Fuel Soccer Talk: Girls get their kicks at Jefferson Cup; Ellis Q&A; Generation adidas Cup expands

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Girls teams discover Virginia is for Soccer at Jefferson Cup

More than 400 teams headed to the Richmond, Va., area this past weekend for the 2019 Jefferson Cup Girls Showcase Weekend featuring teams from all over the country in the U15-U19 age groups. The Jefferson Cup accepts over 1,400 teams from around 36 states throughout the country with showcases for the boys (U10-U15), girls (U10-U14), girls (U15-U19) and boys (U16-U19) all in March.

The Jefferson Cup has become associated with tournaments such as the Dallas Cup, The San Diego Surf Cup, WAGS Women’s Tournament, and the Disney College Showcase as one of the five premier North American tournaments in the country. Each year the tournament draws an average of over 150 State Cup Champions, over 10 Regional Champions and over 5 National Champions per year throughout the nine age groups.

In 2018, the Jefferson Cup Girls Showcase Weekend was ranked the No. 3 overall youth tournament and the No. 2 girls youth tournament in the United States. The Jefferson Cup Girls Tournament Weekend was ranked the No. 1 overall youth tournament and the No. 1 girls youth tournament in the United States.

The River City Sportsplex (formerly SportsQuest) features 12 synthetic turf fields by Shaw Sportexe which allows tournament play to continue under adverse weather conditions for all age groups and brackets. The Jefferson Cup features some of the top natural grass field complexes with 32 turf fields.


What makes a tournament better than others? 

Q&A: Coach Jill Ellis talks US roster selections, opponents

Heading into USA’s two April friendlies matches – April 4 against Australia in Commerce City, Colo., and April 7 against Belgium in Los Angeles – U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis spoke with In an excellent interview, Ellis talked about a number of topics including opponents, roster selections and the upcoming games.

Here was a good question – and answer – on calling up defender Ali Krieger:

“I spoke with Ali and she’s excited to come into camp and help this team in any way she can. Opportunities, however they transpire, are exactly that, and Ali has been a great pro and will no doubt lean on her experience and strengths when she comes back into this environment. Recently, she has been training with her club in the outside back position and with the potential to add depth on the right side, it was good timing to bring Ali into this camp to join the other six defenders.”


What would you like to see from the American side in these friendlies?  

Growing: MLS expands Generation adidas Cup in 2019

Major League Soccer last week the details for the 2019 Generation adidas Cup, an elite youth tournament featuring top clubs from North America and across the globe. The tournament will feature U-17 and U-15 competitions at the Toyota Soccer Center at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas from April 13-20.

The future stars of the sport will be on display as 21 MLS Academy teams participate in an expanded U-17 competition that includes 15 premier international clubs, the largest field in the 12-year history of the tournament. International clubs competing in the Generation adidas Cup will be announced in the weeks leading up to the tournament.

The U-15 tournament between MLS and Liga MX clubs is the latest competitive initiative in the collaboration between the two leagues, following in the footsteps of Campeones Cup and the MLS Homegrown Game team annually facing a Liga MX U-20 team.

Is expanding the tournament the right thing to do?  

 OK, now you’ve read what’s on my mind…what are your thoughts on the above or any other “football” happenings?

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