30 Jun National Cup XVI Northwest, Southeast Regionals conclude with coast-to-coast talent making their marks
Twenty-seven teams were awarded for championship performances after National Cup XVI Regionals in the Northwest and Southeast, as both tournaments were held June 24-27 on opposite ends of the country.
The Regionals are among US Club Soccer’s cup-based national championship series, the National Cup, which celebrates its 16th anniversary this summer. Champions of 13-U through 18/19-U age groups have now qualified to the National Cup XVI Finals, July 21-24 at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind.
National Cup XVI Northwest Regional
YAKIMA, Wash. | The Northwest Regional featured more than 70 teams at the SOZO Sports Complex. While most teams came from the host state of Washington, Montana and Oregon were not only represented in the tournament, but teams from those states won titles.
Three clubs grabbed a pair of age groups: Franklin Pierce SC (Wash.), ISC Gunners FC (Wash.) and Wenatchee Valley United SC (Wash.). Two teams went back-to-back at the Northwest Regional after winning their respective divisions at the Regional last year: Academy of Soccer Excellence ’01 Emerald (Wash.) and Wenatchee Valley United SC OPS Fire ’02.
“I am very proud of the 10 teams we had compete this year and am very excited to have three FPSC Fury girls teams moving on and representing the Northwest region at the National Cup Finals in Westfield, Indiana next month,” said Christopher Slattery, DOC of Franklin Pierce SC Fury. “For a smaller club, this is a big accomplishment and testament of the hard work the teams and coaches put in each and every day.”
“What a weekend it was for this group of boys, who were tested in the Yakima sun, by some strong Washington teams,” added Daniel Ferguson, Grassroots Director of GPS Oregon. “The SOZO Sports Complex, which backdrops onto the beautiful surrounding landscape, witnessed blood, sweat and tears over the duration of the extended weekend. It was a very impressive venue and one that was well maintained, which enabled us to play the football we desired and ultimately prevail. This is a memory that will last a lifetime for all involved.
“The boys could not be happier to have the opportunity to go to the Finals in Indiana, and now the hard work kicks in as we prepare for the tournament in the coming weeks.”
Here are the National Cup XVI Northwest Regional champions:
National Cup XVI Southeast Regional
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. | The Southeast Regional featured 85 teams at the BB&T Sports Park. Clubs from Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia competed in the four-day tournament.
GPS Carolina (N.C./S.C.) came away with the most hardware, winning six age groups. The Riverhounds Development Academy (Pa.) made its mark on the girls side, as it claimed three divisions. A pair of Texas clubs clinched titles as well: FC Dallas in the 13-U Girls Super Group and Albion Hurricanes FC in the 18/19-U Girls Super Group.
“The tournament provided some great competition for all of our groups attending. It was our fourth year taking part in US Club Soccer Regionals, and our teams had a great showing,” said Marc Joyce, DOC of GPS Carolina. “The facilities were excellent and everything ran smoothly; we’ve had nothing but positive feedback from our families. We’re proud of everyone that took part, with six of our 14 attending teams winning their groups and advancing to the Finals.”
“Each year, we take our Riverhounds Development Academy teams to the Southeast Regional and have a blast. The facility and organization are top notch, and it allows us to base our club at one location for the weekend,” said Scott Gibson, Academy Director of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. “The level of competition keeps getting better and better, and we can’t wait to take our teams to the National Cup Finals in July.”
Here are the National Cup XVI Southeast Regional champions:
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