From Anne Tontz
The sensational run of the Tri-Valley SC U17 Real ended in defeat in the final of the US Club Soccer National Cup Final in Chicago on Monday.
The Real lost 2-0 to One 7 Academy in a terrifically played match at the Waukegan Sports Complex.
The Real battled relentlessly to the end, but fell short to the highly talented team from Charlotte, NC.
Both teams, having played their fourth game in seventy two hours, were challenged by the heat, humidity and fatigue, but played end to end football throughout the match.
Both teams created goal chances, but it was the One 7 Academy team who took advantage of their opportunities and scored two goals in the second half after a scoreless first half. It was a great final and both teams left their hearts on the field of play.
At the end of the match, both teams gathered at the center touchline in a real show of sportsmanship to congratulate each other for what was truly a match to remember.On behalf of the entire Tri Valley SC family, our congratulations to the Real players, the coaching staff and families, for a phenomenal effort!
After a few days off, Real now will prepare for the National Premier League which kicks off in September!