The U14 Wolves closed out a memorable week on the campus of the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida on Sunday. Considered the world’s best soccer tournament for U14 boys, the International Champions Cup Futures included teams from professional clubs throughout Europe, from South America, from China, from Major League Soccer, and from three non-MLS Academies. The Wolves competed admirably and were the most successful team from an amateur club at the event.
In yesterday’s Trophy Division semifinal, the Wolves’ title hopes came to an end in a loss to Inter Miami CF from Major League Soccer. The Wolves fell behind early and trailed 3-0 at halftime, but the boys responded with an outstanding second half. The score was 4-2 with ten minutes remaining, behind goals scored by Mohamed Saad and Keane McCauley. Unfortunately, the Wolves were not able to take a few late chances and instead conceded a 5th goal near the end of regulation time.
The boys were led on the field by Will Thornton, Granit Caushaj, and Head Coach Lars Richters. As a whole, the team is grateful for all the support that they received from club families throughout their journey. This tournament invitation was the result of the national reputation of the club, so the team would also like to thank Wolves players and coaches–past and present–for this opportunity.