As the last State Cup competitions of the season conclude over the next month, US Youth Soccer sat down with U.S. National Team stars to see how playing in the State and Regional Championships helped elevate their game to the international level.
Current U-20 U.S. Men's National Team members Emmanuel Sabbi and Jeremy Ebobisse not only had success at the state level, advancing to the US Youth Soccer Regional and National Championships, but also thrived in their US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (Far West Regional League counterparts in their regions) and the National League. Ebobisse represented OBGC Rangers of Maryland as a youth player, the same team that produced Gideon Zelalem who is now with Arsenal FC of the English Premier League, and is now a sophomore forward for Duke University. Sabbi is a high school senior and led his OP Premier team from Ohio into a national power.
Julie Johnston of the U.S. Women's National Team and Chicago Redstars grew up in Arizona playing club soccer, and her club teams claimed several State Championships and advanced to the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships in every year they were eligible. That helped prepare her for Santa Clara University, where she excelled and was invited into the U-20 Women's National Team and became a first-round selection in the NWSL.
Washington Youth Soccer offers four levels of State Cup play. To learn more and to see schedules and results, visit the pages below...