The USC U11 (born 2000) academy team returned home after a successful stint at the Force Invitational Tournament in Detroit, Michigan.
Playing up an age bracket and fielding a mixed gender team, expectations of winning games facing U12 boys' teams were minimal. The plan was to have a strong game and to fulfill individual tasks and team tactics.
As it happened, the USC U11s won their first game on Saturday morning against Canton FC convincingly. Expecting much of the same opposition in the afternoon, the team went on to demolish the Force U12s in a convincing fashion.
Game three on Sunday morning turned out much the same as the previous one.
The Michigan Tigers were no match for the USC girls and boys.
USC went on to win the finals Sunday afternoon against Canton FC, finishing 3-0.
This was the first ever tournament for this USC team. Side line reports state that our opponents were simply humbled by the speed of play, aggression and ball control of the USC players.
Praise came also from the officials, who quickly recognized a good thing happening in front of their eyes. What seemed to catch everybody by surprise was the superior performance of our girls who stood out all weekend.
Coach Isiaka Onibudo mentions that the training and planning for this tournament has really paid off.
Prior to the tournament the team spent four days together, training at Bayview Glen, August 29 to September 1, and then left for Michigan on Friday, September 2.
"It was incredible to see our boys and girls work together in a tournament situation. The respect that exists currently between these players is exceptional," said Klaus Baedorf, president of the USC Academy.
"Parent support is very strong for this team, and hopefully we can continue developing these players to the next level. I think everybody who watched the USC U11s play would say this was 'one special weekend' that nobody will forget too quickly. But now it is time to move on...as one famous German coach once said: 'after the game is before the game'."
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