On Friday, February 13th two MKSC Academy teams, parents, and coaches boarded a flight for Las Vegas, Nevada to play in the Mayor’s Cup. This marked the fifth year MKSC has been represented in the premium college showcase tournament, and the first year the boys participated. Both the girls and boys competed in the U17 age group, but the teams consisted of players from the U15, U16, and U17 squads.
The ladies took the pitch first on a sunny Saturday morning, against GUILDFORD FC, Canada. In a hard fought match, MKSC came out with a 2-1 victory. They enjoyed a little down time and explored Las Vegas, while gearing up for their second game later that evening.
Next up the boys took on ESCUELA C. DEMILIO Panama, under the hot afternoon sun. A solid performance earned them a 4-1 win. With a short break before their second match, the team watched their bracket-mates and enjoyed the tournament atmosphere.
As the sun set over the mountains, both MKSC Academy teams rallied for their second match on opening day. The boys kicked off against ECLIPSE SC ALASKA, and after a battle lost 1-0. Across town the ladies took on PACIFIC NORTHWEST 97. As the final whistle blew, the score was 0-0. Both teams got a good night's sleep, and geared up for day two!
Sunday afternoon we boarded the buses with extra water and sunscreen- it was a hot one! Both teams played at 2:00pm, the boys took on CAPITAL ATHLETIC BOCA CA, and the ladies verses LAS VEGAS NEON BLUE. After two exciting matches, MKSC Academy posted 1-1 ties. Afterwards, we had some time to enjoy the hotel pool, and put on street clothes for the team dinner. We enjoyed a great meal, experienced the bright lights of the Vegas Strip, and rested up for Monday’s finals.
Monday started early with a few players leaving to catch flights back home. The boys played their final match of the tournament, and won the consolation round 2-1. The ladies were up next in the semi-final game against XTREME BLACK, Idaho. After a hard battle, and a final minute break away, MKSC lost 2-1.
Both teams represented Milwaukee, MKSC, and the Academy program very well. Unique experiences like the Mayor’s Cup give players the opportunity to meet teams from all of the country and world, and realize the impact soccer has to unite all of us. Thank you to the Academy players and your families for your dedication to this program and our club!
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