The curtains came down on two weekends of pulsating action in the inaugural Champion Porsche Soccer 7 Cup hosted by the Miami Soccer 7 Academy at Soccer Town in Pembroke Pines on Sunday night.
After a series of intense and exciting matches among eight teams, Deja Vu Mega Perros prevailed to defeat Hollywood United 3-1 in the final to walk away with the $4,000 First Prize Cheque and the Porsche Cup. Hollywood United received $1,000 for their runner-up placing.
The day’s events also included an exhibition game between the Miami Soccer 7 Kids team and the Santos Academy. There was also live entertainment and a kids playground for those on hand at Sunday’s final day of matches.
Soccer 7 Academy head coach Alexandre Soares was delighted with the staging of the tournament, saying it was a sign of great things to come for Soccer 7s in the United States.
“This was a remarkable two weekends of Soccer 7 action in Miami. What we were able to make happen was to show that this game has a lot of potential and is very much liked and supported here in Miami,” Soares said.
The four semi-finalists of the competition included Hollywood United, Universitarios, Miami United and the eventual champions Deja Vu Mega Perros. Hollywood defeated Miami 3-1 in the second semi-final while Deja Vu got past Universitarios 2-1.“The players were very enthusiastic and there was a lot of strong competition, skilful play, and excitement during the matches. I think this is a great step for the Soccer 7 Academy and we want to encourage more participants for our next tournament and course we want to see more kids taking part which they can do by joining our Academy at Soccer Town,” he added.
The other competing teams were Deerfield United, Santos United, South Florida and Jamaica Pick Up.
Players appearing in the tournament came from different countries including Colombia, Paraguay, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, United States, Haiti, and Jamaica.
Soccer 7 Academy founder Sham Mohammed and Porsche representative Shiraaz Sookralli were on hand to witness the matches and present the awards at the end of the tournament.