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NJYS State Cup Winners Honored by New York Red Bulls at Night of Champions

East Windsor, N.J. (April 17, 2019) - A group of NJ Youth Soccer State Cup champions were recently honored by the New York Red Bulls, with the Major League Soccer club recognizing them as part of a Night of Champions celebration at Red Bull Arena.

"It was great watching these players have another opportunity to celebrate their achievement, and we thank the Red Bulls for creating this memorable experience," said Evan Dabby, NJYS Executive Director.

In attendance at the match were the Ironbound SC Red Raiders (12U Boys State NCS Champions), Ironbound SC Blue Alliance (12U Boys Presidents Cup Champions), Jersey City Soccer Association Strikers (12U Boys Presidents Cup Champions) and Summit SC (13U Boys Commissioners Cup Champions). Players and coaches were invited onto the field at halftime, where they were then announced to the crowd as they paraded across the end line.

A player and coach who walked in the halftime parade commented about the special experience.

"I had a great time walking out there and just hanging out with my teammates." - Kevin Rodrigues, Ironbound Blue Alliance 2007
"It was a great experience for the boys. Anytime you can take 11-year-old boys onto a professional pitch, it's worth seeing their eyes light up when they walk out. All in all, it was a fun night for the players and their families." - Coach Anthony Tavares, Ironbound SC Red Raiders 2007

NJYS State Cups include competition in the National Championship Series, Presidents Cup and Commissioners Cup. The National Championship Series is the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament, while the Presidents Cup is a high-level national tournament where advancing teams will play for a regional or possibly a national title. The Commissioners Cup is a state-only tournament that is designed to create a challenging and enjoyable event for teams that do not play in the National Championship Series or Presidents Cup.

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