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Soccer club honors fallen member

Annual jamboree Friday to be held in Carter Mecier's memory
By: Matt Long
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Carter Mecier died in a tragic accident on June 23 but will not soon be forgotten by his friends in the El Dorado Hills Soccer Club. The club kicks off their season Friday at a soccer jamboree being held in Carter’s memory, a 7-year old who had been a member of the soccer club for two years. “We wanted to make the jamboree more of an event and we were thinking what could we do for the family and decided to dedicate this to him,” Chris Hunt, vice president of the under-10 and younger teams in the club. Martin Roberts, the project manager of the jamboree, said it was a natural fit. “Every year we meet and think of how can we make the jamboree successful and how to include the soccer community and forge player development,” Roberts said. “This was a natural fit.” The jamboree will be for youth teams in the under-7, under-8 and under-10 divisions, 48 teams total. Every team will play three, 20-minute games on a four-on-four format. Games will start after a welcome speech from Club President Joe Dominguez about the jamboree, a special moment reserved for remembering Carter and a soccer showcase put on by some select soccer players. The final game will be at 9 p.m. “We’re going to celebrate soccer and celebrate Carter’s life at the same time and I’m hoping it’s a memorable moment,” Roberts said. About 1,800 youth are members of the El Dorado Hills Soccer Club. For more information on the jamboree or the club, visit www.edhsc.org.