The PUMA vElite U16 division this year at Schwan's USA CUP has quite the prize at stake for the winners of the boys and girls divisions.
The boys winning boys team will receive an all expense paid trip to England to train with Barclay's English Premier League (EPL) team Newcastle United.
The winning girls side will also be traveling to Europe for a trip to work with Sweden's famous Umeå IK women's side. Umeå has won seven Swedish championships since 2000 and have won the UEFA Women's Champions League twice while serving as runner-up three times.
So with so much at stake, the results from today's preliminary games were crucial for those hoping to get to Europe. On the boys side, no team got through the day undefeated but there were only two teams that lost both games as well, a testament to the balance of the field.
The big upset of the day was Albion SC (CA) from San Diego, the two-time defending vElite champion losing to the Sacramento United Reds (CA) 4-0 in their first game in the morning. Albion rebounded in the afternoon to defeat CSA Gold Fury (NE) 3-1. The victory by the Reds serves notice that they are the team to beat this year. Here's the rest of today's action:
On the girls side, finalist from a year ago, So Cal Blues (CA) were looking to get over the hump to punch their ticket to Sweden. They didn't disappoint with a strong win out of the gate against Tophat 14 Gold (GA) 2-1. The Dakota Rev Rampage (MN), Internationals 95 Red (OH) and Sereno 96 White (AZ) all served notice they're in the hunt with opening victories. Here's the rest of today's girls PUMA vElite scores:
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Tag(s): July 13, 2012