East Providence youngster tests his soccer skills against New England Revolution players

Project GOAL student and East Providence resident Evan Rodriguez stops for autographs from Revolution players Jerry Bengtson and Jose Goncalves during a youth soccer clinic on July 17 at Moses Brown School in Providence, R.I. Project GOAL student and East Providence resident Evan Rodriguez stops for autographs from Revolution players Jerry Bengtson and Jose Goncalves during a youth soccer clinic on July 17 at Moses Brown School in Providence, R.I.

PROVIDENCE — More than 50 kids, including Evan Rodriguez of East Providence, from the Rhode Island-based program Project Goal turned out to dribble, shoot and score with Major League Soccer (MLS) players Jerry Bengtson and Jose Goncalves of the New England Revolution at a youth soccer clinic at Moses Brown School in Providence.

The clinic promoted the launch of three Revs’ Charitable Drive collection dates, which took place on Saturday, July 13 before the team’s match against the Houston Dynamo. Fans were asked to bring new or gently-used soccer equipment to designated areas around Gillette Stadium prior to kickoff.

Project GOAL student and East Providence resident Evan Rodriguez stops for autographs from Revolution players Jerry Bengtson and Jose Goncalves during a youth soccer clinic on July 17 at Moses Brown School in Providence, R.I.

Project GOAL student and East Providence resident Evan Rodriguez stops for autographs from Revolution players Jerry Bengtson and Jose Goncalves during a youth soccer clinic on July 17 at Moses Brown School in Providence, R.I.

All donations will benefit Project GOAL, a Rhode Island-based program committed to developing the state’s disadvantaged youth through after-school tutoring and soccer-related programs.

The event took place at Wasserman Field, with the kids learning tips and tricks from forward Jerry Bengtson and defender Jose Goncalves. Project GOAL students, in fact, got an early start on the Charitable Drive Series at the clinic by donating some of their own outgrown equipment to their program.

For more information on the entire Revolution Charitable Drive Series – which includes August school supply and September coat donation collections – visit: http://www.revolutionsoccer.net/news/2013/07/revolution-launches-2013-charitable-drive-series-july.

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