While most individuals in Washington, D.C. sought shelter from the storm that pounded the area on Saturday, April 16, eight of the top adult teams in the region braved the tempest and produced some of the most exciting La Super Copa action to date, as the field was whittled down to four.
The action kicked off at 9:00 a.m. in a blinding rain on the RFK Turf Field with Spartan FC (Monarch's Soccer League) taking on Inter de Virginia (Manassas Universal League). As both teams struggled to control the wet ball, the action persisted back and forth ending with a score of 3-3 as the final whistle blew. As La Super Copa rules dictate, the match went directly to penalty kicks. With the rain and wind making life difficult for the 'keepers, Inter de Virginia came out on top with a penalty kick score of 5-4.
With the weather showing no signs of letting up, Copa Taca Champions Juventud Surena took on La Chapin (Virginia International Soccer League) in the day‚s second contest, with the winner already knowing their semifinal opponent based on the previous game's result. At the end of a water-logged 90 minutes, it was Juventud Surena coming out on top 4-2, setting up a showdown with Inter de Virginia in next weekend‚s quarterfinals.
While the rain let up for the third game, the sky look no less menacing as Le Coq (Sierra Leone League) kicked off against the Maryland Bays (Maryland Major Soccer League). As the Maryland Bays came out victorious with a 5-3 win, striker Jon Ports notched his tournament-leading seventh goal with two scores. Last weekend he found the back of the net five times.
As the furry of the storm reached its peak at 4:00 p.m., Municipal Limeno (Maryland International) bested Atletico Virginia (Washington Premier League) for a shot at the Bays in the La Super Copa VI semifinals.
La Super Copa VI action continues next Saturday at 11:00 a.m. on the turf field at RFK Stadium. The La Super Copa VI championship game will be played on the RFK Stadium main field immediately following D.C. United‚s May 7 home match against F.C. Dallas.
Each team participating in La Super Copa VI received twenty adidas uniforms and tickets to D.C. United's MLS First Kick thriller against the Columbus Crew. Verizon Wireless, State Farm, American Airlines and D.C. Lottery are supporting sponsors of La Super Copa VI.
La Super Copa VI Semifinals
Saturday, April 23, 2011
RFK Turf Field
- 11:00 AM - Inter de Virginia vs. Juventud Surena
- 1:00 PM - Maryland Bays vs. Municipal Limeno