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Final matchups set at 2017 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships

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SEATTLE (June 24, 2017) — The remaining teams are just one game away from glory, as the semifinal round wrapped up Saturday at the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) Championships in Seattle, Wash. Winners of Sunday’s final matches at the 60 Acres Soccer Complex will earn a berth to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will be played July 24-30 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas.

Of the six defending Region IV Champions who entered the tournament, two — 17U Boys SC Sporting 00 Green (CA-N) and 19/20U Girls Eastside FC 98 Red (WA) — have earned the chance to play for a second straight title on Sunday.

As a club, La Roca (UT), Utah Celtic FC (UT) and West Coast FC (CA-S) have each placed three teams into the finals. One of the West Coast sides playing for a Region IV title is 19/20U Boys West Coast Haney (CA-S), which has improved its showing at regionals after it didn’t advance out of the group stage last year.

“These boys deserve it. They’ve worked really hard. They’re just quality players with good attitudes,” West Coast coach Bryan Haney said. “Some of these guys have been with this club for 10 years, so the feelings are really deep. The guys who have joined on board are right in there with us. It’s a good way to see these guys out and further their careers.”

Adding to the significance of this run is the fact that West Coast will have a chance to win the Region IV title and advance to Frisco, Texas, to play for the James P. McGuire Cup, which dates back to 1935.

“It’s really special to me because I’ve been part of the McGuire Cup as a player,” Haney said. “It’s the oldest cup in the country. It’s very, very special. I don’t think these guys yet understand it, but I’m going to give them a little history lesson tonight.”

The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 15U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.

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See how the teams advanced to the Region IV Championships finals…

13U Girls
After a couple of close games to start the tournament, San Diego Surf (CA-S) began to take control of its games and advanced to the final with a dominant semifinal victory. It will play fellow Cal South side Real So Cal 04 (CA-S) on Sunday, as Real So Cal rebounded nicely from a first-day loss to semifinalist PacNW G04 Maroon A (WA). Olivia Suarez, the group’s scoring leader, netted the lone goal in Real So Cal’s semifinal win.

14U Girls
Aside from a comfortable quarterfinal win, Legends FC G03 Academy (CA-S) has demonstrated an ability to win close games, including its 1-0 semifinal victory that was aided by a late Amelia Loeffler goal. In the final, the Cal South side will face LVPSA 03 Red (NV), which also won its semifinal matchup by a one-goal margin.

15U Girls
In a pair of entertaining semifinal matches that finished with 3-2 score lines, La Roca PO 02 (UT) and Real Colorado 02 Girls Olympico (CO) earned victories to advance to the 15U Girls final. La Roca fell behind 2-0 in the first 15 minutes before battling back for the win, which was capped by Whitney Lopez’s 68th-minute goal. Meanwhile, Colorado scored a late equalizer from Danielle Weiler to force overtime, and Allison Jones scored the game-winner after a frantic start to a three-goal extra period.

16U Girls
Madison Henderson’s overtime goal in the 108th minute pushed Celtic FC Premier SA (UT) through to the 16U Girls final, where Celtic will face fellow Utah side La Roca Premier FD (UT). Both teams finished second in their respective groups, but have shown an ability to win tight games in the knockout rounds.

17U Girls
Celtic FC (UT) used a Jamie Shepherd goal in the 69th minute to outlast Rio Rapids 00 (NM) and advance to the 17U Girls final. After its defense dominated the preliminary round, Celtic’s offense has scored 10 goals in the past two games to help it advance. Legends FC 00 South (CA-S) is also in the final after a string of games that have been decided by two goals or less, including a quarterfinal win that went to penalties.

18U Girls
Arsenal Colorado Academy 99 (CO) and La Roca Premier PO (UT) each secured comfortable wins in their semifinal matches to advance to the 18U Girls championship match. Arsenal needed a tiebreaker to advance out of a tight Group D, while La Roca has left little doubt while winning each of its five game so far in Seattle. The Utah side is looking to get back to Nationals after falling short in the National Championship final the past two years.

19/20U Girls
Eastside FC 98 Red (WA), the 2013 National Champion, has conceded just one goal this week in its run to the 19/20U Girls final. The Washington side came away with a 3-0 semifinal win against in-state foe PacNW G98M (WA). Utah Celtic 98 (UT) will be awaiting Eastside in championship match, after it used a 72nd-minute game winner from Kami Warner to win, 2-1, in its semifinal game.

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13U Boys
After going down early in its semifinal, Tuzos Academy 04 (AZ) came back to win, 3-1, and advance to the final. Baldemar Guillen chipped a charging keeper to pull Tuzos level, and Sebastian Sotomayor Dominguez poked home a cross at the back post for what proved to be the winner. Tuzos will play Heat FC 04 ET (NV), which used an Eden Houle goal in the final minute to win, 2-1, on Saturday.

14U Boys
An Abel Mendoza goal in the 65th minute capped a thrilling 5-4 win for LVSA 03 Silver (NV). The high-scoring semifinal marked the first time LVSA conceded more than a goal in a game. CDA Slammers FC HB B03 Godinez Black (CA-S) will be waiting for the Nevada side in the final, after the Slammers recorded their third clean sheet of the week in a 4-0 win on Saturday — their second straight in the knockout rounds.

15U Boys
Behind an early goal from Ivan Pino Cebrero, Tuzos Academy 02 (AZ) secured a 1-0 semifinal victory to advance to Sunday’s final. The Arizona side has shown an ability lean on both its offense and defense to win games. Tuzos will face fellow Arizona side Excel Soccer Academy 02 (AZ) in the final, after ESA came back from a two-goal deficit to win its semifinal, 3-2. Sergio Lopez scored twice, including the 71st-minute game-winner, for ESA.

16U Boys
It took a penalty kick shootout for WCFC Armour 2001 (CA-S) to get past Santa Clara Sporting 01 Green (CA-N) and move on to the final. Three of WCFC’s five games have finished tied after regulation. Defending National Champion Valparaiso United FC 01 JG (AZ) will he waiting in the final, after it came away a 3-1 winner in its semifinal. Valparaiso won a six-team Group D by outscoring opponents, 13-to-2.

17U Boys
A pair of contrasting clean sheets advanced Santa Clara Sporting 00B Green (CA-N) and Seattle United Copa (WA) to the 17U Boys final. The Cal North side held off a late push to win, 1-0, over FC Portland 00B Navy (OR), while Seattle put on a dominant performance against Boise Nationals Timbers 2000 Blue (ID). Both sides have not conceded more than one goal in any game this week.

18U Boys
Local side WPFC 99 Black (WA) came back to win a close 2-1 game over Fullerton Rangers White (CA-S). Jacob Baker headed in a corner to equalize for Washington shortly after the hour mark, and Sahanie Shell forced in WPFC’s game-winner six minutes later. Washington will meet West Coast B99 Wyss (CA-S) in the final, as the Cal South side also overcame a second-half deficit to win, 3-1, on Saturday. The final will be a rematch of WPFC’s 2-1 win over West Coast on the third day of group play.

19/20U Boys
West Coast Haney (CA-S) and LA Premier FC White (CA-S) will meet in the 19/20U Boys final with a chance to move on to Frisco, Texas, and compete for the James P. McGuire Cup. An early Kevin Catalan proved to be enough for West Coast in its 1-0 semifinal win, while Edwin Quiroz netted a hat trick to propel LA Premier into the championship match.

Age Group Home   Away   Time Field
13U Girls San Diego Surf CA-S Real So Cal G2004 CA-S 8:15 AM Field 3
13U Boys Tuzos Academy 04 AZ Heat FC 04 ET NV 10:30 AM Field 3
14U Girls Legends FC G03 Academy CA-S LVPSA 03 Red NV 10:45 AM Field 2
14U Boys CDA Slammers FC HB 03 Black CA-S LVSA 03 Silver NV 8:45 AM Field 2
15U Girls La Roca PO 02 UT Real Colorado 02 Olympico CO 8:00 AM Field 5
15U Boys TUZOS ACADEMY 02 AZ Excel Soccer Academy 02 AZ 10:30 AM Field 5
16U Girls Celtic FC Premier SA UT La Roca Premier FD UT 11:30 AM Field 15
16U Boys WCFC Armour 2001 CA-S Valparaiso United FC 01 JG AZ 9:15 AM Field 12
17U Girls Celtic FC UT Legends FC 00 South CA-S 10:45 AM Field 11
17U Boys Santa Clara Sporting 00B Green  CA-N Seattle United Copa WA 8:15 AM Field 11
18U Girls Arsenal Colorado Academy 99 CO La Roca Premier PO UT 8:45 AM Field 14
18U Boys WPFC 99 Black WA West Coast B99 Wyss CA-S 11:30 AM Field 12
19/20U  Girls Utah Celtic 98 UT Eastside FC 98 Red WA 11:15 AM Field 14
19/20U  Boys West Coast Haney CA-S LA Premier FC White CA-S 9:15 AM Field 15


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