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Opening Weekend of the US Youth Soccer National League set for Raleigh

November 23, 2008 09:00 PM
 

US Youth Soccer National League 

Nation's top teams kickoff year-long competition
Three reigning national champions in the mix

Complete 2008-2009 schedule [link]

FRISCO, Texas (November 24, 2008) – The US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, Under-16, and new for 2008, the Under-17 Girls teams are set to kickoff the first weekend of play in this year-long competition December 4-7 at WakeMed Soccer Park and WRAL Soccer Complex in Raleigh, N.C. Games are held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's College Cup to provide greater exposure of these elite teams to collegiate and national team coaches.

"Kicking off the first weekend of play, in the highly-successful US Youth Soccer National League, is very exciting because it sets the stage for a competition that brings together some of the nation's top teams playing at the highest level," said Paul Luchowski, US Youth Soccer National League Commissioner.  "The National League provides players the opportunity to develop and test themselves in meaningful matches, and everyone is looking forward to the number of collegiate coaches that are expected to be on hand."

The three age groups are comprised of the top teams in the nation who have earned their spots through advancement from one of the four US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues and look to continuing playing at the highest level. Throughout league play, teams will not only be seeking elite development and identification, but they are also vying for one of the coveted top two spots in the League, which provides a direct path to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships.

The national championships, established in 1976, is the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament, providing the opportunity for teams to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.

At last year's US Youth Soccer National Championships, seven of the eight championship finals slots in the Under-15 and Under-16 age groups were filled by National League representatives. National League teams went on to claim the Under-15 boys (Baltimore Casa Mia Bays) and girls (Dallas Texans 93 Red Dallas) as well as Under-16 boys (Dallas Texans 92 Red) and girls (Dallas Texans Red 92) national titles.   

US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Girls Schedule
Raleigh, N.C. | December 4-7, 2008 [pdf]
 
Thursday, December 4
  At WakeMed
12:30 p.m. U-15 Dallas Texans 94 Red-Dallas (NTX) v San Diego Surf 93-94 White (CA-S)
12:30 p.m. U-15 D'Feeters 94 (NTX) v San Juan Spirits 94 Blue (CA-N)
12:30 p.m. U-15 Michigan Hawks 94-Black (MI) v Wall Wombats (NJ)
12:30 p.m. U-15 NSA Fury (IL) v FC Pennsylvania Strikers (EPA)
2:30 p.m. U-16 Team Boca 92/93 (FL) v Dallas Texans 93 Red-Dallas (NTX)
2:30 p.m. U-16 Slammers FC (CA-S) v Montclair United Thunderbolts (NJ)
2:30 p.m. U-16 So Cal Blues-Dodge (CA-S) v Scorpions Elite (MA)
2:30 p.m. U-16 Cleveland FC (OH-N) v Eclipse Select 92-93 (IL)
At WRAL
6:00 p.m. U-17 Eclipse Select 91-92 (IL) v Challenge 92 (STX)
6:00 p.m. U-17 BVSC Stars Mallorca 91/92 (KS) v Vardar (MI)
8:00 p.m. U-17 Dallas Texans Red 92-Dallas (NTX) v Laguna Hills Eclipse Black (CAS)
8:00 p.m. U-17 Ela Elite (IL) v McLean MPS Dragons (VA)

Friday, December 5
  At WakeMed
8:00 a.m. U-15 San Juan Spirits 94 Blue (CA-N) v Dallas Texans 94 Red-Dallas (NTX)
8:00 a.m. U-15 Wall Wombats (NJ) v D'Feeters 94 (NTX)
8:00 a.m. U-15 FC Pennsylvania Strikers (EPA) v Michigan Hawks 94-Black (MI)
8:00 a.m. U-15 San Diego Surf 93-94 White (CA-S) v NSA Fury (IL)
10:00 a.m. U-16 Dallas Texans 93 G Red-Dallas (NTX) v Slammers FC (CA-S)
10:00 a.m. U-16 Scorpions Elite (MA) v Cleveland FC (OH-N)
10:00 a.m. U-17 Vardar (MI) v Eclipse Select 91-92 (IL)
10:00 a.m. U-17 Challenge 92 (STX) v BVSC Stars Mallorca 91/92 (KS)
12:00 p.m. U-16 Montclair United Thunderbolts (NJ) v So Cal Blues-Dodge (CA-S)
12:00 p.m. U-16 Eclipse Select 92-93 (IL) v Team Boca 92/93 (FL)
12:00 p.m. U-17 McLean MPS Dragons (VA) v Dallas Texans Red 92-Dallas (NTX)
12:00 p.m. U-17 Laguna Hills Eclipse Black (CA-S) v Ela Elite (IL)
 
Saturday, December 6
  At WakeMed
8:00 a.m. U-15 Dallas Texans 94 Red-Dallas (NTX) v Wall Wombats (NJ)
8:00 a.m. U-15 D'Feeters 94 (NTX) v FC Pennsylvania Strikers (EPA)
8:00 a.m. U-15 Michigan Hawks 94-Black (MI) v San Diego Surf 93-94 White (CA-S)
8:00 a.m. U-15 NSA Fury (IL) v San Juan Spirits 94 Blue (CA-N)
10:00 a.m. U-16 So Cal Blues-Dodge (CA-S) v Dallas Texans 93 Red-Dallas (NTX)
10:00 a.m. U-16 Cleveland FC (OH-N) v Montclair United Thunderbolts (NJ)
10:00 a.m. U-16 Team Boca 92/93 (FL) v Scorpions Elite (MA)
10:00 a.m. U-16 Slammers FC (CA-S) v Eclipse Select 92-93 (IL)
12:00 p.m. U-17 Eclipse Select 91-92 (IL) v Laguna Hills Eclipse Black (CA-S)
12:00 p.m. U-17 Dallas Texans Red 92-Dallas (NTX) v Vardar (MI)
2:00 p.m. U-17 BVSC Stars Mallorca 91/92 (KS) v McLean MPS Dragons (VA)
2:00 p.m. U-17 Ela Elite (IL) v Challenge 92 (STX)
 
Sunday, December 7
  At WakeMed
8:00 a.m. U-15 FC Pennsylvania Strikers (EPA) v Dallas Texans 94 Red-Dallas (NTX)
8:00 a.m. U-15 San Diego Surf 93-94 White (CA-S) v D'Feeters 94 (NTX)
8:00 a.m. U-15 San Juan Spirits 94 Blue (CA-N) v Michigan Hawks 94-Black (MI)
8:00 a.m. U-15 Wall Wombats (NJ) v NSA Fury (IL)
10:00 a.m. U-17 McLean MPS Dragons (VA) v Eclipse Select 91-92 (IL)
10:00 a.m. U-17 Challenge 92 (STX) v Dallas Texans Red 92-Dallas (NTX)
10:00 a.m. U-17 Laguna Hills Eclipse Black (CA-S) v BVSC Stars Mallorca 91/92 (KS)
10:00 a.m. U-17 Vardar (MI) v Ela Elite (IL)
At Duke
8:00 a.m. U-16 Dallas Texans 93 Red-Dallas (NTX) v Cleveland FC (OH-N)
8:00 a.m. U-16 Eclipse Select 92-93 (IL) v So Cal Blues-Dodge (CA-S)
10:00 a.m. U-16 Montclair United Thunderbolts (NJ) v Team Boca 92/93 (FL)
10:00 a.m. U-16 Scorpions Elite (MA) v Slammers FC (CA-S)

For a complete 2008-2009 schedule, click here, or visit www.USYouthSoccer.org/National_League for more information.

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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 3.2 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.
 
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About US Youth Soccer National League - Formed in 2007, the US Youth Soccer National League was developed as a path of advancement for the top teams from the US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues. In addition to meaningful matches, development and identification, the league created a direct path to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships.  League play features the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 age groups for boys and girls who are seeking to advance their college, professional and U.S. National Team aspirations.  Learn more at /National_League/
 
 

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