Final matchups set at the 2018 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships

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Final matchups set at the 2018 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships

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HONOLULU (June 23, 2018) — The remaining teams are just one game away from glory, as the semifinal round wrapped up Saturday at the 2018 US Youth Soccer Region Far West Regional Championships in Honolulu. Winners of Sunday’s final matches at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex will earn a berth to the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will be played July 23-29 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas.

As a familiar coach in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, Bob Friedland of the 19U Boys FC Golden State White (CA-S) understands that making it to the final match can be a long road for the team.

“They deserve it. They’ve had a good run and I’m looking forward to [the final],” Friedland said. “I think it means a lot to them and so does it to everyone else that’s here, but when you stay focused and you have a common goal, it’s only going to get you closer to where you want to go. It’s a lot of soccer for a lot of people right now and going into the sixth game, I just want them healthy and to get the result.”

The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.

See how the teams advanced to the Far West Regional Championships finals…

13U Boys
CDA Slammers FC (CA-S) and LVSA 05 Red (NV) both advance to the 13U Boys regional championship after 1-0 wins in the semifinals. Slammers earned its goal in the 34th minute thanks to Devin LaClair, while LVSA’s goal came when a free kick from about 30 yards out was lofted over the defense for Isaac Calderon to tap the ball in. Neither Slammers nor LVSA finished on top of their respective pools during group play as Slammers went 1-0-2 and LVSA went 1-1-1. Slammers’ LaClair is currently tied for first in the 13U Boys top scorers list with five goals, so LVSA will have to keep an eye on him.

13U Girls
San Diego Surf 05 Academy Select (CA-S) will face Rush 05 (HI) for the 13U Girls final match. After a 4-0 win in the semifinals for Surf and a victory in kicks from the mark for Rush, the two teams will battle for the second time this week as they both come from the same pool in group play. On Wednesday, Surf claimed a 3-0 win, so Rush will look for a different result in its favor. Surf’s Maryn Wolf and Nicole Anderson both sit on top of the 13U Girls top scorers list as Wolf holds six goals and Anderson tallies five.

14U Boys
ECFC Salinas United 04 (CA-N) claimed a 5-2 win against Central Valley Liberty FC Fresno 04 (CA-N) to earn a spot in the 14U Boys final game. Miguel Marcos and Alejandro Ibarra Moreno each tallied two goals for the match. The Cal North side finished group play undefeated, and ECFC has three players at the top of the 14U Boys top scorers list, including Victor Narez (6), Ibarra Moreno (5) and Marcos (5). LV Revolution FC Gunners 04 (NV) will meet ECFC in the final match after going 2-0-1 in group play.

14U Girls
Arsenal FC (CA-S) and Seattle United Copa (WA) will battle each other for the second time this week in the 14U Girls regional championship. The two teams met on Monday and played to a scoreless draw, but Arsenal finished group play with a 2-0-1 record, while Seattle United finished with a 1-0-2 record. In the semifinals on Saturday, Arsenal picked up an early lead and defeated Rush 04 (HI), 2-0, and Seattle United had to go to kicks from the mark against Beach FC 04 (CA-S) to determine it would go on to the final. Seattle United will have to watch out for Arsenal’s Emma Frausto and Elizabeth Worden as they are among the 14U Girls leading scorers. Frausto holds four goals, while Worden has three.

15U Boys
FBSL Tuzos Academy 03 (AZ) will meet Total Futbol Academy (CA-S) in the 15U Boys final on Sunday. It took the semifinal match against Santa Barbara Soccer Club Premier (CA-S) to go to kicks from the mark before Tuzos knew they were going on to the championship game, while Total Futbol Academy defeated La Roca S CS (UT), 3-1 in overtime with the help of two Christian Briseno goals. Tuzos finished preliminary play with a 2-0-1 record, and Total Futbol Academy finished with a 2-1-0 record.

15U Girls
Beach FC (CA-S) will play against Leahi 03 Premier (HI) for the 15U Girls regional championship match. Beach defeated Inland Empire Surf SC (CA-S) in the semifinals on Saturday. The Cal South side has yet to lose a game as it went undefeated through group play. On the other side, despite Leahi and Arizona Arsenal 03 Premier Teal (AZ) remaining tied for the majority of the first half, Leahi scored in the 58th minute to earn a spot in the final game.

16U Boys
In the 16U Boys age group, Tuzos Academy 02 (AZ) claimed a significant victory over LVSA 02 Red (NV), and Boca Junios USDA-LA 02 (CA-S) defeated Desert United SC “Coachella” 02 (CA-S), 2-1 to each make it to the championship game. As the defending Far West Regional Champion and a 2017 National Championship finalist, Tuzos will look to keep up its performance in order to have another shot in Frisco. Both Tuzos and Boca finished second in their respective groups during preliminary play, but they have battled their way to the regional final. In addition, Tuzos’ Jason Villalba currently leads the 16U Boys age group in goals with five.

16U Girls
USA 02 Premier (UT) and WA Timbers 02 Red 1 (OR) will meet once again in the 16U Girls final match. Earlier this week, USA went on a scoring spree against Timbers, and the Utah side finished on top of the group with three wins, but anything can happen in tomorrow’s match. USA had to defeat Real So Cal 02 (CA-S) in kicks from the mark on Saturday in order to earn a spot in the final game. After going down a goal, USA fought back to tie up the match in the 74th minute and went on to win the game through the kicks. Timbers claimed a 2-1 win against PacNW 02 Maroon (WA) to make it into the final. Aanya Friedman got the Oregon side going when she launched a shot to the upper net out of the way of the PacNW goalkeeper, while Olivia Fothergill’s goal also helped the Timbers on Saturday.

17U Boys
Santa Barbara Soccer Club (CA-S) defeated 2017 National Championship finalist WCFC Armour 2001 (CA-S), 2-0 for a place in the 17U Boys final. A wall pass combination play led to Santa Barbara’s first goal with James Yonally taking the credit, and Abubakar Fofanah sealed the win when he beat the WCFC goalkeeper and hit the ball into the net. LVSA 01 Red (NV) will face Santa Barbara after it secured its regional championship spot with a 7-2 win over HSC Bulls Academy 01 (HI). Despite both teams finishing the round robin at the top of their respective pools, Santa Barbara earned a 2-0-1 record and LVSA had three wins on its record. The matchup could be a close one. LVSA’s Antonio Gomez and Michael Vogel have played huge roles this week as each player has scored five goals for the team.

17U Girls
Arizona Arsenal Teal (AZ) will battle a familiar opponent, Rebels 2001 Elite (CA-S), in the 17U Girls regional championship as the two teams met earlier this week. While Arizona Arsenal defeated Rebels by a large amount on Wednesday, the Cal South side made its way to the final game to have a rematch. Arizona Arsenal defeated HSC Bulls Academy 01 (HI), 4-1 on Saturday, while Rebels earned a 2-0 victory over USA Stars 01 (CA-N). Additionally, Mollie Griswold has contributed 10 of Arizona Arsenal’s 20 goals, clearly differentiating herself as the 17U Girls top scorer.

18U Boys
The 18U Boys regional final will feature Downtown LVSC 00 Academy (NV) and Strikers FC South Bay (CA-S). Despite going down two goals in the first 18 minutes of the game against Eastside FC 00 Red (WA), LVSC tied up the match and earned a last-minute game winner to make it to the championship. On the other side, Strikers had to work as well after being down 3-1 against UDA 00 Blue (UT) and coming back to equalize, eventually taking UDA in kicks from the mark. Both LVSC and Strikers finished with a record of 2-0-1 in the preliminary round.

18U Girls
Both CDA Slammers FC HB 00 Elite (CA-S) and Greater Seattle Surf 00A (WA) defeated their opponents, 3-2 in the semifinals, earning spots in the 18U Girls final. Slammers had to do a little more work as it came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the defending Far West Regional Champion, Celtic FC 00 Premier (UT), in overtime. Lily Slater earned all three of Slammers’ goals and scored the game winner by lofting the ball into the upper net. For Greater Seattle Surf, a goal from Jadyn Edwards and two from Isabel Kembel against Legends FC South (CA-S) moved the Washington side on to the final match. The 18U Girls top scorers will be playing in the regional championship as Slater tallies seven goals, while Edwards, Kembel and Slammers’ Erika Sosa each have five.

19U Boys
After a kicks from the mark win for Sereno 99 Thompson (AZ) and a 3-0 victory for FC Golden State White (CA-S) in Saturday’s semifinal games, the two teams will face off for the 19U Boys regional championship. Zeke Shull scored in the 90th minute to keep Sereno in the competition, and the team ultimately went to kicks from the mark to defeat Strikers FC North (CA-S). Meanwhile, FC Golden State played a consistent yet steady game against Players SC 99 Boys Elite (NV) as Luan Carlos Oliveira Camilo got the game going when he bent a free kick to the right side of the goal. Felipe Fernandes Da Silva and Matheus Francisco Ribeiro also contributed to the match, adding to FC Golden State’s 25 goals for the week. Both Sereno and FC Golden State finished group play with 2-0-1 records. Felipe Fernandes Da Silva is tied for first on the 19U Boys top scorers list with six goals.

19U Girls
Utah FC 99 Black (UT) and Hawaii Heat FC 99 (HI) will play in the 19U Girls final for a rematch of Tuesday’s game during group play. Utah FC made it through with two first half goals against Leahi 99/00 Premier (HI), while Hawaii Heat came back from a one-goal deficit to beat Hawaii Rush 00/99 (HI), 2-1 during the semifinals. Utah FC finished group play with a 2-0-1 record, and despite Hawaii Heat tallying three draws in the preliminary round, the team managed to make its way into the final match. Utah FC and Hawaii Heat played to a 1-1 draw, so tomorrow’s game could be an exciting one.

Daily reports and complete results from the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships are available on championships.usyouthsoccer.org/West.

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About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series – The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 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 US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (13U through 19U) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups have four teams representing the US Youth Soccer National League. Overall, the US Youth Soccer 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 championships.usyouthsoccer.org.

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2018 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships continue in Greensboro, N.C.

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2018 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships continue in Greensboro, N.C.

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Greensboro, N.C. (June 23, 2018) — The 2018 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships continued Saturday at the BB&T Soccer Complex at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C. More than 210 games have been completed, and tomorrow’s action will decide the seeding of 112 teams moving on to the quarterfinal round.

UFA Milton 00 Premier (GA) was one of the handful of teams that has already qualified for a spot in the quarterfinals after just two days of play.

“We definitely want to win the group so the third game is very important for us,” said UFA head coach Craig Berounsky. “Our intention all along was to come in and win the group and we’ve put ourselves in a good spot after winning the first two. Now it’s just a matter of healing and resting and coming back ready to come back and win the group outright tomorrow.”

Even if teams have qualified, they will need to bring their best on Day Three of play as teams will look to secure top seeds moving forward into the quarterfinals.

“All along we’ve come in and we’ve felt like we have a good shot of winning this whole thing but our policy is one game at a time,” continued Berounsky. “Even though we’ve already advanced into the quarters, we want to win our group so we get a better seeding. We’re going to show up tomorrow and act like it’s the first game of the tournament and hopefully get the result we’re looking for.

Notes from a few of today’s games:

13U Boys
CES Juventus Zoff (FL) defeated CESA 05 Premier (SC) to claim sole ownership of the top spot in Pool B in the 13U Boys age group. After CESA hit the post early and almost took the lead, CES put the pressure on the South Carolina side by scoring three goals in six minutes. CES almost took the lead when Martin Jaramillo found a teammate streaking into the box but the attempt was shot over the top of the bar. Emmanuel Perez set up the first goal, cutting through three CESA defenders and played a ball from the endline across to Jaramillo for a close range finish. Jaramillo added a second goal just four minutes later, heading in a lofted ball into the box. CES pushed the advantage to three as Angel Perez beat the defenders and the keeper to a ball whipped into the box to finish his chance. CESA tried to battle back but only managed a late consolation goal thanks to a Jonathan Howard.

14U Girls
FC Dallas Blue (TX-N) and Florida Rush 1 (FL) played to a 1-1 draw on Day Two of play at the 2018 Southern Regional Championships. FC Dallas took the lead in the 18th minute after drawing a foul in the box. FC Dallas’ Olivia Trotter stepped up to take the penalty kick and had her first chance saved but then followed up to smash the rebound home. Kendall Brown responded just eight minutes later when she broke down the left flank after leaving some FC Dallas in her wake. Brown hit a looping shot up and over the FC Dallas keeper to equalize the teams at 1-1. The two teams went back and forth trying to find a game winner, but neither side could break the deadlock and the game ended 1-1. The draw leaves each team with four points and tied at the top of Pool C in the 14U Girls age group.

15U Boys
A lone goal by Ambush SC 03 Red (GA) was all it needed in its, 1-0, victory over MFC Rush 03 Premier (MS). Ambush controlled the game early and finally got its goal in the 31st minute thanks to Suraj Mysore to take 1-0 lead. Rush battled back at the end of half and had a great chance off a freekick. A long lofted free kick floated into the box but the flick-on-header went straight to the Ambush keeper. Ambush responded by earning a couple great corner opportunities but could not get the final connection on the balls into the box they needed to test the keeper again. Ambush played strong defensively in the second half, keeping Rush from any true shot opportunities on goal. Rush’s best chance came when Brodie Rials whipped in a great corner kick from the right side but no runners could get on the end of it to put it away. The Ambush defense held and Mysore’s goal was enough to earn the Georgia side a 1-0 victory.

16U Girls
Team Boca (FL) sealed its spot in the quarterfinals with a, 2-0, victory against LA Fire Jrs Red (LA). Jade Euell added her second goal of the tournament, in the 14th minute, to give Boca a 1-0 edge early. Team Boca carried that lead into halftime and then pulled away when Emily Schleifer, tied for age group leading goal scorer, added Boca’s second in the 56th minute. LA Fire could not break the Boca defense and the Florida side clinches a spot in the quarterfinals with one preliminary game remaining.

17U Boys
In a battle of two North Texas sides, Solar 01 Stricker (TX-N) defeated Sporting United 01 (TX-N), 4-1, to earn three crucial points in an extremely tight 17U Boys Pool A game. Solar got the jump on Sporting in just the first minute of play as Bryson Bezdek gave his team a very early advantage. Sporting equalized in the 15th minute when Sebastian Mendez caught Solar napping on a quickly taken freekick and buried his chance into the upper left corner of the net. The concession lit a fire under Solar who scored two goals in two minutes. Julian Fernandez got the ball on the top of the box and hit a low ball to the bottom right to regain the lead. Just a minute later, Burl Shepherd ran through a bouncing ball, kept control through a crowd and finished his chance close range against the Sporting keeper. Solar’s Shay Adamson added a late goal in the 78th minute to seal the 4-1 victory for Stricker.

18U Girls
UFA Milton 00 Premier (GA) came back to earn a, 2-1, victory over D’Feeter Kicks 00 (TX-N). Kicks took the early lead thanks to a Jaida Thomas goal in just the fourth minute of play. The action continued back and forth with UFA’s Kathrine Richardson keeping her team in the game with clutch saves in the first half. UFA finally equalized in the 39th minute of play when a floated ball in the box knocked in at close range by Hannah Casey after being headed back across goal. In the second half, Kicks almost once again took the lead but Richardson got a piece of a 1v1 attempt to take the pace off the ball. The ball bounced towards goal but was cleared off the line to keep the teams level. UFA kept pressing and finally grabbed a lead in the 50th minute when Nicole Icen juggled through a few defenders, spun and hit a shot close range to take the lead. Kicks had a prime chance to level when Jaida Thomas drew a PK due to a handball off a cross attempt into the box. Richardson made a great diving save to her right but was called to have left her line early. On the retake, the spot kick was kicked high over the bar. Each team continued pressing, but UFA was able to wear down the clock and grab an important three points to push its total to six in two days.

19U Boys
Cedar Stars Green (TX-S) defeated Cajun SC Fury 99 (LA), 3-1, and now sits alone atop of 19U Boys Pool C with six points. Cedar Stars took the lead in the eighth minute but it was short lasted as Cajun Fury’s Parrish Anderson leveled just five minutes later. The action continued, back-and-forth, until Anthony Trejo put Cedar back in the lead in the 22nd minute. Fury pushed for the equalizer in the second half and came close after a long ball down the left side opened up a great opportunity but the shot flashed wide right of the goal. As Cajun continued to press, it opened up counter opportunities for Cedar. The South Texas side finally found another opening after a long ball over the top found Jose Torres in stride. Torres poked the ball under the onrushing keeper and then finished his open net opportunity to bring the final score to 3-1.

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About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series – The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 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 US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (13U through 19U) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups have four teams representing the US Youth Soccer National League. Overall, the US Youth Soccer 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 championships.usyouthsoccer.org.

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2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships Continue in Westfield, Ind.

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2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships Continue in Westfield, Ind.

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WESTFIELD, Ind. (June 23, 2018) – The 2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships continued Saturday at the Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield, Ind. as teams get one step closer to the National Championships.

Teams comprised of state champions as well as US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League wildcards, commenced day one with hopes of advancing to knockout rounds, and ultimately earning a berth to the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas.

FC United 1999 Select 1 (IL) secured its position in the semifinals with its second win today as they are now just two wins away from reaching the National Championships.

“The guys have been working really hard all year to get to the next level and it’s a good group that has come together,” said head coach Pat Flinn. “They’ve been at this level before, so hopefully they can take care of business and get to the next step.”

The 224 participating US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls teams in the 13U through 19U age groups represent 14 State Associations- host Indiana Soccer, and Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio North, Ohio South, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Some highlights from Friday’s games:

13U Boys
Soccer Nation Academy 05 (KS) was led by Anthony Castor in its 13U Boys division win against Classics Eagles Red 05 (OH-S). The teams went scoreless early on, but in the 21stminute Castor scored to give Soccer Nation the 1-0 lead. Soccer Nation took the narrow lead to halftime. Just six minutes into the second half Castor netted his second goal of the game and fourth of the tournament to increase the lead for Soccer Nation. They held on to the 2-0 lead to earn its second win of the tournament.

14U Girls
In a tightly contested 14U Girls matchup, Libertyville FC 1974 (IL) pulled out a win against Eclipse Select MN 04 (MN). In the 19th minute Meghan Mrowicki found the back of the net for her third goal of the tournament to give Libertyville the lead. Libertyville was able to hold on to the 1-0 lead for its second win of the tournament.

15U Boys
The 15U Boys division saw a quick start from MUS15BPR (MN) against Indiana Elite FC 2003 Premier (IN). Franklin Paul found the net just seven minutes into the game off of a corner kick to give MUS15BPR the early 1-0 lead. Just nine minutes later, Dane Richardson found the back of the net from a cross to tie the game at one. The teams took the 1-1 lead to halftime. In the 59th minute Paul scored his second goal of the game to give MUS15BPR the lead. Aidan McGoogan scored in the 77th minute to give MUS15BPR the two-goal lead late in the game. MUS15BPR held on to the two-goal lead to earn its first win of the tournament.

16U Girls
Lou Fusz United Blue 02 (MO) earned its second win in the 16U Girls division after winning against CSA Impact United 02 Nike Black (OH-N). CSA struck quick with a goal from Brianna Thompson in just the fourth minute of the game. In the final minute of the first half Anna Stiffler headed the ball in for the equalizer for Lou Fusz. The teams were tied at one at halftime. In the second half the team each got shots but could not capitalize. In the 69th minute Riley Merrifield scored her second goal of the tournament to give Lou Fusz the late lead. Lou Fusz held on to earn its second win and will battle two-win KS Rush Academy 2002 (KS) tomorrow to decide the winner of group B.

17U Boys
In the 17U Boys age division Minneapolis United Premier (MN) and Michigan Wolves 01 (MI) finished the game with a draw. Michigan took the early lead off of a goal from Charles Sharp in just the ninth minute. They held the lead for most of the first half until the 45th minute when Jared Hecht scored the equalizer for Minneapolis. Neither team was able to pull ahead, ending the game in a 1-1 draw.

18U Girls
In a tough 18U Girls battle, Pacesetter Soccer Club Villa Red (OH-N) earned its first win of the tournament against Iowa Rush (IA). Pacesetter got out in front early with a goal from Hailey Clere in just the 10th minute. The early part of the game went back and forth with play in the midfield. In the 32nd minute Lucy Weninger netted the equalizer for Iowa. At halftime the game was tied 1-1. Both teams continued to battle hard in the second half with each applying pressure on the offensive end of the field. Clere netted her second goal of the game in the 68th minute after a free kick to give Pacesetter the 2-1 lead. Pacesetter held on to the narrow lead on its way to earning its first win of the tournament.

19U Boys
FC United 1999 Select 1 (IL) secured its position in the 19U Boys division with a win against Sporting Omaha FC Elite 99 (NE). FC United came out with pressure to start the game, earning a penalty kick in the 13th minute that Ryan Kreuger converted to give FC United the early 1-0 lead. Sporting Omaha got a shot late in the first half, the shot sailed high. Late in the first half FC United got two chances to extend the lead but the first attempt went off the post and the second shot was saved by the keeper. In the 45th minute FC United got a corner kick that they scored off to extend its lead to two heading into halftime. Just seven minutes into the second half FC United got a free kick that hit off the post but Sahil Modi was there to put the rebound in the back of the net to extend FC United’s lead to three. Joshua Schmiesing netted a goal to bring Sporting Omaha within two. FC United was able to hold on to the lead and earn a berth in the semifinals.

Regional winners of the 13U through 19U age groups earn a berth to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships, held July 23-29 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.

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About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series – The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 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 US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (13U through 19/20U) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The 15U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups have four teams representing the US Youth Soccer National League. Overall, the US Youth Soccer 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 http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=17&d=26&mid=3689921&m=10207

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Semifinalists decided for the 2018 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships

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Semifinalists decided for the 2018 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships

Scores & Standings

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HONOLULU (June 22, 2018) — Two days of play remain at the 2018 US Youth Soccer Region Far West Regional Championships after quarterfinals took place Friday at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex in Honolulu. Of the 210 teams who started in the tournament, the dreams of 56 remain alive entering the weekend’s semifinals and finals.

Following a day of rest, the teams showed great energy on Friday as they fought for semifinal berths. For 15U Girls Arizona Arsenal 03 Premier Teal (AZ), the team went to overtime to defeat Impact MN (UT), 2-1. The Arizona club isn’t a common name seen in the Far West Regional semifinals, and the team knows that tomorrow’s match will be a tough one.

“Not a lot of teams in our club have been to the semis, so that’s a big accomplishment for our girls,” head coach Brett Meskill said. “It was a good game [today]. Impact gave us a tough game. They scored on us in the second half. We had to find a way to come back in the last 15 minutes and then got one in overtime and just hung on. They did a great job so credit to them.”

“We’re going to give everything we’ve got tomorrow,” Meskill said. “Hopefully, we can be the first Arsenal team to make the finals at Regionals on the girls side.”

Regional winners of the 13U through 19U age groups earn a berth to the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will be played July 23-29 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.

Highlights from Friday:

13U Girls
San Diego Surf 05 Academy Select (CA-S) came out with a 4-2 win over Crossfire United 05 THUSC (OR) to move onto the 13U Girls semifinals. Shaela Bradley earned the early lead for Crossfire as she scored in the second minute, but Surf responded well with a Nicole Anderson goal three minutes later. Surf stole the lead when a corner kick sent to the back post was touched by Samantha Wiemann and went into the goal. In the second half, Maryn Wolf increased Surf’s lead by one, and although Bradley scored again for Crossfire, Anderson earned her second goal of the game to top off the match.

14U Boys
LV Revolution FC Gunners (NV) heads to the 14U Boys semifinals after defeating 04 FBSL Tuzos Academy (AZ), 3-2. All five goals took place in the first half, and LV Revolution claimed a 2-0 early lead with a goal from Phillip Camacho in the fourth minute and a second from Maximo Zontecomani five minutes later. While Tuzos pulled one back with a low driven shot from Diego Moran, LV Revolution increased the gap once again when a free kick sent into the box led to a blocked shot, and Sheridan Rodrigues was there to follow it up. Jordin Figueroa Rivera put Tuzos within reach two minutes after Moran’s goal as he scored off of a corner kick play. Despite another full 35 minutes of play, Tuzos was unable to score the equalizer, and Tuzos will go on to the semifinals.

15U Girls
It took a 2-1 overtime win over Impact MN (UT) for Arizona Arsenal 03 Premier Teal (AZ) to earn a place in the 15U Girls semifinals. Arsenal had the majority of the offensive push in the first half with Impact playing more defense, and in the second half, Arsenal continued to string passes together and got shots off but just missed the frame of the goal. In the 59th minute, Impact’s Emma Neff launched a rocket just over the hands of the Arsenal keeper, but Arsenal came right back as Jessie Boult put the ball on target. Four minutes into the first overtime period, Arsenal earned the game winner as Boult scored her second of the match. Despite Impact’s efforts, Arsenal walked away with the victory.

16U Boys
In the 16U Boys age group, LVSA 02 Red (NV) defeated Colorado Rush 02 Academy (CO), 1-0 in overtime. In the first half, both teams matched up evenly. One of the best opportunities for LVSA came when Arturo Reveles blasted a shot, aiming for the top left corner, but Rush goalkeeper Kole Villescas tipped the ball over the goal. In the second half, Reveles tried to get past Villescas again after he beat a few defenders and took a shot, but Villescas cut off the angle to block the shot. LVSA gained the offensive momentum but couldn’t score in the 80 minutes. As the game went into overtime, Reveles finally broke through and scored the only game of the match in the 110th minute.

17U Girls
HSC Bulls Academy (HI) defeated SGV Surf SB/HH (CA-S) to punch its way to the 17U Girls semifinals. The first goal came in the 27th minute with Kelci Sumida taking the credit. Less than 10 minutes later, Lauren Mukaigawa made it a 2-0 game. HSC continued to take control of the game and calmly played the ball around, but Surf came out of halftime with more energy, earning its chances by playing the ball over the HSC defense several times. HSC prevented Surf from capitalizing on any of its opportunities and even got a last-minute goal from Leila Mukaigawa.

18U Boys
It took kicks from the mark to determine that Downtown LVSC 00 Academy (NV) would go through to the 18U Boys semifinals, defeating Slammers FC 00 JL (CA-S), 2-1. Almost a full first half went by before Niko Dongmann netted a goal for LVSC, but Slammers came back in the 51st minute to tie up the match thanks to a Rafael Espinoza goal. Plenty of action took place through the remainder of the game and through two overtime periods, but the two teams had to line up for the kicks from the mark. LVSC claimed the shootout, 4-1 and heads to the next round.

19U Girls
Hawaii Heat FC 99 (HI) claimed a 2-1 victory over Classic Ahwatukee (AZ) to earn a spot in the 19U Girls semifinals. Hawaii had the majority of the offensive opportunities in the first half and took the lead thanks to Hailey Kawamura. After Kawamura received a cross from the right flank, she chest trapped the ball and took a shot, which was blocked but the ball was flicked back across the goal for Kawamura to run the ball into the goal. In the 60th minute, Jamie-Lyn Shimamoto picked up a second goal for Hawaii Heat, and although Classic Ahwatukee’s Madelyn Medina pulled one back, Hawaii Heat finished with the win.

Daily reports and complete results from the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships are available on championships.usyouthsoccer.org/West.

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About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series – The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 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 US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (13U through 19U) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups have four teams representing the US Youth Soccer National League. Overall, the US Youth Soccer 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 championships.usyouthsoccer.org.

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2018 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships kick off in Greensboro, N.C.

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2018 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships kick off in Greensboro, N.C.

Preliminary Games, Day 1 of 3
Scores & Standings

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (June 22, 2018) — More than 210 teams, including seven returning US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Champions and Finalists, kicked off the 2018 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships Monday at the BB&T Soccer Complex at Bryant Park in Greensboro, N.C.

Teams from all over the southern United States took the field with the goal of taking the next step toward claiming the coveted US Youth Soccer National Championship in their respective age group.

18U Boys FC Dallas 00 Premier (TX-N) is looking to use Southern Regionals as a launch pad back to Nationals after finishing as the 17U Boys finalists at the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships.

“It’s very important that we got this first win to get three points on the first day,” head coach Casey Cantor said. “The more points you can get in these first couple of days the less pressure you have to worry about on the last day. I am very proud of these boys for starting the Southern Regional Championships off the way they did.”

Cantor continued by talking about the goals of his FC Dallas team moving forward.

“We will use this result to develop and continue working on always improving,” continued Cantor. Results like this are good for the boys’ confidence. Hopefully, we can use this confidence to continue to move forward as our goal is to be back playing for the US Youth Soccer National Championship like we were last year.”

The 2018 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships feature over 210 of the top boys and girls teams from the 12 State Associations that make up the US Youth Soccer South Region, with each squad competing for the 2018 regional title. Preliminary games will be held June 22-24, with quarterfinals, semifinals and finals taking place June 25-28.

Notes from a few of today’s games:

13U Girls
05 NCFC Elite (NC) defeated 05 Lady Lobos Rush Premier (TN), 3-0 in the opening day of 13U Girls play. NCFC kept the pressure on most of the game, hitting the crossbar multiple times but also finding the back of the net twice. NCFC earned its first goal after a scrum in front of the goal off a corner that was poked in from close range. NCFC added another goal ten minutes before halftime to bring the advantage to 2-0. Thanks to the goals from Lily Alexander and Crosby Nicholson in the first half, the pressure was on Lobos to try and battle back. The NCFC defense held strong and Brooke White added the game’s lone second half goal to seal the victory for the North Carolina side.

14U Boys
VHSC Steamers 04 Black (AL) used the momentum of an early first half goal to carry the Alabama team to a, 2-0, victory over Mandeville SC Lakers Elite (LA). Kosi Udeh scored the game’s lone first half goal in the fifth minute of play to give VHSC an early, 1-0, lead. VHSC controlled the game for most of the first half, but could not find another goal allowing Mandeville to stay in the match. VHSC doubled its advantage in the 66th minute thanks to a goal by Nathanael Carpenter and the VHSC defense held Mandeville at bay to earn a 2-0 victory.

15U Girls
In a close 15U Girls game, Murfreesboro FC 03 Storm (TN) outlasted Discoveries 03 Lady Gold (SC), 4-3, to earn a win on day one. Murfreesboro’s Dakota Mitchell scored both of the game’s first half goals finding the upper left corner in the 15th minute and then hitting a shot into the opposite corner just seven minutes later to double her team’s advantage. Discoveries started clawing its way back into the game as Emily Robinson scored her team’s first goal just two minutes into the second half. Robinson’s teammate, Alondra Nieves Melchor, leveled the score in the 70th minute as Discoveries worked its way right back into the game. Just two minutes later, Delaney Mitchell put the Tennessee side back on top with a 3-2 lead. Dakota completed her hat trick in the 76th minute to nudge the advantage to 4-2 before Discoveries’ Melchor added her second of the game to try to push her team to a last minute comeback. Murfreesboro’s defense held on to earn the 4-3 victory and an important three points on day one.

16U Boys
02 Lobos Rush Premier (TN) fought back to earn a 2-2 tie against Concorde Fire North 02 Elite (GA) after taking an early first half lead. Lobos took an early lead in just the sixth minute of play thanks to a goal by Joseph Gruber but Concorde started to fight its way back into the game midway through the first half. Concorde almost leveled the score but saw a floating chance hit the crossbar. Concorde found its equalizer and took the lead just before half time thanks to goals from Pranay Fadis and Zachary Lyons. Lobos tied the game back up when Maximino Ramirez found the back of the net but neither team could break the deadlock before the final whistle and the game finished 2-2.

17U Girls
Fever United 01 Guerra’s (TX-N) goal scoring abilities were on full display in its victory over Energy East 01 (OK). The scoring started midway in the first half when Chandler Spradley gave Fever the lead, hitting a bomb from deep after Energy’s Mia Pendleton had just made a great 1v1 save. Just four minutes later, Cloey Seltzer increased the lead to 2-0 thanks to a great pass putting her in behind the defense. Seltzer added her second 15 minutes into the second half and then Spradley followed suit adding a second of her own pushing the advantage to four. Fever’s offense kept clicking late into the second half as Molly Lowe added one of her own and then Victoria Margiotta added a goal in added time to finish the scoring. ​

18U Boys
FC Dallas 00 Premier (TX-N) defeated 00 WHYFC White (NC), 3-0, to start its 2018 Southern Regional Championships campaign off with a solid win. FC Dallas took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute of play thanks to a great sequence of passing. After a series of 3 or 4 passes, Jalen Starks received a final pass behind the defense and slotted his shot beyond the onrushing keeper. Late in the first half, FC Dallas extended its lead to 2-0. A corner kick from the left side was flicked across the box where Juan Pablo Rodriguez finished his chance to double the North Texas side’s advantage. WHYFC had a couple of counter changes in the first half but the FC Dallas defense and keeper, Trevor Jackson, kept their opponents from finding the back of the net. WHYFC pressed a little more in the second half but could not find the necessary passes in the final third to test the FC Dallas keeper. The North Carolina side’s best chance came early in the second half when they saw a header come across the box and the ensuing header went just wide of the target. FC Dallas added a final goal in the 76th minute as Diego Pareja hooked up Adrian Morales with a pass who then squeezed a ball underneath the keeper and followed the chance to tap it in.

19U Girls
AFC Lightning 99 Elite (GA) opened up the 2018 Southern Regional Championships with a powerful statement following a big win over Sunrise Sting (FL). AFC’s Taylor Malasek opened the scoring in the 25th minute then added a second goal just nine minutes later. Mollie Belisle added to the advantage scoring just two minutes later to push the advantage to 3-0 heading into half. The floodgates opened in the second half as the game began to get away from Sunrise. Emily Mason scored first in the second half after pounding home a ball clipped into the box. Jolie Ryff beat her defender up the left side and hit a low cross into the box to Belisle who finished her chance to adding her second of the game to make it 4-0. Belisle finished her hat trick two minutes later and then Chloe Thompson added another for AFC after cutting her defender in the box, taking a touch towards the middle and then hitting her shot to the near post beyond the keeper. Belisle added her fourth of the match and then teammate Abbie Crane added the game’s final goal in the 72nd minute.

Regional winners of the 13U through 19U age groups earn a berth to the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will be played July 24-29 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.

Daily reports and complete results from the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships are available on championships.usyouthsoccer.org/South.

Follow the moments from the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series on Twitter and share the moments with us on Facebook and Instagram.

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About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series – The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 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 US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (13U through 19U) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups have four teams representing the US Youth Soccer National League. Overall, the US Youth Soccer 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 championships.usyouthsoccer.org.

Media Request: When referring to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the most prestigious event in youth sports, please refer to the event as US Youth Soccer National Championship Series on first reference and National Championship Series on anything thereafter. Never refer to as NCS or USYS NCS. We appreciate your cooperation.

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2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships Kick Off in Westfield, Ind.

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2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships kick off in Westfield, Ind.

Preliminary Games, Day 1 of 3
Schedule, Standings and Scores

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WESTFIELD, Ind. (June 22, 2018) – The 2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships kicked off Friday at Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield, Ind.

Teams comprised of state champions as well as US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League wildcards, commenced day one with hopes of advancing to knockout rounds, and ultimately earning a berth to the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas.

Madison 56ers Soccer Club (WI) earned its first win of the tournament in the 16U Boys group as they got one step closer to the National Championship.

“Being here was a goal we set at the beginning of the season and we are just happy to put another check in the box,” head coach Tim Bruner said. “We rose to the occasion and settled in to play the way we have all year; the results took care of itself.”

The 224 participating US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls teams in the 13U through 19U age groups represent 14 State Associations- host Indiana Soccer, and Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio North, Ohio South, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Some highlights from Friday’s games:

13U Girls
Tudela FC 05 Elite Showcase (IN) and CSA Impact United 05 Nike Black (OH-N) opened group play in the 13U Girls bracket with a tightly contested game. Play began back and forth early in the midfield with neither team gaining control. In the middle of the first half, CSA applied pressure in the box after a cross, but were unable to capitalize. Tudela got a shot off late in the first half but missed the net leaving the game knotted at zero. CSA closed out the first half on a corner kick, the game went to halftime tied at zero. Both teams opened up the second half with more back and forth play which continued for much of the half. In the 60th minute, Lydia Bordfeld was able to find the back of the net to give Tudela the 1-0 lead with 10-minute remaining. CSA kept fighting till the end, earning a corner kick as regulation expired, but the header missed right of the net. Tudela held on to earn its first win of the tournament.

14U Boys
Nationals Union 04 Black (MI) began play quick in the 14U Boys group against Raiders FC (IL). Just six minutes into the game National’s Jeremy Sharp scored to give them the early lead. After the quick goal, both teams fought hard up and down the field throughout the first half. In the middle of the first half Nationals earned a corner kick but could not capitalize to extend its lead, taking the 1-0 lead to halftime. The teams continued the back and forth play in the second half with Raiders keeping Nationals on their heels. Jake Ursitti found the back of the net in the 62nd minute to extend the lead to two for Nationals.

15U Girls
Evolution 03 Red (IL) earned its first win in the 15U Girls group against CDA Premier 03 (OH-S). It was a low scoring affair that went scoreless through the first half. The first goal came just 11 minutes into the second half from Taylor Korosec to give Evolution the 1-0 lead. Evolution held on to the narrow lead to earn the win.

16U Boys
In the 16U Boys group, Madison 56ers Soccer Club (WI) and VSA 02 Premier (IA) opened play with a tense battle to the final whistle. Madison pushed the tempo early getting into its offensive part of the field. They continued to control the game throughout much of the first half as they got multiple looks on goal. Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first half, leaving the game knotted at zero after 40 minutes of play. Both teams came out ready continue to compete in the second half, but it was Madison that found the back of the net first in the 59th minute on a goal from Angel Quechol Tecuatl. VSA was awarded a free kick late in the second half that they put on goal but got saved. Madison earned its first win after holding on to the 1-0 lead.

17U Girls
The 17U Girls group opened up with TFA Elite 01 (OH-S) against FC Pride 01 Red (IN). TFA opened play fast, scoring just six minutes in off a goal from Peyton Miller. Just three minutes later, Madelyn Pittman netted her first goal of the tournament to extend the lead for TFA. The first half of play was controlled by TFA, who took a 2-0 lead to halftime. FC Pride came out strong in the second half, immediately applying pressure on the defense of TFA by getting multiple opportunities on goal. TFA was able to extend its lead to three when Julia Hoffmann scored her first goal of the tournament. The defense of TFA held strong to preserve the 3-0 lead and earn the team its first win of the tournament.

18U Boys
Sporting BV Pre Academy 00 (KS) got the scoring started early in the 18U Boys division against Prior Lake Predators (MN). Just one minute into the opening game Luke Sutter found the back of the net to give Sporing BV the quick lead. In the 27th minute, Kevin Andrews netted the equalizer for Prior Lake. Noah Mabry found the back of the net just eight minutes later to give the lead back to Sporting BV who held on to win the game 3-2.

19U Girls
Faith Branson helped lead KC Blaze Blue Angels Academy (KS) to its first win in the 19U Girls division against Kentucky Fire Juniors 99 Red (KY). Branson gave KC Blaze the 1-0 lead just seven minutes into the game. KC Blaze took that lead into halftime. The game went scoreless until the 90th minute when Branson found the back of the net for her second goal of the game to secure the win for KC Blaze.

Regional winners of the 13U through 19U age groups earn a berth to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships, held July 23-29 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.

Daily reports and complete results from the Midwest Regional Championships are available on http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=16&d=26&mid=3689921&m=10198

Follow the moments from the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series on Twitter and share the moments on Instagramand Facebookusing #ROADtoTX.

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About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series – The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 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 US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (13U through 19/20U) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The 15U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups have four teams representing the US Youth Soccer National League. Overall, the US Youth Soccer 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 http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=17&d=26&mid=3689921&m=10198

Media Request: When referring to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the most prestigious event in youth sports, please refer to the event as US Youth Soccer National Championship Series on first reference and National Championship Series on anything thereafter. Never refer to as NCS or USYS NCS. We appreciate your cooperation.

About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer – “The Game for ALL Kids!” is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit http://www.USYouthSoccer.org.