AYSO Region 18 BU12 Triumphant in State Championship!

Manhattan Beach, CA: This past Sunday, at State Farm Sports Village in Bakersfield, the Boys Under 12 AYSO All-Star team from Region 18, put their near perfect 10-0-1 record on the line in the State Championship against Hillsburough and walked away with a 6-2 victory. Along the way, the BU12 All Star team took victories from Westchester, North Redondo, South Redondo and Hawthorne in Area play. From there they moved on to the Section Championships in Riverside where they eliminated Glendale, Chino, and Hollywood Wilshire the weekend of March 1-2.

“This is an amazing group of young men”, said Eric Karros, head coach of the BU12 All Star team. “This is really what AYSO is all about – taking a group of kids that in most cases don’t even know one another, providing the right mix of instruction, mentoring and coaching and giving them the experience of a lifetime. This was one of those magical runs that no one wants to end – not the parent, not us as coaches – and certainly not the boys!”

Two other teams from Region 18 also made it to the State Championship in Bakersfield – the Girls Under 12 and Boys Under 10 All Star teams. The GU12 team had an impressive showing and came in third place while the BU10 fought mightily in their 2-0 loss in the championship game.

“I am incredibly proud of Region 18’s performance in the Area, Section, and State games”, said Andrew Lelchuk, Regional Commissioner for Region 18. “The entire Board of Directors and I applaud our volunteer coaches and parents and most importantly the children that participate in our program. This validates the vibrancy of the AYSO program here in the South Bay and we look forward to celebrating these kinds of accomplishments in the future!”

About AYSO

AYSO was founded in Torrance, Calif. in 1964 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It was the dream of a group of devoted soccer enthusiasts who started the organization out of their own garage with nine teams. Today, the national non-profit has more than 50,000 teams, nearly 900 leagues, and 500,000 players nationwide. Its alumni tops 6,000,000, including some of the top professional soccer players in the U.S. AYSO is founded on Six Philosophies which include Everyone Plays®, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development. For more information, contact Andrew Lelchuk at commissioner_region_18@ayso18.org or visit www.AYSO.org.