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2014 U17 Boys Preview


Group A                                                                                                                                  
Group B
The Defending Champ
Smithtown Arsenal (E-NY) is coming off an incredible 2013 year that saw them win the US Youth Soccer Region I and National Championships, as well as start off an impressive US Youth Soccer National League campaign that ended with a 6-0-1 record and a first place spot in the Red Division. However, in 2014 Smithtown has endured some growing pains associated with now being the hunted, with a loss in the finals of the Region I Championships against in-state rival Manhattan SC PSG (E-NY) being a prime example. Nevertheless, Smithtown will return a focused group that features captain and 2013 Golden Ball Award winner, TJ Butzke, along with 2013 Golden Glove Award winner Noah Varonier.
The Veterans
The Under-17 Boys group features plenty of teams with National Championship experience, and there is no team with more experience on the national level than Fullerton Rangers 96 White (CA-S). Entering the 2013 National Championships, Fullerton was hoping to accomplish a feat achieved by only a handful of other teams in winning three straight National Championships. Those hopes were dashed on the final day of pool play when Smithtown upset Fullerton, 1-0. This year's first match in the Under-17 Boys group will feature a rematch between the two teams. There is no team more familiar with Smithtown than Manhattan SC PSG (E-NY). The two teams have been battling it out for state, region and now National titles for years. Manhattan SC will be making its second trip to Nationals after finishing fourth in 2012 with a 1-1-1 record. CUP Gold 96/97 (OH-S) was also at Nationals in 2012, and ended up with a disappointing fifth place finish. Striker Luke Treadway, who scored nine goals in CUP's National League campaign this year, was held to one goal in his first trip to Nationals and will look to have a bigger impact this time around. Rounding out the veteran group will be National League Blue Division winners, FC Golden State White (CA-S). FC Golden State failed to advance to the finals at the 2013 National Championships despite a 2-1 record. After an impressive 5-0-2 record in the National League, FC Golden State adds even more depth to an already experience-rich group.
The Newcomers 
There will be three teams in the Under-17 Boys group entering their first US Youth Soccer National Championships. LVSA 97 Red (NV) lost in the region finals in 2010, but was able to win the 2014 Region IV Championships with a convincing 5-1 victory in the finals. LVSA also netted a total of 27 goals in only six games. Region II Champs, Chicago Fire Youth Soccer Club (IL) reached the semifinals last year, but were able to break through in 2014 with a victory over Lexington FC 97 White (KY). After three straight North Texas State Cup Championships, FC Dallas Youth 97 Premier (N-TX) will make its Nationals debut after defeating NC Alliance (NC), 2-0, in the Region III Championships final. 


How they got to Nationals

Manhattan FC PSG qualified to the 2014 US Youth Soccer Region I Championships by winning their second Eastern New York State Cup. At the Region I Championships, Manhattan went 3-0 in group play before defeating Empire Revolution SA Buffalo Blue (NY-W) 5-0 in the semifinals. In the finals, Manhattan knocked off defending regional and national champion and Eastern New York rival, Smithtown Arsenal 2-1 to win its second Region I Championship.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2012, 2014
Regional Finalist: 2011
Regional Champs: 2012, 2014
National League Blue Division 4th place: 2014
National League Red Division 3rd place: 2013
Key Players
State ODP: Sebastian Goicichea
Region ODP: Sebastian Goicichea
Interesting Facts

Spring 2013 - Manhattan SC Kickoff Classic - U16 Showcase Platinum - Champion
Spring 2012 Manhattan SC Kickoff Classic - U15 Platimum Division - Champion
Fall 2011 Massapequa College Showcase - U15 Super Group - Champion
Fall 2011 Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament - U15 Potomac Division - Champion
Fall 2011 Brooklyn Italians Columbus Cup - U5 Adidas Cup - Champion
Spring 2011 Region 1 Premier League championships - Champion
Spring 2011 Region 1 Premier League North - First Place
Spring 2011 Manhattan SC Kickoff Classic - U14 Platinum Division - Champion
Spring 2010 Potomac Memorial Tournament - U13 Potomac Division - Champion

Coach Info

Wilson Egidio

Playing Career: Villa Nova AC, Santos FC, NY United

Coaching Career: City College of New York Horace Mann Lions

License: US Soccer Federation Coaching "A" License, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (Premier License), Brazilian National Soccer Coaching License.

 U17B_Manhattan SC PSG_E-NY

 Chicago Fire

 Region II: Chicago Fire Youth Academy (IL)


How they got to Nationals

Chicago Fire qualified for the 2014 Region II Championship by winning the MRL Premier 1 Red Division.  In that series, Chicago ire had a 6-1 record outscoring their opponents 22-7. Chicago Fire advanced through the group stage with a 2-0-1 record, and defeated Classic Eagles 96/97 Red (OH-S) 2-1 in the semifinals thanks to goals from Connor Davis and Blake Van Bruggen in the span of one minute. Chicago Fire defeated Lexington FC 97 Boys White (KY) 1-0 in the finals for its first birth into the National Championships.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2013

State Finals: 2014

Region Champs: 2014

Regional Semifinals: 2013

College Commitments
Ian Larson: Duquesne University
Nikesh Lettman: Dominican University (Illinois)
Jack Niestrom: Butler University
Interesting Facts

2014 MRL Premier 1 Red Division Champions

MRL Division Champions

Coach Info

Marc McElligott
USSF A License 
NSCAA Premier Diploma
Two-Time National Champion coach with Eclipse Select/Chicago Fire Juniors (IL) in 2010 and 2011
Boys U17 CHAMPS (0064)----Chicago Fire Youth Soccer Club (IL) (MRL1)-L


 Region III: FC Dallas Youth 97 Premier (N-TX)


How they got to Nationals

FC Dallas won its third straight North Texas State Cup over fellow club team FC Dallas Youth 97 Gold 2-1 in the finals. At the Region III Championships,  FC Dallas sported a perfect 3-0 record through the group stage, and defeated Louisiana Fire Red 97 (LA) 2-1 in the quarterfinals. FC Dallas beat Boca United 96/97 Gold (FL) 1-0 in the semifinals before defeating NCA Alliance (NC) 2-0 in the finals to claim the region title.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2012, 2013, 2014

Regional Champs: 2014

Key Players

2014 Region III Championships tied for leading scorer: Sergio Lara, Reece Schattle

College Commitments
Kamar Marriott: Florida Gulf Coast University
Interesting Facts
2014 Dallas Cup Finalist
2013 Disney Cup Champion
Coach Info
Scott Dymond
USSF "A" License
FC Dallas College Director and Coach
January 1991-May 1995 University of South Carolina Assistant Coach
 U17 Boys - Champions - FC Dallas 97 Premier (N-TX)


LVSA logo

 Region IV: LVSA 97 Red (NV)


How they got to Nationals

LVSA won its first US Youth Soccer Region IV Championship in Albuquerque, N.M., where they last reached a regional final in 2010. LVSA's journey started by winning their third Nevada State Cup. At the Region IV Championships, LVSA went 3-0 in the group stage, and needed penalty kicks to get past Westside Timbers 96 Copa (OR) in the quarterfinals. LVSA then defeated Eastside FC 96 Red (WA) 4-1 in the semifinals and scored five unanswered goals in the finals against Valparaiso United FC 97 (AZ) for the 5-1 victory.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2010, 2012, 2014

Regional Champs: 2014

Regional Finalist: 2010

Regional Semifinalist: 2012

Key Players

Region ODP: Tristan Blackmon

2014 Region IV Championship top four scorers: Miles Mcrae, Tristan Blackmon, Jackson Dietrich, Elijah Ruffer

College Commitments

Austin Polster: Wright State University
Tristan Blackmon: University of the Pacific

Coach Info

Jeff Manthey

FWR14-U17B (NV) LVSA 97 Red



How they got to Nationals

FC Golden State placed first place in the US Youth Soccer National League Blue Division by not losing a game and sporting a 5-0-2 record. FC Golden State scored 17 goals while only surrendering four. FC Golden State qualified to the 2014 Region IV Championship via the Far West Regional League, but failed to make it out of the group stage.

National Championship Series History

Regional Champs: 2013

National League Blue Division Champion: 2014

Key Players

State ODP: Berj Ghazarian

2013 Best XI: Edgar Esquivel

College Commitments

Edgar Esquivel: California State University. Dominguez Hills

Jonathan Hinojosa: California State University, Los Angeles

Coach Info

Robert Friedland

17_FC Golden State

 U-15 Fullerton Rangers


How they got to Nationals

Fullerton Rangers qualified for their fourth straight National Championships through a second place finish in the National League Blue Division with a 4-1-2 record. Fullerton scored 16 goals while surrendering six, and was able to hold off GSA Phoenix 97 Premier (GA) for the second spot. Fullerton won its second Cal South National Cup in 2014, but only advanced to the quarterfinal round at the 2014 Region IV Championships. 

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2012, 2014

Regional Champs: 2011, 2012

Regional Quarterfinals: 2014

National League Blue Division 2nd: 2013, 2014

Key Players

Region ODP: Keith Murphy

National Team: Amirgy Pineda, Ronaldo Pineda

2011 Golden Ball Award: Ricardo Ruiz

2011 Golden Glove Award: Keith Murphy

2011 Bext XI: George Castro, Keith Murphy, Amirgy Pineda, Ricardo Ruiz

2012 Best XI: Amirgy Pineda, Ronaldo Pineda, George Castro

2013 Best XI: Amirgy Pineda

Amirgy Pineda: First American player selected to play at the Nike Academy in England.

Interesting Facts

Dallas Cup Champions 2011, 2012

Coach Info

James Obleda

NSCAA Regional and National Coach of the Year: 2011

Nike Cal-South Competitive Coach of the Year: 2012





How they got to Nationals

Smithtown Arsenal began their national title defense by winning the National League Red Division with a 6-0-1 record, and was the only team in either division to eclipse more than five wins. Smithtown qualified to the 2014 Region I Championship via the Region I Premier League, and advanced out of the group stage with a 3-0 record. After defeating CFC Sound Azul Juniors (CT) 2-1 in the semifinals Smithtown fell to Manhattan SC PSG 2-1 in the finals. 

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2010, 2011, 2013

Regional  Champs: 2011, 2013

National League Red Division Champion: 2014

National League Red Division 3rd Place: 2012

Key Players

State ODP: TJ Butzke, Doug Toledo

Region ODP: TJ Butzke, Doug Toledo

2011 Best XI: TJ Butzke

2013 Best XI: TJ Butzke, Steven Dovi, Noah Varonier

2013 Golden Ball Award: TJ Butzke

2013 Golden Glove: Noah Varonier 

College Commitments

Casey Abelein: Farleigh Dickinson University

Steven Braccioforte: Mercy College

TJ Butzke: Boston University

Christopher Hettler: University at Albany

Kaan Ilgin: University at Albany

Moosah Khanat: Manhattan College

Zach Pogrob: Binghamton University

Garrett Sweeney: University at Albany

Douglas Toledo: Stony Brook University

Noah Varonier: Southern Connecticut State University

Harrison Weilbacher: Binghamton University

Coach Info

Tom Lips

Playing Career: FC St. Gallen, New England Revolution

Head Coach at Smithtown West High School

Director of Long Island Professional Soccer


17_Smithtown A-Frame

CUP Logo


How they got to Nationals

After missing out in 2013, CUP Gold qualified to the 2014 National Championship thanks to a 5-1-1 record in the National League Red Division, and was one of only two teams to net a goal against Smithtown. CUP defeated OGFC 96 Elite (OH-S) to secure its second straight Ohio-South State Cup. However, CUP failed to get past the group stage of the 2014 Region II Championships with a 1-1-1 record.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2013, 2014

Regional Champs: 2012

National League Red Division 2nd Place: 2014  

National League Red Division 4th Place: 2013

National League Red Division Champion: 2012

Key Players

2012 Best XI: Luke Treadway, David Jeffries

Luke Treadway set a National League record with 13 goals in 2012, and led the way again in 2014 with nine goals. 

College Commitments

William Cohen: Amherst College

Mohammed Elmardi: University of Cincinnati

Luke Treadway: University of Kentucky

Coach Info

Terry Nicholl

1987, 1988 American Indoor Soccer Association Coach of the Year

Former Coach: Memphis Storm, Wichita Wings, Dayton Dynamo, Cincinnati Excite

Head Coach at Seven Hills High School