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Hex FC 2005 boys qualify for nationals at National League P.R.O. in California



Hex FC’s 2005 boys will get a chance to play for the James P. McGuire Cup this summer after qualifying for the US Youth Soccer National Championships at the National League P.R.O. event in Oceanside, California over the weekend.

The Hex FC PA Dominion 2005s only needed to win their first game to qualify and they did that with a convincing 3-0 victory over MOBA (Georgia) on Saturday. They followed the win up by beating Laguna United (California) 1-0 on Sunday but came up short in their bid to win the Champions Pool outright with a 3-2 loss to Raiders FC (Illinois) on Monday.

Hex FC also had a 2007 boys team at the event in Oceanside but they were unable to secure a victory in their three games played.

Five other area teams participated in the event but they all came up short in a bid to secure a berth to the national championships. The teams will still have a chance to earn their way to nationals via the regional championships in West Virginia. Teams earn a spot at regionals either qualifying through league play or by winning their state cup.

Three other area boys teams qualified for nationals via the National League P.R.O. event in Florida in February. Sporting PA 2009 boys and the 2009 and 2010 boys teams from Yardley Makefield Soccer punched their tickets.

Hex FC head coach Mike Gorni led the PA Dominion 2004 team to the McGuire Cup final last summer. It would’ve been his third time winning the oldest trophy in all of youth sports but his group fell 2-1 to Inland Surf in the final played at ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Eastern Pennsylvania teams have won the trophy dating back to 1935 a total of 10 times, which is second most of any state to Missouri’s 22.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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