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2013-14 National League Las Vegas Preview: U-16 Girls

U16G_Standings

Blue Division


The Under-16 Blue Division title is locked up, and there’s only one team playing in Las Vegas that has a chance to capture the runner-up spot. All four teams that played in the Orlando event finished the season with more than 10 points in the standings, including group-winner Eclipse Elite Black 97/98 (IL). There is significant separation between the top four teams and the four remaining sides, but one squad has a chance to sneak into second place with a perfect weekend in Las Vegas.

Notable teams

Legends FC 97 (CA-S) — Legends FC has a chance to catch second-place MRM Coyotes (MD), but it will have to win all three games in Las Vegas. If the California side is able to pull that off, it will punch its ticket to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.

*Eclipse Elite Black 97-98 (IL) — Eclipse won its first six games of the season and captured the division title.

*MRM Coyotes (MD) — The Coyotes need just one loss or tie from Legends to secure the No. 2 spot. The Maryland side fell 1-0 to Legends in December, so it would lose the head-to-head tiebreaker if Legends runs the table in Las Vegas.   

*Team has completed all seven games and will not be playing in Las Vegas.

Game to watch

March 22, Legends FC 97 (CA-S) vs. Tennessee SC 16 (TN)
Legends FC needs to win every game in Las Vegas, and this contest with the two-time US Youth Soccer Region III Champions may be its toughest test. Tennessee has experience in big games and should make it difficult for Legends to come away with a win.


Red Division


All four teams playing in Las Vegas have a shot at a top two finish in the Under-16 Red Division. There is currently a four-way tie for second place, and three of those teams will be playing during the season’s final weekend in March. With the Red Division being one of the most competitive in the National League, the games in Las Vegas will determine who advances to the National Championships. 

Notable teams

Carlsbad Elite 97/98 (CA-S) — Carlsbad is one of the three teams that enter play in Las Vegas with a 3-1-0 record. The California side lost to group leader Tampa Bay United 97 Premier (FL).

Syracuse Development Academy 97/98 (NY-W) — Syracuse is another 3-1-0 team, and it beat Tampa Bay United in their November meeting, which could help in the case of a tiebreaker.

Albion USA 97-98 (CA-S) — Albion is the third 3-1-0 team that will be playing in Las Vegas. It played several close games in North Carolina, including a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay United.

Ambassadors FC (OH-N) — The Ohio side enters play in Las Vegas two points behind the other three teams it will be facing, but Ambassadors FC has the chance to catch them with a strong weekend.

*Tampa Bay United 97 Premier (FL) — Tampa Bay is currently in first with 13 points, but it will have to wait until the final weekend concludes to see if that’s enough to finish in the top two. A 2-1-1 record against the teams chasing it may help if tiebreakers come into play.

*Team has completed all seven games and will not be playing in Las Vegas.

Game(s) to watch

All of them
This is a division where it is impossible to pick just one game that is more important than any other. Each of the six games that will be played will impact who wins the title, who finishes in second and who misses out on a berth to the National Championships. It should be an exciting few days.   


Other Notes


The following Under-14 Girls participated in the 2014 ODP Girls National Camp in January:
Amy Krotine (PWSI Courage 97 Red), Carli Arthurs (Solar Chelsea Elite 98), Erin Ratchick (Tophat 16 Gold), Hannah McShea (PWSI Courage 97 Red), Jade Gentile (Syracuse Development Academy 97/98), Kaylann Boyd (Tophat 16 Gold), Sydney Webber (Tennessee SC 16), Taylor Bennett (Syracuse Development Academy 97/98)

Seven Tophat 16 Gold (GA) players were on the Georgia 1998 roster at the 2014 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships: Alexandra Plavin, Kaylann Boyd, Belle Briede, Grace Jackson, Alexandra Lourie, Erin Ratchick, Caroline Saltmarsh

Five PWSI Courage 97 Red (VA) players were on the Virginia 1998 roster at the 2014 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships: Ayan Adu, Priscilla Ayala, Ciera Fox, Amy Krotine, Elizabeth Lazzaro

Emily Hess of Eclipse Elite Black 97/98 (IL) was on the Illinois 1997 roster at the 2014 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships.

Four Tampa Bay United 97 Premier (FL) players were on the Florida 1997 roster at the 2014 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships: Emily Evangelista, Danielle Gordon, Sabrina Wagner, Grace Zas

Jonnae Joseph of Albion USA 97/98 (CA-S) and Hayley Mayne of Carlsbad Elite 97/98 (CA-S) were on the California South 1997 roster at the 2014 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships.

Danika Bowman of Albion USA 97/98 (CA-S) and Sunny Dunphy of Carlsbad Elite 97/98 (CA-S) were on the California South 1998 roster at the 2014 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships.

2013 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional All-Stars:
                Jade Ruiters, MRM Coyotes (MD)
                Callie McKinney, Tennessee SC 16 (TN)
                Belle Briede, Tophat 16 Gold (GA)
                Sunny Dunphy, Carlsbad Elite 97/98 (CA-S)

Zoe Redei of Eclipse Elite Black 97/98 (IL) was named to the 2013 NSCAA Youth Girls’ All-America Team