By Alicia Steinhilber
Four Nashville FC Youth Boys teams qualified for and played in the first round of the Division 1 Boys Tennessee State Championships this past weekend in Memphis, Tennessee, a tournament hosted by the Tennessee State Soccer Association. U19 Revolution, U19 Cosmos, U16 Arsenal, and U15 Impact represented the club playing at the highest level of competition in the state. Two teams, ‘98 Revolution and ’98 Cosmos, emerged #1 and #2 seeds in their respective brackets and will advance to the semi-finals on November 5th at Richard Siegel Park in Murfreesboro.
‘98 Revolution, coached by Jordan Salisbury and assisted by Cameron Eades, finished first in the B bracket. The boys shut out NUSA Maroon 2-0, TSC Showcase 4-0 and Lobos Rush Premier 3-0 to conclude an outstanding weekend. Revolution qualified for the State Cup after a successful fall season and winning the Southern Regional Premier League First Division.
’98 Cosmos, coached by John Sintic and assisted by Zander El-Hindi, concluded a successful weekend with two wins and a tie in the A Bracket. Entering the tournament the winner of U19 D1 Tennessee State League and coming off an undefeated season, Cosmos defeated Knoxville Soccer Academy 4-3, Chattanooga FC Academy 3-2 and tied FC Alliance 1-1.
“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our U19 Boys Revolution and U19 Boys Cosmos teams, how they have performed this entire fall and this past weekend in the first round of the State Cup. To have them meet in the semi-finals this Saturday says a lot about the hard work and commitment of these players and coaches. Some of these players have been with our club since a young age and have been great representations of youth soccer in the area. We wish them all the best this weekend as we know they will represent Nashville FC Youth well with a great soccer game ,” reports Josh Severns, Director of Coaching for Nashville FC Youth.
Revolution and Cosmos will play each other at 12 p.m., Saturday November 5th. The winner will advance to the finals at 12 p.m. the following day. The State Champion and Finalist will represent the state of Tennessee in the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region III tournament held in Greensboro, N.C. beginning June 2017.
HYSA U19 Teams Qualify for Championships