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St. Cloud teen makes name on power soccer circuit

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A St. Cloud teenager is making a name for himself as a power soccer player.

Sixteen-year-old Riley Johnson was born with arthrogryposis, a disorder that causes joint stiffness. He walks with leg braces and plays soccer with a specially-designed power wheelchair.

The St. Cloud Times reports ( ) that Johnson is a member of Team USA, which won the Under 18 International Power Football Tournament in Paris earlier this month.

He also plays for the Minnesota Magic, a national power soccer team that practices in Monticello.

Johnson loves all sports, but his disability made it difficult to participate with traditional teams.

He was introduced to power soccer at age 6 at the Courage Center in Golden Valley, and his mom says he decided it was the sport for him.


Information from: St. Cloud Times,