US Youth Soccer National League Under-17 Boys Champion Named
FRISCO, Texas (April 19, 2009)
– The US Youth Soccer National League Under-17 Boys, the last of the six age groups to finalize League standings, wrapped up the season this weekend with two make up games played at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., and Drexel University in Philadelphia, Penn. The weekend's results named Lower Merion Velez (E-PA) as the National League Under-17 Boys champion and Dallas Texans – Houston 92 Red (S-TX) as the runner up.
Through their success in the League, Lower Merion and the Texans both punch their ticket to the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships July 21-26 in Lancaster, Mass.
Lower Merion took on Eastern Pennsylvania rival, YMS Xplosion
Saturday, April 18. Both teams were tied for first with 14 League points going into the game. The importance of the game was on each of the competitors' minds as they gave their all on the field.
Neither team was able to get one past the keeper until the 86th
minute when Dalton Carroll netted one for Lower Merion. Teammate Kevin Isreal followed Carroll's lead for a last minute shot in the 90th
minute to give Lower Merion the final upper hand, the League title and the opportunity for a return trip to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
The Texans and Cobb FC (GA)
game was set for Saturday, April 18, but storms in the Jackson, Miss., area forced the teams to reschedule for Sunday morning.
Cobb opened with an early 8th
minute shot by Jamal Keene, but ten minutes later, Alexander Suarez hit the Texans' equalizer for a 1:1 tie. The game was tied at the half and the Texans knew they needed a win if they were going to advance to the National Championships by earning one of the top two spots in their age group in the National League.
Anderson McDaniel answered that call with a 55th
minute goal to put the Texans ahead 2:1. Marlos Escobar followed up with a 69th
minute shot of his own that led to the Texans 3:1 victory over Cobb.
The US Youth Soccer National League competition is for the nation's top teams in the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups, consisting of a total of eight teams per gender age group. The National League offers additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches and offers top notch competition.
The top two teams in each age group earn a direct path to the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships, and the top four teams in the Under-15 and Under-16 Boys and Girls age groups retain their spots in the National League for the following season.
US Youth Soccer National League Under-17 Boys Results
YMS Xplosion (E-PA) 0, Lower Merion Velez (E-PA) 2
Goal Scorers: Velez: Dalton Carroll (86:00), Kevin Isreal (90:00)
Cobb FC (GA) 1, Dallas Texans – Houston 92 Red (S-TX) 3
Goal Scorers: Cobb: Jamal Keene (8:00)
Texans: Alexander Suarez (18:00), Anderson McDaniel (55:00), Marlos Escobar (69:00)
2008-2009 US Youth Soccer National League Under-17 Boys Final Standings
*Advance to the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships
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