The U-20 Tonga team is playing nearly 6,000 miles away from home, it’s players have received constant support from the many Tongans living in the Salt Lake Valley on the field — and off.
“It’s awesome,” said forward Wilson Lavelua. “We feel like we’re just in Tonga, that we’re back home.”
That’s because while the crowd at Murray Park has been very loud in cheering for their homeland, they’ve also brought food and drinks and gifts during training, he said.
“We appreciate it so much,” said Lavelua, whose team will be playing in the third-place match against Georgia at 4 p.m. “We’re so grateful to be in this place with so many Tongans. That’s another thing to (play for), to please them and make them proud.”