3 CAL SOUTH TEAMS PUNCH TICKETS VIA NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY TO 2010 US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 24, 2010
Cal South, Eastern Pennsylvania, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Texas and Ohio-South to be represented at National Championships
FRISCO, Texas (March 23, 2010) - US Youth Soccer proudly announces the US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, 16 and 17 Boys and Girls teams that have earned advancement to the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships July 20-25 in Overland Park, Kan.
By way of their success in the 2009-2010 National League, the top two teams from each gender age group have earned a direct path to the final leg of the nation's most elite and prestigious competition providing the opportunity to capture a National Championship title in their respective age group.
2009-2010 US Youth Soccer National League representatives for the 2010 National Championships
Under-15 Boys: Albion White (Cal South)* and Lemont Raiders (IL)
"Looking at the depth of the teams advancing and their history in the US Youth Soccer National Championships, it is evident that the US Youth Soccer National League has truly brought together the nation's most experienced and elite teams again this season," said Paul Luchowski, US Youth Soccer National League commissioner. "These teams are following in the footsteps of the eight National League teams who have been crowned National Champions over the past two seasons, and all are now looking to join those ranks as they compete in Overland Park, Kan., for the ultimate crown."
The Under-17 Boys and Girls champions, GSA Phoenix Red (GA) and So Cal Blues-Dodge (Cal South), and Under-16 Boys and Under-15 Girls runners up, Blast FC Red (OH-S) and Scorpions Elite (MA), are making return trips to the National Championships. In the previous season, GSA and So Cal earned advancement by finishing second in the League. The So Cal Blues have been a part of the League since its inaugural season, 2007-2008, and this marks their first League championship and third year to advance via the League.
The Under-16 Boys champion, Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (MI), is building a history similar to the So Cal Blues, making this their second year to grab a ticket to the National Championship through League succession and their third consecutive appearance at Nationals.
Though this is their first year to represent the National League, the Under-17 Girls Slammers SC (Cal South) is well aware of the elite competition the National Championships has to offer as 2010 marks their third appearance in four years. The Slammers missed out on advancing last season when they finished third in the League because of goal differential.
The Under-15 Girls Dallas Texans 95 Red (N-TX) was the first team to punch their ticket to the National Championships this season. They did so with a 5-1-1 record at the end of the girls' weekend of play in Orlando, Fla., but their spot as National League champion was not cemented until all teams finished play in Las Vegas last weekend.
The Under-16 Girls, NASA G12 Elite II (GA) and NSA Premier Fury (IL), and Under-15 Boys, Albion White (Cal South) and Lemont Raiders (IL), are first-timers to the National Championships. As runners up, both NSA and Lemont pulled through ties in the final standings thanks to a higher goal differential that secured the second place slot for each team. The Under-17 Boys Penn Fusion Soccer Academy Coppa (E-PA) is also making their first trip.
The League kicked off the five-weekend schedule in early December 2009 with the first two weekends held in conjunction with the NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup, followed by a weekend of play that coincided with Disney's Soccer Showcase and another with the 2010 Player's Soccer Showcase in Las Vegas. Each weekend of play provides key recruiting and scouting opportunities for college coaches seeking future impact players.
The National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues - US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Premier League, Midwest Regional League, Region III (South) Premier League and Far West Regional League. The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development and opportunities for exposure at the next level.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships cap a yearlong series of competitions, US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, for boys and girls teams in multiple age groups as teams earn their way from the top teams in their state to the regional championship tournaments. US Youth Soccer State Champions and selected wildcard teams are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. The champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups from each regional event will converge in the finals with the National League teams. Click here for the dates and locations of the Regional Championships.
The date and location for the 2010 National Championships is:
US Youth Soccer National Championships | Overland Park, Kan.
For more information on the US Youth Soccer National Championships, visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org. The online home for the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, this site provides the latest in news, information and more.
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