West Palm Beach Team Places Second At AYSO National Games

The West Palm Beach Girls Under 19 team took second place last weekend at the American Youth Soccer Organization’s (AYSO) National Games.

More than 7,000 players from across the country, making up almost 500 teams, descended upon the Los Angeles area to compete in the AYSO’s bi-annual soccer tournament.

“Our team, the Heat, put up a valiant effort in the finals,” coach Douglas Rodas said. “It was tied 0-0 at the end of regulation, which sent the game to penalty kicks, where the other team ultimately prevailed. I am proud of all the girls, most of whom I have coached the last 10 years. I feel privileged to have this experience with my daughter and her friends, which I will never forget.”

ABOVE: Local players Lainey Poole and Gina Giacomelli during the final match.