It is with great honor to announce that the 2001 NPL Boys and Coach Tocci have successfully taken home the US Club Soccer National Championship this past weekend. The game ended with a remarkable save by LFC as the clock was running down. This allowed the boys to hold off GPS NH until the final whistle was blown.
The first half remained scoreless, but the boys took the lead (1-0) second half after they scored one past the GPS NH keeper. The goal was created from a through ball that was slipped to the forward for an advantage towards goal. In a very competitive NEP matchup, GPS NH came back fighting and was able to tie it up (1-1) with a goal that originally developed off a throw-in.
LFC then came back to take the lead (2-1), as they showed their perseverance by punishing GPS NH with a second goal. The goal came after the center back failed to clear the ball from in front of GPS NH's goal.
Coach Tocci wrote, "I hope everyone in the club has a chance or dreams to experience what this team was able to be a part of accomplishing. To watch this group fight through so much adversity, what they did was incredible! I could not be more proud of them for what they have accomplished through their hard work, passion and dedication to each other. Watching the joy on their faces as they celebrated when the final whistle sounded was priceless for myself and the parents who were able to watch and be a part of it. Thank you to everyone who supported us and help make this dream a reality!"
We are extremely proud of the determination and hard work these boys have put into this year's season and their successful post-season run. They truly played The Liverpool Way and made our club proud. Once again, join us in congratulating these young men for becoming this year's National Champions!
Stay tuned for photos and video highlights to come!
REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
Congratulations to Coach John Tocci and the 2001 NPL Boys who won the US Club Soccer Mid Atlantic Regionals this week and will move on to compete in the National Cup later this summer in Indianapolis on July 21-24!
The boys won all three of their group games before moving on to defeat GPS MA State Elite in the semi-finals and FC Europa in the championship game. In all five games, the boys only let up one goal against them while scoring 18!
Coach Tocci wrote, "What an incredible week to be with such a talented group of young men and their families. The group really represented the club, their team and themselves with an incredible amount of dignity, unity and commitment. Very proud day to be a part of LFC!!"
This is the first time that an Liverpool FC International Academy MA team has made it ot the US Club National Cup and we couldn't be prouder!
For a highlight video of the tournament, click here
For more information on the Mid Atlantic Regional Championships, click here
For more information on the US Club Soccer National Cup, click here