US Youth Soccer National League Season Update
Yesterday marked the final day of play for the inaugural US Youth Soccer National League's first weekend of competition. As was the story during Friday and Saturday games, Sunday's play was evenly matched across all divisions. The new league features Under-15 and Under-16 boys and girls teams.
The 31 teams represented earned their place in the league by way of success at their respective US Youth Soccer Regional League. The Dallas Texans Soccer Club has the most representation with a team in three of the four divisions of the league.
"Soccer is changing as the clubs become more professional and this league is good for the system because is allows another opportunity for good teams to get to nationals," said Hassan Nazari, founder and director of the Dallas Texans. "The US Youth Soccer National Championships is the most prestigious tournament and we take great pride in winning it. US Youth Soccer has a number of great opportunities for clubs with the [National] Championships, Regional Leagues and now with the National League. This weekend's games were good and it won't take long, this [National League] is going to fly."
In short, Nazari thought the weekend was well organized, featured competitive games and a number of good teams. "Everything was very well organized and I know my teams had fun. It [National League] was another good show from US Youth Soccer."
A brief look at Sunday's play featured a battle for first place in the Boys Under-16 age group, the Dallas Texans 92 Red (3-0-0) stopped the streaking Manhattan Phoenix (2-2-0) 3-1 Sunday at the WRAL Soccer Center in Raleigh, NC to highlight the final day of the US Youth Soccer National League's first games.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Wind (2-1-1), YMS Xplosion (2-1-0) and Texans FC 91/92 (2-1-0) all won their second matches of the season to stay within striking distance of the Texans. The Wind downed Midwest Region rival Arsenal Super Eagles (0-3-0) 3-1, while the Xplosion shutout the Slammers (1-2-0) 3-0 and the Texans came from behind with two second half goals to defeat Cobb FC (0-2-1) 2-1.
In Boys Under-15 action, 92 CASL Elite (2-1-0) moved into a tie for first place with a 1-0 win over the Michigan Wolves (0-2-1), as Kenneth Myer scored in the final of minute of play. Sharing first place are the Chicago Fire Jrs (2-1-0) who dropped a 1-0 decision to FC Delco (2-0-0) behind Zach Wolf's tally. Vardar (1-2-0) upset the defending US Youth Soccer National Champion Baltimore Casa Mia Bays 2-1 to close out Sunday Boys Under-15 action.
In Girls Under-16 action, the Eclipse Select 91-92 have yet to allow a goal in running their record 3-0-0 with a 2-0 shutout of the PDA Fire (1-1-1). The Dallas Texans Red 92 (2-0-1) and Ela Elite (2-0-1) kept within two points of Eclipse with wins on Sunday. The Texans downed Hurricane FC 92 Shubert (0-3-0) 2-0, while Ela scored a 1-0 win over So Cal Blues-Lippens (1-1-1). CFC United (1-2-0) earned in its first win edging the Syracuse Fury (0-3-0).
So Cal Blues-Dodge (3-0-0) kept their Girls Under-15 record perfect with a 2-1 victory over the KCFC Alliance Intensity (1-2-0). The Dallas Texans 93G Red (2-0-0) also maintained a perfect record with a 2-1 win over LDC United (0-3-0). Closing out Girls Under-15 action was a 1-1 draw between the PDA Tsunami (1-1-1) and Eclipse Select 92-93 (0-0-2).
National League action takes a break until the end of December when teams head to the Orlando area for additional matches. Boys teams will face one another on December 27 through 30, while Girls teams will meet on December 30 through January 2.
For more information about the US Youth Soccer National League, including latest schedules, scores, results and more visit www.USYouthSoccer.org
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