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97 REFEREES CHOSEN FOR THE 2015 US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

July 16, 2015 08:29 PM


Indiana Soccer Represented by Jacob Johnson from Newburgh, IN.





US Youth Soccer is pleased to announce the 97 referees who, based on their performance at the state and regional level, will be officiating the games at the 2015
US Youth Soccer National Championships, July 21-26 in Tulsa, Okla. 

The selection process for referees for the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is based on performance throughout the Series. Just as the teams advance from the state to regional to national level, so do the referees.

The United States Soccer Federation is sending eight referee assessors to Tulsa, in addition to several US Youth Soccer assessors. The referees are an integral part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, and they play a key role in its success and advancement to the next level. Being invited to the national level is a great honor for these referees who are dedicated to promoting fair play and furthering their development.

While US Youth Soccer has been represented by several former players on the world stage, the same can be said of referees.
Mark Geiger, who worked several matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, began his refereeing career with New Jersey Youth Soccer games before working his way up to the National Championships.

“I went to the [US Youth Soccer Region I] Regionals for six years. Each year, it was a goal to get myself selected for Nationals,” Geiger said. “It took a number of years to get there, so to finally achieve it was very exciting… We’re able to be seen at the National Championships by U.S. Soccer national assessors and national staff, so things started taking off from there.”

This year, 21 referees will be returning to work at their second consecutive US Youth Soccer National Championships.

Referees participating in the 55 US Youth Soccer State Association State Cup events are considered for advancement to participate in one of the four US Youth Soccer Regional Championship events. The top referees from each regional event are then considered for advancement to the National Championships. Once selected to the National Championships, the top referees are identified and invited to return to the event the following year.

Region I Referees

First Name

Last Name

Hometown

Assoc.

Grade

David

Cochrane*

Columbia

SC

6

Gary

Gutierrez*

Gaithersburg

MD

6

Bobby

Cordrey*

Middletown

DE

6

Sergio 

Gonzalez*

Chambersburg

PA-E

6

Nathaniel

Buck

Pittsburgh

PA-W

6

Miguel 

Lara

Pawtucket

RI

6

Robyn

Crawford-Smith

Bronx

NY-E

6

Robert

Sweeting

Poughkeepsie

NY-E

6

Jeffrey

Cook

Ithaca

NY-W

6

Adam

Kilpatrick

Brookline

MA

6

Derek

Boyle

Watertown

MA

6

David

Nare

Newark

DE

6

Kenneth

Rojas

East Elmhurst

NY-E

6

Fouad

Madkour

Everett

MA

7

Terrence

Mull

Camp Hill

PA-E

6

Wojciech

Gluszak

Millville

NJ

6

Kevin 

Cavalcanti

Teaneck

NJ

7

Patrick 

Casey

Malvern

PA-E

7

Victor

Vazquez

Astoria

NY-E

6

Taylor

Bombalski

Freeport

PA-W

7

Kevin

Garces

Somerset

NJ

7

Nickrod 

Fateh

Herndon

VA

7

Ian

Mangione

Watertown

CT

6

Nikolas

Coelho

Mattapoisett

MA

7


Region II Referees

First Name

Last Name

Hometown

Assoc.

Grade

Brandon

Barlog*

Macomb

MI

6

Adam

Behrens*

Milwaukee

WI

5

James

Duling*

Coshocton

OH-S

6

Emily

Fletcher*

Lee's Summit

KS

6

Benjamin

Hall-Volpenhein*

Wilmore

KY

6

Jeremy

Kieso*

Harrisburg

SD

5

Kyle

Armstrong

Beloit

MO

6

Alex

Beehler

Naperville

IL

6

Jack

Feldman

Kansas City

KS

6

Jacob

Johnson

Newburgh

IN

6

Zachary

Marzilli

Dover

OH-N

6

Edgar

Osorio

Loves Park

IL

6

Ismir

Pekmic

Victoria

MN

6

Matt

Printup

Eden Prairie

MN

6

Nicolas

Ramos

Beloit

IL

6

Saul

Rivas

Lexington

KY

6

Dylan

Seitz

Elkhorn

WI

6

Evan

Sizemore

Versailles

KY

6

Justin

Tatsak

Chesterfield

MI

6

Ethan

Beuge

Westmont

IL

6

Brian

Fikar

North Royalton

OH-N

7

Tracy

Labenz

Hastings

NE

7

Casie

Phillips

Beavercreek

OH-S

6

Victoria

Spiegel

Ada

MI

7

Dan

Stupca

St. Louis Park

MN

5


Region III Referees

First Name

Last Name

Hometown

Assoc.

Grade

Mike 

Arrington

Cypress

TX-S

5

Wade 

Beall

Tulsa

OK

7

BJ

Brillard

Memphis

TN

6

Jason 

Burroughs

Tallahassee

FL

5

Trent 

CanHaitsma*

Boynton Beach

FL

6

Brandon 

Cohen

New Orleans

LA

6

Alex

DeRostaing*

Oviedo

FL

5

Justin

DiCharia

New Orleans

LA

6

Brandon 

Gardner

Hurst

TX-N

7

Michael M. 

Gregory*

Raleigh

NC

6

Gregg

Gutierrez

Houston

TX-S

7

Rhiannon

Harrison

Memphis

TN

6

Matt

Jackson

Newnan

GA

5

Jose

Lara

Ft Smith

AR

6

Mike 

Lavergna

San Antonio

TX-S

6

Robert

Mann

Pensacola

FL

5

James

Meade

Flower Mound

TX-N

6

Will

Mejia

Huntsville

TX -S

6

Rosendo 

Mendoza

Humble 

TX-S

6

Jasmine

Peralta*

Cocoa Beach

FL

5

Anthony

Remensnyder

Alpharetta

GA

6

Patrick

Schmidt

Jacksonville

NC

6

Daniel

Velez

Temple 

GA

7

Aleks

Zhelyazkov*

Atlanta

GA

5


Region IV Referees

First Name

Last Name

Hometown

Assoc.

Grade

Julian

Arias*

Merced

CA-N

6

Elijio

Arreguin*

San Francisco

CA-N

7

Malik

Badawi*

Fresno

CA-N

6

Janelle

Bailey

Mililani

HI

7

Kate

Chapman

Corona

CA-S

5

Diana

Enriquez

San Bernardino

CA-S

6

Lexi

Farmer

Reseda

CA-S

6

Justin

Fillmore

Westminster

CO

6

Colin

Gifford

San Jose

CA-N

6

Logan

Griffis

Everett

WA

6

Kelsey

Harms

lynnwood

WA

7

Robert

Hullner

Scottsdale

AZ

6

Jay

Hutchinson

Salt Lake City

UT

6

Noah

Kenyawani

Tempe

AZ

6

Paige

Kulm

Sandy

UT

7

Kristi

Mak

Ogden

UT

6

Nick

Marin*

Dixon

CA-N

7

Corbyn

May *

Portland

OR

6

Ben

Moore

Kent

WA

6

Salma

Perez

Huntington Beach

CA-S

6

Cephas

Quartson

Vancouver

WA

6

Bennett

Savage

Lake Oswego

OR

6

Tucker

Schwarberg*

Turlock

CA-N

6

Ceciah

Valero

Pomona

CA-S

6


* Returning referee from 2014 National Championships
Each summer, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series crowns the boys and girls National Champion in seven age groups (Under-13 through Under-19). The finals are a culmination of a year-long series of competitions at the state and regional levels which provides approximately 185,000 players on over 10,000 teams from 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation.

Annually, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation’s top collegiate and professional coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.

The year 2015 holds special significance for the four teams in the Under-19 Boys age group at the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The 2015 National Champion will hoist the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sport dating back to 1935 with the inaugural youth championships, on the 80th anniversary of the storied cup. In addition to the McGuire Cup anniversary, the Under-19 Girls Ross Stewart and Under-16 Girls Mavis Derflinger Cups will celebrate their 35th and 30th anniversary, respectively.


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