Press Release
July 20, 2017

FULLERTON, Calif. - Six out of eight Cal South teams returned to Southern California as US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup Champions after a successful four-day tournament that took place from July 13-16 in Auburndale, Fla. Westwood’s Westside Breakers and Santa Barbara’s Eagles SC also had a successful stint in the tournament finishing as finalists.

Over 10,000 teams participate nationwide to be part of the National Presidents Cup Tournament. Cal South was the State Association with the most teams participating with eight, and is the winningest organization with 26 National titles.

The four-day tournament kicked off last Thursday as eight Cal South teams battled to earn their first three points in the national tournament. However, the competition was fierce, as all the teams had to play their A-game to take the win. On Day 1, the Cal South teams finished off with six wins, one loss and one draw.

The following day, Beach FC was the first to clinch their ticket to the 13UG Final after a convincing 3-0 win, their second win in the tournament, on Day 2. Downtown Los Angeles Soccer Club (14UB), Oxnard’s Santos Laguna (16UB), and Inter America Halcones (17/18UB) from Maywood had to leave their ticket to the Finals until Day 3 where it was a must-win situation for both, in order to make it to the Finals. Fortunately, all eight Cal South teams moved on to well-represent Southern California in the Final Stage.

The day all teams had worked for came around on Finals Sunday, the hottest and most humid day of the tournament. However, the Cal South teams were determined to get the job done and bring back a trophy to Southern California. Facing one of the toughest teams they faced in the tournament, Inter America Halcones FC took their game with Ocean Township United (NJ) to extra time to decide a winner. Luckily, Halcones scored the goal they needed to become 17/18UB Champions.

Ventura County’s Eagles SC also battled hard with their opponent, FC United 2003 (IL). After ending extra time with a 3-3 draw, the 14U Girls moved on to penalty kicks where the Illinois team would top the Eagles for a 10-9 win.

Former U.S Men’s National Team and FIFA World Cup player Cle Kooiman coached the Inland Empire Surf to a suspenseful final 17/18U Girls match. After a 1-1 draw with the Illinois Fusion in extra time, the game moved on to penalty kicks where fortune and hard work would be on their side as the match finished 6-5 in favor of the So Cal team.

All eight teams earned their berth in the National Championships after finishing as Cal South State Cup Presidents Division Champions. Before heading to Florida for the National Tournament, participating teams must’ve won their Regional Tournament. In this case, Cal South teams topped the Region IV Tournament that took place this year in Salt Lake City, Utah.

With the six National Presidents Championship Teams, Cal South now adds 26 National Titles, and 52 Region IV Championship Titles.

Photos from the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup can be found here. When using, please give credit to Cal South.

About Cal South

The California State Soccer Association - South (Cal South) is a 501c(3) California public benefit corporation and is the official youth and adult state soccer association of the United States Soccer Federation, the United States Youth Soccer, and the United States Adult Soccer Association. Cal South represents over 300 Affiliate Member Leagues and Clubs comprising our membership of more than 204,000 registered players, coaches, referees and league administrators. The organization, with a service area that extends from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, provides rewarding recreational and competitive opportunities for players of all ages, genders and skill levels.