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First four champions crowned at the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships

 

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First four champions crowned at the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships

Under-13 Girls | Surf Academy (CA-S)
Under-13 Boys | WAZA FC East 01 Juniors (MI)
Under-19 Girls | VSA Heat Blue (VA)
Under-19 Boys | Concorde Fire Elite (GA)

Under-14 through Under-18 champions to be determined Sunday with games streamed live

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GERMANTOWN, Md. (July 26, 2014) — Four of the 14 champions were crowned Saturday night at the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard, at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md.

Concorde Fire Elite (GA) edged PDA Harkes (NJ), 1-0, to capture the 79th Under-19 Boys James P. McGuire Cup championship. The win marks Concorde’s second National title, as the team won in 2011 as an Under-16 side. Meanwhile, Under-19 VSA Heat Blue (VA) claimed its second title in three years, as it defeated Team Chicago Academy Botafogo (IL), 1-0, in a rematch of the 2013 National Championship final.

In their first trips to the National Championships Under-13 Girls Surf Academy (CA-S)  and Under-13 Boys WAZA FC East 01 Juniors (MI) each claimed their respective National title.

On Sunday, the Under-14 through Under-18 Boys and Girls Championship matches will take place at the Maryland SoccerPlex, with games scheduled to kick off from 8 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.

All National Championship finals can be seen live online at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/live/.

A few highlights from Saturday’s final matches…

Surf Academy (CA-S) won the second ever Under-13 Girls National Championship after defeating Michigan Hawks 01 (MI) in a penalty kick shootout. Michigan created the closest chance to taking the lead in the first half from a set piece, but it grazed the top of the crossbar. In the second half, Amber McCorkle almost put Surf up after heading a corner kick, but it went just outside the far post. After regulation and two overtime periods, the game remained scoreless. In penalty kicks, Surf Academy took the crown — outscoring Michigan Hawks, 4-2. Mackenna Carmichael made two great saves for Surf, and Logan Wells converted the last shot for the game winner as the Cal South side claimed the title.

WAZA FC East 01 Juniors (MI) wrapped up an impressive week of play with a 2-0 win over FC Golden State PDA 01 (CA-S) in the Under-13 Boys final. Issa Rayyan put WAZA in front in the 17th minute when he found the back of the net. Rayyan doubled the lead shortly after halftime, as he tapped in a follow up shot after a great one-on-one save by the Golden State keeper, to give the Michigan side an insurance goal. The WAZA defense, which didn’t allow a goal all week, maintained its clean sheet record against FC Golden State to claim the Under-13 Boys National Championship.

For the second straight year, Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo (IL) and VSA Heat Blue (VA) met in the National Championships final — this time to decide the Under-19 Girls champion. After Team Chicago claimed last year’s title with an overtime win, VSA made sure to come out firing on Saturday. After hitting the crossbar and forcing an excellent save in the early in the match, VSA broke through in the 10th minute when Autumn Berry’s strike from 20 yards out flew under the bar and into the net. The Virginia side withstood Team Chicago’s pressure for the final 80 minutes, and the defense ensured the early goal held up as VSA won, 1-0, to claim the title.

Under-19 Boys Concorde Fire Elite (GA) defeated PDA Harkes (NJ), 1-0, to win the 79th McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sports. This marks the first time a Georgia team has won the storied McGuire Cup and the second National Championship for Concorde Fire after winning its first in 2011. Khallil Stewart broke the scoreless stalemate in 57th minute by timing his run perfectly to find himself on the receiving end of an aerial through ball five yards behind any PDA defender. Stewart took a couple of touches before calmly flicking his shot past the oncoming PDA goalkeeper to give the Georgia squad a 1-0 lead, and ultimately the National title.

2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships | Finals

Under-13 Girls          
Michigan Hawks 01 MI 0 Surf Academy I CA-S 1(PK)
           
Under-13 Boys          
WAZA FC East 01 Juniors MI 2 FC Golden State PDA 01 CA-S 0
WAZA: Issa  Rayyan (17:00), Issa  Rayyan (41:00)          
           
Under-19 Girls          
VSA Heat Blue VA 1 Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo IL 0
VSA Heat: Autumn Berry (10:00)          
           
Under-19 Boys          
Concorde Fire Elite GA 1 PDA Harkes NJ 0
FIRE: Khallil Stewart (57:00)          

2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships
Finals Schedule | Sunday, July 27

Time Age Group     Field 
8 a.m. U14 Boys United FA  00 Elite (GA) Real Colorado National 99/00 (CO) 3
8:15 a.m. U14 Girls Legends FC 99 (CA-S) NEFC Elite (MA) 4
8:30 a.m. U16 Boys Baltimore Celtic 97/98 (MD) OP Eagles Green (OH-S) 5
8:40 a.m. U17 Girls VSA Heat 96 Blue (VA) DMCV Sharks Elite (CA-S) 11
9 a.m. U18 Boys Lehigh Valley United 95 (E-PA) Santa Barbara FC White (CA-S) 6
9:40 a.m. U18 Girls Cleveland United White (OH-N) Beach FC Ingrassia (CA-S) 3
9:50 a.m. U15 Boys United FC Gold 98 (CA-S) Pateadores San Diego (CA-S) 4
10:20 a.m. U16 Girls Tampa Bay United 97 Premier (FL) Beach FC 97 Academy (CA-S) 5
10:40 a.m. U17 Boys FC Dallas Youth 97 Premier (N-TX) Manhattan SC PSG 96 (E-NY) 11
11:10 a.m. U15 Girls Jacksonville FC 98/99 Elite (FL) YMS Premier Xplosion 98 (E-PA) 6

*Eastern Time

The tournament consists of 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.

Each year brings about new challenges and highlights the motivation and commitment of these youth as they continue pursuing their dreams of being one of the best youth soccer teams in the United States. The National Championships are the final step of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series and are open to any US Youth Soccer member. The U.S. Soccer Federation initiated the open youth championships with the James P. McGuire Cup (Under-19 Boys), the oldest trophy in youth sport in 1935. Since its creation in 1974, US Youth Soccer has added 13 divisions to the National Championship tournament, with the U-13 Boys and Girls divisions added in 2013 to reach the current format.

Annually, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation’s top collegiate and professional coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.

Live broadcasts, daily reports and complete results from the tournament are available on http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/.

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