Fuel Soccer Talk: US Youth Soccer heading to Vegas; English teams get favorable draws; Virgil Van Dijk honored

Las Vegas to host 2020 US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup

FRISCO, Texas — US Youth Soccer is proud to announce that Las Vegas, Nevada and Nevada Youth Soccer Association will host the 2020 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, presented by Chipotle, July 8-12 at Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex.

The event will feature 48 Boys and Girls teams in the 13U through 18U age groups which advance from winning their respective Regional Presidents Cup events. These Regional winners earn a berth to the 2020 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup for a chance to compete for one of 12 National Presidents Cup titles.

“Nevada Youth Soccer is excited to host the 2020 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup in one of the most popular travel destinations in the world,” said Kelsey Tesoro, Nevada Youth Soccer Executive Director. “We’re excited to host all of the players who will have earned the opportunity to compete against teams from across the nation at the best soccer facility Las Vegas has to offer.”

The 2020 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup will be the first time Las Vegas and Nevada Youth Soccer Association have hosted the event.

“US Youth Soccer is thrilled to work with Nevada Youth Soccer Association and the City of Las Vegas.” said Marley Wilson, US Youth Soccer West Region General Manager. “Bettye Wilson does a fantastic job hosting our prestigious National League and so we are excited to bring the National Presidents Cup to such a top-class facility.”


English sides score (mostly) favorable Champion League draws

English clubs all managed to avoid a Group of Death as Tottenham, Manchester CityLiverpool and Chelsea all received favourable draws for the Champions League group stages.

There was a case of history repeating itself as Manchester City got drawn with Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk for the third season in a row. Pep Guardiola’s side will also face Dinamo Zagreb and Champions League debutants Atalanta. Liverpool will renew a familiar rivalry as they were paired with Serie A runners-up Napoli for a second successive season. Red Bull Salzburg and Genk complete Group E for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea were handed the best draw from the English sides as they complete Group H with Ajax, Valencia and LOSC Lille. The Blues return to the competition after winning the Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku, Azerbaijan last season. Ajax have seen a number of significant departures, including captain Matthijs de Ligt and midfielder Frenkie de Jong, and are considered a weaker opponent than the side that stunned Europe en route to last season’s semi-finals.


Which of the English teams received the best draw? 

UEFA Awards: Virgil van Dijk wins Men’s Player of the Year

Liverpool dominated the UEFA awards in Monaco on Thursday evening, as Virgil Van Dijk picked up two awards and Alisson picked up one. Van Dijk and Alisson were heavy favorites to win in their respective positions, but the Dutch defender winning the Men’s Player of the Year may well come as a shock as he beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the major gong.

Van Dijk picked up the major award, beating Lionel Messi and Crisitano Ronaldo to UEFA’s major men’s gong. The Dutch defender had a terrific season, and was integral to the Liverpool side who won the Champions League in Madrid in June. He was the PFA Player of the Year last season, but this individual honour may well rank higher given who he was up against.

England and Lyon’s Lucy Bronze won the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year. After playing an integral part in Lyon’s run to winning the Women’s Champions League, right back Bronze was a vital cog in the England women’s side which reached the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup in France. She scored a memorable long-range goal in the quarter-final against Norway.

Did Virgil Van Dijk deserve the award over Cristiano Ronaldo?

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