The State is Set [HAWAIʻI STATE CUP 19]
WAIPIʻO, OʻAHU, Hawaiʻi (April 11, 2019) – The stage is set for 74 teams from 26 of the Hawaiian Islands’ top youth soccer clubs and academies, slated to compete in the US Club Soccer Hawaiʻi State Cup – Hosted by the Major Island Soccer Organization (MISO) Junior League (MISO) on O‘ahu; and the Hawaii Soccer Federation on Maui. The 6th annual competition will be held on April 19-21 at the Waipiʻo Peninsula Soccer Complex in Waipahu [13-U to 18/19-U Divisions]; and April 25-28 at Keōpūolani Regional Park in Wailuku [12-U Division]. Winning 13-U through 18/19-U boys and girls teams from the Oʻahu event will advance to National Cup XVIII Finals – at no additional cost. US Club Soccer’s National Cup Final is the culminating event of US Club Soccer’s cup-based championship series; featuring six (6) regional tournaments and various qualifying state cups — including the Hawaiʻi State Cup.
The US Club Soccer Hawaiʻi State Cup is a designated Player Development Program (PDP) identification event. The 2019 competition kicks off the 2019-2020 scouting cycle of 2006 and 2007 born boys, and 2005 and 2006 born girls. PDP’s provide an opportunity for elite youth soccer players to be identified, developed, and scouted for inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs – at no cost to players. Targeted birth years are established every year in consultation with U.S. Soccer – according to the scouting priorities for the U-14 National Teams.
FC Hawaii midfielder, Gregory “Dan” Jackson is Hawai‘i’s most recent player to earn the PDP boys program’s top honor — of being selected to travel abroad and experience international football at some of the highest levels, with US Club Soccer’s 2019 id2 National Selection International Tour team.
Jackson was first identified as a top talent in his age group in the 2017 edition of the Hawaiʻi State Cup; and was a returning player in the 2018 Hawaiʻi PDP and id2 Arizona events. MISO President, Sergio Bolioli, commented by saying, “[o]ver the past five (5) years, the Hawaiʻi State Cup has consistently grown – in the quantity of teams; and the quality of players and matches. This year, we added another PDP scout to our tournament. We are looking forward to another successful [State Cup] event; and for more state titled teams to represent Hawaiʻi at Nationals.”
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