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2014 U18 Boys Preview

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Group A

U-16 Scottsdale Blackhawks

Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks (AZ)

U-14 Santa Barbara SC

Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S)

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CUP Gold 95/96 (OH-S)

U-16 Lehigh Valley United

Lehigh Valley United (E-PA)

National League Blue Runner Up Region IV Champ National League Red Champ Region I Champ

 

Group B

U-19 West Coast FC

West Coast FC (CA-S)

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Waza FC East 96 Jrs. (MI)

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GSA 96 Premier (GA)

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Santa Clara Sporting 95 (CA-N)

National League Blue Champ Region II Champ Region III Champ National League Red Runner Up

 
The Defending Champ
 
West Coast FC (CA-S) advanced to the 2013 National Championships as runners-up in the National League. This year West Coast topped the Blue Division while going undefeated with an impressive 19 goals for while allowing only three against. Nicolo D'Amato topped the goal scoring charts in National League with six and will look to continue his scoring prowess at the 2014 National Championships. West Coast also returns two top 10 goal scorers at the 2013 National Championship in Esen Harris and Luis Silva who will look to help West Coast defend their title.
 
The Veterans
 
The Under-18 Boys group features five other veterans to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The team to be most feared in this group is most likely CUP Gold 95/96 (OH-S). They will be gunning for the defending champs after losing a tight 1-0 game in extra time in last year's final. Two other teams here also featured in last year's event. Santa Clara Sporting 95 (CA-N) finished with a 1-1-1 record but will be dangerous as they qualify as a National League representative. Lehigh Valley United 95 (E-PA) has more National Championship experience than anyone in the group, first featuring in the event in 2010 as an Under-14 team and also appearing in 2012 and 2013. LVU could taste the championship game in 2012 but just missed out by one point. LVU must feel it is finally their year to get the elusive title and will be a quality opponent for any team with their National Championship experience. Two teams that are returning to the National Championships after skipping a year are Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks Burke (AZ) and GSA 96 Premier (GA). Scottsdale barely missed qualifying for last year through National League falling behind West Coast FC, but this year got the job done and return to the event. GSA returns to the National Championship and will be a team to watch not only for their talent on their field but the talent on the sideline. Nuno Piteria is now coach of the team and has this team looking sharp. Piteria coached the Under-19 boys GSA team who finished second in the McGuire Cup in 2012 as well as various other teams that have played in the US Youth Soccer National League and National Championships.
 
The Newcomers 
 

There will be two teams in the Under-18 Boys group entering their first US Youth Soccer National Championships. Waza FC East 96 Jrs. (MI) qualified by winning the Region II Championships, and they did it in force. Teams will have to watch out for the top two goal scorers at the Region II Championships in Robert Longo (9) and Neil Martorana (8). Waza finished group play with 22 goals  and only 1 against. The other newcomer to the event is Santa Barbara FC White (CA-S). Santa Barbara advance through Region IV Championships, which is no small task, and they did so by defeating the Far West Regional League winners in the finals to do so.


 
U-16 Lehigh Valley United

 

How they got to Nationals

After qualifying for the 2013 National Championships through the National League, Lehigh Valley 95 (E-PA) was unable to replicate that performance this year, and needed a third US Youth Soccer Region I Championship in order to get back to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. Lehigh Valley qualified to the Region I Championships through the Region I Premier League, and advanced out of the group stage with a 2-0-1 record. Lehigh Valley defeated Annandale United FC Hawks (VA) 1-0 in the semifinals before beating Penn Fusion SA (E-PA) 3-0 in the finals.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2007, 2008,  2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Regional Champs: 2010, 2012, 2014

Regional Semifinalist: 2009

National Championships 3rd: 2012

National Championships 4th: 2010

National League Red 6th Place: 2014

National League Red Division 2nd: 2013

National League Red Division 4th: 2012 

National League Red Division 3rd: 2011

Key Players

Regional ODP: Shaun Quinn, Ryan Brown, Daniel Busichio, Wyatt Fabian, Colten Habecker

2013 Best XI: Colby Thomas

2012 Best XI: Colby Thomas

College Commitments

Matthew Barile Manhattan College
Aaron Belman Elizabethtown College
Ryan Brown Dickinson College
Daniel Busichio Emory University
Jordon Ellison Wilmington University (Delaware)
Wyatt Fabian Lafayette College
Sam Feehrer U.S. Air Force Academy
Zachary Goodwin Susquehanna University
Colten Habecker Southern Methodist University
Zachary Herman New York University
Luke Masiado Dickinson College
ANDREW NARDONE University of Scranton
John Natale Bucknell University
Shaun Quinn American University
Gabriel Tagliamonte Wesleyan University (Connecticut)
Colby Thomas Messiah College
Justin Worley Lehigh University

Interesting Facts

2013 Region I Premier League South: 3rd place

2012 Region I Premier League North Champions

2012 Region I Premier League Playoffs Runner-up

Coach Info

 Greg Ramos

USSF A License

UEFA A License

NSCAA Premier Coaching Diploma

2009 NSCAA Regional coach of the Year

Eastern Pennsylvania ODP 94 Boys Coach

NSCAA Staff Coach

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How they got to Nationals

Waza FC East 96 Jrs. (MI) was one point away from a second place finish in the National League Red Division, but had to settle for third place for the second year in a row. Waza won its second straight Michigan State Cup, which allowed them to advance to the 2014 Region II Championship. Waza went 3-0 in the group stage while scoring a whopping 22 goals in three games. Waza continued its scoring ways with a 3-0 victory over Westside United Green 96 (IN) in the semifinals and a 3-1 win over St. Croix (MN) in the finals to secure a spot in the National Championships.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2013, 2014

Region Champs: 2014

National League Red 3rd Place: 2013, 2014

National League Blue 6th Place: 2012

Key Players

Region ODP: Spiro Pliakos

2013-2014 National League second leading scorer (tied): Robert Longo (5)

2014 Region II Championship top 2 leading scorer: Robert Longo (9), Neil Martorana (8) 

College Commitments

Noah Brenizer Siena Heights University
Matthew Gross Rochester College
Ian Haskin Bowling Green State University
Ted Hurst Washington and Lee University
Neil Martorana Radford University
Jared Pechette Missouri University of Science and Technology
Spiro Pliakos University of Detroit Mercy
Brian Steele Oakland University
Jacob Waier Kalamazoo College
Zachary Walker Oakland University

Interesting Facts

2014 MRL 2nd place 

Coach Info

Peter Langens
 

USSF National A License

Playing Experience: University of Michigan, Mid-Michigan Bucks, Border Stars

Coaching Experience: Michigan ODP 96 Boys, Assistant Coach at Madonna University

Boys U18 CHAMPS (0111)-----Waza FC East 96 Jrs. (MI) (SC)-L
 


U-19 GSA Phoenix
 Region III: GSA 96 Premier (GA)

 

How they got to Nationals

After reaching the region finals in both 2011 and 2012, GSA 96 Premier (GA) was finally able to get over the hump in 2014 for its first region title, and second berth into the National Championships. It all started with GSA winning its first Georgia State Cup title since 2011. At the 2014 Region III Championship, GSA didn't surrender a goal in the group stage en route to a 2-0-1 record. GSA dominated GCU 96 (MS) 5-0 in the quarterfinals before beating CESA 95 Premier (SC) 2-0 in the semifinals. GSA finished off its title run with a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas 96 Premier (N-TX). 

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2011, 2014

Region Champs: 2014

Region Finals: 2011, 2012

National Championships 5th Place: 2012

National League Red Champ: 2012

National League Red 6th Place: 2013

Key Players

2014 Region III Championship leading scorer: Rashid Alarape (7)

College Commitments

Roman Brockman College of Charleston (South Carolina)
Bobby Grunow Berry College
Marius Heislitz North Carolina State University
Everick Little Georgia State University
Ryan Marcano Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Christopher Morgan Oglethorpe University
Eli Pinner Furman University
Martin Sedarri College of Charleston (South Carolina)
Nash Wagnon Wofford College
Greyson Walldorff Georgia State University

Coach Info

Nuno Piteria

Coaching Experience: Boys Director at Gwinnett Soccer, Atlanta Silverbacks, Assistant Coach of Coastal Carolina, Head Coach of College of Charleston
 
 
U18 Boys - Champions - GSA 96 Premier (GA)
 

 

U-14 Santa Barbara SC

 

How they got to Nationals

Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S) will join its Under 16 Boys club mates at the National Championship for the first time thanks to winning the Cal South National Cup and 2014 Region IV Championship. Santa Barbara defeated DMS 11 Academy 4-2 to win its first Cal South National Cup, and went 3-0 in group play at the Region IV Championship. Santa Barbara defeated La Roca FC Premier 96 (UT) 3-2 in the quarterfinals and Sereno 96 White (AZ) 2-0 in the semifinals. After going down 2-0 early to Fram Premier (CA-S), Miguel Padron scored four goals in a row to give Santa Barbara the 4-2 lead, and they ultimately won 5-3.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2014

Region Champs: 2014

Key Players

2014 Region IV Championships top 2 leading scorers: Miguel Padron (8), Geoffrey Acheampong (7)

College Commitments

Agustin Andrade Seattle University
Randy Mendoza California State University, Los Angeles

Coach Info

Rudy Ybarra
 

USSF ‘D’ License

Played professionally in the North American Soccer League with the Los Angeles Aztecs, Memphis Rogues and Tulsa Roughnecks.

Has coached with Santa Barbara Soccer Club for 16 years and at Santa Barbara High School for 20 seasons.

Two-Time defending National Champion Coach with U16 Boys Santa Barbara SC

 

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U-19 West Coast FC
 National League Blue 1: West Coast FC (CA-S)

 

How they got to Nationals

The 2013 National Champs West Coast FC (CA-S) secured their spot in this year's National Championships with a first place finish in the National League Blue Division with a 4-0-3 record. West Coast scored the most goals of any team in the age group with 19, and only conceded three. 

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2009, 2012, 2013

Regional Champs: 2009

Regional Finalist: 2012

Regional Quarterfinals: 2013

National Champion: 2013

National League Blue Champ: 2014

National League Blue Runner Up: 2013

Key Players

2013-2014 National League leading scorer: Nicolo D'Amato

2013 Best XI: Esen Harris, Ivan Canales 

College Commitments

Adam Fox University of California, Irvine
Nicholas Godfrey Oregon State University
Esen Harris Boston University
Kelly Hess Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Bryce Kaminski University of San Francisco
Adam Lenth San Francisco State University
Cole Martinez California State University, Los Angeles
Samuel Mckay Academy of Art University
Trent Shaw Westmont College
Christopher Tellez Point Loma Nazarene University

Interesting Facts

2013 Far West Regional League Spring Runner up

Coach Info

Neil Armour

USSF National B License

UEFA B License

Former Head Coach of 1st Division Professional Team in Hong Kong

Played professionally in Scotland, Hong Kong and in the United States 

 

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U-16 Scottsdale Blackhawks
National League Blue 2: Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks (AZ)

 

How they got to Nationals

Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks (AZ) couldn't make it two trips to the National Championship in a row last year after barely missing out on a second place finish in the National League Blue Division. This year Scottsdale tied West Coast FC (CA-S) atop the National League Blue Division, but a tie breaker gave West Coast the first place finish. Scottsdale scored 15 goals while giving up seven. 

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

State Finals: 2008, 2014

Region Quarterfinals: 2011, 2012, 2013

National Championship 6th Place: 2012

National League Blue Champ: 2012

National League Blue 3rd Place: 2011, 2013

Key Players

State ODP: Adam Mosharrafa, Nic Harguindeguy, Alex Ramirez, Lorenzo Belahssen 

College Commitments

Nic Harguindeguy  Utah Valley University 
Lorenzo Belhassen Chapman University
Zach Marks Davidson College 
Adam Mosharrafa Stanford University
Alex Ramirez Grand Canyon University
Michael Morano Benedictine College
Matt Winkler Chandler Gilbert
Phillip Mourikes Manhattan College
Alex DeLaRosa Yavapai College
Connor Follett Chandler Gilbert

Interesting Facts

2014 Far West Regional League Runner Up

LA Premier College Showcase Champions

Coach Info

Adam Burke

USSF A License; NSCAA Advance National Diploma; NSCAA Goalkeeping I & II

Coaching Experience

Scottsdale Soccer Blackhawks, AZ: 2004-Present

Region IV ODP Staff-Boys: 2009

Arizona ODP Staff: 2004-2005 and 2008-2010

University of West Florida Men's & Women's Assitant Coach, 2002-2004

East Mississippi Community College Men's Head Coach: 2001

University of Alabama - Huntsville Men's Assistant Coach: 1999-2001

 

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 National League Red 1: CUP Gold 95/96 (OH-S)

 

How they got to Nationals

After losing in the national finals to West Coast FC (CA-S) last year, CUP Gold 95/96 has been with West Coast step-by-step in their quest to return to the National Championship finals in 2014. CUP won the National League Red Division with 5-0-2 while scoring 17 goals and conceding a league low two goals in seven games. CUP also won its seventh Ohio South State Cup to advance to the 2014 Region II Championship as the defending champion. CUP advanced out of the group stage with a 2-0-1 record, but lost 3-0 to St. Croix (MN) in the semifinals.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Regional Champs: 2013

Regional Semifinalists: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014

National Championship Finals: 2013

National League Red Champ: 2014

National League Blue Champion: 2013

National League Red 5th Place: 2012

National League Blue 7th Place: 2011

Key Players

2013 Best XI: Josh Grant

College Commitments

Thor Beckdahl Duquesne University
Greg Bohn Manhattan College
Jack Clark University of Cincinnati
Joseph Gallagher DePauw University
Josh Grant Xavier University
Caleb Griffith Messiah College
Austin Harrell DePaul University
Christian Hay University of Cincinnati
Devon Jackson Christian Brothers University
Josh McDaniel Capital University
Wesley Mink Oakland University
Henry Myers Kenyon College
Hunter Stiger Capital University
Trevor Thompson Bellarmine University
Gabe Welp Brown University

Interesting Facts

2011, 2013, 2014 Midwest Regional League Premier Division Champions

Disney Soccer Showcase Champions 2013
 
Adidas Blue Chip Showcase Champions 2012

Coach Info

Bobby Puppione

USSF A License

USYS National Youth License

NSCAA Premier Diploma

NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma

NSCAA High School Coaches Diploma

 

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National League Red 2: Santa Clara Sporting 95 (CA-N)

 

How they got to Nationals

Santa Clara Sporting 95 (CA-N) used the National League Red Division as their avenue of qualifying for the National Championship for the first time. Santa Clara sported a 3-1-3 record while scoring nine goals and giving up seven. Santa Clara also won its fifth straight Cal North State Cup, but failed to advance out of the group stage of the 2014 Region IV Championship.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Regional Champs: 2013

Regional Semifinals: 2010

National League Red Runner Up: 2014

Interesting Facts

2012 Far West Regional League Champion

2013 Surf College Cup Champion

2013 Dallas Cup Finalist

Key Players

State ODP: James Prusa, Kyle Cacoyannis

2013 Best XI: Javier Ceballos

College Commitments

Christian Aldama University of the Pacific
Bradley Bumgarner California State University, Sacramento
Kyle Cacoyannis Whitworth University
Eric Espinoza Whitworth University
Christian Gonzalez California State University, East Bay
Salvador Herrera-Farias Menlo College
Andres Ochoa Baeza University of the Pacific
Nathan Petrie Stanford University
Jeffrey Powers University of California, San Diego
James Prusa University of the Pacific
Jonah Snyder Whitworth University
Derek Wilcox Utah Valley University

Coach Info

Demitri Cacoyannis

Named 2010 California Youth Soccer Association District II Coach of the Year

 
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