Yinz United, Fighting BOBs Push Through to Helge Boes Cup Championship Match on Dec 14th

Kamikaze Crew Promoted to Sunday Premier Division; USASA National Cup Registration Due Saturday December 13th - Register Online

Helge Boes Semifinal Results - December 7th

Yinz United and Fighting BOBs emerged as victors in the Helge Boes Cup semifinals on Sunday December 7th, landing both teams a berth in the championship match that will take place on Sunday, December 14th at Long Bridge Park, Field #1 at 7 PM.  In the first semifinal, #1 seed Yinz squeezed by #4 seed Soccerdome/ICC by a score of 4-3.  The second semifinal pitted #2 seed and reigning Helge Boes champion Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks vs #3 seed, Fighting BOBs.  The BOBs pushed to an early 2-0 lead and held on to dispatch the Hawks by a score of 2-1 in regulation.  

Since the Helge Boes Cup was inaugurated in the Fall 2012 season, no team has won the title more than once, a fact that has been ensured for another season based on Sundays semifinal results.  When Fighting BOBs and Yinz square off on Sunday, a new Helge Boes Cup champion will be crowned.  This is a testament to the parity within the WPL and our designation as an elite amateur league by the USASA.  Congratulations to Fighting BOBs and Yinz on their advancement and to all the teams display of skill and competitive drive this Fall season!  

1st Division Promotion/ Premier Division Relegation Set

Kamikaze Crew defeated ABGC La U 5-0 on Saturday, December 6th to finish their season and have secured promotion to the WPL Sunday Premier Division from the Saturday First Division.  US Soccer Academy will move down from the Sunday Premier and compete in the Saturday First Division for the Spring 2015 season.  

US National Cups - MD State Qualification Deadline is Saturday December 13th!

As mentioned before, the deadline to register for the USASA National Cups state qualification in MD is this coming Saturday December 13th.  Registration can be done online on at the following URL:  http://mssacups.leagueapps.com/

For those who are new to the process, this is an excellent opportunity to compete against the best talent in the region.  MD boasts the current national Open Cup champion, Maryland Bays, and the state qualification process begins in January.  There are several Cups.  All are single-elimination (except Morton Cup group stage matches).  More information about the Cups is as follows:

1.  Rowland Cup - this is the MD Open Cup.  The winner advances to represent MD in Region I Open Cup play that begins in March.  Regional Finals are held in the Philadelphia area in mid June.  The winner of the Open Cup regional finals qualify for next year's Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, in addition to advancement to the USASA National Open Cup finals .  Entry for the US Open Cup (Rowland Cup) in MD is $125, and can be paid online.  

2.  Stewart Cup - this is the MD Amateur Cup.  The winner also advances to represent MD in Region I Amateur Cup play that begins in March/April.  The Region I Champion in the Amateur Cup also advances to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup the following year, as well as the USASA National Finals in July.  Entry fees for the Amateur Cup are $100.

3.  Morton Cup - this is a Cup open to all teams except those who enter into the Rowland or Stewart Cups.  It is a less competitive Cup that is MD-only.  Entry is $100.

4.  US O30 CUP - this is a Cup to determine the MD State representative in the US O30 Cup.  The requirement for rostered teams is for all team members to be over the age of 30.  MD currently boasts 3-time US National O30 champions, Christos SC.  The winner of the MD US O30 Cup will advance to Regional Cup play in April.  Regional Finals are also in mid-June in the Philly area, and National Finals at the same location as Open/Amateur divisions. Entry for the US O30 Cup is $100.

Cup Fees 

All field fees for MD State Cups are subsidized by the State association.  Participants pay the entry fees for the various Cups, and the referee fees at any given match.  For those teams that win the state level qualifying in the Stewart (Amateur), Rowland (Open), and US O30 Cups, a $500 bond is required that is fully refundable upon succesful completion of regional level matches.  A travel subsidy may be provided by the State association for state champions who qualify for the Region I finals.  Should a team qualify for the National Cup finals, a state subsidy will be provide to assist in travel costs associated with participation in the Finals.  

We strongly encourage all WPL teams to consider participating in the US National Cups.  Don't forget to register online.  More information about the MD State Soccer Association, including information about the Cups, can be found at: http://marylandsoccer.com/  



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