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2015-16 National League Preview | Under-15 Girls

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BLUE DIVISION | RED DIVISION | PLAYERS TO WATCH | SCHEDULE | HISTORY & RECORDS

Blue Division

Beach FC Academy (CA-S)

Hometown: Redondo Beach, Calif.
Coach: Joe Flanagan

Beach FC strung together some impressive wins to finish on top of the California League standings in the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional League. During its 9-0-2 campaign, Beach recorded a 1-0 win against eventual National Champion Legends FC 00 (CA-S), which proved to be the difference between the two sides in the final standings. Beach FC added a semifinals appearance at the 2015 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships to its resume, and it now gets to test itself against the diverse playing styles of the top competition from around the country.


CUP Gold 00/01 (OH-S)

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Coach: Bobby Puppione
Notable finishes: 2014-15 National League Red Division Runner-up, 2013-15 Ohio South State Cup Champion, 2015 Region II Champion

The first National League season was a good one for CUP, as it finished second in last year’s Red Division — even on points with first-place South Shore Select Elite (MA). The squad followed up that performance by capturing the 2015 US Youth Soccer Ohio South State Cup title and outscoring opponents, 12-to-2, to claim the 2015 US Youth Soccer Region II Championship. The Ohio South side came up a bit short at Nationals, but it has shown the skills necessary to make it a contender to finish at the top of this year’s Blue Division.


Dallas Kicks SC 01 (TX-N)

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Coach: Juan Martinez
Notable finishes: 2015 National Championships Finalist, 2014-15 National League Blue Division Champion, 2014 & 2015 North Texas State Cup Champion, 2014 Region III Champion

The Kicks were one bounce of the ball away from possibly replacing “finalist” with “champion” following the National Championships in Tulsa, Okla. If the Dallas side can repeat the success it had last year in the National League, there’s a good chance it can punch its third ticket to Nationals for another shot at the title. The Kicks started last season with two ties in North Carolina before winning their final five matches, so a quick start to league play this year would boost their odds of finishing at the top of the standings once again.


FC United Select 00/01 (IL)

Hometown: Northfield, Ill.
Coach: Roy Wiggemansen

The Illinois side showed some potential with a second place finish in the Premier I Blue Division of the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League. During its MRL season, FC United displayed an ability to win close games by being sound defensively. The team allowed opponents to score less than a goal per game, and four of FC United’s five wins were shutout victories. If the Illinois side can repeat that stout defensive play in the National League, it will have a chance to win any match.


Greater Binghamton United FC Select Riley (NY-W)

Hometown: Binghamton, N.Y.
Coach: Chris Riley
Notable finishes: 2013 & 2014 New York West State Cup Champion

GBU got off to a hot start last season in the National League, as it won three of its four game in North Carolina. However, the New York West side didn’t get the results it needed in Las Vegas to hold on to one of the top two spots, as it finished mid-table in the Blue Division. GBU followed its National League performance by winning its division in 2015 US Youth Soccer Region I Champions League play, as allowed just three goals in seven games. The experience gained in these past competitions should benefit GBU this season in the National League.   


HBC Impact 00 (NY-E)

Hometown: Huntington, N.Y.
Coach: Billy Carroll
Notable finishes: 2015 Eastern New York State Cup Champion, 2015 Region I Champion

HBC put together an impressive spring that began with a dominant performance in the US Youth Soccer Eastern New York State Cup, which Impact won while outscoring opponents 24-to-0. The side followed that up by claiming the 2015 US Youth Soccer Region I Championship, where it once again exhibited great defense — recording clean sheets in four of its five games. HBC couldn’t carry over that success to the National Championships, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the New York side rebound and contend for the National League Blue Division title.


Midwest United FC 01 Royal (MI)

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.
Coach: Lewis Robinson
Notable finishes: 2015 Michigan State Cup Champion

Midwest United went 6-1-0 — outscoring opponents 16-to-3 in the process — to finish atop the Premier I Blue Division of the Midwest Regional League and qualify for the National League. Following its run to the US Youth Soccer Michigan State Cup title, the team enjoyed success at the 2015 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships but didn’t advance due to a three-way tiebreaker. With several older teams from the club having competed in the National League, the Midwest United coaches should have the team ready to go in its first league season.


OFC 01 Phillips (OK)      

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Coach: Stephen Phillips
Notable finishes: 2014 Region III Championships Finalist, 2013-15 Oklahoma State Cup Champion

OFC is coming off a fourth-place finish in last year’s National League Red Division in which it was in contention for the division title until the final day of the season. The three-time US Youth Soccer Oklahoma State Cup champions also won their group at the 2015 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships but bowed out in the semifinals. Still, OFC has been in contention in each regional and national competition it has played, and this year’s National League shouldn’t be any different.

Red Division

Campton United Navy (IL)          

Hometown: St. Charles, Ill.
Coach: Brian Nail
Notable finishes: 2015 Region II Finalist, 2014 & 2015 Illinois State Cup Champion

Campton United has won two consecutive US Youth Soccer Illinois State Cups and is coming off an appearance in the Region II Championship final, in which it fell to CUP Gold 00/01 (OH-S). The Illinois side advance to Nationals as the Region II Representative and gained some valuable experience against the type of teams it will see in the National League. Campton also competed in the MRL Premier I Red Division with CUP and 2014-15 National League runner-up FC Pride 01 Elite (IN), so it has a good grasp on the type of opponents to expect this season.


Century V Gold (PA-W)

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Coach: Randi Rohm
Notable finishes: 2014 Pennsylvania West State Cup Champion

After finishing second in its Region I Champions League division, Century V earned two hard-fought victories to win the Champions League playoff. That result qualified the Pennsylvania West side for the National League and also gave it a berth to the Region I Championships. At Regionals, Century V went 1-1-1, with its lone loss being a 1-0 decision against eventual Region I Champion HBC Impact (NY-E). Century V has yet to test itself on the national stage, but it will get a chance to make a name for itself in the National League Red Division.


FC Pride 01 Elite (IN)

Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
Coach: Matt Blackbourne
Notable finishes: 2015 National Championships Semifinalist, 2014-15 National League Blue Division Runner-up, 2014 & 2015 Indiana State Cup Champion

After getting just four points in the standings from its games in North Carolina a year ago, FC Pride rattled off three wins in Las Vegas to wrap up second place in the National League Blue Division and punch its ticket to Nationals. The Indiana side kept its momentum going in Tulsa — advancing to the semifinals, where it came one goal short against Dallas Kicks SC 01 (TX-N). A better start in North Carolina this season would put FC Pride on the right track to a top-two National League finish and return to the National Championships.


FC Salmon Creek Nemesis 00 Ellertson (WA)

Hometown: Vancouver, Wash.
Coach: Tina Ellertson
Notable finishes: 2015 Washington State Cup Champion

A 12-1-0 finish helped FC Salmon Creek finish in first place in the Far West Regional League Northwest Division. The Washington side averaged nearly three goals per game in FWRL play, while it conceded just six times in 13 matches. Salmon Creek also claimed the US Youth Soccer Washington State Cup title and advanced to the quarterfinals at the Region IV Championships, where it played eventual National Champion Legends FC Gold (CA-S) very closely in a 1-0 loss — showing that the Washington side can hang with any team in the country.


Legends FC 00 (CA-S)

Hometown: Chino Hills, Calif.
Coach: Carlos Guerrero
Notable finishes: 2015 National Champion, 2015 Region IV Champion, 2015 Cal South State Cup Champion

Like any good team, Legends FC continued to get better as last season progressed, and its improvement proved to be enough to claim the 2015 US Youth Soccer National Championship. After a sixth-place finish in the National League, Legends came together and won the US Youth Soccer Cal South State Cup. The side followed that with an undefeated run at the Region IV Championships in which it conceded just two goals en route to winning the title. Legends’ defense, which was strong in every competition, once again stood out at Nationals, as the team allowed its lone goal in the 2-1 victory in the National final.


South Shore Select Elite (MA)  

Hometown: Hingham, Mass.
Coach: Kristy Zurmuhlen
Notable finishes: 2014-15 National League Red Division Champion, 2014 Region I Champion, 2014 & 2015 Massachusetts State Cup Champion

South Shore is preparing for its second year in the National League, with hopes of repeating its success in the 2014-15 season. The Massachusetts side won each of its three games in Las Vegas to finish atop the Red Division and book a second trip to the National Championships. South Shore came within five minutes in its final group game of advancing to the semifinals, but it gave up a late goal that ended its run. If South Shore can build on the experience it gained last season, the Massachusetts side could be in contention for another division title.


Sunrise Sting 00/01 (FL)

Hometown: Sunrise, Fla.
Coach: Juan Laureano
Notable finishes: 2015 Region III Championships Finalist, 2014 & 2015 Florida State Cup Champion

Sunrise Sting, a two-time US Youth Soccer Florida State Cup Champion, grabbed some attention during its run to the 2015 Region III Championships final. The Sting finished atop their group with a 3-0-0 record before recording clean sheets in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. While it came up short in the Region III final, the Florida side features several US Youth Soccer ODP members on its roster and should be a tough matchup for any team it faces during its first National League season in 2015-16.


00 TFCA Alliance (NC)   

Hometown: Hillsborough, N.C.
Coach: Tom Misuraca
Notable finishes: 2015 North Carolina State Cup Champion

TFCA has a chance to open its National League season just a short drive from the team’s hometown, which could help the side get a jump on the competition. It wouldn’t be a surprise, as TFCA has enjoyed recent success in its home state, including the 2015 US Youth Soccer North Carolina State Cup title. Alliance followed that up with a solid performance at the Region III Championships, where it advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to the eventual Region III Champion. 

PTW

Savianna Gomez (Beach FC) – U.S. Under-15 GNT
Jordyn Rhodes (CUP) – Best XI at Nationals
Jaida Thomas (Dallas Kicks) – Tied for lead at Nationals with three goals; Golden Ball and Best XI at Nationals
Samantha Meza (Dallas Kicks) – U.S. Under-15 GNT; Best XI at Nationals
Michelle Slater (Dallas Kicks) – Best XI at Nationals
Taylor Tufts (Dallas Kicks) – U.S. Under-15 GNT
Abby Isger (FC Pride) – Tied for lead at Nationals with three goals; Best XI at Nationals
Alex Holl (FC Pride) – Best XI at Nationals
Talani Barnett (HBC) – Best XI at Nationals
Angela Morales (Legends FC) – U.S. Under-16 GNT
Vanessa Buso (Legends FC) – U.S. Under-15 GNT
Laney Carroll (Legends FC) – Best XI at Nationals
Hensley Hancuff (OFC) – U.S. Under-17 WNT; U.S. Under-16 GNT
Brooke Cavino (South Shore) – Led Region II Championships with seven goals; Best XI at Nationals

2015 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional — 2000 Rosters
Region I — Talani Barnett, Lauren Mastandrea, Nicole Scudero (HBC)
Region II — Anna Podojil (CUP)
Region III — Maya Gordon (Sunrise Sting)

2015 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional — 2001 Rosters
Region I — Julia Hannon (HBC)
Region II — Katie Montgomery (Campton United); Regan Berg (Midwest United); Aliyah El-Naggar (CUP)
Region III — Elizabeth Matei, Chloe Laureano (Sunrise Sting); Michelle Slater (Dallas Kicks)
Region IV — Ava Benedetti (FC Salmon Creek)

2015 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional — 2002 Rosters
Region II — Khloe Hayes (Midwest United)

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