Black Blue Red WhitE
The 17U Girls Black Division features several teams with past National League experience, including a couple who are looking to capture the division title after close calls a season ago. In 2018-19, Cleveland FC 02 (OH-N) finished one point out of first place in its National League division, despite starting 4-0-0 and leading its group in goal differential. Cleveland did win its Regional League division, but it came up a goal short in the final match at the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships. After twice coming within a game of qualifying for the US Youth Soccer National Championships, Cleveland should have plenty of motivation heading into its Black Division schedule.
New Jersey Rush 02 Grey (NJ) put together a solid National League campaign of its own last season, as it finished second in its division. New Jersey went 4-2-1, with its only losses coming on the first days of play at its two events. With that experience, Rush will know the importance of being on point from the time the first whistle blows in North Carolina.
Meanwhile, Lonestar SC FDL (TX-S) compiled a 9-0-0 record in winning its Southern Regional Premier League division. Knowing the consistency and quality needed across a full league season will be a benefit to the South Texas side as it competes for the Black Division title.
Coming off a National League season in which it went undefeated and conceded just one goal, Fullerton Rangers SYL 02 (CA-S) is looking to win the 17U Girls Blue Division. The Cal South side’s lone blemish on a 6-0-1 season in 2017-18 was a scoreless draw. Fullerton has a chance to win its second straight Blue Division title this season and doing so would give it a chance to return to the National Championships — where it advanced to the semifinals in 2018.
Several challengers with league success at the regional level will aim to prevent Fullerton from two Blue Division crowns in a row. Pipeline 02 Pre-Academy Spirit (MD) and Nationals Union 02 Black (MI) each won their respective Regional League divisions, and each team will have the chance to transfer over that success to the National League season.
Meanwhile, UFA 02 Premier (GA) won its Regional League division before advancing to the semifinals at the US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships. Rise SC 02 Elite 1 (TX-S) made it even further at the Southern Regionals, as it made it to the championship game but lost a tight 2-1 match. After coming close last season, each team has a great opportunity to advance to the 2019 National Championships by capturing the Blue Division title.
With several teams in the 17U Girls Red Division who competed at the 2018 National Championships, it is hard to pick a favorite. However, defending National Champion SJEB Rush 02 Academy Blue (NJ) stands out as it tries to win its second consecutive Red Division title. The New Jersey side compiled six wins and a draw in the National League last season, and it followed that up by earning results in several tightly contested games at Nationals — culminating with an overtime victory in the championship game.
USA 02 Premier (UT) is one of the teams that played SJEB closely at Nationals, and it will challenge the New Jersey side for the Red Division title. USA put together a mid-table finish in the National League last season, but it got hot over the spring and summer and won the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championship. The story is nearly identical for Beadling North 02 Red (PA-W), which came in second in its National League group last season before winning the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championship.
FC 02 Elite (TX-N) is also looking to return to Nationals by winning the Red Division. The North Texas side won the Southern Regional Championship and narrowly missed a semifinal berth at Nationals. In a group that certainly does not lack experience on the national stage, it will be an exciting competition for first place.
Legends FC 02 Academy II (CA-S) proved it is one of the top teams in the country in 2018, and it will look to do so again by trying to win the 17U Girls White Division. The Cal South side won the division last season with a 5-0-2 record, and it followed that performance by advancing to the National Championship semifinals. Legends FC fell to the eventual National Champions in that match, but that experience should give it confidence entering the 2018-19 season.
The US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Champion, North Shore United 2002 Blue (WI), will look to leave its mark on the White Division. North Shore produced shutout wins in its last three games in Westfield, Ind., to capture the regional title. If it can sustain that type of defensive effort over the course of a seven-game National League season, the Wisconsin side will be a tough matchup for any opponent.
PacNW 02 Maroon (WA) knows what it takes to go through a league season, as it won its Far West Regional League division last year. The Far West Regional Championship semifinalists will look to replicate that performance in the National League. Meanwhile, Covington FC FCT Tigers (LA) are getting their first taste of the National League but have the experience of winning their division of the Southern Regional Premier League.
- Zoe Ip (Fullerton Rangers 02 White) – Best XI at the National Championships
- Maddison Baker (North Shore United 02 Blue) – Best XI at the National Championships; Leading scorer at the Midwest Regional Championships with five goals
- Damaris Deschaine (Sparta FC 02 Elite) – Best XI at the National Championships
- Kayla Smith (Sparta FC 02 Elite) – Best XI at the National Championships
- Mae Sinclair (North Shore United 02 Blue) – Best XI at the National Championships
- Alexandria Clark (SJEB Rush 02 Academy Blue) – Golden Glove, Best XI at the National Championships
- Abbigail Lenk (North Shore United 02 Blue) – Best XI at the National Championships
- Baylee DeSmit (Pipeline Pre-Academy) – Tied for leading scorer at the Eastern Regional Championships with eight goals
- Megan Donnelly (Beadling North Red) – Tied for leading scorer at the Eastern Regional Championships with eight goals
- Maycie Massingill (Sparta FC 02 Elite) – Leading scorer at the Southern Regional Championships with seven goals
2018 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional – 2003 Roster
East Region – Payton Patrick (Pipeline Pre-Academy), Jayden Sharpless (Beadling North Red)
West Region – Samantha Gordon (USA 02 Premier)
2018 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional – 2001/2002 Roster
East Region – Megan Donnelly (Beadling North Red), Lauren Reeves (Syracuse Development Academy)
West Region – Hailey Povilus, Emilie Rupprecht, McKayla Wetsel (USA 02 Premier)