EAGLES SC WOMEN'S TEAM SEEKS SOCCER HISTORY AT USASA U23 NATIONAL CUP FINALS NEXT WEEK
July 15, 2010
CAMARILLO, California (July 15, 2010) - For three days next week, fourteen UCLA, UCI, UCSB, Pepperdine, Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly San Louis Obispo athletes (many of them past regulars within the Cal South Olympic Development Program) will seek to make history, as they briefly exchange their collegiate jerseys for that of the Camarillo, California-based Eagles Soccer Club team that bids to become only the second side in the 31-year history of women's youth and adult championships ever to win three age-specific United States National soccer titles. Colorado Rush (Littleton, CO) won the U17, U18, & U19 Championships a decade ago (1999-2001). Sting SC (Dallas, TX) won the first ever title in 1980.
The United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) U23 National Cup will be played concurrent with the United States Youth Soccer National Championships (Under 14 through Under 19) on July 23-25, 2010 in Overland Park, Kansas. Live scoring updates for both events will be available on CalSouth.com throughout the weekend. Cal South also has a men's team (FC Hasental) competing in the USASA U23 National Cup.
Eight teams have qualified for the Under 23 competition. The Far West region, of which Cal South is one of fourteen state associations, will be represented this year by the Eagles SC and Arizona Rush. In the Eagles half of the draw is D'Feeters (TX), Woodbury SC (MN) and FC Delco (PA). AZ Rush's bracket includes Rochester Lazers (NY), Scott Gallagher (MO) and Dallas Premier (TX). The full schedule is available by visiting: http://www.usasa.com/schedules/2010/28837224.html.
Under head coach Vince Thomas and assistant Michael Alexander, the Eagles won two US Youth Soccer National titles - the Under 14 crown in 2004 and the Under 17 championship in 2007. They are a five-time State (Cal South National Cup) Champion (2004, '07, '08, '09, '10) and a two-time State (Cal South National Cup) Finalist (2005, '06).
"We are proud of what this team has accomplished, starting when they were 13 years old," notes Thomas, "and now - as young women - they have a chance to do what only one other team ever has. We will be playing very good teams - and many of the best collegiate players in the country, but these girls have been there before and know what it takes to win. In addition to Emily, Amelia, Sid, Kelsea, Coco, Nic and Amanda - who have been the heart and soul of our past championships, this year we have added to the roster a group of outstanding Southern California-bred players who I have long admired and am thrilled to now have as part of this amazing team. For them, as well, this truly is an historic opportunity."