July 13, 2012
YOUTH SOCCER INFORMER
National Cup Regional champs crowned
More U.S. Club Soccer Regional Champs crowned
U.S. Club Soccer's National Cup XI drew to a close as a total of 39 champions were crowned June 29-July 1 at the Midwest Regional and July 6-9 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional.
At the Midwest Regional, a total of 21 teams from 18 different clubs claimed Regional titles during the fifth weekend of National Cup XI Regional competitions.
Leading the way with a pair of Midwest Regional championships apiece were Raiders FC (U-11 Boys Premier Group and U-16 Boys Super Group), St. Croix SC (U-15 Boys Super Group and U-16 Girls Premier Group) and Sockers FC (U-14 and U-17 Girls Premier Groups).
National Cup XI Regional play wrapped up July 9 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional at Tuckahoe Turf Complex in Hammonton, N.J. A total of 18 championships were handed out during the weekend to teams from a total of 13 different clubs.
By winning titles in the U-14 and U-16 Boys Super Groups and U-15 Boys Premier Group, TSF Academy led all clubs at the event with three championships. Among those teams was TSF Academy Ginga, which followed up its 2012 New Jersey Cup victory by claiming the U-16 Boys Super Group crown.
After winning the U-16 Boys Regional championship last summer in Hammonton, Lake Grove United was able to successfully defend its title by claiming the U-17 Boys Premier Group.
A full list of championship teams from the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic Regionals is shown below:
U-11 Premier Group: Raiders FC Premier (Ill.)
U-12 Super Group: Libertyville FC 1974 (Ill.)
U-12 Premier Group: Michigan Rush Select '00 (Mich.)
U-13 Super Group: Spartan FC Select (Ill.)
U-13 Premier Group: RB United (Ill.)
U-14 Super Group: St. Louis Scott Gallagher - Metro (Ill.)
U-14 Premier Group: Heroes FA 98 (Tenn.)
U-15 Super Group: St. Croix SC Red Bulls (Minn.)
U-15 Premier Group: PNA SA Patriots (Ill.)
U-16 Super Group: Raiders FC Premier (Ill.)
U-16 Premier Group: Real Cerezo FC (Ill.)
U-17 Premier Group: Eclipse Select 94-95 (Ill.)
U-18/19 Premier Group: ERSA Express 93 (Tenn.)
U-11 Premier Group: Brentwood SC TSC '01 (Tenn.)
U-12 Premier Group: Campton United Navy 99/00 (Ill.)
U-13 Super Group: Minnesota Thunder Academy 99 (Minn.)
U-13 Premier Group: ELA SC Elite (Ill.)
U-14 Premier Group: Sockers FC (Ill.)
U-15 Premier Group: FCX North Black (Ill.)
U-16 Premier Group: St. Croix SC Ajax (Minn.)
U-17 Premier Group: Sockers FC (Ill.)
U-11 Premier Group: STA Cosmos (N.J.)
U-13 Premier Group: MPS Bulldogs (Mass.)
U-14 Super Group: TSF X (N.J.)
U-14 Premier Group: CJFC Barcelona (N.J.)
U-15 Super Group: UFA NJ Strikers (N.J.)
U-15 Premier Group: TSF Academy 96/97 Blue (N.J.)
U-16 Super Group: TSF Academy Ginga (N.J.)
U-16 Premier Group: Rochester FC (N.Y.)
U-17 Premier Group: Lake Grove United (N.Y.)
U-19 Premier Group: FC Copa (N.J.)
U-11 Premier Group: South Jersey Elite Barons (N.J.)
U-12 Premier Group: City Islanders Academy (Pa.)
U-13 Premier Group: NJ Rush Nike (N.J.)
U-14 Premier Group: Match Fit (N.J.)
U-15 Premier Group: Real Magic (N.J.)
U-16 Super Group: Match Fit Chelsea United (N.J.)
U-16 Premier Group: MPS Lady Knights (Mass.)
U-17 Premier Group: FC Copa (N.J.)
Colorado Rapids expand youth program
The Colorado Rapids and Colorado Fusion Soccer Club have joined forces to form an expanded Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club.
The expanded Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club will now include all current Colorado Fusion teams all operating under the same structure and coaching staff.The structure for competitive players at the top of the Rapids system remains for both boys and girls. The player development path includes opportunities in Rapids Academy teams, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy at the U16 and U18 levels, the Rapids Reserve Team all the way to the Colorado Rapids first team playing in Major League Soccer. On the women’s side, the competitive structure’s highest levels begin with the Rapids Academy teams, the Colorado Rapids U-20 Super-Y league team up to the Colorado Rapids Women of the W-League.
McGuire Cup final to be televised
The Under-19 Boys US Youth Soccer National Championship James P. McGuire Cup, final on Saturday July 28 will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer from Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C., beginning with a pregame show at 6:30 pm CT and kickoff at 8 pm.
Chicago Magic, Scott Gallagher double winners in Midwest Playoffs
Chicago Magic and St. Louis Scott Gallagher (Mo.) each claimed a pair of championships at the Midwest Developmental League Playoffs, held July 6-8 at Libertyville Township Soccer Complex in Libertyville, Ill. Sockers FC also earned a championship at the National Premier Leagues (NPL) event, which included a Player Development Program (PDP) on July 7.
• U-13 Champion: Chicago Magic
• U-14 Champion: Chicago Magic
• U-15 Champion: Sockers FC
• U-16 Champion: St. Louis Scott Gallagher (Mo.)
• U-17/18 Champion: St. Louis Scott Gallagher (Mo.)
With their victories, the five teams advance to the inaugural NPL Champions Cup, where NPL national championships will be awarded. That event will be held July 27-31 at Waukegan Sports Park in Waukegan, Ill.
Having already claimed the U-13 crown in early action on Sunday, Chicago Magic needed penalty kicks to defeat cross-town rival Chicago Fire Academy in the U-14 final following a scoreless draw in regulation. The 5-4 victory in the shootout gave Chicago Magic its second championship of the day.
The U-15 division saw Sockers FC come from behind to win the championship 4-3 over Chicago Fire Academy, which led all clubs with four finalists but was unable to claim a title.
St. Louis Scott Gallagher (Mo.) edged out the Chicago Fire Academy 2-1 in a highly competitive U-16 final match. The club added its second championship of the day with a penalty shootout over Chicago Fire Academy in the U-18 division.
NSCAA teams with Red Bulls Academy
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced a partnership with the Red Bulls Academy. Through the partnership, the Red Bulls Training Programs will operate NSCAA Coaching Academycourses throughout the New York and New Jersey soccer communities.
The Red Bulls will conduct a series of coaching courses that will be set up in tandem with various local youth soccer partners. Each year, a special topics workshop will also be hosted in conjunction with a Red Bulls home match.