Champions Celebrated as 2022 US Youth Soccer Eastern Presidents Cup Finishes Tuesday in Charleston, WV
CHARLESTON, West Virginia (June 21, 2022) – More than 100 teams competed at the 2022 US Youth Soccer Eastern Presidents Cup at the Shawnee Sports Complex and Barboursville Soccer Complex in Charleston and Barboursville, West Virginia, this week.
Nearly 2,500 people traveled in as the teams competed for a spot at the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup in Greensboro, North Carolina, later this summer.
Eastern Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania West led the field with five teams each being crowned, while New Jersey (3), Virginia (2), and West Virginia (1) all had champions as well.
Eastern Presidents Cup Champions
|Boys 12U – Beadling SC Beadling 2010 Boys North White Elite (PA-W)||Girls 12U – Century V Soccer Century V East Renegades (PA-W)|
|Boys 13U – NESA 2009 Boys Elite Pre NL (NJ)||Girls 13U – Valley United 09G Green (VA)|
|Boys 14U – Beadling SC 08B Pre MLS NEXT (PA-W)||Girls 14U – North Union United SC NUU 08F Valor (PA-E)|
|Boys 15U – PA Rush 2007 Rush Boys (PA-E)||Girls 15U – West Virginia FC WVFC 2007 Girls – Black (WV)|
|Boys 16U – Princeton FC Barcelona (NJ)||Girls 16U – North Union United SC NUU 06F Wave (PA-E)|
|Boys 17U – New Jersey Surf NJ Surf South Marlton 05B (NJ)||Girls 17U – Victory SC Victory SC 2005 Girls (PA-W)|
|Boys 18U – Vereinigung Erzgebirge SC V E VE Gunners (PA-E)||Girls 18U – Iron Valley United SC Thorns ’04 (PA-E)|
|Boys 19U – Team America TEAM AMERICA 03-BATA (VA)||Girls 19U – Centra SA Centre Union 03/04/05G (PA-W)|
Daynor Garcia, head coach of Team America TEAM AMERICA 03-BATA (VA), talked about his team’s experience at Eastern Presidents Cup.
“This is a tournament that we are so proud to participate in,” said Garcia. We’ve been a part of this tournament for the last three years. We make it our goal every year to win it and be a part of this tournament. It has great awards, organization, referees, and we’re just proud to represent Virginia.”
Garcia also shed some light on his emotions as his team embarks on one final run at National Presidents Cup after his side’s dominant 4-0-0 mark this week.
“It’s a little bittersweet because I’m happy that we won this tournament today and that we’re going to nationals,” said Garcia. “I’m a little sad, though, because it’ll probably be one of the last years we’ll participate as this group. The core of this group has participated the last three years, so they know how much this means to me and how much it means to have this be our year.”
Notes on some of the Eastern Presidents Cup winners:
Century V Soccer Century V East Renegades (PA-W)’s 6-0 win over Clark SC Clark Reign 2010 (NJ) encapsulated a perfect week the Renegades. They compiled a remarkable 26 goals in five matches – and only gave up two.
NESA 2009 Boys Elite Pre NL (NJ) came out on top of their bracket with four wins and a draw. They earned two hard-fought victories in both the semi-final and final match against Naugatuck Youth Soccer Naugy Warriors (CT) and Arundel Soccer Association ASA Juventus Elite 2009 (MD), respectively, with both games finishing with a one goal margin.
North Union United SC NUU 08F (PA-E)’s 1-0 win over BVB International Academy – Pittsburgh BVB International Academy Pittsburgh 08G Premier (PA-W) was its fifth of the week. North Union compiled an extremely impressive 14 goals in those matches — and topped it by holding its opponents scoreless.
PA Rush 2007 Rush Boys (PA-E) finished on top of a highly competitive bracket, earning a 1-0 win over FC Pittsburgh FC Pittsburgh 07B Gold (PA-W) in the final. They went 3-1-1 on the week and looked to play their best soccer late, scoring 10 goals in the last three matches.
North Union United SC NUU 06F Wave (PA-E) had an extremely dominant week. In four matches, the Eastern Pennsylvania side tallied 16 goals while only giving up one. They earned a 1-0 win over United Philly Soccer United Philly Soccer 2006/2007 Fusion Girls (PA-E) in the final.
New Jersey Surf NJ Surf South Marlton 05B (NJ) bested Bethesda Soccer Club Bethesda Green 2005 (MD) in one of the most competitive finals at Eastern Presidents Cup. After finishing regulation and both overtimes scoreless, the two sides entered a penalty shootout that finished with New Jersey Surf winning by a 4-2 mark.
Iron Valley United SC Thorns ’04 (PA-E) were crowned champions after a highly competitive final against Calvert Soccer Assn CSA Cyclones 04G (MD) ended 2-1 in favor of the Eastern Pennsylvania side. They proved to be a difficult team to beat, going 2-0-2 on the week.
Team America TEAM AMERICA 03-BATA (VA) had one of the most dominant showings at Eastern Presidents Cup, going 4-0-0 on the week while scoring 16 goals in a competitive group.
The US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup consists of regional champions in the 13U-19U Boys and Girls age groups and will be held from July 7-10 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
More on the US Youth Soccer Eastern Presidents Cup is available here.
About the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup
The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is designed for teams seeking additional challenges to play against teams of similar abilities for a national title. Presidents Cup provides a progressive and competitive experience to teams, allowing them to participate in a series of unique experiences highlighting competition, camaraderie, and community from the state to regional to national levels of US Youth Soccer. The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is a separate series of events from the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. For more information, please visit USYouthSoccer.org/Presidents-Cup/.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer)
US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sport organization in the country, is on a mission to provide world-class support, resources, and leadership, helping every member fulfill their goals on and off the field of play. US Youth Soccer registers nearly 2.5 million players annually. Through its programming, resources and leadership, US Youth Soccer is advancing the game for its 54 Member State Associations, 10,000 clubs and leagues and nearly 1 million administrators, coaches, and volunteers. US Youth Soccer connects families and communities to the power of sports and its shared love of soccer. US Youth Soccer provides a path for every player, offering programs that provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game.