Winning a tournament is a special occasion. Winning a high level tournament is a rare occasion. For Coach Paulo Neto’s 99 Boys Black, it is starting to become the norm. The team took top honors at their second straight nationally prestigious event, winning The Open Cup in Decatur, Alabama. Along the way, they knocked off Team Challenger FF of Ohio, ranked #1 in the nation according to soccerincollege.com. The Open Cup is a new tournament, featuring international teams from Mexico and Central America in various divisions. 99 Black’s triumph comes on the heels of winning the Vulcan Cup in March.
Team Challenger wasn’t the only significant win for Coach Neto’s team. They notched a solid 5-2 victory over Atlanta’s Norcross Fury Premier in the semifinals, and then recorded an impressive 3-1 result against regional power Vestavia Hills in the championship game. For their work, the team currently holds a #4 national ranking in the soccerincollege.com. Although internet rankings are not necessarily accurate, they do signify when a team is having a great amount of success.