PENN FUSION AND WCUSC PLAYERS ARE GOLDEN IN LONDON

The Americans (solid blue) and Reading Football Club U17 Girls in Liverpool

August 2012 - Sixteen players from Penn Fusion and West Chester United, calling themselves the "All Americans" (pictured above in solid blue) teamed together to tour England, watch Olympic soccer and showcase their American soccer skills to some local English teams earlier this month. The highlight of the week was front row, 50 yard-line seats to the Olympic Semi-final USA Women’s Soccer victory over Canada. “That was the best game of my life!” exclaimed a 14 year-old player! Click the plus sign for more on this story!

August 2012 - Sixteen players from Penn Fusion and West Chester United, calling themselves the "All Americans" (pictured above in solid blue) teamed together to tour England, watch Olympic soccer and showcase their American soccer skills to some local English teams earlier this month.  The highlight of the week was front row, 50 yard-line seats to the Olympic Semi-final USA Women’s Soccer victory over Canada.  “That was the best game of my life!” exclaimed a 14 year-old player! All the parents agreed!

            The group of 34 players, parents and coaches Tino and Shannon Mueller, toured Manchester and the London area with EPL Tour’s expert guide, Steve Jones, during the last week of the Olympics.  While based in Manchester, the group was able to visit the women’s and men’s Olympic soccer semi finals at Old Trafford Stadium, home of the world-famous Manchester United Football Club.  The girls had an exclusive and rare opportunity to train with professional trainers at the Everton Football Academy.  They also trained with Manchester City FC trainers and had an impressive tour of that club’s stadium, locker room and trophy room which currently showcases the club’s Barclays Trophy for their 2012 Premier League Championship. 

            In addition to shopping in Manchester, Liverpool and London, watching Olympic games, touring Warwick Castle and enjoying the beautiful, pastoral English countryside, the girls got down to business and played three impressive soccer matches.  The first team they met was the Blackburn Rovers U16 girls.  They were a very strong team with several players on their National team.  As the girls overcame their jet lag and deciphered the ref’s calls, they managed to hold on to a 0 – 4 loss.  They were not discouraged though as they headed in to their second match against Manchester City girls U15 team later in the week.  Manchester City was a formidable opponent, but our girls were fueled with enough fish and chips and Cadbury chocolate to rack up a 6-1 win.  A handful of Man City boys were there to congratulate the Americans as they made their way back to the bus.  Their final match was played in excellent USA style as the girls battled the very physical Reading Football Club U17 girls in Liverpool; beating that team 7-0. 

            Thanks to EPL Tours Steve Jones and Barrie Love for an experience of a lifetime.  Thanks also to Glasgow Inc., Malvern Federal Savings Bank and Matthews Paoli Ford for their sponsorship support.  Penn Fusion and WCUSC girls who played on the “All Americans” team in England were: Marisa Antinori (PF ’97), Codie Armitage (PF ’98), Madison Baxter (PF ’97), Maddie Brill-Edwards (PF ’96), Cassie Cheeseman (PF ’97),  Julie Griesemer (WCUSC ’97), Katie Kunzman (WCUSC ’97), Meghan McCool (PF ’97), Claire Micheletti (PF ’98), Emily Sands (PF ’97), Josie Schultz (PF ’97), Sydney Seidenberger (WCUSC ’97), Kaitlyn Siberski (PF ’98), Hannah Specht (PF ’97), Maddie Steinmetz (PF ’97) and Sidonie Warnecker (PF ’97).

The ALL AMERICANS at Old Trafford Stadium prior to the Olympic Women’s Semi-Final vs. Canada

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