Juniors Matchday (Updated)

UPDATE: Juniors win 3-1! Combined with Solar 89’s 4-0 win in the other group game, the Juniors have qualified for the National Championship on sunday.  Regardless of the result in tomorrow’s game against Solar 89, the Wizards will meet Solar 89 again on Sunday in the final.  Nice job Juniors!

My place looks about like RFK did last night.  Off and on power courtesy of a mid-morning monsoon means an abbreviated post.  First up are highlights of yesterday’s Juniors dramatic 3-2 comeback victory over Maryland’s Freestate United at the National Championships in Little Rock, Arkansas:

The Juniors now play the second of three group games at 11:30 am today, with a win potentially sending them through to the final (Solar 89 would have to tie or win in the group’s other game).  The team faces Colorado Rush Nike who fell 4-3 in their opener.  Despite winning their state cup the last 9 years and reaching the Regional final six times, it is the U19 Rush’s first trip to Nationals. Always the bridesmaid never the bride, it looked that way again this year after they fell to Sereno 89 White in the Region IV championship in Hawaii.  However, an appeal that Sereno illegally dropped players and forged signatures was upheld by the Arizona Youth Soccer Organization thereby disqualifying them from competition.  The scandal resulted in a resignation by the Sereno’s director of coaching.  The Rush boast UCSB’s Joe Eubanks, San Diego State University’s Kellen Frye, Raymundo Reza, and Morgan Maestas, Old Dominion’s Ben Medina, Notre Dame’s Jeb Brovsky, and Harvard’s Jarren LaGreca.  The Rush also have two familiar faces for Wizards Junior Matt Perry – his University of Denver teammates Marc Kokel and Ryan Aweida.  I’ll update this post with the game result, but check Hillcrest Road, KCW Juniors and Down the Byline for match details.  Good luck, Juniors!

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