Twenty-five teams from 19 clubs earn New Jersey Cup titles
(Via U.S. Soccer) – Twenty-five teams from 19 clubs claimed 2015 New Jersey Cup championships, May 9-10 at Cross Farm Park in Holmdel, N.J.
Open to U-10 through U-18/19 boys and girls teams, the 2015 New Jersey Cup included a record-number of participating teams with 964 total teams. That number eclipsed last year’s mark of 917.
The tournament began in March with preliminary-round games. Teams that won their first game advanced into the single-elimination championship bracket, while teams that lost their opener were moved into a consolation bracket.
Champions from the U-13 and U-14 Super Groups, as well as U-15, U-16 and U-17 age groups qualify directly to the National Cup XIV Finals. Winning teams from the U-13 and U-14 Premier Groups earn entry to a National Cup XIV Regional. The National Cup XIV Finals, which will be held July 17-20 at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind., is the culminating event of US Club Soccer’s cup-based national championship series that includes six Regional events and various state cups.
|U-10:||Real New Jersey Juniors||PDA Milan|
|U-11 (8 vs. 8):||Real New Jersey Spurs||New Jersey Crush FC Fire|
|U-11 (11 vs. 11):||—||PDA Lyon|
|U-12 (8 vs. 8):||FC Copa Academy Sporting||FC Maximus ‘02/’03 Red|
|U-12 (11 vs. 11):||PDA Drogba||Rage FC Premier Renegades|
|U-13 (Super Group):||Cedar Stars Academy ‘01/‘02||Match Fit Academy North East NPL|
|U-13 (Premier Group):||NJCSA Bayern||Jersey Shore Boca Jr. Fusion|
|U-14 (Super Group):||STA Morris United NPL ‘00||International Girls Futbol Academy ’00/‘01|
|U-14 (Premier Group):||Ocean Township United Spartans||Old Bridge Riptide|
|U-15:||Den of Lions Mustangs||Toms River FC Everton|
|U-16:||Stronghold Berna Falcons||STA Morris United NPL ‘98|
|U-17:||Freehold SL Phantoms||Match Fit Academy North NPL|
|U-18/19:||FC Copa Academy Juniors NPL||New Jersey Rush ’96 NPL|
The New Jersey Cup has a history of producing national champions, as TSF Academy and Washington Lightning each earned titles during the National Cup XIII Finals in the U-13 Boys Super Group and U-17 Boys Super Group divisions, respectively.
Real New Jersey, FC Copa Academy, PDA, Match Fit Academy and STA each sent multiple teams to the 2015 New Jersey Cup winners’ podium.
“The New Jersey Cup was a great test for our teams,” Shane Bullock, STA Director of Coaching, said. “It will prepare us well for this summer’s National Cup XIV Finals.”
“Real New Jersey SC is very proud of its U-10 and U-11 boys teams for bringing home a New Jersey Cup championship this past weekend,” Rusty Aaronson, Real New Jersey SC Director of Operations and Coaching, said. “The competition was outstanding, and the tournament was very well organized – a weekend they will remember for a lifetime.”