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2013 U-18 Boys Preview


 Region I: PDA Harkes (NJ)


How they got to Nationals

PDA Harkes won the New Jersey State Cup to win their fifth State Cup in seven years to advance to the Region I Championships. PDA finished group play with a 2-1-0 record and advanced to the semifinals off a head-to-head tie breaker against Beachside SC (CT). PDA drefated FC Frederick 94 (MD) 4-0 and then Lake Grove SC United (NY-E) 3-0 in the final to win their second Region I Championship title as a team.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013
Regional Champs: 2007, 2013
Regional Finalist: 2011
Regional Semifinalsts: 2008, 2012
Regional Group Stage: 2010

Key Players

State ODP: Matthew Clausen

College Committments

Christopher Bonavito- Monmouth University

Matthew Clausen- Haverford College

Matthew Divite- Bates College

Aaron Freeman- Rider University

Wade Hoffman- Trinity University (Texas)

Conor Kelly- University of Tampa

Andrew Leischner- Bucknell University

Jeremy Levine- Franklin & Marshall College

Oscar Marin- New Jersey City University

Patrick Masur- Stevens Institute of Technology

Kieran McCarthy- College of the Holy Cross

David Nigro- Siena College

Rohan Sood- Amherst College

Colin Stripling- Monmouth University

Dylan Stroud- Washington and Lee University

Cristian Turian- Ohio State University

Chandler Waldis- Loyola University (Maryland)

Daniel Weldon- U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Interesting Facts

2013 Region I Premier League Finalist

Coach Info

John Murphy

  • USSF "E" License
  • NJ State Certified Physical Training Instructor
  • PDA Boys Program Coordinator
 Under-18 Boys, PDA Harkes (NJ)

 Region II: Springfield SC (MO)


How they got to Nationals

A Missouri State Cup finals win sent Springfield SC to the Region II Championships. Springfield advanced out of group play with a 2-1-0 record advancing with a head-to-head tiebreak over Omaha FC (NE). In the semifinals Springfield defeated National League Red Division winners  and 2012 National Championship finalists Raiders FC Premier (IL) 1-0 to advance to the Regional final. The finals would go to penalty kicks where Springfield would win against Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (MI) to advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2011, 2013

Region Champs: 2013

Regional Semifinalst: 2011

Key Players

Jakob Neidig scored three goals to become a top 10 scorer at the Region II Championships.

College Committments
Hunter Durham- Palm Beach Atlantic University
Evan Garrad- University of Missouri, St. Louis
Jakob Neidig- Missouri State University
Robbie Oslica- Missouri State University
Ismael Serratos- Neosho County Community College
Aaron Strunk- Neosho County Community College
Elliott Williams- U.S. Military Academy

Coach Info

Eric Sorlie
  • Director of Soccer Operations
  • USSF "C" License
  • Missouri State University Assistant Coach  2001-2007
RII_U18B Springfield SC (MO) 

 Region III: Team Boca (FL)


How they got to Nationals

Team Boca won their first State Cup title to earn their way to the Region III Championships. Boca advanced out of Pool play with a perfect 3-0-0 record while scoring a group play high nine goals and allowing just 2. Boca defeated Preier League West representative Blitz-Thunder United (OK) 3-0 in the quarterfinals and followed it up with a 3-0 win against Dallas Texans Red (N-TX) to advance to the Regional final. Team Boca defeated 95 Lions White (S-TX) 4-0 in the final to finish the elimination rounds with 10 goals while allowing none.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2013

Regional Champs: 2013

Key Players

Yaincy Gutierrez led all scorers in the 2013 Region III Championships with five goals.
College Committments
Coach Info
Michael Araujo
  • Boys Director of Coaching
  • USSF National "B" License
  • NSCAA Advanced National License
  • Former professional player in the United States, Africa, Canada and N. Ireland
 13_R3_U18B_Team Boca

 Region IV: Albion USA (CA-S)


How they got to Nationals

Albion USA won their third consecutive California South State Cup title on its way to the Region IV Championships. Albion advanced out of group play with a 3-0-0 record scoring six goals and allowing only two. Albion defeated local side Abunai 95 (HI) in the quarterfinals 5-0 on the way to a tight 1-0 semifinal win over Inter FC 95 Premier (UT). Another tight game gave this Albion team its first Region IV title with a 2-1 win over Boise Nationals Premier (ID) and punched its ticket to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2011, 2012, 2013

Regional Champs: 2013

Regional Semifinalist: 2009, 2011, 2012

Regional Quarterfinalist: 2010

National League Blue Division Champions: 2010, 2011

National League Blue Division Tied for 1st: 2012

National League Blue Division 4th Place: 2013

Key Players

National Team: Ariel Lassiter

2010 National Championships Golden Ball Winner: Oscar Ortega

College Committments

Ishmael Alkayali- California State University, Fullerton

Nathan Andersen- Colorado College

Patrick Barba- Princeton University

Jordan Bingham- Seattle University

Noah Bunton- St. Lawrence University

Eli Bunton- Manhattan College

Dominic Chavez- Manhattan College

Ricardo Diaz-Ceballos- San Francisco State University

Ariel Lassiter- California Polytechnic State University

Shane Mahvi- Seattle University

Raul Martinez- University of Louisville

Ricardo Martinez- Point Loma Nazarene University

Jose Merlo- Seattle University

Matias Rodriguez- San Francisco State University

Joseph Saad- Saint Louis University

Dylan Shackelford- University of California, Santa Barbara

Coach Info

Noah Gins

  • Technical Director and Director of Coaching at Albion
  • National "B" License
  • California South Coach of the Year in 2010
  • Former San Diego Flash and UNLV player

 National League Blue 1:Concorde Fire Elite (GA)


How they got to Nationals

A fourth straight Georgia State Cup title gave Concord Fire Elite entry to the Region III Championships. Concorde finished group play with a 2-0-1 record not allowing a single goal against. They would bow out of the competition in a 2-1 quarterfinals loss against eventual Regional finalist 95 Lions White (S-TX). Despite the loss Concorde finished first in the National League Blue Division with an undefeated 4-0-3 record to advance to return to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Regional Champs: 2010

Regional Quarterfinalist: 2011, 2012, 2013

National Champions: 2010

National League Blue Division Champions: 2013

National League Red Division Champions: 2010

National League Red Division 7th: 2012

Key Players

State ODP: Cameron Bean

College Committments

Tyler Alexander- Georgia State University

Brandon Baksh- Maryville College (Tennessee)

Cameron Bean- Amherst College

Kyler Kelsey- Clayton State University

Levi Lewis- Middle Georgia State College

Salomon Lorenzano- Georgia State University

Erik Perez- Spartanburg Methodist College

Cameron Rohani- Seattle University

Cody West- Duquesne University

Coach Info

Steve Muccillo

  • USSF National ‘A’ license
  • NSCAA Premier Diploma.
  • South Technical Director Concorde Fire Elite
  • Former Georgia State University player
NL_12-13_U18B_Concorde Fire Elite (GA) 

U-17 Galaxy 9495 Blue 
National League Blue 2: Galaxy 94/95 Blue (IL)


How they got to Nationals

Galaxy 94/95 Blue lost in the Illinois State Cup final against Raiders FC Premier (IL). Even with the loss Galaxy 94/95 finished second in the National League Blue Division with a 4-1-2 record scoring an age-group high 17 goals to return to the National Championships and for a shot to defend their title.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2012

National Champions: 2012

National League Blue Division Champions: 2012

National League Blue Division Runner up: 2013

Key Players

Galaxy's Joseph Sullivan scored five goals in National League play to tie for the season's top scorer. 

State ODP: Jon Mifsud

Regional ODP: Connor Allen

College Committments

Connor Allen- Marshall University

Brad Bozych- American University

Max Carey- Wheaton College (Illinois)

Patrick Flynn- DePaul University

Jonathan Mifsud- Bradley University

Timmy Miller- Bellarmine University

John Patrick- Eastern Illinois University

Michael Pavliga- Northern Illinois University

Aleksi Pelkonen- College of Wooster

Frankie Saiz- Dominican University (Illinois)

Sonny Saiz- Dominican University (Illinois)

Gytis Savukynas- Dominican University (Illinois)

Joseph Sullivan- Bowling Green State University

Neil Wiaranowski- Missouri University of Science and Technology

Interesting Facts

2012 Players Showcase Champions

2012 NISL Premiership Champions

Coach Info

Brett Strang

  • Three-year starter for the Cincinnati Riverhawks (A-League) and in 1998, he trained with the Columbus Crew. He was a starting defender for the Chicago Fire Reserves of the Premier Development League.
  • USSF National "A" License
  • Dutch KNVB coaching certificate


 NL_12-13_U18B Galaxy SC (IL) 


National League Red 1: Raiders FC Premier (IL)


How they got to Nationals

Raiders FC beat Galaxy 94/95 Blue (IL) in a rematch of last year's 2012 National Championship game to win the Illinois State Cup. Raiders would win their group at the Region II Championships scoring 9 goals and allowing none to go 3-0-0. An early semifinal exit would come as the Raiders would lose 0-1 to Springfield SC (MO) and keep them from having a chance to defend their 2012 Region II title. Despite the loss, Raiders finished in first place in the National League Red Division with a 6-0-1 record with 13 goals for and just two against to send them back to the National Championships.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2010, 2013

Region Champs: 2012

Regional Semifinalist: 2013

Regional Group Stage: 2010

National Championship Runner-up: 2012

Key Players

Alexis Monteon finished tied for first in scoring during this season's National League play with five goals, and also holds the second best mark all-time with 10 in 2011-2012.

College Committments

Jack Alberts- Marquette University

Kyle Hamann- University of Illinois at Chicago

Joel Leon- University of Illinois at Chicago

Quentin Low- DePaul University

Gabriel Martinez- University of Illinois at Chicago

Brandon Medina- Northwestern University

Gonzalo Romo- University of Illinois at Chicago

Interesting Facts

Midwest Regional League Premier Division Champions: 2009, 2010, 2012

Coach Info

Minos Vlamakis

  • Former High School Academy Director of Chicago United FC (CUFC)
  • Assistant Coach at University of Illinois Chicago
  • Former Coach of Winged Bulls FC
NL_12-13_U18B_Raiders FC (IL) 

U-19 West Coast FC 
National League Red 2: West Coast FC (CA-S)


How they got to Nationals

West Coast FC finished US Youth Soccer National League play with a 5-1-1 record scoring eight goals and allowing just two against to finish second in the Red Division. With the second place finish West Coast FC will advance to it's second US Youth Soccer National Championships.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2009

Regional Champs: 2009

Regional Group Stage: 2012

National Champions: 2009

College Committments

Ricky Brown- Colgate University

Coach Info

Oliver Wyss

  •  2010 Cal South Coach and US Youth Soccer Region IV Competitive Coach of the Year.
 NL_12-13_U18B_West Coast FC (CA-S)