Chloe And The Purple Pearls

By Ray Scotty Morris

Football or soccer known as the “Beautiful Game” is the most popular game in the world; it is estimated that 200 million play it world wide.  The beginning of soccer is lost in the fog of history.  In China, records of the Han dynasty (206 BC) mention a game called Zuqiu, played with a ball made of leather and filled with hair which was kicked around.  In England, around 217 AD, a game called Harspatum was played by the Romans.  The game eventually became so popular that it was banned by King Edward III in 1365 for taking too much time away from archery, practiced by England’s deadly warriors.  This was further enforced when King James I of Scotland proclaimed in parliament in 1424 that “No man shall play football”.


Kent Morris, at age 8, now the coach of The Purple Pearls, congratulated for his first trophy by his teammates.

Chloe Morris, is my six year old granddaughter.  She plays on a soccer team called “Purple Pearls”, a girls’ team at the starting level in the San Diego, California Crusaders division.  The team is coached by my son, Chloe’s father, Kent, who when he was six was coached by me. (See photo of Kent with his first trophy)


Chloe is congratulated by her teammates for her first trophy.

Coach Morris says: “I coach to install the love of the game of soccer and if we win or lose it makes no difference.  We play forty minute games and each player gets the same playing time no matter their ability”.  Chloe’s comment on her father as a coach, “Dad is a good coach because we have fun.”  The name the “Purple Pearls” was chosen by the girls, with the “Purple Swan” coming in as a close second.  Naturally, they play in purple jerseys and the girls say that pearls are their favorite jewelry.


Chloe and Hailey watching on the sidelines.


After the last game, Chloe kisses her brother, four year old Ian, the next David Beckman.


   Chloe chased by three defenders.

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