Over 30 events kept the fourth weekend of Youth Soccer Month moving. As the MLS Cup draws closer, the games importance has increased as teams vie for a berth to the playoffs. Youth Soccer Month fans are also running out of time to register to win the grand prize – a trip for four to the 2006 MLS Cup in Frisco, Texas.
The Chicago Fire secured a spot in the playoffs after a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday. The Columbus Crew kept their playoff hopes alive after a 1-1 tie against Houston Dynamo. Also, at the MLS Youth Soccer Month Nights, two lucky fans had the chance to participate in the Youth Soccer Month $10,000 Kick Contest. Fans also received Youth Soccer Month goodies, such as mini-stress balls, T-shirts and more.
Forty girls braved the wild Chicago weather this weekend to take part in the first of a series of free Chicago Girls Soccer Clinics. Illinois Youth Soccer, a proud member of US Youth Soccer, along with some of Illinois’ top coaches hosted the clinic for girls from Chicago communities with limited soccer playing opportunities. Girls, age 6 through 16, enjoyed fun activities designed to develop their skills, and then played small-sided games while grooving to their favorite tunes. Contest winners received a Youth Soccer Month T-shirt and eight lucky players won a pair of tickets to the Chicago Fire’s final home game at Toyota Park.
Texas Tech’s women had a dynamic of weekend play against intrastate rivalries. First, on Friday, the Red Raiders were shut out by No. 16 University of Texas 2-0. But in dramatic fashion, the Red Raiders came back on Sunday to upset No. 12 Texas A&M University for a 4-2 win.
West Virginia’s sixth ranked women remain undefeated after a score of 5-0 against Syracuse on Friday. The eighth ranked West Virginia men’s team also had a big win against Seton Hall on Saturday, 5-3. Fans at both games enjoyed celebrating Youth Soccer Month with prizes and giveaways.
Those present at any and all Youth Soccer Month celebrations will have a chance to play Youth Soccer Month’s Shoot and Score game to win great Youth Soccer Month prizes. Anyone can register at www.YouthSoccerMonth.org to win the grand prize of a trip for four to the 2006 MLS Cup in Frisco, Texas.
Youth Soccer Month Weekend Results:
Thursday, September 21st
University of Maryland 0, Clemson 1 (w)
Friday, September 22nd
City of Houston Youth Soccer League Clinic
Creighton 3, Grambling State 0 (w)
George Mason 0, Northeastern 3 (w)
Indiana University 1, University of Minnesota 0 (w)
Ohio State 2, Wisconsin Green Bay 1 (m)
Texas Tech University 0, University of Texas 2 (w)
University of Toledo 3, Western Michigan University 1 (w)
West Virginia 5, Syracuse 0 (w)
Saturday, September 23rd
Chicago Fire 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 1
Columbus Crew 1, Houston Dynamo 1
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association Clinic (Danville, PA)
New Mexico Youth Soccer Association Clinic
Ohio Youth Soccer Association North Clinic
Creighton 0, Air Force 1 (m)
Lehigh University 4, Holy Cross 1 (m)
University of Hartford 0, Albany 1 (m)
University of Maryland Baltimore City 1, Boston University 1 (m)
West Virginia 5, Seton Hall 3 (m)
Sunday, September 24th
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Clinic (Roslyn, PA)
Boston College 3, Clemson 0 (w)
Bowling Green State 1, Evansville 4 (m)
Bowling Green State 2, Western Michigan 1 (w)
Creighton 0, UNLV 1 (w)
Indiana University 2, Ohio State University 1 (w)
Indiana University 2, University of Michigan 1 (m)
Monmouth 2, Temple 1 (w)
Texas Tech University 4, Texas A&M University 2 (w)
University of Arkansas 1, Vanderbilt 2 (w)
University of Connecticut 3, USF 0 (w)
University of Pennsylvania 1, Harvard 2 (w)
University of Utah 1, Utah State 0 (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.