JACKSONVILLE UNITED FC WINS NPSL CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 3-2 WIN OVER HOLLYWOOD UNITED
Jacksonville, FL – July 30, 2011 – Jacksonville United FC (JUFC) won the National Premiere Soccer League Championship game tonight with a 3-2 victory over Hollywood United (CA) in Madison Alabama. JUFC captain, Tommy Krizanovic scored a hat trick had help from his Englewood High School team mate Rami Safi who had the assists on two of the goals. Krizanovic was named the NPSL Championship MVP and teammate Tyler Williams was named to the NPSL all star team. The championship comes in JUFC’s first year playing in the NPSL.
Jacksonville took a 1-0 lead at the 18 minute mark when Safi found Krizanovic who hit a left footed shot to the back post. Five minutes later Hollywood was awarded a penalty kick for a hand ball but Arturo Albarrans shot clanged off the crossbar. Thirty minutes into the game Albarran redeemed himself with a 20 yard blast into the back side netting. Seven minutes later Safi found a streaking Nedim Hrustic who played a one touch pass to Krizanovic to put JUFC up 2-1 at the half.
The second half saw more spirited play, as seven yellow cards were issued during the contest. Hollywood pressed the attack but JUFC’s defense led by centerbacks Jacobi Goodfellow, Garrett Teague, and goalkeeper Stuart McCrory was up to the task. Hollywood United’s efforts paid off in the 77th minute when Brent Whitfield was taken down in the box and Albarran converted the ensuing penalty kick to tie the game at 2-2. This set the stage for Krizanovic’s third goal of the night at the 87 minute mark with an assist from Safri.
The NPSL Final Four pits the four regional division winners in a single elimination format. JUFC qualified as the Southeastern division champion, Erie Northeast division champion, Hollywood United was the Western division champion and Milwaukee was the Midwest division champion. The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is a national men’s amateur league with 50 teams recognized by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and FIFA as a Division IV league behind MLS, NASL and USL Pro. It is roughly equal to the USL Premier Development League (PDL) and the Pacific Coast Soccer League.
About Jacksonville United FC
Jacksonville United FC was formed in 2010 and consists of youth boys and girls teams from Under 13 to Under 18. JUFC’s goal is to attract and motivate the most talented youth players from the Jacksonville area by providing them with the best coaches, facilities, and trainers. The NPSL team was added this year to provide current college and adult players an opportunity to train and compete on a national level while acting as mentors for a select group of youth players.
JUFC Starting line-up for the Championship game against Hollywood United: Keeper- Stuart McCrory, Defenders- Nick Salafrio, Garrett Teague, Jacobi Goodfellow and Robert Holstein, Midfielders- Eric Dutt, Nedim Hrustic and Ramak Safi, Forwards- Akinwale Leyimu, Tomislav Krizanovic and Tyler Williams, Reserves- Ian Levine, Alec Slaveski, Riley Butler and Jack Salfrio.