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Dallas Texans Earn Nine
State Cup Titles
The first weekend of U-11 through U-18 State Cup 2011 started off with a forecast of a 100-percent chance of rain and temperatures dipping down into the forties. Who would have guessed the first day of May would be blankets, coats and gloves weather? Rain and lightning delays were common during the first weekend, but thank goodness most of the games played as scheduled. Only two timeslots were lost to weather. By the second weekend, the weather was beautiful, the sun was shining and State Cup 2011 finished on schedule.
This year, a total of 197 teams participated from all over North Texas. It was a State Cup celebrated by many teams and clubs, as teams from 12 different clubs advanced to the finals and teams from six different clubs were crowned State Cup Champions. Dallas Texans, Solar, Sting, FC Dallas, TFC and Liverpool all had State Cup champions crowned. Texans proudly accepted nine State Cup awards, with Solar receiving three, Sting three, FC Dallas two and TFC one.
Hassan Nazari, Founder and Director of Club for Dallas Texans, said, “We are very proud of our State Cup winners, particularly with the strength of the competition they faced. It was very rewarding for all of these teams and it has always been special to the players to be the State Cup Champions.”
Two State Cup finals came down to shootouts to determine the winners. In the Under-14 girls’ final, it was all Sting, with Sting 97 playing Sting Wright 97. It ended in a 2-2 tie, with Sting 97 winning in kicks from the mark. In Under-17 girls, Dallas Texans won in the shootout after a hard-fought game with Solar Red ended in a 0-0 tie.
“This was one of the best games I have seen in seven years of these two teams playing each other. They both played a beautiful game,” said Adrian Solca, Technical Director for Solar Soccer Club.
The State Cup winners from U-14 to U-19 are advancing to the United States Youth Soccer Association Regional Championship tournament in Murfreesboro, Tenn., June 16-22. Also competing at Regionals will be the Premier League representatives who ended up at the top of Premier League West in the fall. Two North Texas teams will be returning to Regionals as defending National Champions from last year; Dallas Sting 95 Girls and Solar Red 94 Girls.
According to Solca, “The players have worked all year to get to this point. We look forward to again representing North Texas and the Solar Soccer Club at Regionals.”
Those who win Regionals will go on to the National Championship in Phoenix, Ariz., July 16-31. Follow all the action at Regionals online!