Champions crowned at 2018 US Youth Soccer South Presidents Cup
Greenville, S.C. (Via US Youth Soccer) – Champions were crowned at the 2018 US Youth Soccer South Presidents Cup in Greenville, S.C. The five-day event, which took place June 13-17, kicked off Wednesday with 13U through 18U Boys and Girls teams starting the action at the MeSA Soccer Complex.
North Carolina led the way with four titles, North Texas, South Texas and Tennessee each claimed two, and Georgia and Arkansas each had one team win a Southern Presidents Cup title. The event featured more than 130 US Youth Soccer boys and girls teams competing for a regional title and a chance to advance to the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, July 11-15 in Westfield, Ind
South Carolina Youth Soccer Association hosted the event, and the 11 other State Associations represented include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Texas, Oklahoma, South Texas and Tennessee.
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.
OK Energy Central Green (OK) and Sting Dallas 05 Roach will meet in the finals after OK Energy earned a 3-1 win against Austin Texans 05 (TX-S), while Sting won 2-0 against Cainhoy Hurricanes (SC) in the semifinals.
FC Dallas RGV Red (TX-S) won big in the semifinals in order to clinch a spot in the finals, where they will play Georgia Express 05 Genoa (GA) after the Georgia side won 5-3 against Warner ASG Copa (FL).
04 CVYSA Blast Blue (NC) twice came back from one goal down against FC Dallas WTX (TX-N) and would ultimately win in kicks from the mark to advance to the finals. CVYSA will play another North Carolina team as a result of 04 WCWAA Black (NC) winning its semifinals against Lee County Strikers (FL) 3-2 in extra time.
South Orlando Soccer Club (FL) edged out Maya Halcones (TX-S) in the semifinals and will play CFA Dalton 04 Elite (GA), which narrowly defeated OEFC Central 04 Green (OK) 2-1 in the other semifinals match.
03 BSC Cardinal (NC) and Sparta FC (TX-N) both used three-goal victories in the semifinals to advance to the finals. The match will be a rematch from the final day of group play, which was won by Sparta FC.
Metro Jackson United (MS) is headed to the finals after 2-1 win against ID Real Juve (TX-S) in the semifinals. 03 CVYSA Blast Blue (NC) will join United in the finals after a 2-1 win against CFA Pachuca United 03 (SC).
Lakewood Rush 02/03 (AR) defeated Florida Celtic SC (FL) 2-1 in the semifinals to set up a finals match against Mutiny FC 02 White (TX-N), which used two early goals to defeat Alliance SC 02 Elite (GA) 2-0 in the other semifinals match.
Music City FC Premier (TN) won a 3-2 nail-biter against Dallas Texans 02 Fort Worth Red (TX-N) to punch a ticket into the finals. Music City will play defending regional champions FC Dallas RGV 02 Red (TX-S) in the finals after the South Texas side won 5-3 against 02 NCFC Gold North (NC).
Both Q Factor 01 (TX-N) and NUSA Maroon (TN) used 3-0 wins against CRFC Sky 01 (SC) and 01 TUSA Wake Blue (NC) respectively to advance to the finals.
Brownsville Galaxy (TX-S) used a late goal in the second period of extra time to win 1-0 against OU United (TX-N). Galaxy will play CSA 01 Lobos Rush Elite (TN), which used a late goal of its own to outlast 01 WHYFC Blue (NC) 2-1 in the other semifinals match.
00 CUFC Gold (NC) earned a 1-0 win against South Belt Select 00 (TX-S) to secure a spot in the finals, where they will play Real Arkansas 00 Gold (AR).
Sporting Arkansas 00 Premier (AR) claimed a 2-1 win to advance over 00 NCFC Gold South (NC) to advance to the finals. Tampa Bay Dynamo Red (FL) defeated ISC 00 Elite (TN) by the same score to join Sporting Arkansas in the finals.