August 29, 2017 - While school was out for the summer, five Maui United Soccer Club teams hit the road to compete in tournaments across the mainland. They competed against some of the best clubs from all over the United States. This was a great opportunity for MUSC players to develop individually and as a team. Traveling to mainland tournaments offers a unique and exciting experience for players to grow both on the field and off. Players that travel are exposed to new environments, they face different challenges, and they are pushed to new limits. But there is more to travel than what goes on at the soccer field. This is also a great opportunity for players to bond beyond soccer.
Albion Cup, San Diego CA July 14-17, 2017
The ‘06 boys dominated the U12 Cup division scoring 21 goals while only conceding two in bracket play. The boys continued to play at the highest level taking down Fallbrook Villa (CA) in the finals and were crowned tournament champions.
The ‘07 girls showed they were a shutdown defensive team, conceding only one goal in their first four games. The Girls played well but fell to San Diego Force (CA) in the U11 Cup division finals.
Kane Coyle, Director of Foundation 8-11 year olds, traveled with the ’07 girls to San Diego. He noted the overall amazing experience the travel tournament was for the team. Coach Kane observed that the girls “made lasting friendships, lasting memories, and they had the opportunity to develop a strong sense of who they are and what they represent,” Speaking of travel play in general Coach Kane said, “to have an adventure that you can share with others that have a common goal & purpose exponentially increases the enjoyment experienced. It is a labor of love to continue to see that pleasure among our players and parents. I love hearing, “So Coach, where to next?”
Crossfire Challenge, Seattle WA-- July 21-24, 2017
Three MUSC teams competed in the Crossfire Challenge in Seattle Washington. Despite a dominating +11 goal differential in bracket play, the ‘04 boys fell 0-1 to FPSC Fury (WA) in the Cup Division Semi-Finals.
MUSC ‘05 girls played hard and faced tough competition. They were knocked out in group play.
The ‘05 boys’ run ended in the Semifinals, but they showed they were a talented team. The boys went 2-0-1 in their bracket, playing all the way to a 2-2 draw with eventual tournament winner Kreiter (WA).
Jessy Sconfienza, the ‘05 boys team manager, traveled with the team to Seattle. She noted what an exceptional experience this first mainland travel tournament was for the players at all levels. Jessy shared that “It was an amazing experience for our boys. They got to see what quality soccer is like in the Pacific Northwest. And they got to see that they were able to hang as they won games and advanced out of pool play. We were welcomed and cheered on by the other teams who were so excited to have us there.
This trip provided our boys with an experience they will always remember. They had many opportunities to bond as a team off the field as well, whether it be at the hotel's morning breakfast, sightseeing, touring Starfire (where the Sounders train), at the Seattle Sounders' game, evening team dinners, and nightly team stretching sessions in the pool with Coach Javi. All of our parents came together to enjoy group activities and get to know each other better too. It was definitely a fabulous experience for our entire ‘05B ohana.”
While grateful to live on an island paradise, tournament exposure and competition level on Maui is limited. Maui United Soccer Club Director of Coaching, Brent Nunes, makes great effort to maintaining relationships with various clubs and coaches throughout the state and the mainland. As a result, MUSC players with the ability and desire to expand their playing opportunities are encouraged to take advantage of these relationships by guest rostering for clubs looking for additional talent in tournaments throughout the state and mainland. This is an incredible opportunity for players to develop their soccer game and gain unique game and tournament experience while learning to play with new teammates and new coaches.
Nine MUSC players guest rostered for other clubs this summer. Not only adding to their experience in highly competitive tournaments but also increasing their exposure for next level talent scouts.
MUSC Guest Players (Summer 2017):
Journey Hett ‘05G
Kalena Carpenter ‘05G
Kainoa Carpenter ‘04B
Nainoa Riglos ‘03B
Dre Espeleta ‘03B
Braden Lumabao ‘02B
Pono Coyle ‘00B
Caleb Yap Texeira ‘06B Played with Albion SC in Surf Cup
Jacob Grossman ‘06B Played with Albion SC in Surf Cup