McGuire Cup first awarded in 1935
Field consists of Crew Juniors (OH-S), Empire United Soccer Academy Syracuse (NY-W), GSA 93 Phoenix Red (GA), West Coast FC (CA-S)
FRISCO, Texas (July 11, 2012) –
The Under-19 Boys US Youth Soccer National Championship
, James P. McGuire Cup, final will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer from Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C., beginning with a pre-game show at 7:30 pm ET and kickoff at 8 pm.
The Under-19 Boys James P. McGuire Cup
is the oldest trophy in youth sports dating back to 1935 with the inaugural youth championships and played annually except during World War II. Officially known as the United States Soccer Federation National Junior Challenge Cup, the competition was renamed the James P. McGuire Junior Champion Cup in 1975, after the late United States Soccer Federation President. He played for the Brooklyn Wanderers in 1929, and later joined the Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtics who with McGuire at centre half won the U.S. Open Cup. James McGuire also served on World Cup and various other FIFA committees, and earned an international reputation as an excellent soccer administrator and leader.
The McGuire Cup championship final is one of 12 taking place over the weekend and the culmination of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. The Series provides over 185,000 players (10,000 teams) from US Youth Soccer's 55 state associations, the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The Series is known as the ultimate destination for the country's collegiate soccer coaches and the future of soccer.
"We are happy to have Fox Soccer broadcast the live James P. McGuire Cup from the US Youth Soccer National Championships," said Todd Roby, director of communications for US Youth Soccer. "For the McGuire Cup final to air on Fox Soccer is a fitting tribute to our most storied cups and one that thousands have played for over the course of its 77-year history. Our hope is that the broadcast inspires kids to continue to chase their dreams through commitment and hard work; knowing ultimately that regardless of success on the playing field the games prepare them for success in life."
The US Youth Soccer National Championships consist of four US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups and the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-17 age groups to complete the field of 60 teams.
The annual player luncheon, closed to participants only, kicks off the National Championships on July 24. Round robin games are played July 25-27 and finals are July 28-29 at Manchester Meadows. For complete game scores, stories, standings, video and more visit the online home to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, http://championships.usyouthsoccer.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 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
About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-14 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The Under-15 through 17 Boys and Girls age groups have two teams representative of the US Youth Soccer National League, in which the top two teams in each gender age group earn a direct path to the national championships. Overall the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. Visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org
for complete event information.