State Cups across the US Youth Soccer East Region wrapped up over the weekend of June 6-7, with 13U-19U teams from the USYS National League Conferences, managed by EDP Soccer, having tremendous success. The State Cup is one of two pathways teams within the conferences have to reach the USYS Eastern Regional Championships, with the other pathway coming through National League play. This year's Eastern Regional Championships will be hosted at Tuckahoe Turf Farms in Hammonton, N.J., and will see a record number of teams compete in the event.
Across the region, 71 State Cup Champions came from the USYS National League Conferences, managed by EDP Soccer.
The Mid Atlantic Conference saw 26 conference teams crowned as champions, 25 additional teams reached the finals, and 97 total conference teams reached the semifinal round. STA-MUSC led the way with seven teams that participated in the final four of the State Cup, with two champions, two finalists and three semifinalists. Lehigh Valley United was one of Eastern Pennsylvania’s top clubs with two champions, two finalists and two semifinalists. Joining Lehigh Valley United as one of Eastern PA’s most successful clubs was Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals, who led the state with three champions and also had two finalists.
The South Atlantic Conference had 16 teams finish as State Champions, 15 finish as finalists, and 57 total conference teams advanced to the semifinal rounds. Coppermine SC led Maryland with six teams reaching the final four, and finished with one champion and three finalists. Potomac SA and Maryland Rush SOMD both finished with two state cup champions, while BRAUSA had three teams reach the final and one crowned champion.
“Potomac Soccer Association is extremely proud of the teams that were able to make it all the way to the finals this past weekend,” said Steve Knapman, Technical Director for Potomac SA. “After a long year of uncertainty and challenges, it was great to watch the players compete and play with tenacity, freedom and joy. To come away with two State Championships and one Presidents Cup Championship was a fabulous end to what has been a tough year for many, but we see this as the early steps in our club's development, and we aim to bring home more championships in the years to come on both the girls’ and boys’ sides of the club.”
The North Atlantic Conference had 13 teams earn State Cup titles, 11 additional teams finish as finalists, and 46 total conference teams advance to the semifinal round. The Long Island Slammers led Eastern New York with three champions and two finalists, followed by Barca Academy Pro and Brentwood SC, who each won two titles and had two semifinalists.
The New England Conference saw 16 teams crowned champions, 16 more finish as finalists, and 57 total conference teams advance to the semifinal round. CFC North had big success in Connecticut, with three champions, two finalists and four semifinalists. AC Connecticut won two championships, and it had two finalists and one semifinalist. In Massachusetts, Juventus Academy Boston and New England Surf both led the region with nine teams in the final four, and both clubs finished with three champions.
“Juventus Academy Boston is very proud that we have a number of teams advancing to the USYS Regional Championships. We love the USYS pathway and the tremendous development opportunities that it provides,” said Bill Altieri, Director of Juventus Academy Boston. “We are also extremely fortunate to have two opportunities to make it to Regionals — by winning the New England Conference or by winning the State Cup. The New England Conference has been very well organized and the competition has been extremely challenging — to win the New England Conference is a great honor.
“By providing another road to the Regionals for teams that win their State Cup competition, USYS ensures that the quality of the National Championship Series is truly top notch. There is no question that we should applaud any team that earns its trip to the Regionals by winning the State Cup."
These teams will join the winners of each of the National League Conferences, June 25-July 1, in Hammonton, with a trip to USYS National Championships on the line.