LV United 93 wins national soccer title
One local soccer team lost out on a chance to play for a national title, while another actually won a national title.
Lehigh Valley United 93 brought home the clubs first-ever national title last weekend, outlasting the Chicago Fire academy 1-0 in the United States Youth Soccer Association's under-19 boys national championship game.
Shane Campbell scored the games only goal for LVU in the 34th minute, while the Fire missed a penalty kick wide left in the 80th minute.
It was a major caveat for the LVU club to bring home a national title, as the game was played at the Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland, KS. The contest was played in front of over 8,000 people and was nationally televised on Fox Soccer Channel.
Local players such as Nick Hutchinson (Parkland), Colton Amidon (Nazareth), Gabe Robinson (Easton) and a trio of Whitehall brothers were among the roster. Logan, Garrett and Cameron Keys were all on the roster, but Logan, a red-shirt freshman at Long Island University started in goal for the final and came away with the Golden Glove award, handed out to the best keeper in the tournament, as well as walking away with Top-11 honors, which goes out to the best 11 players in the tournament.
"It was a great experience and it was even better to be with my brothers for this," said Keys.
"To play in front of that many people and have family and friends back at home watch on television made it even better. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life."
LVU went 1-0-2 in group play leading up to the final, coming back to gain late draws in their final two contests of group play, including a late goal in their final group stage match over the Chicago Fire to settle for a 1-1 draw that eventually pitted both teams in the final.
"They had some really good players on that team," said Keys of the Fire. "They had the Big 10 rookie of the year and a lot of guys that play college soccer in the Midwest."
Coming home with the McGuire Cup, which was founded in 1935 and is the most historic youth trophy in the country, is a major feat for a club that has always strived for such an accomplishment.
"It means a lot for all of us that have worked hard to get here," Keys said. "It's a great moment for LVU and the Lehigh Valley."
FC LVU Sonic couldn't match their national title from a year ago, falling in the NPSL semifinals to the Sonoma County Soul (CA) 3-2 last Saturday night.
An 89th minute volley found the back of the net for the Soul to come away with the winner on a chilly night in California.
"We really wanted to get back to the title, but we ran into a very good team as well and we give them credit," said head coach Dave Weitzman.
"We didn't play as well as we could. We were very appreciate of the year we had and I think a lot of our guys are excited about coming back next year and making a run at it again."