Potomac region teams fare well at McDonogh-Pipeline SC Futsal Tournament
Owings Mills, Md. – The third annual McDonogh-Pipeline SC Futsal Tournament was held over the weekend in McDonogh Schoolʼs Rollins-Luetkemeyer Athletic Center. Fifty futsal teams from the states of New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland came to compete and prepare for their respective State Cup competitions.
Former D.C. United and U.S. Men’s National Team player Santino Quaranta stated, “The tournament was a great event and weʼre proud to host such great talent from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. It was great to host this event for a third year in conjunction with McDonogh School, and this year we added Elite Tournaments as a partner.”
The boys side of the schedule was dominated by three clubs: Pipeline SC, Bethesda SC, and the Philadelphia-based American Futsal Academy (AFA). At U9, Pipeline SC Black defeated a team from PHWM. Bethesda SC won the U11 division by defeated Pipeline SC in the championship after each won their brackets. A Bethesda SC team also won the U12 division, but this time they defeated an AFA squad in a 14-12 game. Pachuca FC USA won the U13 division over a determined AFA team. WSC/CCSC Locomotive won the boys HS division in a hard fought game versus AFA.
In what was easily the ʻgame of the tournamentʼ, the boys U15 Pipeline SC Black team defeated AFA to win the age division by a score of a 9-8. AFA is the current Pennsylvania and Northeastern Regional Futsal Champion team at this age and the Pipeline team is a top area team in outdoor soccer. Both teams had dominated play in their respective brackets before meeting in the championship.
“I am extremely proud that our boys beat such a great futsal academy and that both teams played such a great game,” said Coach Santino Quaranta, Coach of the Pipeline U15 Black team.
The girlsʼ side of the event found no single club dominant. DCFA Cruzeiro won the U11 bracket with the ASA Pumas team placing second ahead of teams from PHWM and Pipeline SC. At U14, Woman United edged out OBGC Galaxy Magic after the two finalists edged out teams from the Southern Maryland Futsal Club and the Baltimore Bays. AFA defeated Pipeline SC by a score of 7-6 in a tense back and forth game to win the HS division on the girlsʼ side.