(9 Aug) - There are a few mottos used in Region I. One of our favorites is First in your Hearts, First on the Pitch! Lately we have used We Play Soccer! Maybe the new one should be We Love Cups!
The cup season ended on a very positive note for our Region with our teams winning all three national titles. Phoenix Sports Club of Eastern Pennsylvania hosted the Gerhard Mengel Cup and won the national Over-30 championship. Christos FC of Maryland lifted the Werner Fricker Cup, the national amateur open championship, at home and travelled to Milwaukee victorious in the US Amateur Cup, earning the national cup double. Congratulations to both on their success as national champions.
The 2016 Region I Cup qualifiers started in April and concluded at the Region I Cup Finals on 19 June at the Ukrainian American Sports Center in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Christos FC of Maryland achieved the difficult Cup Double by winning the Werner Fricker Cup for the Open title & the US Amateur Cup. After many years of knocking on the door, Phoenix Sports Club of Eastern Pennsylvania took home the Gerhard Mengel Cup as the Region's Over-30 Champion. The Region also ran a Men's Under-23 Cup with West Chester United of Eastern Pennsylvania lifting the trophy. Congratulations to all of our Region I Champions.
The cups have a long and proud tradition in our Region with national champions from among our own. Last season, the West Chester Majors of Eastern Pennsylvania kept the Werner Fricker Cup in the Region winning the national title. Our Region has the greatest numbers of teams participating and that success is due to the hard work from our members and teams competing.
The results of the 2016 finals:
Werner Fricker Cup - Open Championship
- FC Motown (NJ) 2:7 Christos FC (MD)
Gerhard Mengel Cup - Over-30 Championship
- Safira Soccer (MA) 0:1 Phoenix Sport Club (EPA)
US Amateur Cup
- Lansdowne Bhoys FC (ENY) 0:1 Christos FC (MD)
Region I Under-23 Cup
- West Chester United (EPA) 1:0 Rosedale Super Eagles (ENY)
Werner Fricker Cup
US Amateur Cup
Gerhard Mengel Cup