The inaugural Tennessee Cup brought much fanfare with it to the city of Murfreesboro. Several hundred teams, including squads from other countries, played four games in a span of four days over Labor Day weekend. When the dust settled, FC Alliance claimed four championships. Three of those came in the tournaments highest brackets, while another team played up to a higher age group’s bronze division. A fifth FC Alliance team took finalist honors. Champions were 02 Girls Black, 03 Boys Black, 99 Boys Black and 95 Boys Black. 01 Boys Black finished second place.
Each team earned at least one significant win for their resume. The 99 Boys Black avenged a loss last year to the Challenger Crew Juniors, a team under the umbrella of the Columbus Crew of the MLS, by recording a 4-2 championship game win. New coach Dean Ward notched his first trophy as an FC Alliance coach. Coach Ward’s other team, the 01 Boys Black, were finalists.
The 02 Girls Black staked their claim as one of the club’s hottest teams by not allowing a single goal in the tournament. Their most impressive win was a 1-0 thriller over Gateway FC, a St. Louis area club, in the championship game.
The 03 Boys Black played up and won all four games without really being challenged after the first day. Their closest game was the opener against an older 02 Knoxville Crush team, which the Alliance team won 3-1. After that, they recorded 6-0, 6-2 and 8-1 victories.
The final title was claimed by the 95 Boys Black. Playing up into the U19 bracket, the squad brought along 94 Black stars Ben Holt and Stevie Thompson. In the championship game, they knocked off TSC Elite 1-0.
03 Boys Black
99 Boys Black