A Goal Without a Net

A Goal Without a Net

This blog was originally posted on darfurunited.com and written by Mark Hodson.  We’ve all come a long way in terms of distance traveled as players and as human beings. I still remember with vivid clarity the time we ran a football tryout, in the unlikely, apocalyptic...
The Ultimate Gift

The Ultimate Gift

This blog was originally posted on darfurunited.com  We arrived in Ostersund with six staff members. If you ask the players, we will only be returning with five.  Mohammad Adam and Sadaam had a hint of sincerity when they jokingly told me the team is going to do...
Darfur United Joy

Darfur United Joy

This blog was originally posted on darfurunited.com  We walk off of the plane and a nice, sharp cold hits us. This is not southern California, and it’s definitely not eastern Chad. Östersund, Sweden might be an odd place for an all-refugee team from Darfur to...
Change in Seasons: Darfur United Team Training Camp

Change in Seasons: Darfur United Team Training Camp

The blog was originally posted on DarfurUnited.com. Most people say there are four seasons, but for soccer players, there’s two. Soccer season. And everything else. This change in seasons isn’t evident in the breeze or seen on the trees, but it’s felt in the heart. A...
The Result Isn’t Always What is Important

The Result Isn’t Always What is Important

Editor’s note: This was originally posted on darfurunited.com by Darfur United Coach Ambassador Margo Baker. I’ve been trying for a week now to put into words exactly what it has been like to be on this journey with the Darfur United men’s soccer team, and the...