Over 25 events held from Philadelphia to Los Angeles helped celebrate Youth Soccer Month’s third weekend. Youth Soccer Month celebrates soccer in America with college games, MLS games and US Youth Soccer clinics. Each week has a key message: fitness, friendship, family and fun.
Real Salt Lake went up against the Western Conference leader FC Dallas on Saturday and won 3-2. Even with the rain and cool weather, 14,453 fans were in attendance. Two lucky fans had the chance to participate in the Youth Soccer Month $10,000 Kick Contest. Unfortunatly, neither of them made the kick, but both received fun Youth Soccer Month prize packs. Fans also received Youth Soccer Month goodies, such as mini-stress balls, T-shirts and more.
University of Pennsylvania men claimed their third consecutive Penn Soccer Classic title. Penn took on another Pennsylvania team Duquesne and won 1-0. Penn’s Alex Grendi scored early in the 14th with the team’s only shot on goal. The rest of the game was mainly defense with senior captain Daniel Cepero making three saves for his third consecutive shutout.
No. 6 ranked University of Maryland shut out No. 16 North Carolina State 3-0 in front of 4,565 fans, their third largest crowd in Ludwig Field history. The Terps scored early with A.J. Godbolt taking advantage of the rebound off Stephen King’s penalty kick in the 5th. Graham Zusi also scored in the first half and Jason Herrick found the back of the net in the 79th. All of the fans received Youth Soccer Month thunder stix, mini-stress balls, T-shirts and more to help celebrate Youth Soccer Month.
Nine Youth Soccer Month clinics were held over the past week, helping to expose hundreds of children to the fun, family, friendship and fitness associated with soccer. Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer held three tournaments for kids. US Youth Soccer Nevada held a clinic for coaches as well as a clinic for kids. New Jersey Youth Soccer Association and the City of Houston Youth Soccer League also held clinics. Kids involved received Youth Soccer Month T-shirts, mini-stress balls, bracelets and more.
More than 50 events remain for Youth Soccer Month 2006. For a complete list of upcoming Youth Soccer Month events visit www.youthsoccermonth.org.
Youth Soccer Month Weekend Results:
Friday, September 15th
Bowling Green State 1, Michigan State 2 (w)
Lehigh University 1, Monmouth 0 (w)
Saint Louis University 1, Indiana 0 (m)
Temple University 1, Manhattan 2 (w)
University of Kansas 1, Pepperdine 3 (w)
University of North Texas 2, Northwestern State 0 (w)
West Virginia 1, Pittsburgh 4 (w)
Saturday, September 16th
Real Salt Lake 3, FC Dallas 2
Red Bull New York 1, Columbus Crew 0
LA Galaxy 4, Colorado Rapids 2
University of Maryland 3, NC State 0 (m)
Sunday, September 17th
George Mason 0, Maryland 1 (w)
Quinnipiac 1, Providence College 0 (w)
University of Hartford 2, Yale 0 (w)
University of Kansas 2, Central Florida 0 (w)
University of Michigan 0, Notre Dame 2 (w)
University of Pennsylvania 1, Duquesne 0 (m)
University of Portland 4, Portland State 0 (w)
University of South Carolina 6, Jacksonville State 0 (w)
Villanova 0, Seton Hall 2 (m)
West Virginia 1, Virginia 1 (w)
(m) – men’s games; (w) – women’s games
Recognizing the impact and importance the sport of soccer plays in the day-to-day lives of America’s families, US Youth Soccer, with 3.2 million members, the nation’s largest youth sports association, is spearheading Youth Soccer Month – Celebrating Soccer in America, this September.
Throughout Youth Soccer Month a series of messages and themes will be communicated to illustrate the essence of youth soccer. Each week during Youth Soccer Month a different message will be the focus of “Celebrating Soccer in America.”
The four messages of Youth Soccer month are:
Fitness: (Week of September 4)
The health and fitness (physical, psychological and social) benefits of playing soccer.
Fun: (Week of September 11)
Whether recreational or competitive in nature, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding.
Family: (Week of September 18)
Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated.
Friendship: (Week of September 25)
The relationships generated through playing soccer extend beyond the field.
Youth Soccer Month will also highlight the various programs available to children interested in participating in soccer, including the inner-city, special needs, recreational and elite soccer programs that have facilitated the growth of the sport at all levels.
For more information about Youth Soccer Month visit www.YouthSoccerMonth.org.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - The Game for ALL Kids!® is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member state associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.