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Cincinnati United Soccer Club Nationally Recognized

Although the state of Ohio isn’t as big as some of the other soccer hotbeds in the country, there is one program based in the greater Cincinnati area that has been receiving well-deserved national recognition.

Cincinnati United 1Cincinnati United Soccer Club was formed by combining some of the area’s top most-recognized clubs including the Cincinnati United Premier (CUP), Lakota United Soccer Club, Sycamore Soccer Club (Arsenal) and SCSA.

Although each club has been around for several years, the merger happened in 2009 and it helped make Cincinnati United the destination soccer club in Ohio South. They’ve become a successful club by employing top coaches and trainers, who focus on training, development and fostering a life-long love of soccer.

One of the best parts about the Cincinnati United’s program is that any player, at any level, can compete. The club has two options for both boys and girls, which include a “Premier” and a “Competitive” side, which are both select programs.

“Our Premier program has 40 teams and our competitive program has more than 140 teams,” said CUP Youth Director of Coaching (Boy and Girls U11-13), Bobby Puppione. “We also have a Juniors program that serves players 5-8 years-old. That program has more than 150 players.”

Cincinnati United4The Premier program consists of accomplished players who are competing on a higher stage in Ohio South, USYSA Region II and the nation, whereas the Competitive program plays in community-based locations and is for players interested in select soccer.

“We know that children play the game for different reasons and we provide a variety of programs which address the needs and interests of all of our players,” said the club’s Executive Director, Scott Rodgers.

Regardless of which league you play for, the Cincinnati United Soccer Club has similar wishes for each program.

“The Cincinnati United Soccer Club looks to continue to make the experience for our players a positive one, where we can develop players to their full potential, while also instilling a passion in the game and providing important lessons that they can carry with them as they move forward in life,” said Puppione.

Not only can they carry those things with them, but they will also have the memories of all the wonderful things they’ve already accomplished.

Cincinnati United3In just this past year alone, the Cincinnati United Soccer Club captured nine state cup titles, which was the most in Ohio South. They also had multiple Midwest Regional League titles, along with several players who participated on State and ODP Regional teams, and have had hundreds of players play collegiately. CUP alum Austin Berry, a starter for the MLS’ Chicago Fire, was the league rookie of the year last year.

The boy’s U17 squad found much success, as the national runner-up and the USYS National League Champions. Youth1 has even recognized the Cincinnati United Cup Gold girl’s U12 team as the 4th-ranked squad in the nation in our September edition of our national soccer rankings.

Cincinnati United has also captured many tournament titles including the CASL, Disney, Mead Cup, Eclipse Select Cup, OP Invitational and Blue Chip Showcase and will be looking to send their teams to WAGS, CASL, Germantown and Disney in the near future.

Not only is this an exceptional soccer program on the field, but they strive to make an impact off the field as well. Throughout the year, Cincinnati United raised more than $4,500 for Breast Cancer Awareness, donated more than 100 pounds of soccer items to third-world countries, and hosted a coach’s charity game to donate thousands of dollars to TopSoccer, which serves children with special needs.

“The club is always trying to find new ways to improve; everything that is done is to benefit our kids,” said Debbie Dudukovich, parent and volunteer for Cincinnati United. “They strive to do what is best for each kid individually to help them develop to their fullest potential. It is a great environment allowing kids to grow as both players and people.”

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