Hammers academy beat D.C. Uniteds boys
West Ham United FC Academy of England defeated D.C. United Academy in the 9th round of a penalty kick shootout in the Championship of the Fourth International Amateur Soccer Tournament – The Challenge for the Tiffany Trophy Cup for teams of boys age 17 from March 27-April 2, 2010 in Washington, DC. Accordingly, West Ham United FC Academy took home to Boleyn Ground, London the prestigious Tiffany Trophy Cup, the largest crystal trophy cup made by Tiffany & Co. West Ham was undefeated in the Tournament.
The intense Championship match was tied at 2-2 after 90 minutes of regulation time and 4 minutes of injury time needed for substitutions for an injured starting player on each team. The match continued with two ten-minute extra periods.
After the first extra period, D.C. United Academy led 3-2, but, in the second extra period, West Ham United FC Academy tied the match at 3-3. After nine rounds of penalty kicks, where the second West Ham penalty kick bounced off the left post and back onto the field and the fifth and ninth D.C. United penalty kicks were stopped by the West Ham goal keeper, the entire West Ham United FC Academy swarmed in a celebratory pile on top of teammate Jake Young whose kick won the Tournament.