President's Message

By Terri Filippetti, President

Mass Youth Soccer concluded its busiest soccer season ever when it hosted the US Youth Soccer National Championships at our Citizens Bank Fields at Progin Park in Lancaster, July 22–26. The event was a huge success! Boys' and girls' teams from across the United States competed in the U14-U19 age groups. The soccer was fantastic and all were shown a warm and friendly Massachusetts welcome.

Prior to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, the US Veterans' Cup was held July 7-12 at the Citizens Bank Fields. Men's and women's adult teams from across the United States competed in eight different age groups, from Over 30 up to Over 65. This was also a huge success and Mass Youth soccer will again be hosting the Veterans' Cup in 2010.

Leading up to the above two competitions was the State Cup, MTOC and the Presidents Cup tournaments. The State Cup tournament was run on three consecutive weekends at the Citizens Bank Fields, starting with the Round Robin portion on May 30 and 31, and ending on June 14. Fourteen state champions went to the Region 1 Championships in Barboursville, W.V., from July 2-7. The G14 Scorpions SC won their age group and came home to compete in the US Youth Soccer National Championships.

The MTOC tournament, which is for our town-based programs, was played at the Citizens Bank Fields on June 26-28. Teams from across the state represented their respective leagues well. John Linnehan and the rest of the league presidents once again did a fine job conducting the event.

The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup tournament was in its inaugural season and Massachusetts teams did remarkably well. Games were played throughout the Spring season and three Massachusetts teams advanced to the National tournament in North Carolina from July 16-19. Two teams, the B16 Crusaders United and the G17 Sachems FC, won the National Championship for their respective age groups.

A special thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make these events possible.