6 Canton United teams participated in the OP Invitational in September with 3 of those teams advancing and two making the finals! The OPI tournament is recognized as one of the most competitive events in the region and ranked as a Gold level tournament on Got Soccer.
The U10 Boys Juventus team went undefeated through 4 games in the top tier of the tournament which included top teams from Ohio North, Ohio South, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. The boys were only stopped in the final against a very tough Columbus Crew Academy team. These boys are also undefeated in CASA league premier play!
The U13 Girls Blue team also competing in the elite tier of the tournament advanced into the semi-finals before falling to the eventual champion. The girls advanced in dramatic fashion after tying the OP ECNL team and then defeating State Runner Up Pacesetter SC they progressed after an intense penalty shootout.
The U11 Girls team also had a great showing at the tournament advancing all the way to the finals and finishing runners up! They battled through the preliminary rounds finishing with two wins and a tie to advance before running out of steam with only 1 sub in the championship match!
Also a shoutout to the defending State Champion U15 boys who went undefeated in the tournament but did not advance!
Great job to all of the teams that participated in this very competitive event!