If you weren't in San Bernardino, you definitely missed out on quite an event. We mean, it's not everyday you get a chance to play soccer tennis with Dema Kovalenko! Dema, after finishing his shift in the autograph booth, went to the soccer tennis court and took on any fan who would be willing to play him. Many step up to the challenge, but none was able to defeat the champ.
Be sure to watch Univision's Republica Deportiva tomorrow live at 11 a.m. to see what else you missed and find out more about the players who came out to tryout. Also, Republica Deportiva, which is filmed in Miami, will be throwing it live to San Bernardino throughout the show, so don't miss out.
The day started with more than 600 participants, but ended with 24. We just got done calling those 24, and some of them wouldn't help but shed tears of joy. They'll be back at the San Bernardino Soccer Complex tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. The scouts had a hard time selecting the 24, as there was a lot of good talent that showed up a the complex to tryout. The process is not likely to get any easier on Sunday when they need to pick four to advance to the finals.
More Day 1 pictures (Special thanks to German Alegria for the pictures)
From everybody out there in San Bernardino (Karina, Edson, Dema, Natalia, Omar, Stefani, Sam and the blog staff), good night, and good luck.