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Jul, 2022


The 2022 USYS President’s Cup Nationals took place in Greensboro, NC from July 10-14.
In the first match of the group stage, PFC Barcelona trailed 1:0 against Chicago Kics at halftime after conceding from a corner kick. After dominating play early in the second half and creating a number of opportunities the boys finally put the ball in the back of the net. Brian Donis crossed the ball from the left and Anthony Fitch was in the right spot to control the ball and scored the equalizer. Barcelona continue to dominate and create chances but the game finished 1:1.
In the second game, PFC Barcelona defeated SC Tuzos Garfield from Arizona 2:0. The first goal came in the 25th minute of the game after Nick Matese headed the ball in goal after an assist from Felipe Matar Grandi. In the 61st minute, Nick Matese scored his second goal in the game after converting a penalty kick.
In the third and last game of the group stage, PFC Barcelona edged 1:0 Bayern Munich 2006 Boys White from Texas. The only goal in the game came after Brian Donis find Brandon Urias in acres of space and he calmly placed the ball in the goal.
This result set up a final and rematch against Chicago Kics.
On July the 10th at 10 am the referee gave the start of the U16 National Presidents Cup Final between PFC Barcelona and Chicago Kics. It was a very tight match and both teams fought really hard in the rain. In the last minute of the first half, Nick Matese score a beautiful free kick from 35 yards out. Nine minutes into the second half Felipe Matar Grandi crossed the ball from a free kick and Nick Matese deflected into the goal to make it 2:0. Fifteen minutes before In the end Chicago made it 2:1 but the PFC Barcelona boys defended very well for the rest of the game and deservedly won the National title.

The National title caps a great season for the PFC Barcelona U16 B team. In the space of just three months the boys won the USYS Regional Showcase, EDP Spring Showcase, NJYS Presidents State Cup, USYS Eastern Regionals, and the Nationals. 

Congratulations to all players, their families, and the coaching staff on the incredible and memorable season!

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