Pro Soccer: Final Four collide for NPSL title at Del Norte High
By Michael Bower
The National Premier Soccer League is holding its Championship Weekend at Del Norte High School, starting Friday with the semifinals and concluding Sunday with the title game.
The 49-team professional soccer league is down to its Final Four, as the Bay Area Ambassadors (West), FC Sonic Lehigh Valley (Northeast), Chattanooga FC (South) and Madison 56ers (Midwest) will converge at the Del Norte High soccer field to fight it out for the coveted 2012 NPSL crown.
The San Diego Flash, which is comprised of players mainly from San Diego and played its home games at Del Norte High this season, was hoping to be part of the group competing for the NPSL title this weekend.
However, the team was eliminated by Sonoma Sol in the playoffs and will have to settle for hosting the tournament
“In conjunction with the San Diego Sports Commission, we are extremely pleased that the City of San Diego gets to host the National Premier Soccer League Championship Weekend,” Flash Chief Executive Officer Clenton Alexander wrote in an e-mail. “We would have liked our San Diego Flash Soccer Club to be in the tournament, but we fell short. Still, it is going to be a fun weekend. As hosts, we’re going all out to show what San Diego soccer is all about and everyone is invited to our Soccer Party!”
Both semifinal games will be Friday. The first game puts FC Sonic against the Madison 56ers at 3 p.m.
The Bay Area Ambassadors will face Chattanooga FC in the other semifinal at 7 p.m.
The two losers of the semifinal games will play in the third-place game on Saturday at 7 p.m. The championship game will be Sunday at noon.
The latest U.S. Soccer Report Rankings have FC Sonic No. 1, Chattanooga FC No. 7, the Bay Area Ambassadors No. 11 and the Madison 56ers No. 23.
The San Diego Flash will be playing an exhibition game at 3 p.m. Saturday, before the start of the third-place game.
The Flash captured their second straight West-Southern Conference championship this year. Over the past two seasons the team is 23-3-3.
Ticket prices for Championship Weekend are $10. Kids under 14 are free.
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