U.S. soccer champs head to Italy for internationals

SoCal United U-12 won the Volkswagen Junior Masters National Soccer Championship on July 31, after a three- day tourney played in Kansas. The boys will be heading to Rome, Italy, as the U.S. representatives in 2014 International Championships.

Sixteen teams from around the country qualified for the championship games. The SoCal United team consisted of players chosen from club teams throughout Southern California. Jim Flowers and Jay Amin coached the group.

The SoCal United boys got past Sporting KC, FC Golden State, FC Boulder and Baltimore Celtic to make it to the finals with Chivas Academy. In the final, they defeated the Chivas Academy and earned the right to represent the USA in the VW Junior Masters International finals in Rome.