The GPS MA Elite Red 03 team knew they were in for a tough weekend when they travelled to Richmond, Virginia to participate in the 2018 Jefferson Cup but that didn’t stop them from putting together an impressive display on their way to the title.
The squad’s talent was recognized prior to the tournament when they were drawn into the Championship category of their age group. This meant that they were partnered with the other 7 best clubs at the event in the U15 category.
The group of 8 was further broken down into 2 groups of 4. The top team from both groups would then meet each other in the final.
GPS MA Elite Red 03 navigated their group with relative ease. They won both of their opening games by the score of 2-0 against South Carolina United FC and Takoma Park Friends United respectively.
LMVSC Patriots provided a sterner test in the final group fixture topping the GPS MA squad 3-2, but the team still topped their group, setting up a meeting with Piedmont Triad FC 03 Black.
Piedmont Triad FC won their group with 3 wins in 3 games scoring 6 goals and allowing 2. That defensive record would be put to the test and fail in the final however as the GPS MA Elite Red 03 boys would win 5-1 thanks to two goals each from Ornel Djom and Maclin Stover as well as a Piedmont own goal.
The team performed well throughout the weekend, displaying an excellent team organization and work ethic. Offensively, many players showcase their talent and ability to retain possession under high pressure. Even though the level of competition was high, our team seemed to thrive in that environment
The GPS MA Elite Red 03 boys team weren't the only ones to make waves during the weekend’s competition.
The Peter Bradley led GPS MA Elite 04 finished top of their group in the U14 Champion bracket. They managed 2 wins and 1 draw in the group stage but met NY Stars Premier Galaxy, a team that went undefeated in the groups stage without conceding a goal, where they would eventually fall by the score of 3-0.
The Jefferson Cup is one of the strongest tournaments to take place on the East Coast every year, bringing over 1,400 teams together for a month of competition. The event takes place over four weekends, with each weekend playing host to a different gender and age group.
The Jefferson Cup consists of 4 weekends of competition so make sure to stay tuned to our website and all of our social media accounts to see how GPS teams fare!