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Monday, January 3, 2022 | 10:35 AM


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Burrell soccer players, from left, McKenna Miller, who is in seventh grade, and Miley Kariotis, a freshman at the high school, are taking part in a tournament in Spain.

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Burrell freshman Miley Kariotis is playing in a soccer tournament in Spain.


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The trip has been in the planning stages since the summer months.

Now, it is a reality.

Burrell freshman Miley Kariotis and middle schooler McKenna Miller earned positions on Futsal USA National teams currently competing in an international soccer tournament in Madrid, Spain.

Miley Kariotis, 14, is an all-section midfielder at Burrell. McKenna Miller, 12, is a seventh grader on the girls middle school team.

Both have been instructed in the Dragons Futsal program by Andrew Kariotis, coach of the Burrell boys soccer team.

“I am very proud of these two for making the teams, but I am not surprised,” coach Kariotis said. “I’ve watched them play and grow for years, and they have earned their spots. Both play any position on the court.

“These two are very coachable players, fiercely competitive and always take training seriously.”

The Burrell soccer standouts, who live about a mile from each other, departed Dec. 26 for Spain with other family members and will return Jan. 4. Miley earned a spot on the 2007 national girls team, and McKenna landed a position on the 2009 national girls team.

“We are thrilled for McKenna to have this amazing opportunity,” said her dad, Ian Miller. “Representing your country is something that we’ve talked about a lot, and I believe she understands the significance in this trip.

“McKenna worked incredibly hard in the late spring and early summer, mostly on her own, to prepare for National ID. Earning a spot on this team has really reinforced the concept of hard work paying off.”

As expected, both girls are ecstatic to be a part of this international event.

“I am so excited to have this opportunity to represent my country in playing a sport that I love,” Miley said. “It’s something I’ve dreamt of and worked for for a long time.

“I hope to keep improving my playing abilities during the visit while I’m playing at such a high level. I am also looking forward to meeting new people and becoming friends with my teammates from all around the U.S.”

Traveling outside the country is not new to McKenna. She has been on three vacations in Mexico with her family.

“Hopefully, some of the Spanish she was exposed to rubbed off her,” said her dad.

McKenna, nonetheless, is delighted to be in Spain.

“I am so excited to represent my country,” she said. “This is such a tremendous opportunity to go and learn new things and just to have fun. I can’t wait to play with different kids and get to know new people.

“I always have high expectations for myself, so of course I want to play well and, hopefully, win. A big part of going to Spain is to learn new things and to experience a new …….

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By: Ray Fisher

Monday, January 3, 2022 | 10:35 AM

Submitted by Andrew Kariotis

Burrell soccer players, from left, McKenna Miller, who is in seventh grade, and Miley Kariotis, a freshman at the high school, are taking part in a tournament in Spain.

Submitted by Andrew Kariotis

Burrell freshman Miley Kariotis is playing in a soccer tournament in Spain.

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The trip has been in the planning stages since the summer months.

Now, it is a reality.

Burrell freshman Miley Kariotis and middle schooler McKenna Miller earned positions on Futsal USA National teams currently competing in an intern…….

By: Ray Fisher

Monday, January 3, 2022 | 10:35 AM

Submitted by Andrew Kariotis

Burrell soccer players, from left, McKenna Miller, who is in seventh grade, and Miley Kariotis, a freshman at the high school, are taking part in a tournament in Spain.

Submitted by Andrew Kariotis

Burrell freshman Miley Kariotis is playing in a soccer tournament in Spain.

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The trip has been in the planning stages since the summer months.

Now, it is a reality.

Burrell freshman Miley Kariotis and middle schooler McKenna Miller earned positions on Futsal USA National teams currently competing in an intern…….

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