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KC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - A TRUE TEAM EFFORT FutsalETA 05 Boys Represent Mid Atlantic Region with Skill and Class

02/18/2019, 10:45am EST
By Kevin Darcy

February 18, 2019 - Kansas City; No matter how you cut it, Kansas City is a long way away for some elite U14 Virginia futsal players and their families. Unlike a weekend league or tournament match in the region, this trip required a village with a passion and commitment to make it happen – which is exactly what they got.  “The team qualifying was one thing, but the effort from parents, sponsors and patrons that committed to making this happen was unbelievable.” Says FutsalETA Director  of Soccer Kevin Darcy. Immediately following the USYF Regional Championship presentation in Richmond, the congratulatory high fives and hugs shifted to discussions on the upcoming Nationals in KC. “What I heard was not “if” they could make it happen but how this was going to happen and next thing you know we are 17 hours from home competing against the top futsal teams in the country. The only sad part of the trip was  that we had to make it without our fabulous coach Mo Kanneh and his assistant Prince, that have spent countless hours training and preparing the team for this event.  The timing was unfortunate with Mo visiting his native homeland of Sierra Leone but the boys dedicated the trip to their coach and made us all proud of their efforts!“.

After a slow start with adjusting to the environment and finding their legs in a 4-1 loss to Forge of Wisconsin, the boys rebounded on day two pushing the eventual National finalists from Cincinnati, Cincy Futsal, to score late and hold on for a 6-4 win that left FutsalETA at 0-2. “We deserved more out of our second game as we conceded 2 goals while a man-up and missed a couple of sitters that may have changed that outcome for sure. Our opening game looked like a group of kids playing in their first national championship event – which was not what we hoped for but also not unexpected given the level of the event. With a result in game two and our eventual 6-5 win over Axius United of Missouri, we would have advanced out of the group.” FutsalETA’s second opponent, Cincy Futsal, cruised through the semi-finals with a 5-0 win and led 5-2 in the championship match before falling to Charlotte 6-5 in a great futsal National Championship match. “We came here to play the top teams in the country and showed that we belonged especially in our last two matches. The Mid Atlantic region was represented well with Charlotte’s title along with FutsalRVA of Richmond winning the U14 girls championshipand advancing 2 other teams to the final match.”

“In addition to the tremendous patrons support from our “Go Fund Me” drive, the FutsalETA team was sponsored by Leebcor Services, Riverside Paper, CHKD, Lionsbridge FC, Defenders of the Bridge, Designed Comfort, Home Helpers, Ferguson, Edward Jones, Aretec, Harley Davidson, Schooners and Williamsburg Orthodontics.” Says FutsalETA Director Eric Stauffer. “Without this outpouring of support for these outstanding players this trip wouldn’t have happened. Our organization and membership can’t say enough about this commitment and support and are proud to continue to grow the game and provide opportunities for players in the region and beyond.”


The 05 boys Mid Atlantic Regional Champions  were led by coach Mo Kanneh and include Jacob Atwater, Ryan Banwart, Alex Dierkens, Michael Hackworth, Hagen Hines, Kyle Hughes, Caleb Lewis, Seth Mileski and Arvin Picardo.


About ETA "Elite Training Academy"

ETA Soccer was founded in 2013 as a "club neutral" technical training group to provide individual, small group training, clinics, camps and competitive playing opportunities in the USL Super Y League and National events. In an effort to stay on the cutting edge of player development, futsal became the focus in 2016 and FutsalETA was born as a member of IPL Futsal, the MAFL "Mid Atlantic Futsal League" and in 2018 as 1 of 18 clubs nationally into the USYF "United States Youth Futsal Development Acacdemy". In addition to directors Kevin Darcy and Mo Kanneh, ETA United has put together a great developmental staff that includes MPL Foundations director Ryan Hagerty (CNU), JR Academy directors Scott Hines and Jim Risher, player development coaches Avery Saada, Brian Lybert and Eric Stauffer along with CNU coaching legend Steve Shaw to serve as our coaching director. 

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