Oklahomans Win Veterans Cup
Above are the Oklahoma team members who traveled to San Diego in June to play in the 15th annual Veterans Cup. Led by Damon Fell, the team captured the Over 60 bracket. CONGRATULATIONS and for more on the event, read the article below.
By the USASA National Veterans Cup Committee
The 15th edition of the USASA National Veterans Cup was held on June 26-July 1, 2012 at Frances Ryan Park, in Escondido, North San Diego County, California. 95 teams registered to compete for titles in 12 different Women's and Men's divisions. This year's team participation increased by 50% as players were super excited about California and all it had to offer in between their soccer games. Teams that attended this year's tournament experienced plenty of sun, competitive soccer, outstanding food, and excellent referreeing. In addition, the beer garden was packed on a daily basis with players watching the competition of the European Championship soccer games, not to mention several German players from Chicago singing national folks songs.
The National Committee worked hard to be even more prepared this year and used their experiences from last year working together as their guide. Their expectations were set high in order to meet and, hopefully, exceed the excellent standards that were set for this traditional tournament founded in 1998. Based on the overwhelmingly positive response and feedback we have received this year from many participants we believe we accomplished this goal. This year's venue continued to maintain the high bar that was set by Sanford, FL, in regards to the excellent combination of facilities, accommodations, entertainment, and organization offered by a local host. The Cal South Soccer association put their best team forward to organize this event. Every day we saw an unbelievable effort and execution from an event coordination standpoint. For me, personally, what stood out the most were the following:
- The level of soccer competition was the best ever. The California teams were excellent and pushed several of the historical power houses to their limits.
- The referees from all over the country brought their best performances in many years. Many teams commented on how good the ref crews performed.
- Location. How can you beat the magnificent weather and views? It was just a perfect setting to play the beautiful game of soccer!