Local soccer players win national tournament

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The GPS Phoenix U14 boys’ soccer team, featuring several local players, won the US Club Soccer Nationals tournament in Aurora, Colorado on July 25. GPS Phoenix edged Leesburg, Virginia, 2-1, in double overtime, in the final. GPS Phoenix also finished third of 12 teams in the very competitive, year-long NPL league that consists of teams from throughout New England.

Top row (from left): Coach Dean Murray, Liam Ireland (Yarmouth), Ariel Calandri (Kennebunkport), Alejandro Coury (Yarmouth), Tom Fitzgerald (Falmouth), Bilal Hersi (Lewiston) and Coach Craig Fannan.

Bottom row: John Clinton (Yarmouth), Max Murray (Kennebunkport), Tahn Tiparos (Portland), Luca Antolini (Yarmouth), Andrew Rent (Gorham), Ali Warsame (Lewiston), Alex Millones (Portland) and Alex Vest (Cumberland).