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Fuel Soccer Talk: “Huge” event coming to NC; NWSL opener April 13; TOPSoccer program kicks off in Illinois

Time to mark your soccer calendars!

2019 International Champions Cup Women’s Tournament heading to NC

Relevant Sports announced last week that the 2019 International Champions Cup Women’s Tournament is heading to North Carolina. The Courage will welcome some of Europe’s top clubs for four matches in their own home stadium, and try to earn bragging rights for the National Women’s Soccer League on an international stage for the second summer in a row.

“This is huge,” Courage midfielder Heather O’Reilly told NWSL Media after stepping off the stage in SoHo following the announcement. “It’s huge for women’s soccer. I think last year, being the first ever, was really a thrill to be part of and for us to win it. We’re very proud of that with the North Carolina Courage. And now next year, we get to host it, we get to host some of the best club teams in the world.”

The Courage will welcome Olympique Lyonnais, Manchester City and Atletico Madrid at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. Two semifinals will be played on Aug. 15, with the final and third-place match on Aug. 18.

Is North Carolina the perfect venue for the Champions Cup?

Coming April 13:  National Women’s Soccer League opener

The  National Women’s Soccer League kicks off the 2019 season in less than two weeks. There are two games on Saturday, April 13 with the Washington Spirit playing Sky Blue FC and the North Carolina Courage face the Chicago Red Stars. Two other games – Orlando Pride vs. Portland Thorns FC and Houston Dash vs. Reign FC – follow on Saturday.
Check out the complete schedule

Which of the early season match-ups is the most interesting?

Campton United SC adds TOPSoccer program

Illinois Youth Soccer announced this week the addition of another TOPSoccer program to the state: CamptonUnitedSC TOPSoccer.

TOPSoccer is an adaptive soccer program, providing the opportunity to athletes with special needs to get out and play. Any player with an intellectual disability, physical impairment, or behavior disorder is welcome to join the team! The program gives athletes the chance to come have fun on the soccer field alongside other players in a structured, but highly flexible environment. Our goal is to enable young athletes with disabilities to become successful and active members of the US Youth Soccer community!

Campton United Soccer Club offers the premier soccer experience in the Fox Valley Illinois area.  Founded in 1986, Campton United is also the oldest competitive soccer club in the Fox Valley area with a full-time, professional coaching staff holding National Licenses.

MAIN PHOTO: Heather O’Reilly scored the eventual game-winner of the Women’s ICC tournament final in the tenth minute. (Photo credit: Lewis Gettier/isiphotos.com)

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