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Play begins at the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, Kan.
29 State Associations represented in field of 104 National qualifiers
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (July 23, 2019) — Games kicked off Tuesday at the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan. The teams took the stage, making their first push to earn one of the 14 National titles that will be awarded this weekend. The field of 104 teams is comprised of the nation’s top players in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups.
During morning games, returning champions ended with two wins, a draw and a loss. The remaining two defending champs will play during tonight’s games.
“The first game is always important because it sets the tone for the rest of the week,” said 16U Boys LVSA Silver 03 head coach Manleo Miranda, whose team captured the national title in 2018. “The team knows that every team is coming for us. Having that golden patch on your right thigh is a trophy and is nice to us, but at the same time we have to protect it and play twice as hard as we did last year with every team coming for us.”
All the games are meaningful for youth development and there are no easy games as teams vie for the US Youth Soccer National Championships crown.
“This Beadling team is a great team and they gave us a run for our money [in last year’s National final],” continued Miranda. “It was a very difficult game and very tight up to the end. We knew we had a hard game ahead of us today, so I am glad we came up with the three points.”
Group play takes place over the course of three days and will conclude on Thursday. Three points are awarded for a win, one point for a tie and zero points for a loss. The top two teams in the 13U age group will advance to the National Championship final on Friday, while the top two teams in each group in 14U through 19U play advance to their respective semifinals.
In addition to the impact locally, the championships provide college coaches from around the country with a premier stage to evaluate future collegiate players, offering a tremendous impact to players and their families. Many college coaches and U.S. Soccer scouts lined the sidelines on Tuesday to watch the players make their first push for the 2019 National Championship.
All of the teams competing in Frisco earned their place in the National Championships via success in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series or the US Youth Soccer National League.
Live broadcasts of more than 90 games, daily highlight videos, photos, reports and complete results from the tournament are available on http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=27&d=26&mid=3689921&m=11233
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For complete statistics, including goal scorers, please visit the schedule, standings and scores website.
The tournament consists of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U Boys and Girls age group, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 14U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 104 teams.
Each year brings about new challenges and highlights the motivation and commitment of these youth as they continue pursuing their dreams of being one of the best youth soccer teams in the United States. The National Championships are the final step of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series and are open to any US Youth Soccer member. The U.S. Soccer Federation initiated the open youth championships with the James P. McGuire Cup (19U Boys), the oldest trophy in youth sport in 1935. Since its creation in 1974, US Youth Soccer has added 13 divisions to the National Championship tournament, with the 13U Boys and Girls divisions added in 2013 to reach the current format.
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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 National League Conferences, advance to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions 13U-19U from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The 14U through 19U 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=28&d=26&mid=3689921&m=11233
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sport organization in the country, is on a mission to make soccer the preeminent youth sport in the country. US Youth Soccer registers 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19. Through its programming, resources and leadership, US Youth Soccer is advancing the game for its 55 Member State Associations, 10,000 clubs and leagues and nearly 1 million administrators, coaches and volunteers. US Youth Soccer connects families and communities to the power of sports and its shared love of soccer. US Youth Soccer provides a path for every player, offering programs that provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit http://www.USYouthSoccer.org.