August 20, 2019

Local Teens Win World Cup Soccer Championship in Sweden

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BREMNER FAMILY

Local Teens Win World Cup Soccer Championship in Sweden

(l-r) Topanga soccer champions Kiara and Caroline Bremner proudly hold their hard won Gothia Cup.

Last year, 13-year-old Topanga twins, Kiara and Caroline Bremner and their Santa Monica United Football Club (GU13) team won the National Presidents Cup final in Overland Park, Kansas (See “Topanga Teens are National Soccer Champions with Santa Monica United FC,” Topanga Messenger, Vol. 39, No. 15, July 30, 2015).

This summer, at age 15, the team was accepted to participate in the Gothia Cup Tournament, known as the "Youth Soccer World Cup," in Gotenberg, Sweden, and won the Gothia Cup over a period of six days.

A total of 1,761 teams, from 80 countires participated in this year's tournament. Of those, 78 were from the U.S. The event started on July 18 with an opening ceremony similar to the Olympics, and a parade of nations that took place in a stadium that seated 56,000 people.

The tournament consists of three games of pool play, with two teams moving into a round of 32. The remaining games were single elimination games.

SMU played three games during pool play over three days and amassed enough points to move to the round of 32. From that point on, SMU delivered seven shut-outs, including the final.

The girls played six games in the span of 72 hours (with three games in 24 hours) to deliver a 3-0 championship against defending champions KFV Segeberg from Germany.

The final took place on Saturday, July 23, and all of their stateside fans were able to stream it live. The twins’ mother, Chantell, and older sister, Caitlin, were up at 3 a.m. preparing to watch SMU make club history.

Both girls typically play as defenders but in this tournament Kiara played in a forward position and managed to score her first international goal during the Sweet 16 round of play.

Caroline also contributed mightily to the team delivering seven shut-outs.

The girls were accompanied by their father, Scott Bremner, in this their first visit to Europe, and were lucky enough to visit their father's birthplace in Scotland after their time in Sweden.

The Bremners have lived in Topanga for 19 years.

Both girls started their soccer career at five years old playing for the YMCA Topanga Soccer League, made an AYSO All Star team at 9 years of age (playing U10), moved on to AYSO Extra team for two years, and finally made the move to Santa Monica United Football Club as 12 year olds.

They will continue their sports pursuits at Pali High this coming year.