To qualify for the Philips Electronics National Cup Finals, teams progressed through competitions within their cities and states, before eventually competing for their respective regional championship (Region I in the East, Region II in the Midwest, Region III in the South and Region IV in the West). Each of the four regions then sent their 10 division winners in five men's and women's competitions to the National Cup Finals.
Philips Electronics will also award the Most Valuable Player in each of the 10 age categories with a specially designed Lucite trophy and several electronics products in a Philips branded sports bag. The Philips Electronics products include an Xpanium MP3-CD player; a super long-life (5-year) Marathon Household Light Bulb; the Sonicare Pro Series toothbrush, which cleans with a combination of 31,000 brush strokes per minute and gentle sonic waves; and a Norelco Advantage Shaving System or Philips Kitchen Appliance. The MVP trophy and products from Philips Electronics have an estimated retail value of approximately $350.
The competition in Orlando for all 40 finalists begins with the semifinals on July 13, with teams from Region I and Region IV being paired up in half the games, and Region II and III teams meeting in the other half.
The semifinal winners compete for the Philips Electronic National Cup title in their respective USASA categories beginning with the Men's and Women's Open finals on July 14, with the remaining championship finals to conclude the next day (July 15).
In the Open category, the four USASA team's which qualified for the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will square off for the Open championship as Chaldean Arsenal (Mich.) of Region II battles Region III's, Uruguay S.C. of Florida. In the other Open match, Olympia-Stamford (Conn.) of Region I takes on Mexico S.C. of California. Of the four Open category semifinalists, only Uruguay S.C. advanced into the second round of the 2001 Open Cup, defeating the Miami Strike Force of the USL's Premier Development League on June 13, before eventually bowing out to the Miami Fusion, 4-0, on June 27.
For more information on the Philips Electronics National Cup Finals, log on to www.usasa.com.
About Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of $34.9 billion (EUR 37.9 billion) in 2000. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, color picture tubes for televisions and monitors, and one-chip TV products. Its 219,400 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at www.news.philips.com.