July 20th, Waltham, MA, 2019; Two GPS squads had the experience of a lifetime this past week while competing in Sweden at the Gothia Cup.
The Gothia Cup is one of the most prestigious youth soccer events in the world and attracts players from across the globe.
Held in Gothenburg, Sweden, the Gothia Cup boasts a competitive field consisting of over 1700 clubs representing over 80 nations.
Both the GPS National Team Girls 2006 and 2004 arrived in the Scandanavian nation a few days prior to the event’s kickoff in order to get some training sessions and friendly games against local opposition under their belt.
The Gothia Cup prides itself on being an international event where people of any race, religion, or ethnicity can congregate and experience one another’s culture.
In the spirit of that cultural mission, the Gothia Cup kicks off with an Olympic style Opening Ceremony. Over 50,000 spectators consisting of players, coaches, and parents pack the Ullevi Stadium and are treated to multiple live performances as well as cultural exhibitions by multiple nations. Once the Opening Ceremony Fireworks display comes to an end, everyone knows that the event has truly started.
The Gothia Cup begins with a group stage consisting of groups of four to five teams. All teams will qualify for knockout play of some sort with the top two in each group entering the A Playoff Bracket.
The 2004 Girls opened up the competition with a resounding win against Nassjo FF by the scoreline 9-0. They would finish the group stage undefeated gathering all possible points while scoring 15 goals and conceding only 1.
They would have the misfortune of being drawn against Danish side Odense Q, eventual finalists, in the Round of 32 where they would lose 3-0 after a hard fought game.
One would not have known that the 2006 Girls were playing up an age group in the U14 category with the performance they put on during the event.
They would open up the group stage with two wins on the opening day, 7-1 against Hyllie IK and 4-0 against IFK Lulea.
Two more group stage wins followed with the 06 girls putting together an impressive 18 goals scored and 1 goal conceded stat line.
With momentum on their side heading into the Round of 32, they would sweep their opposition, Lerums IS, emphatically to the side with a 10-0 hammering.
The Round of 16 proved to be a far more even affair between them and IFK Lindingo with the game ending 3-0 in favor of GPS.
The 06 Girls dream championship run would end in the quarterfinals however with a 3-0 loss to defending champions Nacka FC. After playing the Round of 32 and 16 earlier in the day, the girls played well and kept the game close but couldn’t manage to get the result they wanted.
The 2004 and 2006 Girls are not the only GPS National Teams traveling this summer. In the next few weeks we have teams leaving for Northern Ireland for the prestigious Foyle Cup and SuperCupNI in addition to multiple teams heading to the Surf Cup in California later this month so make sure to stay tuned to all of our social media channels to stay updated:
For more information on the GPS National Team program, contact Tommaso Trevisan at firstname.lastname@example.org.