Memorial Weekend Youth Soccer Tournament
Friday, May 28 to Sunday, May 30
174 Teams Competed in Tryzub’s Memorial Weekend Tourney
Wonderful weather and very good field conditions greeted 174 teams from throughout the Atlantic seaboard and New England at Tryzub’s Ukrainian Nationals Annual Memorial Weekend youth soccer tournament. Play commenced Friday under the lights at the Ukrainian American Sport Center – Tryzub and progressed throughout Saturday and Sunday at “Tryzubiwka” and four neighboring venues: IPW, Windlestrae, Kohler, Turk and Zehr Fields. However, all of the finals were played on Tryzubiwka’s six fields of play.
The competition, especially in the finals games was fierce. The various soccer clubs and leagues had undeniably entered their strongest teams. Some were even so-called “select” and “premiere” squads. Nevertheless, Tryzub’s teams, especially the girls, did very well. The Ukrainian Nationals captured three first-place and five second-place trophies.
Under the leadership of Director Danylo Nysh, the tournament committee moved the play and its mass of players, spectators, referees, vehicular traffic, and field marshals with the precision of a Swiss watch. Each venue was fully stocked with appropriate concessions and other conveniences.
Numerous guests marveled at the unparalleled organization of all aspects of the tournament. “I have never experienced another tournament like this,” commented an excited coach: “Each game was refed by three high caliber professionals and was constantly patrolled by tournament reps; every detail was handled perfectly”. His opponent then added: “The facilities are just beautiful; we all had a wonderful time… and the food, wow”.
A rather interesting note from a Tournament Committee member adds perspective to the magnitude of the Ukrainian Nationals Tournament:
“We played host to an all-time high 174 teams coming from five states; that is approximately 5200 people passing through our club. Those 174 teams, broken into twenty-six divisions, played just under 300 games of soccer on twenty-two fields, at six sites in four townships and two counties. Our wonderful elder women made and cooked over 500 dozen pyrohy and approximately 175 pounds of kowbasa. We prepared and sold over 2500 pretzels, 1700 hamburgers and 2200 hot dogs. The bar "kicked" their kegs of on tap beer late Saturday afternoon, only to have much more for Sunday! By the end of the day Sunday, we had given out 900 winner’s medals to our champions and finalists, while also giving each and every one of them a little lesson about our club's history.”
Each champion and finalist player received a medal embossed with the Ukrainian Nationals’ historic seal, while each team in the finals received a personalized trophy that prominently displayed Ukraine’s national emblem, the Tryzub. The awards ceremony included a brief explanation of the history, significance and meaning of these symbols.
Listed below are the results of the tournament:
Boys Champions Finalists
U08 Blue Holmdel Stallions Reading Rage
U09 Blue Philadelphia Celtic Reading Rage
U09 White Upper Makefield- Newtown Ukrainian Nationals Fury (U-8)
U10 Blue East Meadow Hawks 98 Ukrainian Nationals Gunners
U10 White Lower Merion Shake N Bake Yardley Makefield Inferno
U11 Blue FC York Premier 97 Lighthouse Shamrock Rovers
U11 White Upper Dublin FC United Spirit United Velocity
U12 Blue Towamencin Topguns Whitpain Wave
U13 Blue Lighthouse Wave Tredyffrin-Easttown YSA
U14 Blue Harleysville United Southampton Tsunami
U15 Blue Parkwood Heat Ukrainian Nationals Force
U16 Blue Deep Run Valley FC Montgomery United
Premier Destroyers Dynamite
U17 Blue Buckingham United Arsenal FC York Fusion
U18/19 Blue North Union United Santos 90 Montgomery United
Girls Champions Finalists
U09 Blue Southampton Stars Buckingham United
U08/09 White Ukrainian Nationals Kyiv Dynamo Buckingham United Wave
U10 Blue Yardley Makefield Soccer Ukrainian Nationals
Lightning Red Rocks
U11 Blue Huntingdon Valley Pride Falls Cosmos
U12 Blue Ukrainian Nationals Dnipro Warrington Blast
U13 Blue LDC United Future Council Rock Rockets
U14 Blue Tri-Boro Blue Lazers Lower Macungie Strykers
U15 Blue Ukrainian Nationals Krush (U14) North Union United
Lady Cannons (U14)
U16 Blue Lanco United 92 Ukrainian Nationals Force
U17/18/19 Blue Ocean United Elite Fox Chase Lightning