It’s the final day of preliminary games of the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, KS as 88 U13-U19 boys and girls teams are working hard to collect points. Three points are rendered for a win, one for a tie and zero for a loss. The top two teams from the U13, U14 and U19 age groups and pool winners in the U15-U18 age groups will advance to compete in the National Championship on Saturday and Sunday.
Anthony Melody scored the late 63rd minute goal that cemented the win for FSA FC Navy (CT) 1-0 against Raiders FC (IL). They will move forward to play in the Championships this weekend.
Pateadores LA (CA-S) blew UFA 00 Elite (GA) out of the water this morning, ending the game in a 5-0 shut out. Bryan Perez scored a brace, while Kyle Holcumb, Alejandro Barrera and Jason Pacas added goals to seal the deal.
Michigan Wolves 99 (MI) took out Penn Fusion 98 (PA-E) 4-1 to advice to finals this weekend. The wolves dominated the first half with goals from Daniel Wright, Larry Chen and Samuel DeRosa. PF98 opened scoring in the second half with a goal from Frank Rosa, but the Wolves finished it off with the winner from Suniel Veerakone.
Pateadores CM (CA-S) ruled the field today with a 4-1 win over Solar Chelsea (TX-N). They got on the board first with an 11th minute goal from Christopher Lopez, but SC99 bit back before the half with an equalizer from Javier Leija. Pateadores turned on the after burners in the second half, and broke away with two final goals scored by Christian Enriquez and Santiago Galera. They will take on the Michigan Wolves on Saturday.
Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S) beat Vardar 98 (MI) by one goal to earn a hard fought win in this morning’s final prelim games. Santa Barbara got the early lead thanks to a 9 minute strike by Brandon Sanchez. Vardar answered back with a goal scored by Thomas Dokho just 9 minutes later, ushering in halftime with a tied 1-1 score. The second half would be a battle, as both teams eagerly pursued the winner. Raul Guerrero was the hero for Santa Barbara, putting away a late 77th minute goal to lead his team to victory.
It was a clean sweep for Sunrise Elite 97/98 (FL) who defeated GSA 98 Phoenix Red (GA) for the big win this morning. They didn’t waste any time scoring, posting a 2 minute goal from Samuel Buzzas. They kept that lead under their belt into the second half until the 47th minute. Donald Emerson added a security goal to seal the Florida win.
A tight game between Lehigh Valley United 97 (PA-E) and FC Dallas 98 Premier (TX-N) ended in a 3-2 victory for United after a thrilling second half. LVU got the fire started with a goal from Byron Derti, but FCD responded with a 47th minute equalizer from Austin Day. Pierre Reedy scored a brace 10 minutes apart to put LVU back in the lead, and though Roman Cano scored a late goal for FCD, it wouldn’t be enough to catch United.
Dix Hills Elite (NY-E) will play Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S) in the finals after defeating Bethesda Lions (MD) 1-0 this morning. Michael Sclafani delivered the winning goal that carried Elite to the top.
CCV Stars 97 Boys Black (AZ) bagged a nice 2-0 win against NASA 15 Elite (GA) to move forward in the Championships. Musa Morris and Tate Schmitt produced first half goals and defense denied Elite any progression in the second half.
Smithtown Arsenal (NY-E) are moving forward to play GSA Phoenix 97 Red (GA) in the finals after defeating Fullerton Rangers (CA-S) 1-0 this morning. It was Christopher Hettler who rocked the scoreboard on the 18th minute, and Arsenal was able to keep early lead locked down till the end.
FC Golden State (CA-S) shut out Alliance 97 Boys (MI) 3-0, not wanting to let any chances jeopardize their successful journey. They sealed the deal all in the first half with goals scored by Edgar Esquivel, Jose Heredia and Alberto Juarez, holding off the opposition for the remainder.
It’s another clean sweep victory for the U16 boys, this time for GSA 97 Red (GA) who beat Concorde Fire Elite (GA) 2-0 today. Yosef Samuel broke ground in the 27th minute with a nice strike to the back of the neck, and his teammate Kofi Twumasi added a security goal in the second half, while defense did an outstanding job keeping the opposition at bay.
Chicago Fire Academy (IL) and Lehigh Valley United 93 (PA-E) battled to a 1-1 draw this morning, with late game goals that kept onlookers on the edge of their seats. CFA’s Reid Strain broke the stalemate in the 81st minute, but the win was still out of reach, as Colton Storm responded with an 86th minute equalizer to keep LVU in the running.
Pateadores ANA (CA-S) surged forward at the end of the first half to defeat Plantation Copa (FL) 2-1 in prelims today. Copa was first to taste glory with an 8th minute goal scored by Armando Acosta. This only shook up Pateadores, who took the lead with goals from Hugo Cobian and Lester Hayes and held on for the remainder.
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