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An Exciting Weekend for Youth Soccer Month

September 16, 2007 10:00 PM
 

22 Youth Soccer Month Hosts Wins
4 US Youth Soccer State Association Clinics
2 Major League Soccer Games
1 University Host Game on Fox Soccer Channel

As another exciting weekend for Youth Soccer Month comes to an end, over 20 host teams coming out with a victory.  Four US Youth Soccer State Associations held free clinics this weekend; Nevada (2), California South, and New Hampshire.  Two intense Major League Soccer games were also a part of this past weekend with DC United beating Real Salt Lake 2-1, and a 1-1 tie between Chivas USA and Colorado Rapids. 

The Fox Soccer Channel televised the University of Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech game, ending in a 3-2 win for Virginia Tech.  Youth Soccer Month host, University of Tulsa, began their game against Virginia Tech with an early goal in the 10th minute by Todd Goddard.  Later in the 34th, Virginia Tech player Marcus Reed scored to end the first half in a 1-1 tie.  Once again taking an early lead in the second half Tulsa gained another goal by Chris Taylor in the 50th.  Unable to come back from Virginia’s two scores in the second half, Patrick Nayarko in the 84th and a score by Bryan Collier with only 23 seconds left in the game, Tulsa moves to a 3-2 season. 

DC United showed Real Salt Lake why they are the first team to advance to the MSL Cup playoffs with a 2-1 win last Wednesday.  DC United took an early lead in the 16th, with a score by Luciano Emilio, and ended the game with a score in the 73rd by Christian Gomez.  Real players Kyle Beckerman scored in the 32nd.

A lightning delay after 72 minutes in the Major League Soccer game at the Colorado Rapids Dick’s Sporting Good’s Park did not break the Rapids momentum.  Down 1-0 to Chivas USA as the game resumed after the 42-minute delay, Rapids player Sacha Kijestan scored in the 76th.  The game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Many more events, including another Major League Soccer game, will take place in the fourth weekend of Youth Soccer Month.  The Colorado Rapids will play at Real Salt Lake on September 22, and free clinics held by state associations and university games also will be showcased.

September 12
- Real Salt Lake 1, DC United 2 ($20,000 Kick)
- University of Central Florida 1, Stetson 2 (m)
- University of South Carolina 5, Winthrop 0 (w)

September 13
- Nevada Youth Soccer Association Clinic – Las Vegas, NV

September 14
- East Tennessee State University 2, Tennessee Tech 2 (w)
- George Mason University 1, Virginia Tech 0 (w)
- Lehigh University 2, Rutgers 1 OT (m)
- Louisiana State University 5, McNeese State 0 (w)
- Penn State University 1, James Madison 0 (w)
- University of Dayton 2, Eastern Illinois 0 (m)
- University of Illinois 1, Florida 0 (w)
- University of Nevada Las Vegas 4, Cal Poly 3 (m)
- University of Portland 2, Kansas 0 (w)
- University of Tulsa 2, Virginia Tech 3 (m)
- University of Wisconsin Milwaukee 1, Drake 2 (m)

September 15th
- Centre College 2, Wittenberg University 0 (m)
- Florida State University 3, Auburn 0 (w)
- Nevada Youth Soccer Association Clinic – Las Vegas, NV
- University of Maryland, Baltimore County 1, VCU 2 (m)
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte 5, Davidson College 1 (m)
- University of Wisconsin Stevens Point 1, University of Wisconsin Whitewater 0 (w)

September 16th
- Bradley University 1, Cincinnati 0 (m)
- Cal South Clinic – Hotspurs USA – El Cajon, CA
- Chivas USA 1, Colorado Rapids 1
- Drake University 0, University of Florida 2 (w)
- East Tennessee State University 1, Western Carolina 0 (w)
- Georgetown University 3, Delaware 1 (w)
- Loyola University Chicago 1, University of Pennsylvania 5 (w)
- Loyola University Chicago 1, Valparaiso University 1 OT (m)
- New Hampshire Soccer Association Clinic – Manchester, NH
- Penn State University 1, Texas A&M 1 (w)
- South Dakota State University 1, Creighton University 2 (w)
- UC Berkeley 0, Santa Clara 0 (m)
- University of Maryland 1, George Mason 0 (w)
- University of Pennsylvania 1, La Salle 1 (m) 2 OT
- University of South Carolina 2, Lipscomb 0 (m)
- University of Utah 2, Oregon 0 (w)
- West Virginia University 5, Xavier 1 (w)
- Wright State University 2, University of Cincinnati 1 (w)

Recognizing the impact and importance the sport of soccer plays in the day-to-day lives of American’s families, US Youth Soccer, with over 3.2 million members, the largest members, the nation’s largest youth sports association, is spearheading the fifth annual Youth Soccer Month- Celebrating Soccer in America, this September.

Throughout Youth Soccer Month a series of messages 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 3)
The health and fitness (physical, psychological and social) benefits of playing soccer.
Fun: (Week of September 10)
Whether recreational or competitive in nation, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding.
Family: (Week of September 17)
Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated.
Friendship: (Week of September 24)
The relationships generate through playing soccer extend beyond the field.


Youth Soccer Month will also highlight the various programs available to children interested 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 and a schedule of events visit www.YouthSoccerMonth.org.

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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.

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