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2015 Under-14 Boys Preview

 

Group A
 
 
The Veterans
Baltimore Celtic Dynasty (MD) and GSA 01 Premier (GA) return to the US Youth Soccer National Championships after finishing third and fourth respectively in 2014. The two squads were the only undefeated teams in the 2014-15 US Youth Soccer National League with Celtic winning the Red Division (5-0-2) and GSA taking second place in the Blue Division (3-0-4). Celtic tied for the least amount of goals surrendered in the National League (4) while GSA tied for the second most goals scored (13) with seven coming from 2014 National Championships Best XI forward Kendall Edwards.
 
The Newcomers 

The 2014 NSCAA Youth Coach of the Year, Jamile Walker, leads Region I Champions McLean 00 Green (VA) into its first National Championships with high hopes after a convincing 3-0 victory in the 2015 Region I Championships final. Cincinnati United CUP Gold (OH-S) advances to the National Championships as the Region II Representative after a second place finish at the Region II Championships. Joining CUP in Group A is Region III Champion Houstonians 2001 (TX-S), which already owns a win over GSA 01 Premier (GA) in the finals of the 2015 Region III Championships. GSA and Houstonians will square off for a second time in as many months on day one in Tulsa. After missing out on the 2014 National Championships due to a 2014 Region IV Championships finals defeat, SJ Earthquakes PDA 01 (CA-N) advances to this year's National Championships by securing its first Region IV title. San Diego SC Academy Navy comes into the National Championships as the National League Blue Champion, and is coached by Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame member Brian Quinn, who is also the youngest coach in MLS history. LFSC Geerling White (MO) is the final member of the Under-14 Boys group, and is the only team to place in the top-two at National League and win a Region Championship.



McLean Soccer

 

How they got to Nationals

McLean 00 Green (VA) advanced to its second US Youth Soccer Region I Championships with a 1-0 win over PDA Donovan (NJ) in the US Youth Soccer Region I Champions League final. At the 2015 Region I Championships, McLean and Delaware Rush 00 (DE) both finished with identical 2-0-1 records, and thus would require kicks from the mark to determine which team would advance to the semifinals. McLean was victorious in the penalty kick shootout tiebreaker, and continued that momentum with a 6-0 win over FSA FC Elite (CT) in the semifinals. McLean punched a ticked to the 2015 US Youth Soccer National Championships with a 3-0 victory over PA Crew (PA-W).

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2013

Region Champs: 2015

Region Semifinals: 2013

2015 National League Red Division: 5th (2-4-1)

Key Players

State ODP: Abel Luwis, Ethan Stewart, Eric Eichler, Daniel Diaz-Bonilla

Region ODP: Garrett Socas, Tyler Smith, Winston Agbarra

2015 Region I Champs Top Scorer (2nd): Daniel Diaz-Bonilla (4)

2015 Region I Champs Top Scorer (Tied 3rd): Yassine Elkahloun and Jack Rosener (Tied 3rd, 3)

Interesting Facts

2015 Region I Champions League Champions

EDP Cup Champions: 2014, 2015

2014 OBGC Capital Cup Champions

2014 Generation Adidas Bethesda Champions

Coach Info

Jamile Walker

  • Playing Experience: San Jose Earthquakes, DC United and Portland Timbers
  • USSF National "A" License
  • 2014 NSCAA Youth Coach of the Year
2015 U14B_McLean 00 Green (VA)
 

 CUP Logo

 

How they got to Nationals

Cincinnati United CUP Gold (OH-S) defeated Ohio Premier Green (OH-S) in a high-scoring affair that saw CUP claim the state title with a 5-3 result. CUP ended group play without conceding a goal, and edged out a 1-0 win over PSG MI Nova 01 Black (MI). CUP fell to LFSC Geerling White (MO), 2-1, in the final, but will advance to the National Championships as the Region II Representative due to LFSC already qualifying to nationals via the US Youth Soccer National League.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2015

Region Finals: 2015

Key Players

2015 Region II Champs Top Scorer (Tied 1st): Isaac Brooks (3)

Coach Info

John Michael Hayden

 
U14B Finalist - Cincinnati United CUP Gold (OH-S)
 


Houstonians_Logo

 

How they got to Nationals

Houstonians 2001 (TX-S) already secured a spot in the 2015 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships by winning the US Youth Soccer Southern Premier League, but also would also go on to win the South Texas State Cup. At the Region III Championships, Houstonians advanced out of the group stage with a 2-1 record, and defeated Tennessee SC 19 (TN) 1-0 in the quarterfinals. Houstonians took out WSA 01 White (OK), 2-0, in the semifinals, and then defeated the defending region champs GSA 01 Premier (GA), 3-2, in the finals to secure a spot in the National Championships.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2015

Region Champs: 2015

Key Players

2015 Region III Chaps Top Scorer (Tied 3rd): Kevin Gonzalez (4)

Coach Info

Noe Bastidas
  • GM of Younger Boys Program

 

U14B - Houstonians
 
 

 
San Jose Earthquakes

 

How they got to Nationals

SJ Earthquakes PDA 01 (CA-N) took care of Alum Rock Scorpions (CA-N) to win its second consecutive Cal North State Cup title to advance to the 2015 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships. A 2-0-1 record allowed SJ Earthquakes to advance to the quarterfinals, where they defeated West Coast FC Armour (CA-S) 3-2. SJ Earthquakes required a little less drama to defeat HSC Bulls Academy I 01 (HI), 6-0, in the semifinals to reach its second straight region final. After falling to eventual National Championships finalist FC Golden State PDA 01 (CA-S) in the finals last year, SJ Earthquakes were victorious this year against Sparta 01 JK (UT) in a match that was ultimately determined by a penalty kick shootout.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2014, 2015

Region Champs: 2015

Region Finals: 2014

Key Players

State ODP: Michael Larson

Region ODP: Demetri Castaneda

National Team: Eric De La Cerda, Oscar Govea

2015 Region IV Champs Top Scorer (Tied 2nd): Nathan Arnott and Fabian Rodriguez

Coach Info:

Jeff Jenkins

 
 
U14B_FWR15_CHAMP_SJ EARTHQUAKES PDA 01-(CA-N)
 
 
 


San Diego SC

 

How they got to Nationals

San Diego SC 00 Academy Navy (CA-S) qualified to its first National Championship with a 4-2-1 record in the National League Blue Division. San Diego scored 13 goals while allowing six, and tied fellow National Championships participant GSA 01 Premier (GA), 1-1. 

National Championship Series History

State Quarterfinals: 2014

State Semifinals: 2013

Region Quarterfinals: 2013, 2014

2014-15 National League Blue Division: Champs (4-2-1)

Key Players

State ODP: Cooper Lachenbruch, Alejandro Hernandez, Alec Castillo, J. J. Flowers, Cameron Anderson, Matt Miller, Andrew Miranda, Chris Malham

2014-15 National League Top Scorer (Tied 4th): Andrew Miranda (4)

Interesting Facts

2015 Pegasus Cup Champions

2014-15 SCDSL Flight 1 Champions

2014 United Cup Champions

Coach Info

Brian Quinn

  • Playing Experience: San Diego Sockers (4th all-time leading scorer) U.S. National Team (48 caps) Named to Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame
  • Coaching Experience San Diego Sockers, San Jose Clash (youngest coach in MLS history), University of San Diego

 

U14_SanDiego SC 00 Academy Navy (CA-S)
 
 
 

 
GSA_Logo

 

How they got to Nationals

GSA 01 Premier (GA) was the only undefeated team in the 2014-2015 National League Blue Division and ended with a 3-0-4 record. GSA won its second straight Georgia State Cup with a 1-0 win over 2015 Region III Championships quarter-finalist United FA 01 Premier (GA) in the finals. GSA advanced out of the group stage at the Region III Championships with a 3-0 record, and defeated FC Dallas 01 (TX-N) 4-0 in the quarterfinals. GSA took care of business with a 2-0 win over Tampa Bay United (FL), but couldn't overcome a 3-0 deficit to Houstonians 2001 (TX-S) as the match ended 3-2.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2014, 2015

Region Champs: 2014

Region Finals: 2015

National Champs 4th Place: 2014

2014-15 National League Blue: 2nd (3-0-4)

Key Players

2015 Region III Champs Top Scorer (Tied 1st): Kendall Edwards (5)

2015 Region III Champs Top Scorer (Tied 3rd): Liam Butts (4)

2014-2015 National League Top Scorer (Tied 1st): Kendall Edwards

2014 National Championships Best XI: Chad Letts, Kendall Edwards

2014 Region III Champs Top Scorer (1st): Kendall Edwards (8)

2014 Region III Champs Top Scorer (Tied 2nd): Chad Letts (4)

Coach Info

Nuno Piteira

  • Playing Experience: SL Benefica
  • Coaching Experience Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Atlanta Silverbacks
  • USSF "A" License
  • US National Youth License
  • English FA Preliminary Certificate
  • GSA Boy's Director of Coaching

 

U14_GSA 01 Premier (GA)
 

 
 
Baltimore Celtic Logo

 

How they got to Nationals

Baltimore Celtic Dynasty (MD) qualified to National Championships by winning the 2014-2015 National League Red Division with a 5-0-2 record. Celtic played two teams that have also qualified to the National Championships as the Maryland squad tied LFSC Geerling White (MO), 0-0, and defeated McLean 00 Green (VA), 2-0. Celtic won its second straight Maryland State Cup in convincing form with a 3-0 victory over Bethesda Blue 00 (MD). Celtic failed to make it out of the group stage at the 2015 Region I Championships after losing out to FPYC Fury on a goals against tiebreaker. 

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2014, 2015

Region Champs: 2014

National Champs 3rd Place: 2014

2014-2015 National League Red: Champion (5-0-2)

Key Players

State ODP: Logan Stevens, Mitch Clark

Region ODP: Luke Davis

2014 National Championships Best XI: Reese Mayer

Interesting Facts

2014 Region I Premier League Champions

Coach Info

Mike Lookingland

  • Nationally Licensed through NSCAA
  • Playing Experience: Crystal Palace Baltimore, Baltimore Blast
  • Won 1997 Under-13 Region I Championships with SC Baltimore Bays
  • Coaching Experience: Baltimore Bays
 
 
U14_Baltimore_Celtic (MD)
 
 
 

 
Lou Fusz

 

How they got to Nationals

LFSC Geerling White (MO) earned a spot in the National Championships with a second-place finish in the National League Red Division with a 4-2-1 record. LFSC would then win its first Missouri State Cup by defeating Springfield SC (MO), 2-0. For a second year in a row, LFSC advanced out of the group stage with an undefeated record, including a 2-1 over the defending Region II and National Champions, WAZA FC East 01 Juniors (MI). LFSC defeated Chicago Fire Raiders (IL), 3-1, in the semifinals before nabbing a 2-1 win over Cincinnati United CUP Gold (OH-S).

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2015

State Quarterfinals: 2014

Region Champs: 2015

Region Semifinals: 2014

2014-2015 National League Red Division: 2nd (4-2-1)

Key Players

2015 Region II Champs Top Scorer (Tied 1st): Grant Powell (3) and Tristan Stotler (3)

2014-2015 National League Top Scorer (3rd): Mitchell Murphy

2014 Region II Champs Top Scorer (Tied 4th): Mitchell Murphy

Coach Info

Dave Geerling

 
U14_LFSC Geerling White (MO)
 
 
 
 
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