Weston FC’s keeper Diego Kochen won the Golden Glove award conceding only three goals over five matches.
KISSIMMEE, FL – DECEMBER 22, 2017 –The stands were packed with players, friends, family members and local soccer fans as Manchester City FC walked on to the field to take on Weston FC for the first-ever Prospects Cup final. The U12 squads battled from the opening minutes but it was Manchester City FC’s Lakyle Samuel who would score first, followed by two goals by forward Justin Oboavwoduo, bringing the final to 3-0 and making them the champion of the inaugural Prospects Cup global youth soccer tournament.
Prospects Cup global athlete ambassador Christian Pulisic was on hand to celebrate the first-time event and present each of the teams with medals as well as the championship trophy. Additionally, the midfielder from Borussia Dortmund and the U.S. Men’s National team phenom, led a clinic for young athletes following the championship match.
Manchester City FC’s Joel Ndala won Golden Ball honors as the tournament’s best player while teammate Justin Oboavwoduo captured the Golden Boot award presented by Gatorade with six goals during the event. Weston FC’s keeper Diego Kochen won the Golden Glove award conceding only three goals over five matches.
In the consolation final, FC Dallas and Fluminense FC charged the field in what would be a battle between two strong defenses. In the end, it was Fluminense FC who came out on top besting the boys from Texas with a final score of 3-0.
The thrilling final day of competition was the culmination of five days full of soccer, family-friendly activities and cultural exchange between the 260 players, and their families, representing nine countries. Over 5,000 fans attended the Prospects Cup over the five-day event.
The tournament, which was modeled after the Little League World Series, took place throughout the week of December 18 at the world-class ChampionsGate Sports Field Complex at the Omni Orlando Resort in Kissimmee, FL. The U.S. contenders were: FC Dallas (Frisco, TX), Global Premier Soccer (Boston, MA), LA Galaxy (Los Angeles, CA), Orlando City SC (Orlando, FL), Real Jersey FC (Medford, NJ), Sockers FC (Chicago, IL), Tuzos Soccer Club (Phoenix, AZ) and Weston Soccer Club (Miami, FL). The international teams were: AS Roma (Italy), Boca Juniors (Argentina), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Chivas (Mexico), Club América (Mexico), Fluminense FC (Brazil), Manchester City FC (England) and Real Madrid (Spain).
The tournament looked to crown the world’s best under-12 boys team. The round-robin tournament included 16 teams of boys 12-years and younger in groups and two divisions. Games were played in three elimination rounds. The group winners of each division, based upon cumulative points, advanced to the semifinals. The division runners-up played in the Consolation Final and the division titleholders faced off in the Prospects Cup championship match.
Games were watched by fans in over 40 countries on air and online via UDN (Univision Deportes Network), Eleven Sports, ProspectsCup.com, the Univision Deportes app, the Hangtime app and via Prospects Cup Facebook page, among other platforms.
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