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  • "Junior A" "King's Cup" Champions For The 2nd Time Are "The Venom" Of U.B.F.C. ! ! !
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How Well Do You Know Your Sport?
 
By now, most of us are aware that the United States has had a professional soccer (Football, Futbol) league for well over a decade.  But did you know that Major League Soccer Teams now play in 16 U.S. cities and soon to be three Canadian (Toronto - Current, Vancouver - 2011, Montreal - 2012)? 

Possibly even less widely known, is the fact that there are actually three professional leagues that play the game in the United States (as well as Canada, Puerto Rico and soon to be Bahamas).  They are, "Major League Soccer" (MLS), and the so-called North American Soccer League (NASL); not to be confused with the U.S. / Canadian league of the same name, in which greats Franz Beckenbauer and Pele played in the 70's, and lastly, the "United Soccer Leagues" (USL {now USL-Pro}). 
 
                
 

 
Thanks to the recent and near-constant media circus surrounding David Beckham, more Americans and Canadians are aware of, and attend more MLS / USL / NASL (Football, Futbol) matches than they have in many, many years.  Additionally, potentially very big news for MLS and the sport in general, was broken late in 2011, when it was announced that MLS and U.S. Soccer had struck a deal with NBC sports!  NBC will, through it's NBS Sports Net channels (formerly "Versus"), broadcast a record number of MLS matches on it's cable network, as well as select MLS and U.S. Men's national team matches on it's over-the-air NBC Sports channels (Channel 4 locally)!  Huge news!  

 

League-wide attendance last season increased slightly over the previous year's (2010); and in an economy largely viewed as one of the worst in U.S. history!  This may be somewhat attributable to the relatively low cost of attending a soccer match in comparison to other major U.S. sports, as well as the fact that rabid fans in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Vancouver, B.C. Canada) are packing their teams' stadiums week after week.  Seattle alone averages in excess of 36,000 fans per game!




Preparing to begin it's seventeenth season, MLS will field teams in the following states/cities/provinces:
 
Chicago, IL ("Fire")
Colorado ("Rapids")
Columbus, OH ("Crew") 
Dallas, TX ("F.C. Dallas")
Houston, TX ("Dynamo") 
Kansas City, KS ("Sporting Club K.C.")
Los Angeles, CA ("L.A. Galaxy")
Los Angeles, CA ("Chivas U.S.A.")
Montreal, QC ("Impact" - 2012) 
New England {Foxboro, MA} ("Revolution")
Harrison, NJ ("Red Bull New York") 
Philadelphia, PA ("Union") 
Portland, OR ("Timbers")
San Jose, CA ("Earthquakes")
Salt Lake City, UT ("Real Salt Lake")
Seattle, WA ("Sounders F.C.") 
Toronto, ON {Canada} ("Toronto F.C.")
Vancouver, BC {Canada} ("Whitecaps")
Washington, D.C. ("D.C. United")

Current Champions of MLS are "L.A. Galaxy", who play their home matches at the "Home Depot Center" in Carson, CA! 
 
 
Home to American great - Landon Donovan and international icon - David Beckham,  the victory was the third in the history of "The Galaxy," and the first in the "Beckham Era."  The team entered MLS play in the league's inaugural season of 1996!  


CONCACAF Champions League



A relatively recent development in North, and Central American (as well as Island Nations) soccer is North America's version of "The Champion's League."  Played between Champion clubs of most every nation in North and Central America, this elimination-style tournament crowns, each year, a new Champion of "CONCACAF," the Conference of North, Central America and the Islands. 

The Champion of the "CONCACAF" Champion's Cup, represents "CONCACAF" at the "Club World Cup" every December.  In this tournament, the North/Central American Champion will face the Champion of Europe (UEFA),  South America (CONMEBOL), Asia (AFC ), Africa (CAF), and/or Oceana (OFC), so to win "CONCACAF" is quite an honor, as well as a chance to be called the best club in the world!  

The last four champions of the "CONCACAF Champion's League" have all been Mexican sides:

  • "Pachuca" -  2007, 2008
  • "Atlante" -  2009 
  • "Monterrey" -  2010

FIFA Club World Cup


The last four champions of the "Club World Cup" have all been European (UEFA) sides:

  • 2008 - "Manchester United" -  England - (Defeated "LDU Quito" - Ecuador)
  • 2009 - "FC Barcelona" - Spain - (Defeated "Estudiantes La Plata" - Argentina)
  • 2010 - "Internationale Milan" - Italy - (Defeated "TP Mazembe" - D.R. Congo)
  • 2011 - "FC Barcelona" - Spain - (Defeated "Santos FC" - Brazil)

FIFA World Cup

Clearly the biggest sporting competition in the world; the FIFA world cup is held once every four years in a host country that is chosen years ahead of time!  

The opportunity to host is so highly sought-after, that the competition for the honor of being named the World Cup host nation can often be as heated as the games themselves!  

The competition on the pitch is over two weeks long, and is staged between 32 of the world's best National teams.  Qualification matches for the privilege being one of those 32 teams; and represent your country against the world's best, begin two years before the actual tournament is played, often ending just four to six weeks before the actual tournament!    

The World Cup often pits the world's greatest Footballing (Soccer) talent against each other on the field, and has left the world with some of it's greatest sports memories.  
 
The most recent version of the cup was held in the Summer of 2010, and was by the nation of South Africa; the first African nation to host the World Cup.
 


World Cup Facts:

Current World Cup Champion:
  • 2010 - Spain - Their first - believe it or not!

Nation with the most wins:
 
  • Brazil - with five!

Smallest Nation to win the World Cup:

  • Uruguay - with TWO - Population? - Less than 7 million (New York City alone has more)!

First Nation To Host A World Cup:  

  • Uruguay - 1930

Last time the World Cup was played in the United States:  
  • 1994 - Also the ONLY time that the World Cup was hosted in the U.S.A. !


World Cup Championships (By Number of Wins):
  • Brazil - 5
  • Italy - 4
  • Germany - 3
  • Argentina - 2
  • Uruguay - 2
  • France - 1
  • England - 1
  • Spain - 1


Next World Cup Tournament and Next Host:

  • Year - 2014
  • Host - Brazil (2nd Time Host)



 
Well, there you have it; a short summary of your sport as it pertains to professional Soccer in the world, and the United States.
 

C.Y.S.L.  All - Star Challenge History
 
2006 (Inaugural Season)
 
"Junior B" 

Location - "Merriman Hollow" - Hines Park - Westland, MI
  • East - FBSC "Lightning", UBFC "Sting" 
  • West - PNSC "Cyclones", TCSC "Rockets"
    • Winner - East  (4 - 3)
    • Player of the Match - Michael T. - Forward - East (FBSC "Lightning")

 

"Junior A" 
 
Location - "Merriman Hollow" - Hines Park - Westland, MI
  • East - FBSC "Blaze", UBFC "Hornets"
  • West - PNSC "Hurricanes", TCSC "Torpedoes"
    • Winner - Draw  (4 - 4)
    • Player of the Match - Collin H. - Forward - West (PNSC "Hurricanes") - Stoppage Time Goal.


 
2007 Season
 
"Junior B" 
 
Location - "PCN Field" - Plymouth Church of the Nazarene - Plymouth, MI
  • East - FBSC "Lightning", UBFC "Sting"
  • West - PNSC "Cyclones", TCSC "Rockets"
    • Winner - East
    • Player of the Match - Michael T. - Forward - East (FBSC "Lightning")

 

"Junior A" 
 
Location - "PCN Field" - Plymouth Church of the Nazarene - Plymouth, MI
  • East - FBSC "Blaze", UBFC "Hornets"
  • West - PNSC "Hurricanes", TCSC "Torpedoes"
    • Winner - East
    • Player of the Match - Jessica M. - Forward - East (FBSC "Blaze")


 

2008 Season
 
"Junior B"
 
Location - Sue Win Field - Wayne, MI 
  • East -  FBSC "Lightning", UBFC "Sting", SMLS "Raiders"  
  • West - PNSC "Cyclones", CSC "Rockets", CSC "Lasers"
    • Winner - East
    • Player of the Match - Jonah S. - Goalkeeper - "West" (PNSC "Cyclones")
"Junior A"
 
Location - Sue Win Field - Wayne, MI
  • East - FBSC "Blaze", UBFC "Hornets"
  • West - PNSC "Hurricanes", CSC "Nitro", CSC "Fire"
    • Winner - East
    • Player of the Match - David M. - Goalkeeper - "East" (UBFC "Hornets")

 

"Senior B" (Inaugural Match)
 
Location - Sue Win Field - Wayne, MI
  • All Stars - "Burn", "Inferno", "Scorpions"
  • "Old Stars" - Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Referees
    • Winner - "Old Stars"
    • Player of the Match - Gabriel D. - Goalkeeper - Sr. B All-Stars ("The Burn")

 
 2011 Season
 
 "Junior B"
 
Location - "Starfish Field" - Starfish Family Services - Inkster, MI
  • East - UBFC "Sting", CYSL "Lightning"
  • West - UBFC "Lobos", CYSL "Alianza"
    • Winner - East (4 - 1)
    • Player of the Match - Gabe F. - Forward - East (UBFC "Sting")
 "Junior A"
 
Location - "Starfish Field" - Starfish Family Services - Inkster, MI
  • East - FBSC "Blaze", UBFC "Venom"
  • West - UBFC "Hornets", CSC "Nitro"
    • Winner - Draw (5-5)
  • Player of the Match - Collin S. - Forward - East (FBSC "Lightning") - 4 Goals



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