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Parents upset after soccer player is benched
By Crystal Price
EL PASO, Texas - Parents in east El Paso are outraged after a 10-year-old soccer player was told she could not play in the final game of a soccer tournament last week.
Ten-year-old Bianca Chacon had been told she could play for two teams in a Cobras Soccer Academy tournament.
"The reason for her being able to play for two teams is because we have injured players on our team and we did not have enough players to play," said Rachel Delrio, a parent of the Running Rebels team.
The director of the tournament, Teresa Sosa, even signed an official document granting Chacon permission to play for both teams.
Sosa said she gave Chacon permission to play for a team that did not have enough people to play.
She added that Chacon's parents told her some girls on the team had special needs.
"As the tournament began, we quickly found out the Running Rebels were far from being developmental and even further from being special needs," Sosa said. "As a matter of fact, during the three bracket play games, the team was not only complete but had two subs waiting for playing time outside."
At that point, Sosa decided to take Chacon out of the game.
When Chacon found out she was not going to be able to play, the news brought her and her teammates to tears.
"I went with both teams all the way to the final," Chacon said. "The whole month, I worked really, really hard."
Parents of the Running Rebels team are outraged by the decision. "To get to the top and for her not to complete the tournament with her team, I think that was a poor decision," Delrio said. "Singling out a player is borderline bullying by an adult towards a single player. If she was going to go in this direction, she should have just penalized the entire team and not singled out one player."
As for Chacon, she is not letting this get in the way of her dreams.
"I'm just going to leave it in the past," Chacon said. "I'm going to be a better player than I am right now."
The soccer season still has a few games left.
Chacon will get to play in the last few games this season, but not in the tournaments.
Some parents have even contacted the U.S. Soccer Club to voice their concerns.