State Cup soccer champions

By: Press Tribune sports staff
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The Placer United Prestige U15 boys soccer team took to the top spot in a 52-team field made up of the best teams from all over Northern California in the U.S. Club Soccer State Cup in May. The squad earned the title of state cup champions with a 4-1 defeat of Atletico Santa Rosa in the tourney final, played in Manteca. The U.S. Club Soccer State Cup, along with great play throughout the '08-09 season, moved them to 21st out of 1100+ teams on the national rankings. Team members, whose players represent a broad range of cities in the area, include: L-R Standing: Coach Jason Gantt, Danny Silva (Applegate), Kyle Benedict (Loomis), Joey Haug (Rocklin), Conor Swartz (Cameron Park), Sam O'Brien (Rocklin), Cody Giddings (Granite Bay), Christian Daniels (Rocklin), Dakota Brazil-Arrington (Cameron Park) Seated: Michael Swift (Rocklin), Grant Benedict (Loomis), Daylon Schiffel (Rocklin), Austin Vincenzini (Granite Bay), Luca Licciardi (Sparks, NV), Brady Nations (Granite Bay), Jake Murphy (Folsom).