Eli was selected to go to California out of the 40-50 player trial in Weston in February. The reality show will air in the Summer of 2015.
Below is the interview between Elizabeth "Eli" Barbesi & the DOC, John Ramos:
J. Ramos: Give us a brief description of your experience at the "Soccer Superstar" trials.
Eli: I went to the V ista P ark tryout session on February 25th where there was approximately 40-50 girls trying out. From the group , 6 w ere selected to fly out to California and meet 9 girls from the California tryout session and be combined into one team. The tryout session consisted of 6 drills: passing, shooting, 1v1, 7v7, dribbling, and heading. For each individual drill, you were timed and the faster the time the more points you receive in order to move on in the competition. Each drill was different and set up to be like a real live game situation instead of a stagnant drill. At the end of the filmed 6 hour tryouts, the results were in. The judges consisted of Angela Hucles, Marcelo Balboa, and Dan Metcalfe. The judges had picked me as the fourth player to fly out to California. I flew out on March 11th and drove to the house where the set was and met the other 9 girls that were picked from the California tryouts. The next day, we went to school from 7-10 and from school to training. The first day we met with a retired L.A. Galaxy goal ie. We worked on technique, one touch finishing, and finished w a 7v7 scrimmage. The next day was the same routine but this time we met Coby Jones who was a USMNT player and an L.A. Galaxy player as well. We worked on the same drills but we incorporated crossing too. The following day was a Saturday morning where we had to play the best u15 team in the nation which were the SoCal Blues, a California team. We played them and tied 1-1. At the end of the match, eliminations came and i was unfortunately one of the three player that got eliminated. It was a great experience and i am so blessed that i got this opportunity to go and participate in this because i learned so many little thing that when brought on the field make a huge impact not only on the way i play but also for the team. Below are some pictures of my trip.
J. Ramos: How did you hear of this opportunity?
Eli: I heard about the show through the advertisement flyers that were placed around Vista Park during the Weston Cup.
J. Ramos: Did you notice anything special about the players you got to compete with or against?
Eli: I noticed that the girls I played with were very talented. All of them had a minimum of 5-7 years playing to the sport, mostly on a professional travel team level. Also, they were genuinely sweet and very kind. The girls that I played against were also very talented. They played one touch and the moment they passed the ball they made runs to get it back within 3 seconds. Plus, if they lost the ball, the effort they portrayed in order to get it back was amazing. Both sets of girls had the common factor of great fitness and speed as well as quick thinking and field awareness.
J. Ramos: Do you think you were well prepared for the initial trials and the trials in Cali?
Eli: I think I was well prepared for the initial trials because they were 5 drills that I have been accustomed to practice for years. Also, the practices I had at plantation fc were extremely beneficial before I had the tryouts.
J. Ramos: How did you feel when you were selected for the Cali trip? Have you been to Cali before?
Eli: When I was chosen to fly out to Cali I was speechless. I have never been offered an opportunity like this and I was beyond excited. It was my first time going to Cali which made the experience much more interesting and unforgettable.
J. Ramos: How did you feel about your performance in Cali?
Eli: I felt satisfied with my performance in Cali because i displayed many of the skills I've been taught over the years on the field and I also got the chance to show that I can play other positions besides center back. Even though I feel satisfied with my performance, there will always be room for improvement.
J. Ramos: Looking back to the whole experience, is there anything you might of changed in preparation for the whole process for the event?
Eli: Looking back on the experience i fell like I should've prepared my body more physically and mentally. Physically I could have drank more water and trained my body to withstand the temperatures and also to eat more fruits and veggies. Mentally I could have had a more open mindset where my goal wasn't only to win the show but also to make new friends, enhance my knowledge on the game, and focus more on my performance as a team player as well. In the end I felt like the mental preparations I should've done actually ended up happening which worked out really well.