SALT LAKE CITY (June 18, 2017) — US Youth Soccer has announced the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup champions, who earned their titles with victories Sunday in Salt Lake City, Utah. Winning teams in the 13U through 17/18U Boys and Girls age groups advance to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, July 12-16 in Auburndale, Fla.
Cal South led the way with eight champions, while Colorado and host state Utah each claimed one.
2017 US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup Champions:
|13U Girls||Beach FC LB 04 Nunes (CA-S)|
|13U Boys||TFA SFV 04 (CA-S)|
|14U Girls||Eagles SC 03 (CA-S)|
|14U Boys||Downtown Los Angeles Soccer Club 03 (CA-S)|
|15U Girls||Colorado Storm North 02 Select (CO)|
|15U Boys||VK Cobras (UT)|
|16U Girls||Westside Breakers 01 Blue (CA-S)|
|16U Boys||Santos Laguna White (CA-S)|
|17/18U Girls||IE Surf G00 Kooiman (CA-S)|
|17/18U Boys||Inter America Halcones FC (CA-S)|
The most dramatic final of the day took place in the 17/18U Girls age group, where IE Surf 00 Kooiman (CA-S) needed to come back from a two-goal second-half deficit to defeat Cook Inlet S.C. 00G (AK), 5-3, in extra time.
“The competition in Region IV is quite stiff,” said Surf coach Cle Kooiman, a member of the 1994 U.S. World Cup team. “We were fortunate. Our defense played very stingy, and we got some goals from players who don’t normally score. The girls did really fantastic.
“The team from Alaska is by far the best team we’ve played in the last year and a half. That game in itself is going to prepare us for the [National Presidents Cup] in Florida.”
The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup offers teams the challenge of experiencing different types of play by competing from state to regional to national levels. The Presidents Cup provides teams with a progressive, competitive experience that highlights competition, camaraderie and community.
For complete tournament results for Region IV Presidents Cup, click here. For more information on the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, click here, or visit the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup Homepage at www.USYouthSoccer.org/
Note: The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is a separate series of events from the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.