The Press Democrat – Benefield: Atletico’s under-19 team wins national soccer title

Watching video of the game highlights a few days after it occurred, a viewer can see a pause the moment Charlie Janssen stands up. He’s just dived to his right, blocking the ball’s trajectory into the goal.

He jumps to his feet and for just a second he doesn’t move.

“I had no idea we won,” he said. “I kind of lost track of the sequence. When I blocked it I thought we had to kick again but then the guys were rushing toward me.”

The guys in question are Santa Rosa Bayern, Santa Rosa Atletico’s premier under-19 team, and the thing they won was the U.S. Soccer National Cup Championship in Commerce City, Colorado, last week.

“It was instantly emotional,” he said. “It’s the highest level of competition that you are able to get to and you win it.”


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