FRISCO, Texas (June 28, 2012) – US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 14 champions of the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships presented by National Guard, and commend their success in the state and regional championships of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament.
2012 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Champions
Under-13 (MI) Michigan Hawks (Livonia)
Under-14 (OH-N) Ambassadors FC (Cleveland)
Under-15 (OH-N) Internationals 96 Red (Cleveland)
Under-16 (OH-N) Cleveland United White (North Ridgeville)
Under-17 (IL) Team Chicago Academy Botafogo (Aurora)
Under-18 (OH-S) Cincinnati Soccer Alliance Elite (Cincinnati)
Under-19 (MO) St. Louis Gallagher Green (St. Louis)
Under-13 (IL) Chicago Magic (Highland Park)
Under-14 (MI) Vardar 98 Rochester)
Under-15 (OH-S) CUP Crew Jrs Gold (Cincinnati)
Under-16 (MI) Michigan Jaguars (Novi)
Under-17 (IL) Raiders FC Premier (Lemont)
Under-18 (MI) Grand Rapids Crew Jrs (Grand Rapids)
Under-19 (OH-S) Crew Juniors (Columbus)
As both regional finalist teams in the U-15 Boys age group had already qualified for the national championships via the National League, semifinalists Challenger Crew Jrs (OH-N) and Grand Rapids Crew Jrs (MI) met to determine a regional representative in South Carolina. Challenger Crew Jrs got the victory and the berth in the National Championships.
These teams, in the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups, now advance to the third and final stage of the quest for the national championships. These Region II Champions will join the 12 National League qualifying teams and the champions from Region I, Region III and Region IV tournaments for the National Championships in Rock Hill, S.C., July 24-29.
Michigan led the way in Region II, sending five teams from four different clubs to the National Championships. Illinois, Ohio North and Ohio South will send three teams to Rock Hill while Missouri will round off the group by sending one team.
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament, providing approximately 185,000 players on more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.
The National Championships cap a yearlong series of competitions, US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, for boys and girls teams in multiple age groups as teams earn their way from the top teams in their state to the regional championship tournaments. US Youth Soccer State Champions and selected wildcard teams are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. The champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups from each regional event will converge in the finals in Rock Hill, S.C.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 60 teams.
About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series – The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-14 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The Under-15 through 17 Boys and Girls age groups have two teams representative of the US Youth Soccer National League, in which the top two teams in each gender age group earn a direct path to the national championships. Overall the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer)
– "The Game for ALL Kids!®" is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.