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Nomads collect hardware in Chowchilla, San Diego
Players and coaches from the Nomads Soccer Club under-11 boys team gather around the Merced Atlas Cup trophy won in Chowchilla on Sunday. Pictured are (top row, from left): Coach Luciano Silveira, Anthony Cuevas Castro, David Gonzalez, Anthony Vazquez, Assistant Coach Tony Sousa, Octavio Morales, Oscar Avalos, Saul Aguiniga, Assistant Coach Ruben Berumen; (bottom) Victor Torres, Travian Sousa, Edward Berumen, Felipe Munoz and Seth Silveira. - photo by Photo submitted by KATHY AVALOS

The Nomads Soccer Club is fresh off two successful tournament runs.

Most recently, the Nomads captured the Merced Atlas Cup championship Sunday in Chowchilla, defeating the tournament host Merced Atlas 2-0 for the title. Their most tightly-contested match was in the semifinals, when they edged Argentina FSC 1-1 (5-3 penalty kick shootout). On Saturday, they opened with a 5-2 blowout of the Turlock Tornadoes and a 5-1 drubbing of Atlas.

On Nov. 25-27 in San Diego was the Nomads Thanksgiving Tournament in San Diego. Nomads Soccer Club — which now has programs established in the Fresno and Manteca areas — originated in nearby La Jolla.

The Nomads from up north returned home with the second-place prize after falling to Blues Youth SC in overtime in an intense final-round matchup in overtime, 3-2. The semifinals also produced a doozy, with the Nomads prevailing 2-1 over Aztecs FC Elite. Pool play included wins over Legends FC (1-0), Impact Blue (4-0) and Nomads-Diaz (5-0).