Local Teams Don’t Qualify

Local Teams Don’t Qualify

Article by David Wilson | courtesy of Bradenton Herald reporter

Coquina Beach hosted Florida’s final Major Beach Soccer qualifying tournament earlier this month, but no local teams are moving on to December’s MBS National Championship in Clearwater.

The headliner of the Aug. 6 tournament was the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Jamie McGuinness, a National Premier Soccer League defender who player-coached his Still Kicking team into the national championship in the Over 30 Co-Ed division. McGuinness and Co. edged Lakeland United 4-3 to win the division. Both teams, however, will compete for the national championship — the top two in each division qualify.

The Men’s Open division was decided by forfeit when injuries decimated Leo FC and paved the way for Tampa’s Futbol 5 to win the age group.

In the Women’s Open division, Land O’ Lakes’ Soccer Beaches cruised to a 5-1 win against the palm Beach Riptide and in the U18 Male division the Greenacres Sand Sharks from Lake Worth blew out Royal Palm Beach’s Kicks, 6-2