2014 U19 Girls - Force Win Sportsmanship Award
at National Games

San Bruno's 2014 U19 Girls - "San Bruno Force"

WINS Michael Michalski Sportsmanship Trophy

at AYSO's 50th Anniversary National Tournament

The 2014 National Games hosted by the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) concluded on July 6th in Torrance, CA. It was a successful tournament on two fronts for the San Bruno Force, who represented San Bruno in the Ladies’ U-19 division
The festivities kicked off on July 1st with a parade of all 500 teams ranging from the U10 through U19 divisions hailing from as far as Florida and Michigan or as close as Downey and Santa Barbara, CA. It was followed by “Soccerfest”, during which teams were divided at random among their age groups and played two short games for fun with the objective of meeting and playing with players from across the country. The highlight of the pre-game festivities was perhaps the opportunity to meet and speak with US Women’s National Team legend, Brandi Chastain.
Pool Play began on July 3rd with the Force winning 3 out of their 5 games, scoring a total of 11 goals during the tournament. “We may not have won all our games to advance to the semis, but it was great to meet and play against other teams from around the country, and an even better team bonding experience” said team member Ashley Deinla. The Force finished 12th out of 24 teams, just missing the opportunity to advance to the semifinals – to which the top 8 advanced.
The highlight of the Force’s performance came just after the conclusion of the tournament, when they found out they were awarded with the Michael Michalski Sportsmanship Trophy, which they were selected for out of 500 total teams in the overall tournament. According to the Good Sportsmanship philosophy of the AYSO, teams should “strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect.” Throughout the tournament, various observers from across the age groups were present at each field responsible for rating the sportsmanship qualities of each and every game. “We showed the best sportsmanship out of a total of 500 teams!” says Coach Greg Pierce, “I am so proud of our team of players and parents for bringing the long-standing good sportsmanship philosophy to life.”

What’s in the future for this talented group of soccer players? Two look forward to attending their college classes this Fall while the rest look forward to the Fall AYSO and Club and Winter high school soccer seasons. While they played with each other during the National games, they will be playing with and/or against each other during the seasons, all the while showing the great talent and award-winning sportsmanship. In fact, as they parted ways to return home, many of them declared their desire to come together for the next AYSO National Games in Florida. If that’s not a team that enjoys playing for each other – and for San Bruno AYSO – I don’t know what is.



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