After the 0-0 tie gave Carlsbad first place and the Ambassadors second place in Group A, ahead of third-place Syracuse Development Academy, the Ambassadors fell in the semifinals and Carlsbad finished runner-up in U.S. Youth Soccer Frank Kelly Cup after a 3-0 final loss to Tennessee SC 16.
U.S. Youth Soccer, in its statement about the Carlsbad-Ambassadors game that prompted the posting of video clips on social media, announced that its investigation “determined the coaches may have had a material effect on the outcome of the match. Disciplinary action and monetary fines have been assessed to both teams.”
But the investigation, which included interviews with the teams in question and game officials, “did not find sufficient evidence of collusion.”
The investigating committee did find that “the teams were disrespectful to the game, the competition and US Youth Soccer. The integrity of the National Championships Series Competition is predicated on fair play and sportsmanship by all participants and those ideals were compromised. ...
"While each team worked hard on the first two days of play to put themselves in a position to advance, we believe the strategy of the coaches in this game failed their players, the competition and the principles of sportsmanship and fair play."
Carlsbad and Ohio Ambassadors played this for 90 min to advance. Youth soccer at its worst. pic.twitter.com/WgFnpmLnpD— Livster (@TheLivster59) July 28, 2016