Philadelphia Copa Rag Girls’ Under-17 Team wins the title

A girls’ soccer team from Northeast Philadelphia won the U-17 Youth Soccer Championship Sunday, becoming the first title winner of any gender from within city limits since 1967.

Philadelphia FC’s Coppa Rage defeated Tonka Fusion Elite of Wayzata, Minn. , 5-0, in the championship game, played at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando, Florida. Mora Day, Emma Levine, Taylor Mays, and Gianna Rivera (twice) scored the goals.

This was the second year in a row that the Coppa Rage reached the USYS Final, after reaching the U-16 final last year. They lost that match to La Roca of Webber, Utah.

“I was so excited for these girls who lost last year in the final, put their heads down and had a goal to come back and win it, and they accomplished it,” Cuba Raj coach Tom DeGeorge said.

Union’s Brandan Craig, also from Northeast Philly, was in attendance as the team played in Orlando City the night before. Craig was off the bench for the Union for a 1-0 win.

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“It was a pleasure watching the final and very proud of the girls!” He wrote on Twitter after joining the Coppa Rage players for a photo on the field.

Philadelphia joins a long history of local teams that have won U.S. Youth Football titles, four from Southern Jersey and 17 from Eastern Pennsylvania dating back to 1938. Most recently, last year, the Under-15 boys team of Real Jersey Football Club – a program Run by Rusty Aaronson, father of Brendan and Paxten Aaronson of the Federation.

The last local girl team to win the USYS title was the South Jersey Elite Barons Under-16s in 2018.

Three domestic teams reached the USYS semi-finals this year: Ukrainian U-17 players, Yardley Macfield Soccer U-14 boys and Real Jersey U-16 girls. That Real squad includes Jaden Aaronson, sister Brenden and Paxten, who will be a sophomore at Shawnee High School this fall.

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