June 1, 2013
NYS Soccer Cup squads in action
This annual occurrence that turns Cortland into a soccer town is upon us all.
Games got underway Friday night in the 2013 New York State West Cup Final Four Soccer Championships that have 63 teams in town competing over the weekend.
Cortland has hosted the event since 2008 with the round robin format taking place at SUNY Cortland, Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, Cortland High and Cortland’s Barry Elementary School fields.
Sponsored by the Cortland Regional Sports Council in partnership with the Cortland County Youth Soccer Association, the New York State West Youth Soccer Association-run tournament features teams from Buffalo to Rochester, Corning, Syracuse and surrounding communities participating in eight age brackets.
Among the teams on hand is the local Empire United girls’ under-12 squad coached by Jim Baranello, the Homer Central girls’ varsity coach. That squad started play this morning at SUNY Cortland.
Winners of the New York State West State Championships advance to the United States Youth Soccer Region I Championships in Kingston, R.I. Winners at the regional level advance to the national finals to be held in Overland Park, Kansas, in late July.
“Local hotels, restaurants and stores will reap the benefits of having this many soccer players, coaches and spectators in town for this event, “ said sports council executive director Machell Phelps, who expects the event will pump an estimated $500,000 into the local economy. “We’re thrilled because once again we’ve shown that Cortland can be a viable venue for sports and recreational activities. People want to be here and of course we’re happy to have them here.”
For additional information on the NYSWYSA State Cup Final Four Championships can be found at www.nyswysa.org/statecup or www.cortlandsports.org
Each summer the United States Youth Soccer Association crowns a boys and girls national champion in age divisions starting at under 14 through under 19 brackets.
The National Championship Series provides approximately 185,000 players on 10,000 teams from 55 state associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation, while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.
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