Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Post Event Review

The First Ever Homeless USA Cup was a great success.

The event featured 56 players divided into 10 teams.

New York won the first ever cup, beating North Carolina in penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie in regulation in an incredible semifinal match before defeating Pennsylvania in the finals with a goal thirty seconds into added time. Pennsylvania defeated New York City in the other semifinal.

The City of Charlotte Trophy (or fifth place trophy) was won by Atlanta.

MVP of the tournament was the always smiling Daniel Martinez of New York.

Best Goalie of the Tournament was Alberto Valera of North Carolina.

The Spirit Awart went ot Mario Salazar of Austin, Texas.

The Fair Play Trophy went to the Homelessness Task Force of Atlanta.

Top Goal Scorer was Dave McGregor of North Carolina (20)

The following player were named to the US National Team (from this list 8 will travel to South Africa):

Dave McGregor
Daniel Martinez
Cyrus Wuor
Elmer Nunez
Jorge Lopez
Michael McGregor
Pablo Ruelas
Mahdi Dolieb
Alberto Valera
Victor Urgiles
Komlin Johnson
Abousi Negedi
Craig Holley

Alternates for these players include the top player who already have their travel documents:

Scythe Fewell
Tony Kelly
Abdul Wright
Ray Isaac
Ronnie Pop Miller
Hector Barrios
Ehren Vance
Emme Ecke
Manuel Santos
Chukuwhelu Allen

Check the posts for upcoming photos and tournament anecdotes

Sunday, August 6, 2006

Poster Unveiled

The poster for this year's Homeless USA Cup (in Charlotte Aug 19th and 20th) was created by artist Johnnie Mae Murray, a formerly homeless women who credits the Art Works 945 program at the Urban Ministry Center (www.communityworks945) with helping her end a 10-year span she spent living on the street, not confronting her mental disability. Johnnie Mae has become not only a recognized artist but a powerful spokesperson for the homeless, as well as a volunteer art teacher in the housing project community where she now lives in Charlotte. She won a Hometown Hero Award in 2004. Last year, she followed the team organized by the Urban Minsitry Center that traveled to Homeless World Cup 2005. Johnnie says, "I believe that the soccer team can provide the same sustaining and self-affirming force for others that art has done for me." Our thoughts and prayers are with Johnnie Mae as she now begins another courgeous battle, this time against breast cancer.