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US Youth Soccer National League teams punch tickets to 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships

March 27, 2011 10:00 PM
 
North-Texas (3), Oklahoma (2), Maryland, New Jersey, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, California-South and Georgia to be represented at National Championships

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FRISCO, Texas (March 28, 2011) –
US Youth Soccer proudly announces the US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, 16 and 17 Boys and Girls teams that have earned advancement to the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships July 26-31 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Four teams clinched their position as league champion prior to the closing weekend of play March 18-20, in Las Vegas, where the final eight league champions were named, including six on the last day of the season.

By way of their success in the 2010-2011 US Youth Soccer National League, the top finisher from each gender division age group has earned a direct path to the final leg of the nation's most elite and prestigious competition, providing the opportunity to capture a National Championship title in their respective age group.

2010-2011 US Youth Soccer National League representatives for the 2011 National Championships
Under-15 Girls Champion: SAC United Premier (MD)*
Under-15 Girls Runner-Up: Match Fit Chelsea Beat (NJ)*
Under-16 Girls Blue: 
Dallas Texans 95 Red (N-TX)*
Under-16 Girls Red: Hurricane FC 95 Shubert (OK)*
Under-17 Girls Blue: 
St. Louis Scott Gallagher (MO)
Under-17 Girls Red: 
NSA Premier Fury (IL)

Under-15 Boys Blue: FC Dallas Premier (N-TX)*
Under-15 Boys Red: Michigan Jaguars (MI)*
Under-16 Boys Blue: 
Albion White (CA-S)*
Under-16 Boys Red: 
Concorde Fire Elite (GA)
Under-17 Boys Blue: 
TSC 94 Black (OK)
Under-17 Boys Red: 
Dallas Texans Red (N-TX)*
*Clinched division during final weekend in Las Vegas

"With half of the division championships being decided on the final day of the season in Las Vegas, the US Youth Soccer National League continues to provide the top teams in the country meaningful and competitive games throughout the season. This year's champions are following in the footsteps of the nine National League teams who have been crowned National Champions over the past three seasons, and all are now looking to join those ranks as they compete in Phoenix, Ariz. for the ultimate crown," said Paul Luchowski, US Youth Soccer National League commissioner. "By selecting the top teams in each age group, regardless of hometown or club affiliation, the US Youth Soccer National League provides each team an opportunity to test themselves against the nation's most experienced and elite teams."

Five teams will return to their second consecutive US Youth Soccer National Championships, led by last year's Under-15 National Championship finalist, Albion White (CA-S), who won back-to-back National League titles by defeating US Youth Soccer Far West Regional League Fall champion, Eastside FC (WA), on the final day of the season in the Under-16 Boys Blue. In 2010, Albion advanced to the National Championship game where they were defeated in overtime by Baltimore Bays Chelsea (MD).

Joining Albion in returning to the Under-16 Boys National Championships is Concorde Fire Elite (GA), who claimed the Under-16 Boys Red title when they concluded play in Weston, Fla. in February. Concorde finished a disappointing 0-3 at last year's National tournament after winning the US Youth Soccer Region III Championships.

Under-16 Girls Blue champions Dallas Texans 95 Red (N-TX) won back-to-back National League titles after one of the most dramatic finishes in league history. Having completed league play in December with a 5-0-2 record, only So Cal Blues (CA-S) could catch the Texans in the final week of games. In their last match, needing a victory to overtake the Texans, So Cal scored the go-ahead goal with five minutes to play versus Albion (CA-S). However, two minutes into stoppage time Albion scored the tying goal to give So Cal a 4-0-3 record and the title to the Texans. The Texans finished third in their group of six at the 2010 National Championships, just missing the championship game.

Under-17 Girls Red champion, NSA Premier Fury (IL), won this year's title after finishing second last year. The defending US Youth Soccer Region II champions will look to take the final step after just missing out on the 2010 National Championship final.

Also making the return trip to Nationals is SAC United Premier (MD). The 2010 US Youth Soccer Region I champion solidified their top-two finish in the Under-15 Girls back in December, but claimed the title as no team could catch them on the final weekend. SAC were one point shy of reaching the 2010 National Championship game.

Under-17 Girls Blue champion St. Louis Scott Gallagher (MO) will make their second appearance at the National Championships after claiming the 2009 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships and finishing 0-2-1 at Nationals. Scott Gallagher wrapped up their division title in December in Orlando.

Under-16 Girls Red, Hurricane FC 95 Shubert (OK), Under-15 Boys Blue, FC Dallas Premier (N-TX), Under-15 Boys Red, Michigan Jaguars (MI), Under-17 Boys Blue, TSC 94 Black (OK) and Under-17 Boys Red, Dallas Texans Red (N-TX), champions, as well as the Under-15 Girls runner-up, Match Fit Chelsea Beat (NJ), will all be making their first appearance at the National Championships.

The League kicked off the five-weekend schedule in November 2010 with the Boys starting things off in Wilson, N.C. Girls play kicked off in early December in Wilson, held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's College Cup, followed by a weekend of play in Orlando that coincided with Disney's Soccer Showcase at the end of the month. The second Boys weekend was held in Weston, Fla. in February before the closing weekend held alongside the 2011 Player's Soccer Showcase in Las Vegas. Each weekend of play provides key recruiting and scouting opportunities for college coaches seeking future impact players.

The National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues - US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Premier League, Midwest Regional League, Region III (South) Premier League and Far West Regional League.  The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development and opportunities for exposure at the next level.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships cap a yearlong series of competitions, US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, for boys and girls teams in multiple age groups as teams earn their way from the top teams in their state to the regional championship tournaments. US Youth Soccer State Champions and selected wildcard teams are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. The champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups from each regional event will converge in the finals with the National League teams. Click here for the dates and locations of the Regional Championships.

The date and location for the 2011 National Championships:

US Youth Soccer National Championships | Phoenix, Ariz.
Reach 11 Sports Complex
Player Luncheon: July 26 | JW Marriott Desert Ridge Ballroom
Round Robin: July 27-29
Finals: July 30-31

For more information on the US Youth Soccer National Championships, visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org, the online home for the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, providing the latest in news, information and more. Get all US Youth Soccer National Championship Series updates on Twitter.

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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 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.
 
Media Request: When referring to the United States Youth Soccer Association, the largest youth sports organization in the United States, please refer to the association only as US Youth Soccer, and never as USYS or USYSA. We appreciate your cooperation.
 
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/.

About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series -
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships.  These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-14 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the National Championships.  The Under-15 through 17 Boys and Girls age groups have two teams representative of the US Youth Soccer National League, in which the top two teams in each gender age group earn a direct path to the national championships. Overall the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.
 

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