Ryo Elliott

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – There is no such position in the world of soccer, but Ryo Elliott might as well have one named just for him: “Wherever he’s needed.”

“When the game begins, I try to be helpful,” the Kubasaki senior center-midfielder said last Friday, two days after winning the Most Valuable Player award of the Far East Division I boys tournament.

“When we needed a goal, I’d be up front trying to set up a goal or an assist for a goal. When we were leading, I would try to help out more defensively and hold onto the lead.”

And he was not one to worry about individual goals and assist numbers, Elliott said. Just as long as the number under the name Kubasaki on the scoreboard was more than the other team’s, and as long as the numbers kept piling up in the win column of Kubasaki’s standings.

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Kubasaki senior midfielder Ryo Elliot, right, has been named Stars and Stripes Pacific high school boys soccer Athlete of the Year. (MARY OBSUNA/SPECIAL TO STRIPES)

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