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7 CAL SOUTH CLUBS STORM INTO 2006 US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

July 24, 2006

CAL SOUTH DONATES $70,000 IN DIRECT SUPPORT

DES MOINES, IA (July 24, 2006) - The US Youth Soccer National Championships are set to begin this Wednesday, July 24 in Des Moines, and seven prestigious Cal South clubs have fought their way through the Cal South National Cup and the subsequent Far West Regionals to get their shot at the ultimate prize in youth soccer glory. But, it takes more than talent to get a team to the Nationals; it also takes money. Specifically, money for plane tickets, hotel reservations, team meals, and ground transportation.

Fortunately for its membership, Cal South runs the largest and most prestigious State (1,401 teams) and National (556 teams) Cup tournaments in the country and is able to continue its unprecedented track record of financial support of its teams to help offset these costs. Cal South is a member benefits-driven organization, and it thrives on helping out its players pursue their dreams of one day being called a National Champion. Having already given a total of $95,000 ($5,000 each) to the 19 teams that made their way to the Far West Regionals last month, Cal South has raised the ante by pledging an additional $70,000 to the Nationals-traveling Cal South teams. As they did last year, $10,000 has been given to each of the seven teams, with the funds having been generated from the entry fees at the Cal South State and National Cups.

"Providing a service like this to our members is the very reason that Cal South exists," says John Weinerth, Chief Operating Officer of Cal South. "The National Championship series represents the pinnacle of youth soccer achievement, and the pride we take in helping relieve our members' financial burden in pursuit of this dream is immeasurable."

The seven clubs that will be competing in Des Moines this week include the BU14 Valley United Blast, the GU14 Irvine Strikers, the BU15 So Cal United, the BU16 Rampage FC, the BU17 Arsenal FC, the GU18 San Diego Surf and the BU19 Arsenal FC. As you can imagine, Cal South has received many heartfelt sentiments from team parents, coaches and league presidents along the lines of the following submitted by Ricardo Argueta and Fred Singer of the Valley United Blast: "We wish to convey our heartfelt thanks for your generous donation of $10,000, which goes a long way in assisting us cover travel expenses of all of our team members."

The 2006 US Youth Soccer National Championships start up on Wednesday with the first of three days of round-robin play, and then conclude on Sunday, July 30 with the National Championship Finals, where the top two teams with the most cumulative points in each bracket face off against one another for the trophy. Cal South has two repeating national champions from last year in the mix, the BU15 So Cal United and the BU17 Arsenal FC. Additionally, the Arsenal FC has the rare opportunity to score what is termed a "three-peat", having previously won at the Nationals as a B15 team in 2004, too.

To learn more about the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, please visit www.usyouthsoccer.org.