Ukrainian Nationals Memorial Weekend Youth Soccer Tournament
Friday, May 28 to Sunday, May 30

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Ukrainian Nationals Invitational Youth Soccer Tournament
163 Teams Competed in the 7th Annual
Memorial Day Weekend 2008 Tournament
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Horsham, Pa. – The Ukrainian American Sport Center – "Tryzub", County Line and Lower State Roads, hosted its seventh annual Ukrainian Nationals Invitational Soccer Tournament. The competition not only drew a strong representation from local Philadelphia area clubs, but also had a decided interstate and international character. Nearly half of the 163 teams competing in this year’s Memorial Day Weekend tournament haled from the Lehigh Valley, Central Pennsylvania, Northeast Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and from the Caribbean island of Bermuda.

Ukrainian Nationals President, Taras Kozak, presented "Our Clubs" philosophy of running the best soccer tournament in the U.S. We believe that we are on the right path to achieving this goal. A dynamic soccer club from North Central Pennsylvania, "Second to None", on the other hand, sent a group of strong teams into the competition. Gene Luciw, represented Tryzub in presenting our team pennant to the visiting select U-14 girls’ team from Bermuda." In exchange, the "Gombey Warriors" presented The Gombey Warriors also presented the Ukrainian Nationals with a team jersey and a pennant from the Bahamian Soccer Federation.

Notably, the Tryzub pennant is from a series of banners that Tryzub had prepared for exchange during its years as a professional soccer team, formally representing the City of Philadelphia. The Nat’s had presented similar mementos to opponents in its multiple U.S. Open Cup and American Soccer League championship games and in its significant national and international exhibitions. More recently, Tryzub’s opponents in noteworthy U.S. Amateur Cup and Open Cup tournament play have received such a pennant.

Tournament play in age brackets from Under-8 through Under-19, boys and from U-9 through U-19 girls, progressed over the weekend on not only the Ukrainian Nationals’ seven home fields at "Tryzubiwka" in Horsham, Pa., but also on 13 more fields located at 4 other sites: Windlestrae Park and Zehr Fields in Montgomery Township, IPW in Warrington, and Turk Fields in Doylestown.

The competition began on Friday night May 23, 2008 under the lights of three Tryzubiwka fields, progressed throughout the day on Saturday and culminated in a long sequence of "finals" on Sunday May 25, 2008. A soccer Mom’s and Dad’s appreciation night also highlighted the event as hundreds of parents and competitors gathered in the Ukrainian American Sport Center’s clubhouse and lighted festival grove and pavilions. These events would not have happened if we did not have the help from our devoted workers: Cheryl Mannato, Tom Milewski, Joe Hosack, Marshall Miller, Donna Serratore, Tony Somma, Dave Bateman and Terry Simmons. Their attention to detail makes this tournament one of the best!

The Bermuda club’s head trainer remarked, "We are coming back next year and bringing more teams; …this tournament gave us the best competition that we have ever had anywhere; everything - from the organization and officiating to the field conditions - was outstanding." A parent then added, "[The Club’s] hospitality was most pleasant – they even went to the effort of flying [Bermuda’s] flag. "

Tournament director Dan Nysch described it all as "AWESOME". "When we gathered so many months ago to plan this event, we never dreamt of these dimensions. I thank the tournament committee and all of the volunteers from the depth of my heart."

Gene Luciw presented trophies elegantly shaped into a Tryzub to the winning teams and offered a captivating explanation of Ukraine’s highly symbolic emblem.

The Ukrainians Nationals fared quite well in the competition, winning three championships and reaching the finals nine more times.

Below is a listing of some of statistics and information about this year’s UNI Tournament;

163 total teams

279 games were played

5 sites

20 fields at 5 venues were used

16 teams from a Western Pa. club: Second to None S.C.

8 teams from North Union United, Central Pennsylvania

2 teams from Maryland

5 teams from New Jersey

5 teams from Delaware

1 team from Connecticut

1 team from the island of Bermuda

10 teams from Lancaster / Reading Area

7 teams from Lehigh Valley Area

22 teams from the host –Ukrainian Nationals

40 more teams competed this year, as opposed to last year


The 2008 UNI tournament results are as follows:

Age Brackets



U19 Boys UGH- Alemania Upper Dublin SC
U17 Boys -Blue St.Thomas More Strickers Ukrainian Nationals Bohatyri
U17 Boys -White North Union United 90 F.C. Lehigh 90
U16 Boys -Blue STN Soccer Royal Wolves Monroe SC Flyers
U15 Boys -Blue North Union United 92 Lower Dauphin United 92
U14B -Blue Lehigh Valley Magic Newtown Sharks
U13B -Blue North Union United 94 Ukrainian Nationals Burn
U12B -Blue Pennsylvania Rush Upper Dublin Force
U11B -Blue Ukrainian Nationals Fighting Irish Pennsylvania Classics 96
U11B -White Towanemincin Top Guns Ukrainian Nationals Black Knights
U10B –White 11x11 Lighthouse Shamrocks Fox Chase Rough Necks
U10B –Blue 8x8 North Union United 97 Ukrainian Nationals Atoms
U10B –White 8x8 YMS Dynamo Kirkwood SC Crew
U9B - Blue Southampton SA Sting Rays Ukrainian Nationals Gunners
U9B - White Yardley Makefield Soccer Pennsylvania Classics
U8B - Blue Upper Makefield Newtown SC Berks SA Rage
U8B - White FC Revolution 200 Ukrainian Nationals Thunder
U19G Philadelphia SC Coppa Force Philadelphia SC Coppa Crew
U16G Blue Fox Chase Lightning Soccer of Reading AXE
U15G Blue Lanco United 92 STN Soccer Royal Rowdies
U14G Blue Deep Run Valley Charge Ukrainian Nationals Fire
U13G Blue Ukrainian Nationals Krush Pennsylvania Rush Blue 94
U12G Blue Montgomery United Strykers STN Soccer Royal Belles
U11G Blue Lighthouse SC Royals Ukrainian Nationals Dnipro
U10G Blue Lighthouse SC Fire Buckingham United Heat
U9G Blue Council Rock United Tornados Ukrainian Nationals Red Rocks
U9G White Ukrainian Nationals Puddle Ducks Warrington SC United