24 Apr Ten teams across four clubs take home 2018 Hawaiʻi State Cup Championships
OʻAHU, Hawaiʻi | Four clubs clinched 10 titles at the 2018 Hawaiʻi State Cup, March 30-April 1 at the Waipiʻo Peninsula Soccer Complex on Oʻahu. Hawaii Rush SC led all clubs with seven championships, while FC Hawaii, Leahi Soccer Club and Honolulu SC Bulls each captured one division apiece. A total of 54 teams competed in the 10 groups.
MISO Jr. President, Sergio Bolioli, added this comment upon the state cup’s completion:
“Despite the challenges that the weather brought during Saturday’s morning games, it was another very successful US Club Soccer Hawaiʻi State Cup from all aspects. The level of play elevated across the state, and that was evident with the neighbor island teams that participated. They brought parity and excitement to the games, or in some cases, their players contributed significantly on Oʻahu-based teams. This year, besides having a US Club Soccer national PDP scout, we also had a Samoan National Team coach, scouting players for the U-17 & U-20 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He was very impressed with the level of play exhibited by all teams. I am excited to see what the future US Club Soccer Hawaiʻi State Cups bring in terms of quality and opportunities for Hawaiʻi players.”
Hawaiʻi State Cup winners in the 13-U through 17/18-U boys and girls age groups automatically qualify for the National Cup XVII Finals, which will be held July 20-24 at Aurora Sports Park in Aurora, Colo. The Finals are the culminating event of US Club Soccer’s cup-based national championship series that includes six Regional events and numerous state cups.
These 2018 Hawaiʻi State Cup winners will look to prove themselves, once again, in the National Cup XVII Finals. In last year’s National Cup XVI Finals, the Hawaii Rush ’03 girls came up one goal short in the 14-U Super Group championship in a 2-1 finals loss to Boston Breakers Academy ’03 ECNL. In the 2016 National Cup XV Finals in Colorado, Hawaii Rush ’02 won their second consecutive title in the 14-U Girls Premier Group championship after having won the 13-U Girls Premier Group championship at the National Cup XIV Finals (2015) in Indiana.
Beyond the success of its emerging state cup, the Hawaii Soccer Federation, and MISO Jr. have hosted US Club Soccer Player Development Programs (PDPs) events in the past three years. That has led to selections of three Hawaiian boys players to the prestigious id² National Selection International Tour – Tommy Musto in 2016, Logan Calpito in 2017 and 2018 and Cristóbal León in 2018.
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