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2012-2013 National League Vegas Preview: U-18 Boys

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The Under-18 Boys might be the most exciting group to watch in Las Vegas.  Concorde Fire Elite (GA) clinched the Blue Division title on the final day of play in Orlando, holding onto a 1-1 draw in the final minutes against AHFC (S-TX).  That result meant that defending National League and National Champion Galaxy SC (IL) must wait to find out if their 14 points will be good enough to keep them in second place and earn a chance to repeat their title.  Everest SC (OH-N) is the only team that can pass Galaxy, but they’ll need all three victories in Vegas to do so.
In their first two years in the National League, Albion USA (CA-S) claimed division titles and were National Championship finalists in both years.  Last year Albion finished tied atop the division with Galaxy, but lost the head-to-head tiebreaker before falling in a shootout in the semifinals of the Region IV Championships.  Albion, Lexington FC (KY) and Sereno (AZ) will try to dismantle Everest’s hopes and get into form to make a run at the Regional Championships.
While the Blue Division is cut and dry, the Red Division will be three days of drama as all four Vegas competitors have a chance to move on to Nationals.  CUP Crew Juniors (OH-S) moved into first place after Orlando, but defending Region II Champion and National Finalist Raiders FC (IL) are just one point behind, defending National League title holders Eastside FC (WA) and 2009 National Champion West Coast FC (CA-S) are just three points behind CUP, while SC del Sol (AZ) is four points back.  The teams in Vegas have given up just four goals combined so far this season.
Other news…
  • Gatorade High School State Players of the Year:

Sam Bascom (Navy) – Ohio – CUP Crew Juniors
Nicko Corriveau (Virginia) – Maryland – AC Bethesda
Brandon Median (Northwestern) – Illinois – Raiders FC
  • 2012 NSCAA Boys High School All-America Team:

Brandon Taylor – Everest SC
Kaelon Fox (Kentucky) – Lexington FC
James Haupt (Dayton) – Everest SC
Brandon Medina (Northwestern) – Raiders FC
Federico Silva (Tufts) – Everest SC
Sam Bascom (Navy) – Everest SC
Pat Flynn (DePaul) – Galaxy SC
Ryan Vilella (Xavier) – Beadling SC
  • 2012 US Youth Soccer ODP NCAA Interregional All-Stars:

Vincent Barone – Beadling SC
Will Eskay (William & Mary )– FC Frederick