Over the weekend, the Super F Champions Cup National Futsal Tournament was played around Kansas City. I did not get to see as many games as I wanted each day and on Sunday I was only able to catch the last three championship games. They were good games and some interesting stories as well.
Boys U15 Championship Game - Team Elite vs Kaw Valley Force Jambars Red
The first thing anyone noticed when Team Elite walked on the floor was that they did not look like a lot of the other teams. They had yellow shirts with hand stenciled numbers and that was the only thing that matched. They wore different shorts and socks and had a bit of the Bad News Bears look to them.
Looking back through the bracket, both teams records were 2-1 coming into the final. Team Elite's previous loss was to the same Kaw Valley team they were about to play. Once they started the game, Team Elite did not look worried. They got out to an early lead and slowly wore down their opponents. As the game went on Team Elite got better and better, making great plays offensively and defensively. Their goalie made big saves when needed.
Team Elite won 11 - 3
I talked with Coach Aaron Shillcutt after the game. The team was put together a week earlier by the Coach's son. they had no practices together and some of the players did not even know their team mates names. It's incredible that they could throw a team together and not only win, but dominate the final game.
Coach Aaron Shillcutt
Team Elite, strangers to friends to champions...
Boys U16 Super Group Championship Game - DCFA Sao Paulo vs BV Boca Jrs. White
This was another good game. Teams were well matched. DCFA (Denison Cabral Futsal Academy) won 6 - 2 adding goals including a PK late to put it away. I was going to interview their coach as well but their fans were so loud it was pointless.
My daughter managed to get this video of the PK. I would have some photos of their game but their fans could not resist jumping in front of people watching.
High School Boys Championship Game - Sporting KC Juniors USA vs Central Fall Warriors
Sporting KC Juniors filed two teams (the U16's split up), The undefeated Sporting KC Juniors USA beat the Sporting KC Juniors Portugal team in a close (8-6) semi final game to advance to the Championship.
Central Fall Warriors (Explosion FC) defeated the Cleveland Super F18s 8-3 to advance to the Championship game and face the one team that had beat them. In fact the Sporting KC Juniors was the only team that had seriously challenged them up to that point.
In the final game, both teams played well through the first half keeping the score close. Central Falls Warriors started losing their organization in the second half and Kansas City punished them for it. In the end, Sporting KC won 8 - 1.
I sat and talked with Explosion FC Director and Founder Juilius Summerville through much of the match and it was very evident how proud he was of how this team had done. He told me enough background that I had to talk to their coach. It turns out these kids are from Central Falls Rhode Island. An area noted for how bad their schools are. These kids did not come from well to do areas, they had to scrimp and fund raise like crazy just to get to Kansas City. They could not even afford to bring all of their players.
These kids came to play and play they did. They showed great heart and I wish them well. Hopefully their schools will be improved, they deserve better.
Central Falls Coach Carl Africo talks about his team
Sporting KC scores from close range
Sporting KC and Central Falls Warriors pose together..
Sporting KC Juniors...