PARKLAND, FL- The Parkland Travel Soccer Boys 2008 Red Team won the State Championship of the Commissioner's Cup in April. They defeated Florida Premier FC 3-1 in a tremendous battle in the championship game. The match was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time, which led to extra 15 sessions until a winner prevailed. Parkland's boys scored twice in the first 15 minutes to take home the championship.
Justin Goldman, Regional Vice President of the Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA), was impressed. "Great game. Tied 1-1 at full time. Scored 2 goals to go on 3-1 in extra time. Very proud, strong representation from Region A. I even filmed this coach who calmly coaches his team with a 0-1 deficit. Hats off to these lads," he said.
Roger Thomas, Director of Parkland Soccer Club, agrees that the win was not just impressive but also earned by the team. "The will to develop and perform is not enough. The will to prepare, develop, perform, and win is what separates those that succeed from those that don't. The Parkland 2008 Red Boys Team demonstrated the will to prepare, develop, perform, and win all season long, and that's why they are State Champs," he shared.
The Commissioner's Cup is a statewide competition, and teams play within their region before advancing to the state chamionships in Auburndale. The Parkland Boys advanced as a wildcard from their Regional group in the first round that included Weston FC, CES Juventus, and the CTC Bandits. In the regional quarterfinals, they defeated Deportivo Miami 6-1 before sneaking past the CES Breakers on penaltiy kicks. In the regional finals, the Parkland boys were in another close battle but prevailed over PSG 2-1. That victory led to a birth in the state semifinals against Florida Elite from Talahassee. After cruisng past Florida Elite 8-0, they met Florida Premier in the hard fought 3-1 championship game.
Head Coach Jon Nascimento recalls the season fondly. "I remember walking in my first day to training to coach three players of this fantastic group with a thought that one day they would be something special. I then started to build the team around these three players," he said. "It has been a cinderella season for this group whom certainly spent hours and days of hard work and endless effort. I have never met such a group of inspiring boys who never settled just for a win but to strive for better performances day in and day out. They have made us all extremely proud in Parkland for all their achievement and desire to be the best. State Champions!"
The future is bright for the players of this Parkland team, Nascimento shared. "This season we have won 7 major championships, including winning our local league, making it our club's most successful season. As well, we got the attention of the newest MLS club, Inter Miami, who invited 7 of these young players for a try out for their youth academy team for the upcoming season."
Tryouts for the upcoming 2019-2020 season will begin in late May and early June. For more information, please visit the club's web site at www.parklandtravelsoccer.com