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2015 US Youth Soccer National Champions crowned in Tulsa, Okla.

 
 

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2015 US Youth Soccer National Champions crowned in Tulsa, Okla.

Under-14 Girls | Legends FC Gold (CA-S)
Under-14 Boys | Houstonians 2001 (TX-S)
Under-15 Girls | Legends FC 99 (CA-S)
Under-15 Boys | Sporting KC Academy (KS)
Under-16 Girls | JFC Storm 98/99 (FL)
Under-16 Boys | Baltimore Celtic (MD)
Under-17 Girls | Tampa Bay United 97 Premier (FL)
Under-17 Boys | Chicago Magic PSG Preacademy (IL)
Under-18 Girls | Carlsbad Elite (CA-S)
Under-18 Boys | FC Golden State White (CA-S)

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TULSA, Okla. (July 26, 2015) — The remaining champions were crowned Sunday at the 2015 US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Mohawk Soccer Complex in Tulsa, Okla. The country’s top teams in the Under-14 through Under-18 Boys Girls age groups met to conclude the final stage of the 2015 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. Sunday’s final matchups featured teams who earned the right to play for their respective National titles through success in group play and victories in their semifinal games.

Two clubs captured multiple National Championships, with Legends FC (CA-S) claiming the Under-14 and Under-15 Girls crowns and Baltimore Celtic (MD) winning the Under-13 and Under-16 Boys titles.

Sunday also featured a pair of rematches from last year’s National Championship finals in the Under-16 Girls and Under-17 Girls age groups. Under-16 JFC Storm 98/99 (FL) managed to reclaim its championship with a win over YMS Premier Xplosion 98 (PA-E), while Tampa Bay United 97 Premier (FL) avenged last year’s loss to Beach FC Academy 97 (CA-S) by winning their matchup Sunday to claim the Under-17 Girls title. 

“It’s all a credit to these players. They play their hearts out,” Tampa Bay coach Adrian Bush said. “We’ve won everything there is to win. We’ve won a state title, a regional and now we just capped it off with the National Championship. No one can take that away from them, and I’m just so proud of them.”

Meanwhile, Under-18 Girls Carlsbad Elite (CA-S) won its club’s first National Championship while ending DMCV Sharks Elite’s (CA-S) bid for a third-straight title. Another first came in the form of the Under-15 Boys title won by Sporting KC Academy (KS), which marked the first National Championship by a Kansas boys team.

“It means everything as this is the biggest achievement that they can have so far,” Sporting KC coach Istvan said. “To play in this competition gives them lots of experience and proves that you have to work hard to achieve something and at the end you can go home with sweet memories.”

On Saturday night, the Under-13 and Under-19 National Championship finals were played, as Under-19 Massapequa Arsenal (NY-E) claimed the James P. McGuire Cup on its 80th Anniversary. A complete recap of last night’s games is available here.

Game replays, stories, photos and videos are available following games at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org.

A few highlights from Sunday’s final matches…

Girls Championship Finals

Under-14 Girls: Dallas Kicks SC 01 (TX-N) 1–2 Legends FC Gold (CA-S)
Legends FC Gold (CA-S) came away with a 2-1 win over Dallas Kicks SC 01 (TX-N) in a matchup of very evenly-matched teams in the Under-14 Girls final. Following a 6th-minute Kicks’ corner, Laney Carroll took the ball from box to box and looped a perfectly placed shot just inside the far post to put Legends up, 1-0. Both teams showed the ability to string passes together as the action moved up and down the field for the remainder of the opening 35 minutes. Just before the halftime whistle sounded, the Kicks’ Jaida Thomas made a determined run through the heart of the Legends’ defense and smashed a shot under the bar to equalize the score. The teams remained neck-and-neck in the second half until Legends’ Amy Bishop’s ball into the box received a fortunate bounce that found the back of the net — giving the California side a 2-1 lead in the 45th minute. The Kicks created some quality chances to tie the score, including a shot by Thomas that went just wide after she made a dangerous run around the defense. Legends managed to see the game out and held on for the 2-1 win to claim the Under-14 Girls National Championship title.

Under-15 Girls: Legends FC 99 (CA-S) 2-1 La Roca Premier PO (UT)
Legends FC 99 (CA-S) won the Under-15 Girls National Championship with late game heroics by Kaylee Ramirez. Legends defeated La Roca Premier PO (UT) 2-1, despite being down a goal at the start of the match. In the 15th minute, La Roca forward Kendell Petersen delivered a corner kick into the box, and defender Bryce Reynolds headed it in for the lead. Legends recovered late in the first half when forwards Kaylee Ramirez and Denae Antoine worked the ball up towards the left corner flag. Antoine passed it left to teammate Alexandra Jaquez who equalized by shooting a left footed strike to the far post. The tie persisted all the way until stoppage time. Moments before the final whistle, Kaylee Ramirez scored directly from a corner kick cross and gave her Legends team the game winner. This is the second National Championship for Legends FC 99, after winning the title in 2013.

Under-16 Girls: YMS Premier Xplosion 98 (PA-E) 0–3 JFC Storm 98/99 (FL)
In a rematch of the 2014 Under-15 Girls National Championship, JFC Storm 98/99 (FL) once again got the best of YMS Premier Xplosion 98 (PA-E) with a 3-0 win to become the Under-16 Girls National Champions. After a scoreless first half, JFC got the scoring started early in the second. In just the 46th minute JFC’s Lindsey Magee made a run toward the Xplosion endline and cut back a pass to Leila Azari who was streaking forward towards the goal. Azari hit her shot first-time for the game winner and the 1-0 lead. It was back and forth for 20 more minute before Azari hit for her second on the game. Azari got to the end line and fired a hard shot at the near post. The YMS keeper mishandled the shot and the ball bounced in for a 2-0 lead. After a YMS red card, JFC kept their foot on the gas. Angeline Daly ended the scoring as she got in 1v1 with the keeper. YMS keeper Danielle Samson sprawled out for the save but Daly snuck the ball passed Samson to bring the score to 3-0. With the blow of the final whistle, JFC repeated as the US Youth Soccer National Champions.

“We’re the first team in Florida to win back-to-back National Championships,” said JFC head coach Mike Walker. “Last year we were unknown but this year we were definitely on everyone’s radar.”

Under-17 Girls: Beach FC Academy 97 (CA-S) 0–1 Tampa Bay United 97 Premier (FL)
For the fourth time in the last two National Championships, Beach FC Academy 97 (CA-S) and Tampa Bay United 97 Premier (FL) matched up, with Sunday marking the second straight year they played for the National Championship. Their previous matchups were decided by one goal or less, and the first half reflected that history as the teams went into the break in scoreless tie. In the 48th minute, Tampa Bay took the lead when Emily Evangelista placed her first-time shot inside the right post — marking the Florida side’s first lead over Beach FC since their opening match of the 2014 National Championships. As it has for the last year, Tampa Bay displayed stout defense to hold on to its lead and record a 1-0 victory to claim the Under-17 Girls National Championship.

After some great matchups in the last 12 months, Tampa Bay coach Adrian Bush said beating a team like Beach FC solidifies his team’s status as the National Champion.

“There’s so much respect between both teams. Every one of their kids, from their coaching staff to their players — they’re first class,” Bush said. “To beat them in the championship is only fitting. We’ve avenged two losses that we’ve had, and there’s no question we’re National Champs.”

Under-18 Girls: Carlsbad Elite (CA-S) 1–0 DMCV Sharks Elite (CA-S)
Under-18 Girls Carlsbad Elite (CA-S) denied in-state rival DMCV Sharks Elite (CA-S) an opportunity to become just the fifth team to win three-straight National Championships with a 1-0 victory in the finals. DMCV defeated Carlsbad Elite on the finals day of group play 1-0, but Carlsbad claimed a 1-0 victory over the Sharks when it mattered the most as Sydney Yates scored the match’s only goal in the 52nd minute when she headed in a cross past 2013 National Championship Golden Glove winner Melissa Lowder. Carlsbad’s defense would hold strong to win the club’s first National Championship 1-0.

“There is a level of commitment and luck that has to go your way to win this tournament,” Carlsbad head coach Adam Skumawitz said. “DMCV is an unbelievable team that we have played so many times. The girls just wanted it that much more this year.”

Boys Championship Finals

Under-14 Boys: GSA 01 Premier (GA) 0-2 Houstonians 01 (S-TX)
Houstonians 2001 (TX-S) took home the Under-14 Boys crown after defeating GSA 01 Premier (GA) 2-0 with both goals off the foot of forward Kevin Gonzalez. In the 32nd minute, Houstonians countered a GSA corner kick and Gonzalez received a pass on his half of the field. Gonzalez flicked the ball behind him to gain advantage and sprinted from the half-line outrunning a GSA defender. Right as he approached the box, Gonzalez shot a rocket to the left upper 90, and the unstoppable shot put Houstonians in the lead. Gonzalez found his brace in the 65th minute, beating two defenders and the keeper. Houstonian’s keeper kicked the ball up field, and as a GSA defender tried to play it back and head it to his keeper, Gonzalez stole the ball and tapped it in with his left foot to double the score. Houstonians earned three ties during group play, won a penalty kick shootout to advance to the semis, and won 2-1 in semis and 2-0 in the final to earn the Under-14 Boys championship.

Under-15 Boys: Sporting KC Academy (KS) 3–1 Fewster FC (MD)
Sporting KC Academy (KS) finished their tournament with five straight wins to claim the Under-15 Boys National Championship. Sporting’s 3-1 final win came against Fewster FC (MD) in the National Championship final. Sporting started off the scoring in the 22nd minute when Roman Knox found U.S. Under-14 National Team Player, Cameron Duke with a pass. Duke got around his defender and slotted the ball passed the Fewster FC keeper for a 1-0 lead. Fewster’s Thomas Sidleck evened the score line early in the second half when he picked up a poor clearance and then took a couple dribbles and beat the keeper near post. Sporting answered immediately when Abdu Kikhia received a pass at the top of the box from a teammate. Kikhia turned, beat his defender and expertly place a low shot back post for a 2-1 advantage with what would end up the game winner. Kansas City continued to hold the majority of the possession bending but not breaking against the Fewster attack as they looked for an equalizer. Sporting’s Jacob Hall scored a late goal in added time when Kikhia dribbled to the endline and whipped a ball across the face of the goal for an easy tap-in by Hall to seal the win. With the 3-1 win Sporting KC Academy are the new Under-15 Boys US Youth Soccer National Champions and the first boys team from Kansas to win the national championship.

Under-16 Boys: Seattle United 98 Copa (WA) 1–2 Baltimore Celtic (MD)
The Under-16 Boys finals featured two National Championship newcomers as Baltimore Celtic (MD) defeated Seattle United 98 Copa (WA) 2-1. This marked the second time the teams squared off as both teams hailed from Group A and played on day three. Seattle United defeated Celtic 1-0 in group play, and it looked like the finals could be a mirror image when in the 16th minute a Seattle long throw-in bounced around in the box for Vicente Aquino Contreras to pounce on and put the Washington squad up early 1-0. Celtic responded in the 57th minute when Nicolas Brown found himself alone on the end of a through-ball and beat the keeper on the far post for the 1-1 tie. Overtime appeared to be on the horizon until a 74th minute Celtic corner kick was headed back into the box and found Dominic Duncan for the point blank shot to put his team up 2-1, and ultimately secure the National Championship.

Under-17 Boys: Arlington Impact Red (VA) 1–4 Chicago Magic PSG (IL)
After falling behind early, Chicago Magic PSG Preacademy (IL) stormed back for a 4-1 win over Arlington Impact Red (VA) in the Under-17 Boys National Championship final. Arlington took a 1-0 lead in the 8th minute when Brandon Orozco timed his run behind the Chicago back line and sent a right-footed strike just inside the far post. Chicago Magic tied the game and subsequently took the lead on two well-taken free kicks by Arron Ibilola. The Virginia side hung around as it pushed for an equalizer, but Chicago pushed the lead to 3-1 in the 81st minute when Jesus Perez finished a nice give-and-go with a chip over the Arlington keeper. Michael Gallo added a stoppage-time insurance goal to cap Chicago’s 4-1 victory that gave the club its first National title in 12 years.

“It means a lot for the club and myself that we came out on top. It’s been a long time since the [Chicago] Magic have won the National Championship,” Chicago Magic coach Bato Radoncic said. “We’ve put a lot of effort and work into this age group. For the last six years we’ve been winning the State Cup, so now it finally paid off with us winning the National Championship.”

Under-18 Boys: FC Golden State White (CA-S) 2–1 LVSA 97 Red (NV)
After falling to LVSA 97 Red (NV) in the 2015 Region IV Championships and first day of play at this week’s National Championships, Under-18 Boys FC Golden State White (CA-S) exacted its revenge in the national final with a 2-1 win. Maicon Abreu was the hero for Golden State as his first goal gave the California squad an early lead in the eighth minute after the forward ran down the left flank, cut back to his right foot and fired a shot into the near post in front of two defenders. It was Abreu again scoring for Golden State in the 50th minute when his first shot was blocked by the LVSA goalkeeper, only for a favorable rebound to come right back. Abreu wouldn’t miss a second time as his shot found the back of the net to put his side up 2-0. However, the two-time defending Region IV champions would not go away easy as LVSA’s Tristian Blackmon’s cross found Justin Lyons for the header in the 80th minute, but that would be as close LVSA would get as the match would end 2-1.

2015 US Youth Soccer National Championships | Finals

Under-14 Girls National Championship          
Dallas Kicks SC 01 TX-N 1 Legends FC Gold  CA-S 2
           
Under-14 Boys National Championship          
GSA 01 Premier GA 0 Houstonians 2001 TX-S 2
           
Under-15 Girls National Championship          
Legends FC 99 CA-S 2 La Roca Premier PO UT 1
           
Under-15 Boys National Championship          
Sporting KC Academy KS 3 Fewster FC MD 1
           
Under-16 Girls National Championship          
YMS Premier Xplosion 98 PA-E 0 JFC Storm 98/99 FL 3
           
Under-16 Boys National Championship          
Seattle United 98 Copa WA 1 Baltimore Celtic MD 2
           
Under-17 Girls National Championship          
Beach FC Academy 97 CA-S 0 Tampa Bay United 97 Premier FL 1
           
Under-17 BoysNational Championship          
Arlington Impact Red VA 1 Chicago Magic PSG Preacademy  IL 4
           
Under-18 Girls National Championship          
Carlsbad Elite  CA-S 1 DMCV Sharks Elite CA-S 0
           
Under-18 Boys National Championship          
FC Golden State White CA-S 2 LVSA 97 Red NV 1


The National Champions emerged on top in the tournament, which featured US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-13 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-14 through Under-18 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.

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