California clubs lead the way at Champions Cup

California clubs swept the 2007 Champions Cup titles over Easter weekend at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. San Juan SC claimed the girls' championship, while LAFC was victorious in the boys' competition.

Eight boys' clubs and eight girls' clubs traveled to Florida to determine a true national club champion by competing on the field. Each club's U13s, U15s and U17/U18s earned points towards their club's placement. Final club standings, full results and photos of the victors, as well as the Champions Cup Blog, can be found online at www.usclubsoccer.org.

San Juan SC (CA) and CASL (NC) entered the final day of the tournament with a chance to win the girls' competition. As CASL placed third in the U15 and U17 age brackets and San Juan SC's U15s claimed second and U17s took fifth, the championship came down to the U13 Final, which pitted the two clubs against each other.

Scoreless at the end of regulation, the U13 Final was decided when San Juan SC's Sarah Jansen sent a corner kick into the eighteen-yard box to Mireya Mayorga-Wathen, who headed home the wining goal. After finishing sixth last year, San Juan SC earned the 2007 title.

"Winning the Champions Cup is a tremendous accomplishment for the club on the behalf of the players who performed but also the coaches who were involved in getting us here," said San Juan SC Director of Coaching, Billy Wiskel. "We have a tremendous coaching staff top to bottom. After coming to the Champions Cup last year, we had an idea of what to expect. We trained for it, and we prepared our teams for it."

In the boys' competition, LAFC and San Juan SC each advanced two teams to first-place matches. With teams in a first-place match and a pair of third-place matches, Scott Gallagher SC (MO) also had an opportunity to win the Champions Cup.

Competing in its first Champions Cup, LAFC won the boys' championship by virtue of its U17s and U15s finishing first with a 4-2 victory over San Juan SC and a 1-0 win against CASL, respectively, and its U13s claiming third also with a 1-0 shutout of CASL. San Juan SC earned runner-up status, while Scott Gallagher SC finished third.

"With the difference of a goal in any age group, there could have been a different champion," said LAFC DOC, Don Sheppard. "That's how tight the competition was, so we're thrilled to win the Champions Cup."

The 2008 event will be held over Easter weekend in 2008. The first and second-placed clubs at the 2007 tournament receive automatic invitations to next year's event.


Final Standings

Girls

1 - San Juan SC (CA)
2 - CASL (NC)
3 - Colorado Rush (CO)
4 - Albertson SC (NY)
5 - FC DELCO (PA)
6 - Internationals (OH)
7 - Weston Fury FC (FL)
8 - LAFC (CA)

Boys

1 - LAFC (CA)
2 - San Juan SC (CA)
3 - Scott Gallagher SC (MO)
4 - CASL (NC)
5 - PA Classics (PA)
6 - Atlanta Concorde Fire FC (GA)
7 - Colorado Rush (CO)
8 - Internationals SC (OH)


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