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2024 USL Academy Cup All-Tournament Teams & Award Winners

By USL Academy Staff, 03/27/24, 1:30PM EDT


Fourth edition of the annual tournament featured 140 teams in competition

TAMPA, Fla. — The United Soccer League announced the award winners and All-Tournament teams following the conclusion of the fourth annual USL Academy Cup which welcomed 140 teams across 58 unique clubs at the Tournament Sportsplex of Tampa Bay. 


An action-packed four days of competition kicked off on Thursday, March 14 and concluded on Sunday, March 17 with championship matches across six age groups and 18 divisions. 

2023 U20 Boys Elite Academy Cup winners Indy Eleven successfully defended their title with a tightly contested 1-0 win against the Richmond Kickers. Kasem Minzey scored the lone goal early in the second half with a bursting run down the right side and a long ball played over the top which he deftly chipped over the outrushing goalkeeper. Indy Eleven goalkeeper Ryan Hunsucker would claim the Golden Glove award for the tournament after keeping three clean sheets and only allowing one goal scored in the defense of their title. 

In the U20 Girls Elite Final, Greenville Liberty SC defeated TLH Reckoning 3-2 thanks to a brilliant free kick goal from Emma Workman in the second half to win the game after both teams exchanged goals in a back-and-forth affair in the first half. Jaleah Simmons claimed both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot with seven goals scored across the tournament, including a first half brace in the final to earn Greenville Liberty the club’s first USL Academy Cup title. 

In the other Elite Divisions, local clubs representing Tampa Bay took the plaudits as Tampa Bay United won both the U13 and U15 Boys finals, while St. Petersburg FC won the U13 Girls final in their first appearance in the tournament. One Knoxville SC claimed the other Elite title in the U15 Girls division following the club’s debut professional season competing in USL League One. 

Check out the All-Tournament teams and award winners from all the Elite divisions below. 

Award winners

U20 Boys Elite 

Champion – Indy Eleven 

Finalist – Richmond Kickers 

Coach of the Tournament – Kiki Wallace (Indy Eleven) 

Golden Ball – Benji Chavarria (Indy Eleven) 

Golden Boot – Owen Bull (AC Connecticut)  

Golden Glove – Ryan Hunsucker (Indy Eleven)  

Young Player of the Tournament – Ryan Hunsucker (Indy Eleven) 

U15 Boys Elite 

Champion – Tampa Bay United 

Finalist – Indy Eleven 

Coach of the Tournament – Blake Wagner (TBU) 

Golden Ball – Aren Fagundo (TBU) 

Golden Boot – Aren Fagundo (TBU) 

Golden Glove – Connor Donahue (Louisville City FC) 

U13 Boys Elite 

Champion – Tampa Bay United 

Finalist – Utah United Academy 

Coach of the Tournament – Blake Wagner (TBU) 

Golden Ball – Zorion Civil (TBU) 

Golden Boot – Dienuel Gutierrez (Richmond Kickers) 

Golden Glove – Maxwell Scott (Richmond Kickers) 

U20 Girls Elite 

Champion – Greenville Liberty 

Finalist – TLH Reckoning  

Coach of the Tournament – Julie Carlson (Greenville Liberty) 

Golden Ball – Jaleah Simmons (Greenville Liberty) 

Golden Boot – Jaleah Simmons (Greenville Liberty) 

Golden Glove – Maren Ryberg (Greenville Liberty) 

Young Player of the Tournament – Kendall Sadberry (TLH Reckoning) 

U15 Girls Elite 

Champion – One Knoxville 

Finalist – AC Connecticut 

Coach of the Tournament – Derrick Long (One Knox) 

Golden Ball – Charleigh Freeman (One Knox) 

Golden Boot – Charleigh Freeman (One Knox) 

Golden Glove – Kate Hopkins (One Knox) 

U13 Girls Elite 

Champion – St. Petersburg FC 

Finalist – Nona FC 

Coach of the Tournament – Kylie Williams (St. Petersburg FC) 

Golden Ball – Elliet Prive-Morris (St. Petersburg FC) 

Golden Boot – Antonella Siegart (Nona SC) 

Golden Glove – Alissia Martins (St. Petersburg FC) 

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