FRISCO, Texas (April 16, 2019) — The 2018-19 US Youth Soccer National League Desert Conference has come to an end, and 16 Premier I Division winners booked their spot in the 2019 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships.
Additionally, the Premier I Division winners in the 13U-18U age groups have earned an opportunity to automatically qualify for the US Youth Soccer National League’s 2019-20 season. Click here to view all qualification opportunities for the National League.
Below are recaps for each Desert Conference age group...
FBSL Tuzos 07 (AZ) went undefeated in nine matches while scoring a group best 30 goals and conceding just eight to clinch the 12U Boys group.
La Roca 06 (UT) edged out Phoenix Rising FC Youth Soccer 06 (AZ) thanks to an early-season victory over its Arizona counterpart. The key to La Roca's success this year was its defense, which allowed only four goals in nine matches.
It came down to the final match day for the 14U Boys title, as NM Rush SC Rush Premier (NM) trailed LVSA 05 Boys Red (NV) by three points. NM Rush SC Rush Premier came out of the gate strong, defeating its final opponent by a score of 4-0. With eyes now on the LVSA 05 Boys Red match, the Nevada club emerged with a 1-1 draw and won the 14U Boys group.
In another group that came down to the final matchday, Downtown LVSC 04 Gold (NV) emerged as the group winner over SC del Sol 04 (AZ). Both teams were tied for the group lead heading into their final matches, and Downtown LVSC 04 Gold had already defeated SC del Sol 04 back in March. SC del Sol 04 played in the earlier match and defeated its opponent. Downtown LVSC 04 Gold knew it had to put together a victory and did just that with a dominating 5-1 victory over their foe.
LVSA 03 Boys Silver (NV) was the only boys team to drop no points in its matches. LVSA went a perfect 7-0-0 while working its way through the competition. This is the second title in a row for the Nevada side.
Tuzos 02 Boys (AZ) clinched their third consecutive title after recovering from an opening-match loss. Since that loss, the team went 5-0-0 and conceded just two goals. Tuzos will be looking for its third consecutive title this June at the Far West Regional Championships.
Sparta United 01 Premier JK (UT) edged out LVSA 01 Red (NV) to clinch the 18U Boys group thanks for an earlier season victory over its Nevada counterpart.
Barca Academy 00 (AZ) won its group on an incredible wave of momentum. Sparta United 00 Premier JK (UT) looked to have the group all locked up back in Las Vegas, but a draw and a loss in Sparta’s final two matches kept the door open for Barca Academy 00, who won their final four matches to secure the group by one point.
Wasatch SC 07 Girls (UT) were one of three girls teams across all age groups to win every match and the only side throughout the entirety of the Desert Conference that conceded zero goals during the 2018-19 season.
Albion SCLV 2006 Academy (NV) defended its title in a tightly contested group this year, as it came down to the final weekend of competition. Albion SCLV suffered its lone loss in the final weekend but rebounded nicely with back-to-back victories to earn the group title.
Broomfield Blast SC 05 (CO) was the lone Colorado team to book its ticket to the 2019 Far West Regional Championships. This group also came down to the final matchday, with Broomfield Blast SC 05, Albion SCLV 05 (NV) and Forza FC 05 (UT) all in contention to win the group. All Broomfield Blast SC 05 needed to do was defeat its opponent, and the Colorado side did just that to claim the 14U Girls title.
LVSA 04 Girls Red (NV) won all of its matches this year, going a perfect 7-0-0. The Nevada side scored a group-high 32 goals and conceded a group-best three goals.
LVSA 03 Girls Red (UT) didn't drop any points this year and wrapped up the group back in Las Vegas in impressive fashion. LVSA scored 30 goals while the next best team in the group scored 15.
It all came down to the end, as Sparta United 02 Premier (UT) defeated Pride SC 02 (CO) to control its destiny with just one match remaining for each team. Pride SC 02 rebounded nicely with a victory, meaning Sparta United 02 Premier needed to secure three points to clinch the group. Sparta did just that in its final match.
La Roca FC 01 (UT) wrapped up the group title early in the Desert Conference’s 2018-19 season. La Roca didn't drop any points in seven matches and conceded just one goal.
Utah Celtic FC 00 (UT) clinched its third consecutive title in convincing fashion with a Desert Conference best 42 goals scored while winning every match. Utah Celtic FC 00 (UT) opened the season by posting high goal totals in back-to-back matches, while conceding just once. It continued that dominant play to win the 19U Girls title.
The Desert Conference is one in a network of 13 conferences that comprise the multi-state tier of the US Youth Soccer Leagues program. Each conference provides high-level competition with opportunities for advancement to the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships and the US Youth Soccer National League.
The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development. In addition to recruiting opportunities, National League teams compete for the National League title and one of four slots from each gender age group to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships.
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