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The 2019 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, presented by Chipotle, will crown its newest champions this week as competition begins this Thursday, July 10th at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Teams from U13 to U18 will compete in order to call themselves national champions following their regional titles as play runs through Sunday, July 14th for consolation and final matches.
Eastern Pennsylvania has four teams representing the state and region at the national tournament with four separate clubs representing four age groups. 24 teams from the state association have been crowned champions dating back to 2011, and most recently the VE Green Gunners claimed a national title at the U16 age group in 2018.
U14 – Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals (0-3-1)
Thursday, July 11: vs. LG Celtics (IL) – T, 1-1
Friday, July 12: vs. Downtown LA (Cal South) – L, 2-4
Saturday, July 13: vs. OKC United (OK) – L, 2-3
Sunday, July 14 vs. OKC United FC (OK) - L, 1-6 (3rd Place Match)
The Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals come into the national tournament full of confidence after winning both the state and regional competition. Through that run, they’ve outscored their opponents by an 18-2 margin. They’ll look to replicate those results in Tennessee and make a go at a national title.
U15 – Valley SC Voodoo (2-2-0)
Thursday, July 11: vs. Sporting Iowa (IA) – L, 1-2
Friday, July 12: vs. Beach FC (Cal South) – L, 1-2
Saturday, July 13: vs. WG Burgundy (NC) – W, 2-0
Sunday, July 14: vs. WG Burgundy (NC) - W, 2-0 (3rd Place Match)
This Valley SC team strives to make headlines as they hope to be the first national champion in their club’s history. They had an exciting regional campaign with three straight shutouts to secure their spot at nationals and they’ll look to continue their shutout streak.
U16 – Keystone FC Elite (2-2-0)
Thursday, July 11: vs. Three Rivers Rampage (MN) – L, 0-1
Friday, July 12: vs. Crossfire Premier (WA) – W, 3-0
Saturday, July 13: vs. Solar (North Texas) – L, 0-1
Sunday, July 14: vs. Crossfire Premier (WA) - W, 2-1 (PK: 4-2) (3rd Place Match)
Keystone FC came into the Eastern Presidents Cup looking to be crowned champions and they did just that; they’ll be playing for a three-peat this week after winning both the regional and state titles. Keystone FC was represented in the finals of every Eastern Pennsylvania state cup competition from this age group (NCS, Presidents, Challenge), and alongside their NCS counterparts they’re competing for a national title.
U17 – Rage United Xtreme (1-3-0)
Thursday, July 11: vs. Chicago Fire (IL) – L, 2-5
Friday, July 12: vs. LVSA (NV) – L, 1-2
Saturday, July 13: vs. Plant City FC (FL) – W, 2-1
Sunday, July 14: vs. Plant City FC (FL) - L, 1-3 (3rd Place Match)
This week, Rage United Xtreme is hoping to become National Presidents Cup Champions for the first time. They won the Eastern Pennsylvania and Eastern Presidents Cup convincingly and now looking to become the best in the nation. It will not be an easy task, but they have a team built for pressure situation games like at nationals.