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Small island, big dreams: Caprice Dydasco’s unique road to professional soccer

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Surfing is the most popular sport in the island-state of Hawaii. Two thousand miles from the mainland of the United States, Hawaii is surrounded by beautiful beaches, filled with competitive surfers and people who want to go outside and spend hours in the ocean.

Soccer isn’t likely the first sport you’d think of in this paradise, but for Sky Blue FC defender Caprice Dydasco – and her entire family – the sport of soccer was the clear-cut No. 1 on her list. Dydasco grew up surrounded by soccer. Her parents, Jose and Misty, met in college, where they played competitively. Growing up, Dydasco’s siblings, Zane and True, also played soccer in Honolulu.

The sport, however, received little attention locally. Dydasco said there were only three girls teams competing when she was 10 years old. She played for the Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club throughout her youth.

“You played the same teams over and over,” she said.

Those prospects weren’t ideal for a girls who harbored dreams of playing competitively after high school. Now 26 years old and a five-year professional, Dydasco’s story is unique and unconventional.

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