2013 New York Cup crowns 24 champions
CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 21, 2013) – Eight months and hundreds of games after it began, the New York Cup wrapped up with its final day of competition on Sunday, crowning 24 champions from the U-9 through U-17/18 age groups. A record 660 teams participated in the event, which opened with group play in September before finishing with a slate of finals on May 19 at Stringham Park in LaGrangeville, N.Y. In the end, 24 teams came away with titles, and champions from the U-13 through U-17 age groups will move on to one of the seven National Cup XII Regional events, where they’ll have a chance to book a place in the National Cup XII Finals from July 18-21 in Aurora, Colo. “The level of play at this year’s New York Cup was extraordinary,” said New York Club Soccer League President Gary Grossman, whose organization managed the event. “It was the culmination of months of great competition, and I was very happy to see the best teams end up in the finals due to the format. It was our best cup ever from a competitive standpoint.” The U-9 through U-14 age groups began play in September, with the older divisions kicking off in November and early this spring. The New York Cup followed a “champions league” style format, with a three-match group stage followed by knockout rounds.
In the end, 20 clubs claimed titles, led by World Class FC, which came away with four championships — three on the boys’ side and one on the girls’. World Class FC also had four more teams reach the finals. “Our club is really, really excited about our involvement in the New York Cup,” World Class FC Director of Coaching Kazbek Tambi said. “We’ve been participating for several years, and it’s a part of the year where everybody gets pumped up about playing in it. With the success we had on the field, it was really a special year, and we have so many excited players, parents and coaches in our organization.”
World Class FC wasn’t the only club with multiple winners, as Brentwood SC took the boys U-10 Gold and U-14 divisions. Two divisions required more than 90 minutes to settle, as BW Gottschee notched an overtime win in the U-15 boys final, and Merrick PAL prevailed on penalty kicks in the U-14 girls championship — results that underscored the high level of competition on display. “The New York Cup was a great opportunity for competitive clubs to participate in a unique cup competition based on the structure of a champions league format,” said Intense Soccer Academy Director Ron Alber, who also coached the U-17/18 girls champions. “It permitted competitive clubs to advance out of group play with the benefit of not having single-game elimination from the start. By doing this, it really made the cup more competitive and produced a higher quality product in the final matches.”