May 28, 2019, Waltham, 2019; This past weekend saw GPS host our signature event of the year across the state of Massachusetts, the GPS Memorial Day Tournament.
The GPS Memorial Day Tournament is the largest single weekend soccer tournament in the United States with over 1100 teams traveling to the Bay State to compete.
This annual event, in its 12th year, signals the end of the Spring soccer season and offers players from U9-U19 the chance to face top notch talent from the United States and abroad.
For the older players participating the tournament provides an especially great opportunity to impress college coaches and scouts. Roughly 200 college coaches representing a variety of programs from D1 to D3 were in attendance to scout out new talent.
The majority of the games over the weekend took place in two areas. The Hopkinton YMCA played host to the younger age groups with 12 freshly cut grass fields available.
The MYSA Complex in Lancaster acted as the central hub for the older age groups with over 16 fields available.
In addition to these two locations, the tournament played out across 36 beautiful grass and turf fields around the state of Massachusetts.
The weather was perfect for soccer with clear blue skies and temperatures in the mid-70s from the first kick off Friday night to the final Championship presentation Monday afternoon.
New to the tournament this year was the US Soccer DA Bracket. 2019 marked the first year that the tournament had been sanctioned by the DA and that recognition was put to great use with the New England Revolution of the MLS competing. La Liga side, and current Copa Del Rey champions, Valencia traveled to compete as well.
The action on field was rivaled only by the action off of it during the weekend thanks to our great partners.
adidas was on site with a head tennis table as well as a 1v1 freestyle area where they could trial the brand new adidas Nemeziz cleats.
WeGotSoccer also had a booth set up at the fields. They also provided $25 gift cards for the scavenger hunt that took place on Monday at the MYSA Complex in Lancaster.
Topps Match Attax card game, a card game including the best players form the UEFA Championship, had an area set up in Hopkinton where players could trade with one another to build their dream team.
The food for the event was spectacular as well thanks to the event's official food provider, Bertucci's.
"The tournament was undoubtedly a success,” said Tournaments Director James Hamblin. “To have over 1000 teams come together to compete was fantastic, and the high level of competition showed in each match. The level of play, combined with the wonderful facilities and nearly 200 college coaches in attendance scouting, made for a fantastic experience for players, coaches, and parents alike.”
If you would like more information about this year’s GPS Memorial Day Tournament, such as a champions photo gallery, please visit the event’s official website HERE .
Preparations for next year’s event have already begun so make sure you don’t miss out by registering your interest in the event HERE via the form at the bottom of the page.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make the GPS Memorial Day Tournament 2019 a huge success and we hope to see you next year!