Sunday, June 16

South Floridian Youth Soccer Teams Win Prestigious International Tournament

A South Florida youth soccer league won big last month at the Weston Cup and Showcase Florida Premier Soccer President’s Day Weekend Tournament, firmly establishing itself as one of the premier youth soccer clubs in the nation.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Plantation Eagles Soccer Club, based near Fort Lauderdale, dominated two categories of the event. The Eagles’ under-15 girls team won the under-15 bronze division after four rounds. The team won the opening tournament game 3-0 against the West Pines United FC. The Eagles managed to secure another 3-0 victory against the Wellington Wave in the second round. The third round saw a 2-2 tie with the Naples Azzurri but the Eagles managed to reach the finals and once again faced the West Pines United FC. The Eagles secured the title with a 2-1 victory.

“We had the chance to play against good competition and we played well,” the team’s coach Michael Williams said.

Meanwhile, the Eagles’ under-10 girls team went on to claim the age category’s silver division. The team managed to end the opening game against the San Carlos Park Scorpions with a 6-3 victory. The Eagles’ secured an even more impressive victory in the second round, winning 8-3 against the Fort Lauderdale Select FC. The third and final game lead to a closer but nonetheless decisive victory of 4-3 against the Coral Springs United FC, bringing the Plantation Eagles Soccer Club the title.

“It was great to see that they continued to improve and it’s always great to win in a tournament,” coach Audrey Gant said.

The tournament itself was a massive undertaking. About 625 youth soccer teams competed against each other in more than 1,000 games. Teams throughout Florida, the country, and even the world played in seven soccer fields.

Plantation was host to the tournament, providing several facilities for the teams. The Plantation Central Park, P.A.L. Stadium, Pine Island Park, Sunset Park, Weston Regional Park, Vista Park, and Royal Oaks Park hosted the games.

The Weston Cup, one of the tournament’s events, is particularly prestigious as it is considered one of the best youth soccer tournaments in Florida, if not the country. For 13 years, the Weston Cup has provided young players the chance to gain fame and attract college recruiters present at the tournament.

The countries represented in the tournament included Haiti, Antigua, Canada, Denmark, and the Dominican Republic. Stateside, youth teams from New York, Virginia, and Illinois also competed.

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