2013 Volkswagen Junior Masters National Tournament
The opening games in the 2013 Volkswagen Junior Masters National Tournament kicks off today as 16 U.S. soccer teams in the U-12 boys division compete for the National Championship title in Overland Park, Kansas. This annual tournament commences in conjunction with the Major League Soccer All-Star Game, which is held this year on July 31 in Kansas City, Kansas.
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The regional teams and cities in which they qualified for the tournament include Carolina FC Inferno, Atlanta; Prince William Soccer, Boston; Chicago Magic – PSG and Raiders FC, Chicago; Dallas United, Dallas; FC Boulder Elite, Denver; Atlas Mission and Houstonians, Houston; Sporting Blue Valley and St. Louis Scott Gallagher, Kansas City; Chivas USA and FC Golden State, Los Angeles; Baltimore Celtic, Philadelphia; and Diablo FC, SoCal United and Turlock FC, San Francisco.
“The Volkswagen Junior Masters is more than just a soccer tournament, it is an opportunity for young players to learn about teamwork, leadership and fair competition,” said Kevin Mayer, Vice President, Marketing, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “We are excited to see talented young players, who are as passionate about the game as we are, competing for the National Championship title.”
The championship match will be held on July 31. Fans can follow the games through live updates here. The national champions will compete against international players in the 2013 – 2014 Volkswagen Junior Masters World Tournament, which will take place in Rome, Italy next year.
The Junior Masters World tournament began in 1999, and is one of largest youth soccer tournaments in the world. It offers talented youth players from around the world the opportunity to hone and showcase their footwork and soccer skills on an international stage.
A devoted supporter of American soccer, Volkswagen of America has sponsored many grassroots youth soccer tournaments throughout the United States, and has specifically worked with Junior Masters since 2009. Through these efforts, Volkswagen is providing the nation’s most talented and passionate athletes the premier opportunity to compete and perform at a higher level.
Volkswagen is also the official automotive partner of Major League Soccer and is a sponsor of D.C. United in Washington, D.C. Globally, Volkswagen is the title sponsor of the Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg, Germany, and owns the VfL Wolfsburg football club at its global headquarters.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany.
VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.