Christos Brings Home Region Title
Adds Another Gerhard Mengel Cup to its Trophy Shelf
Will next seek national title at the Championship of Regions. (25 June) The Christos FC Over-30 side returned to familiar grounds, the Ukrainian Americans Sports Center in Horsham, Pennsylvania to face the NY Pancyprian Freedoms of Eastern New York in the final of the Gerhard Mengel Cup. The Freedoms were the current cup holders defeating the Maryland Bays in extra time at the Region I finals in 2019. The title match featured two historic clubs with plenty of bragging rights for the trophies they collected over the years.
Christos got off to an early start when Alex Lee set up Jon Ports for the goal. Ports doubled the lead from an assist from Zack Bowman. The Pancyprian cut the deficit by one and the two sides went into the half with the Maryland team leading 2:1. In the second half, Glenn Leitch found Karou Forbes to give Christos a two goal advantage only for the Freedoms to respond and make it 3:2. Ports iced the match when he assisted Dan Lader to close it at 4:2. Christos will now head out to Mighigan in August for the Championship of Regions as they look to keep the national title in Maryland while seeking their fourth title in the competition. The Bays took the Gerhard Mengel Cup in 2019 at the Championship of Regions.
Christos along with several other Maryland sides represented the state in other cup competitions during the Region qualifiers. In the Amateur Cup, Christos lost to Vereinigung Erzgebirge 1:0 in extra time in the quarterfinal round. All Star United was defeated by Steel FC in the 1st round. In the Werner Fricker Cup, Region finalist Clifton Elite FC eliminated first Columbia FC and then Christos in the quarterfinals. In the Gerhard Mengel Cup, Fighting BOBs/Yinz Legend were eliminated by Ironbound Alumni who were stopped by Christos in the semifinal 6:1. The Baltimore Kickers were sent home by West Chester United in the first round of the Over-40 Cup while Christos made it to the semifinals to be edged out by the Renegades. Christos also sent a team to the Region's U-23 Championship for the Gus Xikis Trophy where it was ended by eventual champion LISFL United in the semifinals.
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