July 6, 2012
YOUTH SOCCER INFORMER
National Finals set; ECNL crowns champs
US Youth Soccer has announced the schedule for the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships, to be played July 24-29 at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C.
The 60 qualifying teams will play matches Wednesday, July 25 through Friday, July 27 to determine who will advance to vie for the national titles. Those title games will be played Saturday, July 29 or Sunday, July 30.
In addition to the 48 regional champions and representatives, 12 teams from the US Youth Soccer National League will complete the field of 60. US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age group each won their respective divisions in the league.
2011-2012 US Youth Soccer National League representatives for the 2012 National Championships:
Under-15 Blue (OH-S) Kings Soccer Academy Cincinnati
Under-15 Red (CA-S) Legends FC Glendora
Under-16 Blue (CA-S) Legends 95 Chino Hills
Under-16 Red (MO) KCFC/Futura Academy Kansas City
Under-17 Blue (CA-S) Legends FC 94 Pomona
Under-17 Red (CA-S) Legends Breakaway Newport Beach
Under-15 Blue (IL) Chicago Magic Chicago
Under-15 Red (OH-S) CUP Crew Jrs Gold Cincinnati
Under-16 Blue (AZ) Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks Scottsdale
Under-16 Red (GA) GSA 96 Phoenix Red Atlanta
Under-17 Blue (IL) Galaxy 94/95 Blue Naperville
Under-17 Red (WA) Eastside Fc 94 Red Mercer Island
The league consists of teams, Under-15 through Under-17 Boys and Girls, who qualified for league play through their respective US Youth Soccer Regional League.
Round robin match times at the Finals are scheduled for 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ET. Teams will earn three points for a win, one point for a tie and no points for a loss. The team with the most points at the conclusion of Friday's play will advance to play for the national championship on Saturday, July 29 or Sunday, July 30.
US Youth Soccer National Championship Boys Schedule
US Youth Soccer National Championship Girls Schedule
US YOUTH SOCCER REGION I CHAMPIONS
Eastern Pennsylvania and Virginia claimed four championships each, Maryland three, Eastern New York and New Jersey two, Massachusetts, New York West and Pennsylvania West claimed one each
Maryland club Bethesda SC was the only club to claim more than one championship, winning the Under-13 and Under-14 Boys, while the Under-19 Girls were finalists. Of the eight returning champions, only three, Under-18 Girls FC Pennsylvania Strikers (E-PA), Under-14 Boys Bethesda Lions (MD) and Under-17 Boys Beadling SC 94/95 (PA-W), accomplished back-to-back regional championships. 2012 US Youth Soccer Region I Champions
Under-12 8v8 Girls: ASC Premier 99 (VA)
Under-12 Girls: OMM/World Class 99 Patino (E-NY)
Under-13 Girls: YMS Xplosion 98 (E-PA)
Under-14 Girls: MSC Coyotes Green (MD)
Under-15 Girls: CRUSA/FC Bucks Fury (E-PA)
Under-16 Girls: BRYC 95 Elite (VA)
Under-17 Girls: VSA Heat Blue (VA)
Under-18 Girls: FC Pennsylvania Strikers (PA-E)
Under-19 Girls: Scorpions Elite (MA)
Under-12 8v8 Boys: Arlington Eagles Red (VA)
Under-12 Boys: PDA Rooney (NJ)
Under-13 Boys: Bethesda Blue (MD)
Under-14 Boys: Bethesda Lions (MD)
Under-15 Boys: Manhattan SC Paris Saint-Germain 96 (E-NY)
Under-16 Boys: Lehigh Valley United 95 (E-PA)
Under-17 Boys: Beadling SC 94/95 (PA-W)
Under-18 Boys: Marlton Lightning Red (NJ)
Under-19 Boys: Empire United SA Syracuse (NY-W)
USL Super 20 Finals
The 2012 USL Super-20 League North American Finals is set to kick off July 19 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, with 24 division-winning U20 men’s and women’s teams convening at IMG to battle for Super-20 national titles.
Tampa Bay United of the Southeast Division, Chicago Fire of the Midwest Division, and Alamo SC San Antonio and the Laredo Heat of the Mid South Division all earned invites for the men’s tournament, while TSF Academy and Reading United AC of the Mid Atlantic Division and Triangle FC of the South Atlantic Division clinched their spots in the women’s finals.
Championship matches will take place on Sunday, July 22 at the IMG Soccer Academy Stadium.
The Elite Clubs National League concluded its 2011-12 season with a slate of dramatic national championship matches at the Waukegan SportsPark on Saturday.
The ECNL National Finals kicked off last Sunday, June 24 with matches in the Under-14 and U-15 age groups, and after three days of knockout competition, Arsenal FC (based in Temecula, Calif.) defeated San Diego Surf 2-0 to claim the U-14 ECNL national championship and Colorado Rush edged past Dallas Sting 1-0 to earn the title of U-15 ECNL national champs.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first half, Newport Beach, Calif. club Slammers FC conjured up a stirring comeback to defeat their counterparts from Dallas Sting 3-2 in overtime, winning the U-16 ECNL championship.
The U-17 ECNL national championship was an equally dramatic affair, as a hard-fought match between CASL Chelsea Ladies (Charlotte, N.C.) and Michigan Hawks ended in a 1-1 draw which had to be decided via a penalty-kick shootout. After seven rounds of PKS, CASL Chelsea claimed the title
Michigan Hawks had better luck in the U-18 championship game, where their oldest squad defeated Slammers 4-0.
The ECN L Champions and runners-up:
• Under-14 Top 16 :Champions - Arsenal FC | Finalists - San Diego Surf
• Under-15 Top 16 : Champions - Colorado Rush | Finalists - Dallas Sting
• Under-15 B Top 8 :Champions - Washington Premier | Finalists - Minnesota Thunder
• Under-16 Top 16 : Champions - Slammers FC | Finalists - Dallas Sting
• Under-16 B Top 8 : Champions - Real So Cal | Finalists - Heat FC
• Under-17 Top 16: Champions - CASL Chelsea Ladies | Finalists - Michigan Hawks
• Under-17 B Top 8 : Champions - McLean Youth Soccer | Finalists - Minnesota Thunder Academy
• Under-18 Top 16 : Champions - Michigan Hawks | Finalists - Slammers FC