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WAFC's Real Madrid wins title at Nike Cup

Photo Credit: PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn Athletic Futbol Clubs U14 team Real Madrid went undefeated in the 2014 Oswego Nike Cup July 25-27 to win the U14 Gold championship.For the second consecutive weekend, the Woodburn Athletic Futbol Club fielded a tournament champion, this time out of the soccer club’s boys U14 Real Madrid team.

Real Madrid went undefeated in five games at the annual Oswego Nike Cup located in Lake Oswego and Sherwood, culminating in a dramatic 4-2 victory in penalty kicks against one of the team’s biggest rivals, the Westside Timbers Soccer Club.

Real Madrid qualified for its division’s playoff bracket after going 2-1-0 in pool play. The team opened the tournament on July 25 with a 3-2 victory against the Capital FC?Timbers, followed by a 2-1 win over the Eastside Timbers Marseille later in the afternoon.

Needing only a draw to advance as the top seed out of their division, Real Madrid did just that in a 4-4 knot against Oregon Crossfire on July 26.

The tie meant both Crossfire and Real Madrid qualified for the elimination bracket later that afternoon.

While Woodburn advanced to the finals with a 2-1 victory over 4H Chelsea, Crossfire was blanked 2-0 by the Westside Timbers, setting up the championship match on July 27 in Beaverton.

Real Madrid wasn’t the only Woodburn AFC representative at the Nike Cup. The soccer club’s WAFC?America team went 2-2 and finished second in the boys U15 gold division.

WAFC?America finished second in its pool after taking a 1-0 victory over the US?Bombers from Washington, followed by a 3-2 loss to the Capital FC?Timbers.

The second place finish still meant a berth in the elimination bracket, where WAFC?America beat Pool B winner Oregon Crossfire 3-0 to set up a rematch against the Capital FC?Timbers in the bracket finals. Despite the second chance, WAFC America couldn’t get over the hump and fell 3-1 to place second.

Azul?Futbol Club

Azul also sent a pair of teams to the Nike Cup.

The club’s U11 girls team, the Spartans, placed first in its pool, advancing to the semi-finals of the silver bracket before being eliminated 3-2 against Oregon Tiempo.

Azul’s U13 boys team, the Gladiators, went 2-0-1 in pool play, but did not advance to the elimination bracket.

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Correction

The July 30 article “Fiesta Soccer Tournament going in new direction,” incorrectly stated that Eve Castro was president of the Woodburn Athletic Futbol Club and that registration fees were $300. Castro is the president of Azul Futbol Club, and registration was $60. We deeply regret the error.



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