The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 18, 2013

Youth soccer: Local club team playing for national championship


That success throughout club and high school has only boosted local soccer interest and participation throughout various club levels, including with North Union United.

Omlor has seen an increase in participation in his three years as coach. "Oh my goodness, yes. On the girls side and within our club," Omlor said. "Over that three-year period we've doubled the amount of teams. A huge interest in parents and kids wanting to test themselves versus the best competition and wanting to give their kids a premier soccer experience by testing themselves against Harrisburg and Philadelphia area teams without a doubt."

North Union United itself has 22 different teams, depending on the season, and draws from seven different counties, with some kids traveling more than an hour to attend practices.

The teams travel to various tournaments in the Philadelphia and Baltimore areas and even Virginia and New Jersey. While some youth soccer clubs in the larger areas, such as Philadelphia, have paid coaches, all the coaches for the Strikers and their league are volunteers.

All that traveling has just one more stop on the journey for the Strikers: Florida. And if the Strikers keep making history this season, the only thing left to capture will be that national championship.

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