Beach United's Boys Under-17 Mundial Completes the Perfect 10-0 Soccer Season
Coach Jonattan DeLeon helps Myrtle Beach team make big turnaround on soccer pitch

The Beach United Football Club's Boys Under-17 team, the Mundial, wrapped up a perfect 10-0 record and the regular-season championship of the PMSL II Soccer league on Saturday.

The Mundial used an inspired second half to claim a 4-1 victory over Liverpool FCA, symbolic of the turnaround the team has made in recent years. Tied 1-all at halftime with their undefeated and untied season on the line, coach Jonattan DeLeon lit the fuse.

"It was closer than we wanted early but we had possession, and that was one of my goals with this team: If we control the ball we control the game," said DeLeon. "But you have to be able to finish and that's what I told the guys: We've got to finish and score some goals."

The Mundial scored three unanswered goals in the second half to clinch a perfect season and cap a reversal over fortunes since DeLeon joined the squad in 2012. He served as an assistant under BUFC director of coaching Thuba Nkomazana before taking over the team with assistant Sunnie McGonigal, and the chemistry has sparked a worst-to-first turnaround.

"The first year we only won three games, and last year we finished third," DeLeon recalled. "We just practiced hard and went back to the basics - receiving the ball, playing unselfishly, putting pressure on the opponent. The guys worked really hard and I am proud of them."

DeLeon is also the proud father of 3-year-old Jonah, who many may see running around the practice fields and playing soccer with anyone willing to join him. The elder DeLeon came to the US in hopes of playing college soccer, but student-visa issues and his need to work prevented him from reaching his goal.

Instead, he got married, had Jonah and adopted a dozen more young men on the soccer pitch. The change in game plan appears to be paying off for everyone involved, and for the BUFC extended family. He got to see more than just his own son grow over the past three years.

"Playing soccer never really worked out for me here but I still love being involved with it," said DeLeon, who played briefly for the Rochester (NY) Rhinos and Wilmington (NC) Hammerheads. "My wife tried to get me to coach and I am glad she did. I enjoy it and the kids help me a lot. They say, 'You help me a lot' and it's so rewarding. I say, 'No, you help me.'"

The Myrtle Beach based Mundial team will compete in the South Carolina Youth Soccer State Cup in December.

PridePumas Return to Rec-League Roots to Practice with Former Team
BUFC U12 Soccer Players Pair Up with Myrtle Beach YMCA U-6 Team for Fun Day of Play on the Soccer Pitch

Before they were the BUFC Girls Under 12 PridePumas, they were the YMCA Under 6 Blue Pumas.

Six years later, girls from the original team returned to their recreational soccer roots to practice with their former coach and a new breed of YMCA Blue Pumas who may follow in their cleat steps someday. Despite their hectic three-day-a-week BUFC practice schedules, they found time for a fourth, albeit a day of fun.

The girls started their soccer careers at the Grand Strand YMCA  (Myrtle Beach) at the age of 5 under coach Steve Starnes, who coached them for five years before they moved on to Beach United. Of the 10 or so players on his initial rec team, seven have gone on to play travel soccer at BUFC and remain teammates today.

The girls attribute "Coach Steve" for making the game fun when they were young and sparking their interest in playing soccer at the next level. Now Starnes has a new batch of 5-year-olds, and his former players wanted to give something back by spending some quality time on the practice field.

The girls paired off into big sister-little sister duos to run through stretching exercises and drills, and they also teamed up for a scrimmage in which only the little Pumas were allowed to score. They celebrated with some post-practice cupcakes and juice boxes before exchanging some goodbye hugs and high-fives.

The mixed practice was particularly meaningful for Starnes, who got to see his former players and their much-improved skills in action, and for the tiny Pumas who got to look up to their predecessors. The BUFC Pumas also got a kick out of the experience, which served as a reminder that no matter how seriously they take it, soccer should be fun.

Beach United Football Club is a Myrtle Beach-based youth soccer organization that provides next-level training and competition for boys and girls ages 5-18.

Beach United Teams Hold Home Turf in Great Carolina Shootout
Strikers sweep their way to championship; four teams finish runners-up

Beach United Football Club, a Myrtle Beach-based youth soccer organization, made a solid showing at the Great Carolina Shootout, held throughout the Grand Strand on Oct. 11-12.

BUFC's Strikers dominated the field en route to the championship of the Under 8/9 Boys Blue Division, winning all four games of their by a combined score of 23-0.

The BUFC Fury finished second in the Under 13 Girls Blue Division, suffering a 2-1 defeat to the PYSL Lady Hurricanes in a hard-fought final.

BUFC also had three boys teams claim runner-up honors: The Storm finished second in the Under 10 Boys White Division; the Predators were runners-up in the Under 13 Boys White Division; and the Tiempo finished tied for second place in the Under 15 Boys Red Division.

Beach United Football Club offers soccer instruction and competition for boys and girls ages 5-18. Registration and open tryouts for the spring season is coming soon.

BUFC PridePumas Sweep Their Way to Tournament Title
Fury, Tide take third place at Charleston Select Shootout

Myrtle Beach Soccer | Youth Sports teams | grand Strand Soccer | SCThe Beach United Football Club's PridePumas captured the championship of the Girls Under 11/12 Maroon division at the Charleston Select Shootout on Sept. 27-28 in James Island.

The PridePumas dominated the tournament from start to finish with wins of 6-2, 5-1 and 4-0 in pool play. They shut out SCUMP Athletica 5-0 in the championship match to sweep their way through the event. They outscored the competition by a combined score of 20-3.

The BUFC Tide took third place in their bracket of the Girls Under 15/16 Maroon division after suffering a pair of close one-goal defeats. Their lone win was a 2-1 victory over the SCUMP Crescent, giving them a highly competitive tournament experience.

The BUFC Fury also finished third in the Girls Under 13 Maroon division.

BUFC is a Myrtle Beach-based youth soccer club that offers top-level instruction and competition to boys and girls ages 7-18.

BUFC Tiempo Earn Finalist Honors at CESA Spartanburg Tournament
Mundial takes third place for Myrtle Beach-based youth soccer club

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Beach United Football Club, a Myrtle Beach-based youth soccer organization, sent two boys teams to the CESA St. Francis Sports Medicine Soccer Classic in Spartanburg on Sept. 20-21.

The BUFC Tiempo, coached by Thuba Nkomazana, advanced to the championship game of the Under 15 Boys Blue division, battling to a 1-0 loss in overtime to the PUFC 99 Boys White squad.

Tiempo defeated CASA Oconee 99 Classic 3-1 in the semifinals to set up a rematch with PUFC, which also took a 1-0 win in pool play. Tiempo also played a scoreless draw with host team CESA 99 Select.

The BUFC Mundial Under 17 Boys also went 1-1-1 in pool play and missed out on the title game based on points. They battled to a scoreless tie with host CESA 97 Select and defeated LFC 97 Paisley 1-0 on Saturday before falling to CESA Spartanburg 97 2-1.

Beach United Football Club offers soccer instruction and competition for youth, boys and girls ages 7-18. For more information about how to get involved, please select the "Programs" tab.

PridePumas, Fury Reach Finals of Season-Opening Tournament
Myrtle Beach Youth Soccer Club BUFC Girls Teams Post Successful Start to Fall Season at CASL National Qualifier in Raleigh, NC

Two Beach United Football Club teams traveled from Myrtle Beach to Raleigh, N.C., over Labor Day weekend to open the fall soccer tournament season at the CASL National Qualifier, and both reached the finals of their respective divisions.

The BUFC PridePumas avenged their lone loss of the tournament by running the table to the championship game and winning the Under 12 Girls First Division title. After falling 1-0 to the MYSA Force G, the PridePumas scored wins of 6-0 and 4-1 to set up a rematch. This time the PridePumas came out on top by a 1-0 score to capture the championship.

The BUFC Fury also reached the title match of the Under 13 Girls First Division. After going 2-0-1 in pool play, scoring wins of 6-2, 3-2 and a 1-1 draw, the Fury fell to the undefeated OBX Storm in the final by a 5-2 score.

Beach United Football Club is a Myrtle Beach-based youth soccer organization offering instruction and competition for boys and girls ages 6 through 18.

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Soccer Fields in the Myrtle Beach area

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Doug Shaw Stadium and Myrtle Beach Rec Ctr soccer fields 3205 Oak Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

From 17 bypass south, turn right onto 29th ave north (beside Planet Hollywood) towards the ocean. Go through stoplight at Grissom Parkway. At next stoplight, Oak Street, take a left. You will pass Pepper Geddings Recreation Center on left, take immediate left right after the center. Stadium Field will be first field on the left. Use the large parking lot to the left.

From 17 bypass north, turn left onto 29th Ave north and follow directions above.


YMCA @ 67th Ave. N. 904 65th Ave. N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

From highway 17 bypass north, turn left at the stoplight (Farrow Parkway) at the backgate of the former air force base (now called Withers Preserve & Market Commons) following Farrow Parkway.

Market Common 1004 Meyers Ave. Myrtle Beach SC 29577

Coming from the North on Kings Hwy (17 Bus.). Turn right on Farrow Parkway. Follow Farrow Parkway through the stores. After the pond on the left.....

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