Soccer America announces top 30 boys youth soccer clubs in America for 2010
Top girls clubs are scheduled to be announced tomorrow, Dec. 8
US Youth Soccer continues as common thread of America's Best
FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 7, 2010) – Today, Soccer America magazine named the top 30 boys youth soccer clubs in America. Again, US Youth Soccer continues as the common thread of America's best.
Now in its eighth installment, Soccer America selected the top 30 boys clubs, based on success of their teams in national youth competitions over the last three years and national recognition for players from these clubs in 2010.
"Congratulations to each of the clubs selected as 'America's Best Youth Clubs' by Soccer America," said John Sutter, president of US Youth Soccer. "It's wonderful to see that this publication continues to recognize the work of coaches, players and administrators. These clubs are honored for their dedication and efforts to the game. Their recognition provides us with another opportunity to be proud of how clubs, leagues, State Associations and national programs advance soccer to be 'The Game for All Kids'."
"Selecting America's annual youth rankings has become very difficult because of the increasing quality we're seeing in all parts of the country and the range of playing opportunities available for players," said Paul Kennedy, editor in chief and general manager of Soccer America
. "The most important criteria for our rankings is success in US Youth Soccer National Championships, which have also expanded to include additional top teams of the US Youth Soccer National League
2010 Best Boys Clubs
1. Baltimore Bays* (MD)
2. CASL^ (NC)
3. LAFC Cosmos (CA-S)
4. Michigan Wolves (MI)
5. PDA (NJ)
6. Carmel United (IN)
7. Chicago Fire^ (IL)
8. Columbus Crew* (OH-S)
9. New York Red Bulls~
10. Cal Odyssey (CA-N)
11. Dallas Texans* (N-TX)
12. Crossfire Premier^ (WA)
13. Andromeda* (N-TX)
14. Real So Cal^ (CA-S)
15. Arsenal^ (CA-S)
16. Concorde Fire^ (GA)
17. Vardar^ (MI)
18. FC Dallas (N-TX)
19. D.C. United (VA)
20. Colorado Rush^ (CO)
21. Solar SC* (N-TX)
22. Real Colorado (CO)
23. FC Delco^ (E-PA)
24. De Anza Force (CA-N)
25. Chicago Magic (IL)
26. St. Louis Scott Gallagher^ (MO)
27. West Coast FC* (CA-S)
28. Triangle United^ (NC)
29. IMG Academy~
30. FC Westchester (E-NY)
30. Westside Metros^ (OR)
* US Youth Soccer National Champions at least once from 2008-2010
^ Advanced to the US Youth Soccer National Championships at least once from 2008-2010 through the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships or US Youth Soccer National League
~ Not a member of US Youth Soccer
"Baltimore Bays Chelsea is truly honored and humbled to again be acknowledged as the No. 1 youth club by Soccer America. It is an honor and privilege to be recognized and serves as a testament to all our players, alumni, coaches, volunteers and parents who work tirelessly. We are extremely proud as a club to play a part in fostering the growth and development of our players, both on and off the field" said Brandon Quaranta, head coach of the Under-15 Boys 2010 US Youth Soccer National Champions. "We are also very thankful to Soccer America for bestowing this honor on our club, and are especially grateful to receive this recognition for the third consecutive year. We look forward to the challenges ahead and to the continued success of our players and the club in the upcoming years."
"Soccer America's acknowledgement further solidifies US Youth Soccer's position as the leader in providing player development opportunities through programs such as the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, US Youth Soccer National League and the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program," said Jim Cosgrove, executive director of US Youth Soccer. "The storied National Championships Series is second to none and US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the nation in elite player identification and development."
US Youth Soccer ODP is known as the premier identification and development program for youth seeking the opportunity to compete at the national, professional and collegiate levels. US Youth Soccer ODP is the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and the Women's Professional Soccer, as well as a majority of current and past national and youth team members, as alumni.
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament, consists of three levels of competition for boys and girls teams in multiple age groups. Each year over 10,000 teams participate.
The US Youth Soccer National League competition is for the nation's top teams in the Under-15, 16 and 17 boys and girls age groups. The National League offers additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches and offers top notch competition. The top two teams, from each age group, advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) –
US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®"
is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org
About Soccer America - Founded in 1971, Soccer America is the country's leading national soccer communications company, publishing a quarterly magazine and 20 e-newsletter editions each week for its members. In 2003, Soccer America was named one of the nation's 50 best magazines by the Chicago Tribune.