2019 NATIONAL PRESIDENTS CUP MSYSA TEAM PREVIEW
Pipeline SC 2006 Boys Black (13U)
Pipeline SC 2006 Boys Black are the first boys’ team to represent Pipeline Soccer Club at National Presidents Cup. After a phenomenal unbeaten run at the 2019 Eastern Presidents Cup, Pipeline SC look to take their strong momentum into Tennessee this week.
Despite starting slowly in the preliminary rounds of Maryland Presidents Cup and Eastern Presidents Cup, Pipeline SC have shown resiliency in defense in the knockout rounds by not conceding a single goal in four games. Pipeline SC also yield a ruthless attack, scoring 37 goals in 11 Presidents Cup games with 14 of those coming in 4 knockout round games.
In National Presidents Cup, opponents must be wary of attacking trio Conor Moran, Thomas Nock, and Nathan Toland who all scored 3 goals in 2019 Eastern Presidents Cup. Opposing attackers will find it difficult to break down a Pipeline SC backline consisting of standout performers: Ian Mullaney, Mason Barker, Braylon Guido, and Mikey Lawry in goal, together only allowing 3 goals throughout the entirety of 2019 Eastern President’s Cup.
The coaching duo of Tyler Wilhelm and Mike Ey took over the team in February, but a lack of time together hasn’t hindered the team in reaching its full potential. Wilhelm said, “These boys have a way of peaking at the right time. At regionals we won the semifinals 4-0 and the finals 1-0 putting on two of the most dominating performances I've seen against two tough opponents.” Wilhelm and Ey create a no-nonsense, yet fun and educational environment to allow their players to develop to the best of their abilities.
Pipeline SC play their next game against Las Vegas Pros Futbol LV Pros 06 (NV) at 7:30 AM on July 12.
SAC United Blue 15U
SAC United Blue 15U is looking for more inspiring team performances to bring home the National Presidents Cup after dominating the regional tournament in West Virginia. They are known as a strong, physical side that can play concise technical soccer. This style is effective in attack after the team has scored 24 goals in their last 7 Presidents Cup games. SAC United are capable of scoring from all areas of the pitch after boasting 7 different goal scorers at Eastern Presidents Cup.
Forward Kelvin Arias was the 15U top goal scorer at Eastern Presidents Cup with 7 goals. On paper, Arias will be the main threat for opposition to nullify, however SAC United rely on Joshua Martins and Ronaldi Cardona for goals who scored 7 between them at Eastern Presidents Cup.
SAC United Blue has been coached by Willie Ibarra and Chris Riismandel for the past few seasons. Riismandel stated the team has consistently increased their level of play relative to their competition. He stresses to his players to give their all at nationals as they won’t get many opportunities at this level.
SAC United Blue take the field again on July 12 at 9:30 against Heat FC 04 AS (NV).
DC Stoddert Blue Metros 18U (DCST)
DC Stoddert Blue Metros 18U are headed to the National Presidents Cup as the first ever DCST team to advance to this stage of competition. DCST Blue Metros originally competed in the U17 bracket of Maryland Presidents Cup and lost on penalties in the final. However, when the U18 winner couldn’t attend Eastern Presidents Cup, DCST Blue Metros jumped at the opportunity to represent Maryland in a higher age group.
DCST Blue Metros 18U is lead in attack by Liam Thompson who was team’s top goal scorer at Eastern Presidents Cup with 3 goals. In addition to Thompson, DCST Metros 18U pose several other attacking threats after posting 6 different goal scorers at Eastern Presidents Cup. Captain and Goalkeeper Ben Perez Steadman is confident of his team’s chances of winning nationals, after dominating team performances at Eastern Presidents Cup. DCST Metros 18U relishes the opportunity to showcase their talent at the national level.
Matt Thompson has coached the team for the past two years. In addition to responsibilities at DCST, Thompson is the current head coach at the University of District of Columbia who compete in NCAA Division II. Thompson has built a team that prides themselves on positive team chemistry, which is influential to their prolonged success thus far.
DCST Blue Metros’ next game of National Presidents Cup is against California 01 Rush Cinza (CA-S) at 7:30 on July 12.