Ukrainian Nationals Memorial Weekend Youth Soccer Tournament
Friday, May 28 to Sunday, May 30

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174 Teams Competed in Tryzub’s Memorial Weekend Tourney

Wonderful weather and very good field conditions greeted 174 teams from throughout the Atlantic seaboard and New England at Tryzub’s Ukrainian Nationals Annual Memorial Weekend youth soccer tournament. Play commenced Friday under the lights at the Ukrainian American Sport Center – Tryzub and progressed throughout Saturday and Sunday at “Tryzubiwka” and four neighboring venues: IPW, Windlestrae, Kohler, Turk and Zehr Fields.  However, all of the finals were played on Tryzubiwka’s six fields of play.

Dnipro Champs

The competition, especially in the finals games was fierce. The various soccer clubs and leagues had undeniably entered their strongest teams. Some were even so-called “select” and “premiere” squads. Nevertheless, Tryzub’s teams, especially the girls, did very well. The Ukrainian Nationals captured three first-place and five second-place trophies.

Under the leadership of Director Danylo Nysh, the tournament committee moved the play and its mass of players, spectators, referees, vehicular traffic, and field marshals with the precision of a Swiss watch. Each venue was fully stocked with appropriate concessions and other conveniences.

Ukrainian Nationals Invitational Tournamnet 2009

Numerous guests marveled at the unparalleled organization of all aspects of the tournament. “I have never experienced another tournament like this,” commented an excited coach: “Each game was refed by three high caliber professionals and was constantly patrolled by tournament reps; every detail was handled perfectly”. His opponent then added: “The facilities are just beautiful; we all had a wonderful time… and the food, wow”.

A rather interesting note from a Tournament Committee member adds perspective to the magnitude of the Ukrainian Nationals Tournament:

“We played host to an all-time high 174 teams coming from five states; that is approximately 5200 people passing through our club.  Those 174 teams, broken into twenty-six divisions, played just under 300 games of soccer on twenty-two fields, at six sites in four townships and two counties.   Our wonderful elder women made and cooked over 500 dozen pyrohy and approximately 175 pounds of kowbasa.  We prepared and sold over 2500 pretzels, 1700 hamburgers and 2200 hot dogs.  The bar "kicked" their kegs of on tap beer late Saturday afternoon, only to have much more for Sunday!  By the end of the day Sunday, we had given out 900 winner’s medals to our champions and finalists, while also giving each and every one of them a little lesson about our club's history.”

Each champion and finalist player received a medal embossed with the Ukrainian Nationals’ historic seal, while each team in the finals received a personalized trophy that prominently displayed Ukraine’s national emblem, the Tryzub. The awards ceremony included a brief explanation of the history, significance and meaning of these symbols.


Listed below are the results of the tournament:

 Boys                     Champions                                Finalists
U08 Blue                 Holmdel Stallions                         Reading Rage                  

U09 Blue                 Philadelphia Celtic                        Reading Rage

U09 White               Upper Makefield- Newtown Ukrainian Nationals Fury (U-8)

U10 Blue                 East Meadow Hawks 98              Ukrainian Nationals Gunners

U10 White               Lower Merion Shake N Bake        Yardley Makefield Inferno

U11 Blue                 FC York Premier 97                     Lighthouse Shamrock Rovers

U11 White               Upper Dublin FC United                Spirit United Velocity

U12 Blue                 Towamencin Topguns                  Whitpain Wave

U13 Blue                 Lighthouse Wave                         Tredyffrin-Easttown YSA

U14 Blue                 Harleysville United                        Southampton Tsunami

U15 Blue                 Parkwood Heat                           Ukrainian Nationals Force

U16 Blue                 Deep Run Valley FC                    Montgomery United
Premier Destroyers                     Dynamite

U17 Blue                 Buckingham United  Arsenal         FC York Fusion

U18/19 Blue            North Union United Santos 90       Montgomery United

Girls                       Champions                                          Finalists

U09 Blue                 Southampton Stars                                Buckingham United
White Lightning

U08/09 White          Ukrainian Nationals Kyiv Dynamo            Buckingham United Wave

U10 Blue                 Yardley Makefield Soccer                      Ukrainian Nationals
Lightning                                               Red Rocks

U11 Blue                 Huntingdon Valley Pride                          Falls Cosmos

U12 Blue                 Ukrainian Nationals Dnipro                      Warrington Blast

U13 Blue                 LDC United Future                                 Council Rock Rockets

U14 Blue                 Tri-Boro Blue Lazers                              Lower Macungie Strykers

U15 Blue                 Ukrainian Nationals Krush (U14)              North Union United
Lady Cannons (U14)

U16 Blue                 Lanco United 92                                    Ukrainian Nationals Force

U17/18/19 Blue        Ocean United Elite                                 Fox Chase Lightning