The remaining champions were crowned Sunday at the 2015 US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Mohawk Soccer Complex in Tulsa, Okla. The country’s top teams in the Under-14 through Under-18 Boys Girls age groups met to conclude the final stage of the 2015 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. Sunday’s final matchups featured teams who earned the right to play for their respective National titles through success in group play and victories in their semifinal games.
Two clubs captured multiple National Championships, with Legends FC (CA-S) claiming the Under-14 and Under-15 Girls crowns and Baltimore Celtic (MD) winning the Under-13 and Under-16 Boys titles.
Sunday also featured a pair of rematches from last year’s National Championship finals in the Under-16 Girls and Under-17 Girls age groups. Under-16 JFC Storm 98/99 (FL) managed to reclaim its championship with a win over YMS Premier Xplosion 98 (PA-E), while Tampa Bay United 97 Premier (FL) avenged last year’s loss to Beach FC Academy 97 (CA-S) by winning their matchup Sunday to claim the Under-17 Girls title.
“It’s all a credit to these players. They play their hearts out,” Tampa Bay coach Adrian Bush said. “We’ve won everything there is to win. We’ve won a state title, a regional and now we just capped it off with the National Championship. No one can take that away from them, and I’m just so proud of them.”
Meanwhile, Under-18 Girls Carlsbad Elite (CA-S) won its club’s first National Championship while ending DMCV Sharks Elite’s (CA-S) bid for a third-straight title. Another first came in the form of the Under-15 Boys title won by Sporting KC Academy (KS), which marked the first National Championship by a Kansas boys team.
“It means everything as this is the biggest achievement that they can have so far,” Sporting KC coach Istvan said. “To play in this competition gives them lots of experience and proves that you have to work hard to achieve something and at the end you can go home with sweet memories.”
On Saturday night, the Under-13 and Under-19 National Championship finals were played, as Under-19 Massapequa Arsenal (NY-E) claimed the James P. McGuire Cup on its 80th Anniversary. A complete recap of last night’s games is available here.
Game replays, stories, photos and videos are available following games at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org.
Under-14 Girls: Dallas Kicks SC 01 (TX-N) 1–2 Legends FC Gold (CA-S)
Legends FC Gold (CA-S) came away with a 2-1 win over Dallas Kicks SC 01 (TX-N) in a matchup of very evenly-matched teams in the Under-14 Girls final. Following a 6th-minute Kicks’ corner, Laney Carroll took the ball from box to box and looped a perfectly placed shot just inside the far post to put Legends up, 1-0. Both teams showed the ability to string passes together as the action moved up and down the field for the remainder of the opening 35 minutes. Just before the halftime whistle sounded, the Kicks’ Jaida Thomas made a determined run through the heart of the Legends’ defense and smashed a shot under the bar to equalize the score. The teams remained neck-and-neck in the second half until Legends’ Amy Bishop’s ball into the box received a fortunate bounce that found the back of the net — giving the California side a 2-1 lead in the 45th minute. The Kicks created some quality chances to tie the score, including a shot by Thomas that went just wide after she made a dangerous run around the defense. Legends managed to see the game out and held on for the 2-1 win to claim the Under-14 Girls National Championship title.
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