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The Miners Futbol Club made history on Sunday when the 13 and under team became National Champions at The 2019 U.S. Youth Presidents Cup.
As previously reported, Miners FC swept regionals last month and headed into nationals as an undefeated team.
Going into the first game on Thursday, they earned a 1-0 victory over the Region IV champions from Nevada. The next day they battled it out and tied 2-2 with the Region II champions from Illinois.
Day 3, rested and ready, the team from Maryland was no match, the Miners cleared the win 5-0. Having put the other teams away, Sunday arrived, and the Miners and the Las Vegas Pros headed into what was to be an intense match.
Las Vegas took the lead early in the match, scoring the first goal within the first 5 minutes. Bryan Salas of El Paso would get the Miners on the scoreboard, and the two teams went point for point. Minutes before the end of play, the Las Vegas Pros were leading 3-2 and it looked like they would take home the grand prize, but the Miners had other plans.
Christopher Mendez then scored his second goal right before the final whistle which tied the game at 3-3 and sent the Miners into overtime.
Salas – who opened the scoring for the Miners early in the match – then sealed it for the club, shooting the winning goal in the 93rd minute and giving the Miners a 4-3 win.
Of the three El Paso squads that made their historic debut at the national championship, Miners Futbol Club was the youngest (13 and under) to win the title, leaving their mark on Tennessee and returning home with the Presidents Cup.
The team ends the season at 12 wins – 0 losses – 1 tie.