All 7 LTSC Union boy’s teams competed in the Puma Cup in Rockford this past weekend, with 3 teams making the final and 2 winning the tournament.
LTSC B01/02 Showcase won all 3 groups games, and won Bracket 1 in the Super Orange Division. (2-0 vs TOSA Kickers, 3-0 vs Crystal Lake Force Elite and 2-1 vs Ajax Fc Chicago). The team played Ace SC U16 Oscar in the final and won 3-1.
B01/02 Select went 2-1-0 for the tournament and finished second in their bracket. They lost the opening game 3-0 to USA Classic Black, but showed real resilience to win the remaining two games against Chicago Rush Lightning (3-0) and FC Wisconsin National North (2-0).
LTSC B00/01 Showcase opened the tournament against the #5 ranked team in Wisconsin, Elm Grove Blue. LTSC dominated the game but it ended 0-0. The team then lost 2-0 to Rockford Raptors, and tied 1-1 on Sunday with Olympiacos Chicago Red.
B00/01 Select had a strong showing at the event winning 1 game and 2 ties. They opened with a convincing 5-1 victory over Chicago Fire Juniors Gold on Friday evening. They followed this up with a 1-1 score against IL FC Blue and 1-1 vs Ela Elite 2. The boys finished second in their bracket.
LTSC B99/00 SC continued their good run of form by winning all 3 groups games to make the final of the Super Division. They won 1-0 vs FC Wisconsin Nationals, 4-0 vs. Mundelein Strikers Elite, and 3-2 against Ace SC North. The team feel short in the final against a good Olympiacos Chicago Red team.
LTSC B99/00 Select had a fantastic tournament, winning all 4 games, including the final. They opened the group with a 3-2 win over Chicago Rush Lightning SC, 4-0 victory vs elite Premier White and won the final group game 2-1 (EMSSC Pride). The boys found themselves 1-0 down at half time against Central IL White, but showed great character to score two second half goals and win the final 2-1.
LTSC B98/99 Select with a small roster had a tough weekend. The team lost all 3 games against Chicago Fire Juniors Gold, FC South Central and Central IL White.
Congratulation to B01/02 Showcase and B99/00 Select for winning this weekend in Rockford.
All Select teams will now start YSSL league play, with Showcase teams competing in MRL (Midwest Regional League). We wish all the Union boys teams the best of luck for the season.