Wednesday, May 19, 2010
US Youth Soccer National Championships at Overland Park Soccer Complex
The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 60 teams.
The U-19 boys will compete for the James P. McGuire Cup on national TV on Saturday the 24th. Fox Soccer Channel will televise the game. The U.S. Soccer Federation initiated the open youth championships in 1935 and the trophy was named after James P. McGuire in 1975. The McGuire cup is the oldest trophy in youth sport. The rest of the National Championship games will be played Satruday aftrenoon/evening or Sunday morning.
“We are honored to host the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Overland Park Soccer Complex,” said Mayor Carl Gerlach. “Thanks to the dedicated effort of the Overland Park Convention & Visitors Bureau sales team and city staff members, we are able to host this showcase event that will have a great economic impact on the city, especially hotels and retail shops."
"Hosting the US Youth Soccer National Championships will be a wonderful opportunity for young players in the area to see some of the best teams in the country," said Alan Blinzler, president of the Kansas State Youth Soccer Association. Kansas State Youth Soccer Association will serve as the local organizing committee for the event.
The United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), the governing body of adult soccer in the U.S. has partnered with US Youth Soccer and they will be holding the U23 National Cup Finals July 23-25 as well. This adds an additional 16 mens and womens teams using the Overland Park Soccer Complex that week.
With the game between Manchester United and the Kansas City Wizards on the 25th, Kansas City will have the best youth soccer players in the country and some of the best professional soccer players in the world here at the same time. With the World Cup wrapping up 9 days earlier, it will be an exciting summer of soccer.
Todd Roby, Director of Communications with US Youth Soccer talking about the National Championship in Overland Park...
One of the fields at the Overland Park Soccer Complex...