National Cup XI Regionals conclude in Midwest and Mid-Atlantic
CHARLESTON, S.C. (July 11, 2012) – After kicking off more than six weeks ago, Regional play at the National Cup XI drew to a close as a total of 39 champions were crowned June 29-July 1 at the Midwest Regional and July 6-9 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional.
Advancing teams from all six National Cup XI Regionals will now turn their attention to the National Cup XI Finals, to be held July 27-30 at Waukegan Sports Park in Waukegan, Ill. Regional-winning teams in the U-13 through U-17 age groups advance to the Finals, where national championships will be awarded.
At the Midwest Regional, a total of 21 teams from 18 different clubs claimed Regional titles during the fifth weekend of National Cup XI Regional competitions. For the third consecutive year, the event was held at Libertyville Soccer Complex in Libertyville, Ill.
Leading the way with a pair of Midwest Regional championships apiece were Raiders FC (U-11 Boys Premier Group and U-16 Boys Super Group), St. Croix SC (U-15 Boys Super Group and U-16 Girls Premier Group) and Sockers FC (U-14 and U-17 Girls Premier Groups).
National Cup XI Regional play wrapped up July 9 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional at Tuckahoe Turf Complex in Hammonton, N.J. A total of 18 championships were handed out during the weekend to teams from a total of 13 different clubs.
By winning titles in the U-14 and U-16 Boys Super Groups and U-15 Boys Premier Group, TSF Academy led all clubs at the event with three championships. Among those teams was TSF Academy Ginga, which followed up its 2012 New Jersey Cup victory by claiming the U-16 Boys Super Group crown.
“We are very happy with the way the teams are playing because it is good to win championships, but the way the teams are playing with the philosophy and style is excellent,” said TSF Academy Director of Coaching Luis Mendoza. “At TSF we do not want to sacrifice the way we play just for results and this weekend we showed that the way we try to play is successful and all the teams, players and coaches were excellent.”
After winning the U-16 Boys Regional championship last summer in Hammonton, Lake Grove United was able to successfully defend its title by claiming the U-17 Boys Premier Group.
A full list of championship teams from the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic Regionals is shown below:
U-11 Premier Group: Raiders FC Premier (Ill.)
U-12 Super Group: Libertyville FC 1974 (Ill.)
U-12 Premier Group: Michigan Rush Select '00 (Mich.)
U-13 Super Group: Spartan FC Select (Ill.)
U-13 Premier Group: RB United (Ill.)
U-14 Super Group: St. Louis Scott Gallagher - Metro (Ill.)
U-14 Premier Group: Heroes FA 98 (Tenn.)
U-15 Super Group: St. Croix Red Bulls (Minn.)
U-15 Premier Group: PNA SA Patriots (Ill.)
U-16 Super Group: Raiders FC Premier (Ill.)
U-16 Premier Group: Real Cerezo FC (Ill.)
U-17 Premier Group: Eclipse Select 94-95 (Ill.)
U-18/19 Premier Group: ERSA Express 93 (Tenn.)
U-11 Premier Group: Brentwood SC TSC '01 (Tenn.)
U-12 Premier Group: Campton United Navy 99/00 (Ill.)
U-13 Super Group: Minnesota Thunder Academy 99 (Minn.)
U-13 Premier Group: ELA SC Elite (Ill.)
U-14 Premier Group: Sockers FC (Ill.)
U-15 Premier Group: FCX North Black (Ill.)
U-16 Premier Group: St. Croix Ajax (Minn.)
U-17 Premier Group: Sockers FC (Ill.)
U-11 Premier Group: STA Cosmos (N.J.)
U-13 Premier Group: MPS Bulldogs (Mass.)
U-14 Super Group: TSF X (N.J.)
U-14 Premier Group: CJFC Barcelona (N.J.)
U-15 Super Group: UFA NJ Strikers (N.J.)
U-15 Premier Group: TSF Academy 96/97 Blue (N.J.)
U-16 Super Group: TSF Academy Ginga (N.J.)
U-16 Premier Group: Rochester FC (N.Y.)
U-17 Premier Group: Lake Grove (N.Y.)
U-19 Premier Group: FC Copa (N.J.)
U-11 Premier Group: South Jersey Elite Barons (N.J.)
U-12 Premier Group: City Islanders Academy (Pa.)
U-13 Premier Group: NJ Rush Nike (N.J.)
U-14 Premier Group: Match Fit (N.J.)
U-15 Premier Group: Real Magic (N.J.)
U-16 Super Group: Match Fit Chelsea United (N.J.)
U-16 Premier Group: MPS Lady Knights (Mass.)
U-17 Premier Group: FC Copa (N.J.)
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