Fast Track to the Championship
by Allen Caldwell
Entering into the final day of competition, the Americans find themselves in the home stretch of the tournament. The only roadblock that stands in the way of Team USA’s journey to the final match is a semifinal showdown against Ireland’s U16 National team. The match started with the U.S. pushing the pedal to the metal on offense. Similar to Ireland’s U18 team, the U16 squad defensive presence was strong causing a few Two on Ones on Team USA. However, as we have seen throughout this tournament, the U.S. passing wreaked havoc on the defense.
As the match continued on, Team USA’s relentlessness on offense produced tons of goal scoring opportunities. These opportunities came in the form of corner kicks, free kicks, and kick-ins that broke down the Irish defense. As a result, the Americans scored eight goals in the first half and five goals in the second half. With a 13-0 victory over the Ireland U16 team, the U.S. cleared its roadblock and find themselves in the Championship.
Earning a Spot in the Finals
by Zak Schmoll
The semifinal matchup between the French Selection team and...