50 high school soccer players back in South Florida after travel nightmare

MIAMI – Extra than 50 superior university soccer gamers are again in South Florida immediately after they reported flight frustrations forced them to slumber at the airport.

“We just arrived from a sport, and we were being exhausted,” reported 10th grader Carlos Dossantos. “We assume we are going, you know, to our residences.”

He performs soccer with Miramar United Elite FC. His workforce traveled to Virginia for a soccer showcase around the Memorial Day weekend.

What commenced as a aspiration possibility to spotlight their expertise in entrance of higher education scouts, turned into a vacation nightmare coming back again.

“It was annoying,” he claimed. “Simply because then we have to examine, and we did not know if we were being heading to make it.

They were being meant to be on a United flight from Dulles Airport in Washington D.C. to FLL at 10:08 p.m. Monday.

However, only six of the 57 high pupils were being given spots on their initially scheduled flight. The rest had to wait until eventually 1:00 p.m. the following day for a United flight to MIA.

“Most of them had to sleep on the conveyor belt for the baggage, on the floor, or on chairs,” mentioned attorney Stefano Lopez, who signifies Miramar United Elite FC.

“Some experienced to skip their finals. We have to address that with the schoolteachers,” he continued.

Lopez mentioned they had an settlement with a travel organization and United Airlines.

They claimed United informed them the flight had evidently been altered in the procedure.

“We obtained no alerts of any flight variations,” mentioned Miramar United Mentor Michael Ramsammy.

He stated they were being never supplied any lodge or food vouchers. He also explained they could not return on a further airline because of to the prearranged agreement.

He mentioned it is continue to unclear accurately what induced the dilemma.

“Operate out who’s wrong afterwards,” he stated. “But don’t go away 57 little ones stranded in the airport with no foodstuff, no water, and nowhere to rest.”

On Monday, in accordance to monitoring internet site FlightAware, there were 400 U.S. flights canceled throughout the nation and 2,400 delayed.