Hess crowned USASA National champion

Published 7:34 am Thursday, July 30, 2009

Former Dowagiac soccer player Adam Hess helped his club team, the Milwaukee Kickers, bring home the United States Adult Soccer Association’s (USASA) National Cup on Sunday, July 19 in Manalapan, N.J.

In pool play, the Kickers went 2-0-1 outscoring their opponents by a score of 12-0 to finish atop the Group “A” standings.

In the semifinal match, the Kickers were able to knock off FC Maryland by a score of 1-0 and advance to the finals where they faced Greek American Kosmos.
In the championship round, the Kickers were able to put away a first half goal to put them up 1-0 at the break. Early in the second half, a Milwaukee player was ejected with a straight red card, forcing the Kickers to play the rest of the match a man down.

The lone first half goal proved to be the difference though, as the Kickers were able to win the match by a score of 1-0, to claim the USASA National Cup.
Three weeks prior to the National Tournament, the Kickers took part in the Regional Cup in Oak Forest, Ill.

The Kickers were able to dominate the competition, finishing with a record of 3-0-1 and outscoring their opponents by a score of 13 to 4.  During their Regional title run, the Kickers defeated FC Indiana, Kansas Rush, and Schwaben AC, and drew a tie with fellow Wisconsin team, Elm Grove SC.

On the same day that the Kickers took home the National Cup, Hess’s home club, Milwaukee Serbian FC was able to claim the 2009 Wisconsin Adult Soccer Association First Division State Cup.

In their title run, the Serbians defeated Bavarian, Milwaukee Brewers, and Milwaukee Sport Club.