keep the streak going,” Cyrus said. “So hopefully we can close it out in style.”
The last home game is July 10th.