WAZA FC East 01 Juniors (MI) wins the Under-13 Boys National Championship
WAZA FC East 01 Juniors (MI) came into this final having not lost a game all the way back through US Youth Soccer Region II Championships and that momentum carried them through to Under-13 Boys National Championship match against FC Golden State PDA 01 (CA-S).
WAZA had been perfect in group stage scoring three goals and allowing none, setting up a chance to finish at the National Championships without a blemish on its record. Having already beat FC Golden State in group play 2-0, WAZA seemed confident from the get-go controlling possession and playing at a higher tempo than its opposition.
In just the 17th minute of play, Issa Rayyan broke through the Golden State defense and flicked a ball past an onrushing keeper to give WAZA a 1-0 advantage. WAZA continued knocking on the door hitting the post twice and missing a variety of other chances that could have increased its lead.
Late in the first half WAZA had another chance as Gianni Ferri stripped the ball away from a defender and got in on goal. Ferri’s chance was wasted as his shot hit the outside of the post and harmlessly bounced away.
Despite the pressure, Golden State withstood the WAZA onslaught for the rest of the second half and entered half trailing only by one goal.
Ferri added an insurance goal just six minutes into the second half as he received a through ball in 1v1 vs the Golden State keeper Alfredo Tejeda. Tejeda made a huge save but the ball bounce back to Ferri and he calmly put the ball into the back of the net to make the score 2-0.
Golden State tried to push for a goal but the WAZA defense was relentless at getting to every loose ball first as their offensive teammates controlled possession. WAZA would hold on and claim the Under-13 Boys National Championship with a 2-0 win.
“We have worked so hard all year,” said WAZA head coach Gronthik Chatterjee. “They are a very talented group of boys but it comes down to their hard work. They put in so many hours and they have great intelligence that was displayed on the field tonight.”
“The hard work we put in, all the hours away from the game type situations where no one sees you in the gym, the extra practices and the effort put in by the parents to get them there has been great. To have this pay off with a National Championship, I couldn’t be happier for my boys.”
US Youth Soccer
Waza reaches US Youth Soccer National Championship Finals!
The Waza FC East U18 and U13 boys traveled to the Maryland Soccer Complex to participate in the US Youth Soccer National Championships this week, and the excitement is still not over! Although our U18 boys narrowly missed making the semi finals they fought hard by winning their last game and creating a 3 way tie for the top spot in their division. After some time of calculation and determination by the league, our Waza U18 boys headed into a shootout against the Santa Clara Sporting 95 to determine who would get the coveted last spot in the semifinals. After a tough round of shots for the penalty spot, the boys came up just short of the mark losing 4 to 5. We congratulate the boys on a great charge into the Nationals, and all of the hard work they put in to get there.
Our Waza East U13 boys team went on a goal rush that would take them through to the finals. Going undefeated in their preliminary games, scoring 9 goals and allowing none, they were the only undefeated team in the age group. This record has propelled them into the finals today against FC Golden State PDA 01 at 5:30 pm Eastern time. This final game can be seen LIVE on line by visiting to championship website at: http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/live
Support our boys as they compete for the national championships tonight at 5:30 by watching them LIVE on line.
Congratulations to both of our boys teams for competing in the highest level of soccer in the nation!
After two rounds of competition, the Waza FC East U13 Boys Juniors and Waza FC East U18 Boys Juniors are working hard to keep the dream of a National Championship alive.
The U13 Boys Juniors are undefeated with a 2-0-0 record. Scoring 6 goals against their opponents and allowing none, the Waza FC East Juniors head into their last game tomorrow morning against the GSA 01 Premier. With goals coming from Gianni Ferri, Frankie Clavaruso, Bobby Harris and Issa Rayyan, the U13's are taking advantage of the opportunities they are given, but are looking to add more in tomorrow's game.
The U18 Boys Juniors are 1-1-0 and are still in the hunt to make a run at the semi finals and the finals. With one more game to complete, the U18s need a win to have an opportunity to move into the next round. With goals coming from Hunter Mejaly, Robert Longo, the U18's are looking to add more players to the goal count. They will play their final preliminary game tomorrow morning at 8:00 am eastern time against the Santa Clara Sporting 95.