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ACADEMY TEAMS STAND OUT AT 2017 SUMMER SURF CUP!!

08/08/2017, 10:30am PDT
By TFA

THE 2017 VERSION OF THE SUMMER SURF CUP PROVIDED A PLATFORM FOR SEVERAL TFA ACADEMY TEAMS TO SHOWCASE THEIR TALENT & DEVELOPMENT AGAINST MANY OF THE TOP YOUTH SOCCER CLUBS IN AND AROUND THE UNITED STATES.

PER OUR 18 YEAR HISTORY OF COMPETING AT THIS PRESTIGIOUS TOURNAMENT, THIS YEARS  RESULTS WERE JUST AS IMPRESSIVE AS ALL THE REST. WE HAVE A LONG STANDING TRADITION SPANNING THESE 18 YEARS OF BRINGING HOME AT LEAST (1) SURF CUP CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY. WITH THE 2017 VERSION NOW IN THE BOOKS, I'M PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE TRADITION IS STILL ALIVE!!

THE FIRST FINAL OF THREE ON THE DAY HAD OUR ACADEMY B2008' "A" TEAM PLAYING IN IT.  BEFORE THEY COULD EVEN PLAY IN THE FINAL MATCH THEY HAD TO FACE THE TEAM THAT BEAT THEM IN THE STATE CUP FINAL BACK IN FEBRUARY.  THE GAME DID NOT DISAPPOINT AS BOTH TEAMS WENT AT IT LIKE CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBER TEAMS DO. ULTIMATELY OUR 2008'S PREVAILED 2-1 AND WERE ON TO THE FINALS. THE FINAL MATCH WOULD BE NO DIFFERENT AS THEY WERE TO FACE A VERY FORMIDABLE OPPONENT. AFTER TRAILING EARLY IN THE MATCH 3-1, THE TEAM CONTINUED TO BATTLE AND EVENTUALLY NOT ONLY TOOK CONTROL OF THE MATCH BY FIGHTING ALL THE WAY BACK TO TIE IT, THEY ENDED UP PREVAILING WITH A 6-3 WIN AND A CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY.

THE ACADEMY B2007' "A" TEAM WAS UP NEXT. THIS WAS TO BE A REMATCH OF TWO TEAMS THAT BATTLED EACH OTHER AT THE MAN CITY CUP EARLIER THIS SUMMER WHICH SAW OUR BOYS WIN.  HOWEVER, AFTER AN EARLY 3-0 LEAD, THE WHEELS CAME OFF AS THEIR OPPONENT SOMEHOW FOUND THE WILL TO FIGHT BACK AND EVENTUALLY PREVAIL.  EVEN THOUGH WE CAME UP SHORT IN THE FINAL, THE TOURNAMENT HAS BEEN A CARBON COPY OF THE SEASON SO FAR AS THE TEAM HAS MADE IT TO EVERY FINAL THEY HAVE ENTERED BUT UNFORTUNATELY THIS TIME AROUND THEY HAD TO SETTLE FOR THE FINALIST TROPHY.

THE LAST FINAL OF THE THREE HAD OUR B2006 DA I TEAM PLAYING IN IT ONCE AGAIN AS THEY WERE THE REIGNING CHAMPS FROM LAST YEAR.  IN FACT THIS TEAM HAS WON JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS WHICH IS WHY IT'S RANKED #1 IN THE COUNTRY.  EVERYBODY KNEW THAT SOMEDAY THE STREAK WOULD COME TO AN END JUST AS ALL STREAKS DO AND UNFORTUNATELY IT DID.  THE BOYS CAME UP AGAINST A FORMIDABLE OPPONENT THAT MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR US TO PLAY OUR BEAUTIFUL GAME OF POSSESSION SOCCER AS WELL AS TO DEAL WITH THEIR OPPONENTS STRATEGY OF PACKING IT IN AND COUNTERATTACKING.  IN THE END THEIR STRATEGY PAID OFF AND THE STREAK WAS OVER AND THE TEAM HAD TO SETTLE FOR THE FINALIST TROPHY.

CONGRATS TO ALL COACHES, TEAMS, ADMIN STAFFS AND PARENTS ON A SUCCESSFUL 2017 SUMMER SURF CUP RUN AS WELL AS FOR CARRYING ON THE 18 YEAR TRADITION!!

WE'D ALSO LIKE TO CONGRATULATE (2) OTHER ACADEMY TEAMS THAT MADE IT ALL THE WAY TO THE SEMI-FINALS OF THIS GREAT TOURNAMENT. THEY ARE: ACADEMY B2002 TEAM AND THE ACADEMY 2006 DA II TEAM.

CLICK ON PHOTO IMAGES FOR LARGER VIEW!!


ACADEMY 2008 "A" - CHAMPIONS!!


ACADEMY 2007' - FINALISTS!!


ACADEMY 2006' - FINALISTS!!

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