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2013-14 US Youth Soccer National League Boys continue play in Las Vegas

March 15, 2014 08:37 PM
 

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2013-14 US Youth Soccer National League Boys continue play in Las Vegas

Seven division titles to be decided on season’s final day

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 15, 2014) — The US Youth Soccer National League Under-14, Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 Boys continued league play Saturday at Heritage Park in Henderson, Nev., alongside the 2014 Players Showcase. The boys will wrap up their season on Sunday, as the standings will be solidified and the final tickets to the US Youth Soccer National Championships will be secured.

After one berth to the National Championships was determined Friday, another seven teams secured their ticket to Germantown, Md., on Saturday. However, the top of most group standings are still in question, meaning seven National League division titles will decided on the season’s final day. Aside from earning an automatic ticket to the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships, teams in the Under-14, Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 age groups are also vying for a top-two finish to earn their automatic return to the league in the 2014-2015 National League season.

FC Golden State had two teams from its club secure top-two finishes on Saturday, as Under-16 FC Golden State Platinum (CA-S) and Under-17 FC Golden State White (CA) will both be heading to the National Championships. Other teams to punch their ticket to the National Championships on Saturday included: Under-14 United FA 00 Elite (GA), Under-15 United FC Gold 98 (CA-S), Under-15 99 Lobos Rush Premier (TN), Under-18 Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks Burke (AZ) and Under-18 West Coast FC (CA-S).

West Coast, the defending US Youth Soccer National Champions, will play Scottsdale on Sunday to determine the Under-18 Blue Division title. The two rivals played on the final day of last season, with West Coast beating Scottsdale, 1-0, to knock the Blackhawks out of the top two.

While those seven teams earned their spot at Nationals on Saturday, several others picked up key results to remain in contention to secure one of the remaining six berths that are still to be decided. With many division titles and top-two finishes coming down to the final day of the season, the importance of each National League game has been demonstrated this year.

“The prize of each of these games is such a big stake. It’s important that each team steps on the field and has a good performance,” said Noah Gins, whose Under-15 Albion SC (CA-S) side needs a win Sunday to punch its ticket to Germantown. “The end result is a berth to the National Championships. At this stage of the game, there are only certain teams still vying for it. We’re still in the race. It comes down to one game. For us, every game matters, and it’s critical that we perform.”

2014 US Youth Soccer National Championship Qualifiers via National League
*decided Saturday

Under-14
Blue: TBD Sunday, March 16
Blue: TBD Sunday, March 16
Red: Scorpions SC - Boston (MA)
Red: United FA 00 Elite (GA)*

Under-15
Blue: Loudoun 98 Red (VA)
Blue: United FC Gold 98 (CA-S)*
Red: 99 Lobos Rush Premier (TN)*
Red: TBD Sunday, March 16

Under-16
Blue: Sunrise Elite 97\98 (FL)
Blue: TBD Sunday, March 16
Red Champion: Dix Hills Elite (E-NY)
Red Runner-up: FC Golden State Platinum (CA-S)*

Under-17
Blue: FC Golden State White (CA-S)*
Blue: TBD Sunday, March 16
Red Champion: Smithtown Arsenal (E-NY)
Red Runner-up: CUP Gold 96/97 (OH-S)

Under-18
Blue: Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks Burke (AZ)*
Blue: West Coast FC (CA-S)*
Red Champion: CUP Gold 95/96 (OH-S)
Red: TBD Sunday, March 16

National League Boys action continues Sunday, March 16 at Heritage Park with games at 7:30 a.m., 9:20 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. PT.

The National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (US Youth Soccer Region I Premier League, Midwest Regional League, Region III Premier League and Far West Regional League). The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development and opportunities for exposure at the national team, collegiate and professional levels.

National League teams earn their place in the league based on a proven track record of success in US Youth Soccer regional and national competitions and are among the nation's best. Competing for a league title and a spot in the US Youth Soccer National Championships, each and every game will play into who represents the National League this summer in Germantown, Md.

Some highlights from Saturday’s matches…

Under-14

Under-14 Red Division leaders Scorpions SC - Boston (MA) ran into a determined South Carolina United FC 99 Elite (SC) side on Saturday. The Massachusetts squad hit the crossbar early in the match before South Carolina responded with several chances of its own. Grayson Barber eventually broke through for two second-half goals to help South Carolina knock off Scorpions, 2-0. Sunday’s matchup between Scorpions and United FA 00 Elite (GA) — the new group leader — will decide the Red Division title.

A late game-winning goal helped CSA 00 Lobos Rush Premier (TN) stay in the thick of the Under-14 Blue Division race, as it beat CUP Gold 99/00 (OH-S), 2-1. Connor DeFreece gave Lobos an early lead, but CUP responded in the 17th minute when Linden Eberle found the back of the net. The teams remained deadlocked until the final minutes, when Stefano Della Rosa dribbled through traffic and tucked his shot inside the left post. The division winner and runner-up will not be decided until all of Sunday’s games conclude.

Under-15

Two key victories in Las Vegas have given Albion SC (CA-S) a chance to win the Under-15 Red Division title. The California side received two goals from Brenner Jarrad and tallies by Luis Rodriguez, Townsend Meyer and Travis Schaniel to record a 5-1 win over Ohio Galaxies FC 98 Elite (OH-S). Albion must win its final game against Scottsdale 99 Blackhawks Davidson (AZ) to punch its ticket to Nationals. Meanwhile, Scottsdale would claim the division title with a win or tie Sunday against Albion.

United FC Gold 98 (CA-S) punched its ticket to the National Championships thanks to a 2-1 win over Michigan Wolves 99 (MI). Charles Wehan scored shortly after the opening whistle and capped the first half with a goal in the 40th minute to give United a 2-0 halftime lead. Samuel DeLoy pulled Michigan within a goal, but it was too late as United held on for the 2-1 victory. The California side can claim an Under-15 Blue Division title on Sunday, but it would need to win by at least five goals in order to hold the tiebreaker over Loudoun 98 Red (VA).

Under-16

Sereno 98 White (AZ) and OP Eagles Dublin G1 (OH-S) met on Saturday with each team having a chance to move into second place in the Under-16 Blue Division. OP Eagles, which entered the game with a two-point advantage in the standings, fell behind when Stephen Church scored for Sereno shortly after halftime. However, Emmanuel Dapaa scored a 73rd-minute equalizer, and the match ended in a 1-1 tie. Both teams are still in the hunt for a National Championships berth, with OP Eagles still maintaining a lead in the standings.

Under-17

In an entertaining Under-17 Blue Division matchup, FC Golden State White (CA-S) held on for a 1-1 tie against two-time National Champions Fullerton Rangers 96 White (CA-S). Michael Mojarro put Golden State up in the 27th minute, but Nike Academy member Amirgy Pineda responded moments later with a goal for Fullerton. The Rangers generated some great chances in the second half but couldn’t produce a game-winner. The tie was enough for Golden State to secure at least a second-place finish and spot at Nationals, while Fullerton can still punch its ticket to Germantown with a win on Sunday.

Under-18

West Coast FC (CA-S) secured a spot at the National Championships with a 5-0 win over SC Waukesha 95/96 Blue (WI). The game was scoreless for most of the first half until Ricardo Canales found the back of the net in the 45th minute. West Coast turned it on in the second half, as Nicolo D'Amato and Christopher Tellez recorded two goals each to help the California side to the 5-0 win. West Coast and Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks Burke (AZ) have each punched a ticket to Nationals, and they will play for the Under-18 Blue Division title on Sunday.

Waza FC East 96 Jrs. (MI) had a chance to clinch a second-place finish in the Under-18 Red Division with a win Saturday. Instead, it was Fram 18 Premier (CA-S) that kept its hopes alive. Robert Longo put Waza up in the 16th minute, but Sam Higgins equalized a minute later for Fram. Joel Martin scored the next two goals to put Fram up by two, and it held on to win, 3-2, after conceding a late own goal. Waza can still clinch a ticket to Nationals with a win on Sunday, while Fram and Santa Clara Sporting 95 (CA-N) need the Michigan side to draw or lose to have a shot at second place.

Keep up with the National League all season:
National League Home: USYouthSoccer.org/National_League
Schedule and results: http://tournaments.usyouthsoccer.org/events/2013-2014-National-League/
Twitter: @nationalleague
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