Dave Greene, head coach of Bethesda Soccer Club Bethesda 1 2010 (MD), talked about what the 2022 US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championship experience means to his team.
"The Regional experience is special -- and that will never change," Greene said. "For these kids, it's a good starting point to continue on to whatever future competitions they'll be in, and this is always special. To win is even more special."
Greene also shared his thoughts on what US Youth Soccer has done to give his girls the opportunity to develop.
"It gives them, especially girls, every chance they get to play high-level competition and to be taken seriously," Greene said. "All you have to do is watch that (final) game to understand how far these kids have come, and they've had really good examples to follow. US Youth Soccer has provided an incredible place for them to play and we're grateful for it."
Notes on some of the Eastern Regional Champions
Bethesda Soccer Club Bethesda 1 2010 (MD) (pictured above) had an extremely impressive showing at the Eastern Regional Championships. Going 5-0-0, the Maryland side scored 28 goals while holding their opponents to just four. Bethesda finished the job on Wednesday, beating Empire State Youth Soccer Club Alleycats 2010G Academy Red (ENY) 2-1 Wednesday in an extremely competitive final.
Cedar Stars Academy North Bergen U13 Boys MLS Next 2 (NJ) topped The Player Progression Academy PPA 2009 Green Boys (MD) 2-1 in the final on Thursday. It marked their fifth win at the Eastern Regional Championships, where they were led by a potent attack that scored 17 goals.
Penn FC Youth (Lower Dauphin Soccer Assoc.) Penn FC Youth 2008 F Black (PA-E) defeated FC Frederick FCF '08 Girls (MD) 2-1 in an extremely competitive final. They proved to be extremely deserving winners as they went 6-0-0 at the Eastern Regional Championships. Penn FC Youth scored 13 goals and held their opponents to three.
A.C. Connecticut AC Connecticut B07 EDP National (CT) did not lose a game at the Eastern Regional Championships, going 5-0-1. They scored 15 goals through their matches and held opponents to just four -- all coming in the knockout stages. They put the finishing touches on a terrific run Thursday, beating Potomac Soccer Association Potomac Blue 07B (MD) 2-1.
FC Revolution FC Revolution Reds (06) (PA-E) went undefeated at the Eastern Regional Championships, finishing 5-0-0. They scored 24 goals during the week while holding all opponents to just one. FC Revolution were crowned champions after a 1-0 win against Yankee United FC Yankee United FC Attack G06 (CT) on Wednesday.
Arlington Soccer Association 05B Red (VA) put forth a dominant showing at the Eastern Regional Championships. Going 6-0-0 in the span of seven days, they demonstrated extreme toughness and grit, highlighted by a 2-0 win over Council Rock United FC Bucks DOMINION 2005 Boys (PA-E) in the final. Arlington scored 17 goals and only gave up one goal.
Liverpool FC International Academy Maryland Liverpool FCIA Central MD 2004 Girls (MD) finished atop a tough nine team bracket. The went 3-0-1 and scored 10 goals at the Eastern Regional Championships, with the most important being the final's sole goal in a win against West Virginia FC WVFC 2004 Girls - Black (WV).
Baltimore Celtic Soccer Club Baltimore Celtic 03 Premier St. Martin (MD) had one of the most impressive showings at the Eastern Regional Championships. Not only did they go undefeated (5-0-0), but did so with a 20 goal differential. Baltimore Celtic defeated Southeast Soccer Club Southeast SC 04/03B (CT) 4-2 in the final.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships consists of regional champions in the 13U-19U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the National League qualifiers in the 14U-19U Boys and Girls age groups.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships will be held from July 19-24 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
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About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series
The US Youth Soccer (USYS) National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from USYS’s 54 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 USYS State Championships. State champions, along with selected representatives from the USYS National League Conferences, advance to compete in one of four USYS Regional Championships. In each gender age group, the four USYS Regional Champions, along with 12 qualifiers from USYS National League P.R.O. in the 14U-19U age groups, compete for the ultimate crown at the USYS National Championships. Overall, the USYS 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. For more information, visit https://www.usyouthsoccer.org/national-championship-series/.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer)
US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sport organization in the country, is on a mission to provide world-class support, resources, and leadership, helping every member fulfill their goals on and off the field of play. US Youth Soccer registers nearly 2.5 million players annually. Through its programming, resources and leadership, US Youth Soccer is advancing the game for its 54 Member State Associations, 10,000 clubs and leagues and nearly 1 million administrators, coaches, and volunteers. US Youth Soccer connects families and communities to the power of sports and its shared love of soccer. US Youth Soccer provides a path for every player, offering programs that provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game.