15 Boys Represent Michigan and Region 2 at USYSA Nationals
After winning State Cup and Region II Championships, the Vardar U15 Boys advanced to the USYSA National Championship tournament held July 22-27 in Overland, KS. The team won its first game 1-0 against GSA Phoenix Red from Georgia. In its second round robin game, Vardar bested Sunrise Elite from Florida by a 4-2 margin.
In its final pool game, Vardar’s U15 Boys fell short to defending champions Santa Barbara in a dramatic 2-1 must-win game for both teams.
Santa Barbara took an early lead but Vardar responded with a powerful strike from Thomas Dokho in the 18th minute to knot the score at 1-1. After Vardar went down to 10 men following a red card, Santa Barbara put home the winner that sent them on to the title game.