Gulf Coast Texans (7-0-0), winners of the Southeast Conference, received a final four berth when Tampa Bay Hellenic and Florida Sol FC, set to meet in Thursday’s Sunshine Conference final, pulled out of the championship chase for economic reasons.
Gulf Coast Texans, a second-year WPSL club, streak into the championship weekend after capturing the Southeast Conference title with a 4-3 win over Georgia Revolution as Jamaican forward Shakira Duncan scored two goals.
Salt Lake United, which is affiliated with Major League Soccer giant Real Salt Lake, overcame two top California teams to claim the Western Conference title, beating the San Diego SeaLions 3-1 in last weekend’s title game. Salt Lake won the Big Sky-North Conference.
Aztec MA, the Northeast Atlantic Conference champs from suburban Boston, are the third team from Aztec Soccer to reach the WPSL final four in as many years. Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves won the league championship in 2010.
Oklahoma FC, which won the Big Sky-South Conference tournament, is heading to its second final four in three seasons.
The WPSL is a national league with more than 70 teams, including those in the WPSL Elite, which is playing its final four this week in Rochester, N.Y. more