FUEL Soccer Talk: Tennessee hosting Presidents Cup; Timbers kick back to community; Let it fly

Kicking some stories around as we head into the weekend!

Looking ahead: Tennessee hosting 2019 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup

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Murfreesboro, Tenn., and the Tennessee State Soccer Association will host the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, July 10-14, at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex. The event will feature 40 boys and girls teams in the 13U through 17U age groups. Each team will play preliminary matches Wednesday, July 10 through Saturday, July 13 to determine the top two teams to play in the finals on Sunday, July 14.
Murfreesboro is a familiar host for US Youth Soccer as it held the 2010 National Presidents Cup as well as the 2011 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships. Richard Siegel Park (left) is a 130-acre athletic complex which plays host to some of the most prestigious events in the country. Siegel Park has consistently hosted the Tennessee Soccer State Championships and the TSSAA State Soccer Championships. In addition, Siegel Park has hosted the largest youth soccer event in the state of Tennessee with the USYS Southern Regional in 2011. Amenities of the park include: one lighted stadium field; eight lighted regulation fields and six unlit fields.
Each US Youth Soccer State Association determines the path through which its state teams advance to the regional finals. Regional winners of the 13U through 17U Boys and Girls age groups earn a berth to the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup.

What do you look for in a venue hosting a big tournament?  

Kicking back: Timbers helping build soccer fields in their community

MLS clubs are kicking back to their communities. According to Soccer America (, more than 175 fields and mini pitches have been built nationwide during last four years with the support of the league’s charitable arm, MLS WORKS, and national foundations and local groups, and 200 more will be constructed by 2023, pushing the number of new soccer spaces in MLS markets in the United States and Canada to almost 500.
One of the projects is in Portland with Fields for All, a collaboration between Portland Timbers and Operation Pitch Invasion to identify communities underserved with recreational activities for local kids. Fields For All is a field building collaborative between Operation Pitch Invasion and the Portland Timbers and Thorns Stand Together community platform. With the help of sponsors adidas, KeyBank, and Providence Health and Services, Fields For All builds youth soccer fields and futsal courts each year following a collective mission to provide local youth with safe and organized outlets for play.
Fields For All identifies ‘recreation deserts’ – that is, communities under-served by recreational activities for kids – and fills them with safe, healthy and high quality playing surfaces. There is a strong focus on areas with open community access and neighborhood support. In addition, the project will target locations in close proximity to schools, youth clubs and recreation centers, providing ongoing programming to support organized and structured play for local area youth.
For locations of the some of the new fields:

What else can MLS teams do to help promote the great game of soccer?

Sometimes, just let it fly

Here is a goal from Jonna Andersson of Chelsea FC Women in a recent game. While it’s not always a bad idea to make the extra pass to set up a better scoring chance, it’s also not a bad idea to just let one fly every once in a while. Andersson does exactly that with this shot!

What other long-range goals have you seen over the years?

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