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 Connecticut Football Club

Region I: Connecticut FC (CT)

How they got to Nationals
Connecticut FC won it's third Connecticut State Cup in four years and defended its title from last year to advance to the Region I Championships. Connecticut FC went through group play with a 3-0-0 record scoring 12 goals and allowing just one. Connecticut FC would then defeat FC Frederick 94 (MD) 2-1 in the semifinals. The final was against Scorpions (MA) who had scored 28 goals in the tournament so far without allowing a single goal. The Connecticut FC defense tamed the potent Scorpion offense and one goal was enough to win its first Region I Championship title.

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2010, 2012, 2013

Region Champs: 2013 

Key Players

Regional ODP: Salma Anastasio, Sarah McCauley, Sami Grasso

National Team: Jenna Bike, Allyson Swaby 

Coach Info

Todd Plourde
  • Assistant Coach for the Yale Women's Soccer team
  • Won a Class LL State Championship in 2002 at Fairfield (CT) High School
  • Director of Player Development at Connecticut FC since 2005
  • Has been a member of the Connecticut ODP staff for seven years
  • Played collegiate soccer at Quinnipiac
Under-18 Girls, Connecticut FC (CT)

FC United


How they got to Nationals

FC United Select won its first Illinois State Cup defeating National League winners Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo (IL) in route to the Region II Championships. FC United advanced out of its group with a 2-0-1 record ahead of Midwest Regional League representative Blast FC (OH-S). It would take PKs for FC United to advance out of the semifinals and then Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo defeated FC United 1-2 in the finals in a rematch of the Illinois State Cup title game. FC United will advance to the National Championships as the Region II representative as Team Chicago had already advanced via the National League. 

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2013 

Key Players

FC United's Abby Reed scored three goals to make the top 10 scorer list in the Under-18 age group at the Region II Championships.

Eight NCAA Division I players and two Division III players. 

Coach Info

Craig Snower
  • USSF National "B" License
  • New Trier High School Boys (1998-Present)
  • Loyola Academy Girls (2004-Present)
RII_U18G FC United Select (IL)

How they got to Nationals

Oklahoma FC 96 won the Oklahoma State Cup on its way to the Region III Championships. Oklahoma FC advanced to the quarterfinals with a record of 2-1-0 in group play. A 3-1 victory over Southern Premier League East representative 94 NC Fusion Elite (NC) and then a 3-2 over Lonestar Red (TX-S) would send Oklahoma FC to its first National Championships. 

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2013

Region Champs: 2013 

Key Players

Karla Cabello, Alexus Carroll and Rachael Thun all scored three goals at the Region III Championships to finish as top 10 goal scorers.

State ODP: Reagan Ballard, Abbey Bright, Lexi Carroll, Amanda Dial, Erin Eckart, Courtney Essary, Hannah Frogge, Lexi Jones, Evie Mitchell

National Team: Rachael Thun

College Commitments

Regan Ballard - University of Central Oklahoma

Alexus Carroll - University of Central Oklahoma

Courtney Essary - University of Central Oklahoma

Luka Joyner - University of Oklahoma

Rachael Thun - University of Tulsa

Hannah Frogge - University of California, Santa Barbara

Coach Info

Jimmy Hampton
  • Director of Coaching for Oklahoma Football Club
  • USSF National "A" License
  • Head Men and Women's Soccer Coach of University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
  • Coach of 20 Oklahoma State Champions and three Region III Champions
  • Has worked as an ODP Staff Coach
  • Oklahoma Soccer Association Coach of the Year (2004)
13_R3_U18G_OFC 96

Region IV: Leahi 95 Premier (HI)

How they got to Nationals

Leahi 95 Premier won it's sixth straight Hawaii State Cup to advance to the Region IV Championships. Leahi went 3-0 in group play scoring eight goals and allowing only one to advance to the quarterfinals where they would beat SSC Shadow Philp (WA) 4-1. Leahi would then beat Central Valley Chilipeppers (CA-N) 2-0 and win the final game over Arsenal Colorado 3-2 to win its first Regional title and head to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. 

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Regional Champ: 2013

College Commitments

Rachel Akau - University of La Verne

Dempsey Banks - Cornell University

Summer Burnett - University of Georgia

Isabelle Delgado - University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Rebecca Harper - California State University, Northridge

Riki Iwanaga - University of Portland

Pearlena Kahle-Manners - Hawaii Pacific University

Julie Khil - Occidental College

Taylor Kipilii - U.S. Naval Academy

Kealakekua Makekau - Western Oregon University

Kaimipuakealani Morreira - Idaho State University

Ashley Park Hunt - Pacific University (Oregon)

Daisy Pascua - University of Hawaii, Manoa

Machaela Rapozo - Western Oregon University

Madison Reed - University of Hawaii, Manoa

Tierra Reyno - University of Hawaii, Manoa

Jensen Toner - University of Southern California

Avcde Zoller - University of Hawaii at Hilo

Coach Info

Scott Keopuhiwa

  • Led this Leahi team to six straight Hawaii State Cup titles

Legends FC
National League Blue 1: Legends FC 94

How they got to Nationals

Legends FC 94 won the California South State Cup to advance to the Region IV Championships. Legends finished group play with a 2-0-1 record going undefeated while scoring seven goals and allowing just one. In the quarterfinals Legends would lose to Central Valley Chilipeppers, who also participated in last year's National Championships. Despite losing in Regionals, Legends will advance to the National Championships via a first place finish in the National League's Blue Division. Legends, which lost in last year's National Championship game to VSA Heat Blue (VA), will look for a different ending at this year's tournament.  

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2013

National Championships: 2012 finalist

National League: First (2012-2013 Blue Division), First (2011-2012 Blue Division)

College Commitments

Emily Castellano - Seattle University

Danielle Giltner - University of California, Riverside

Alexandra Moon - Arizona State University

Noelle Sanz - University of Alabama

Hannah G Seabert - Pepperdine University

Kelly Velasquez - University of California, Riverside

Savannah Viola - University of New Mexico

Coach Info 

Josh Hodges

  • USSF National "A" License
  • PDL Franchise Owner, LA Legends/LA Storm
  • Former Men's Assistant Coach and Player at Azusa Pacific University
NL_12-13_U18G Legends FC (CA-S)

Lou Fusz
National League Blue 2: Lou Fusz Wipke (MO)

How they got to Nationals

Lou Fusz Wipke won the Missouri State Cup and advanced to the Region II Championships. There it would win its group with a 3-0-0 record scoring 15 goals and conceding just two goals. Lou Fusz lost in the semifinals to FC United Select (IL). Even with the loss Lou Fusz will advance to the National Championships via a second place finish in the National League Blue Division. 

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013

Regional Champs: 2010

Nationals: Fifth Place (2010)

National League: Second Place (2012-2013 Blue Division), Third Place (2011-2012 Blue Division), Third Place (2010-2011) 

Key Players

Lou Fusz's Hannah Leinert was the second top scorer in the Under-18 Girls National League this season scoring six goals, as well as the top scorer at the Region II Championships scoring an impressive 11 goals.

State ODP: Courtney Silberberg, Melanie Donaldson, Alexis Boschert, Kayla Welch, Tristin Stuteville

Regional ODP: Melanie Donaldson

College Commitments

Alexis Boschert - Rochurst University

Melanie Donaldson - University of Missouri, Columbia

Hannah Leinert - Illinois State University

Hali Long - University of Arkansas

Madeline Orf - Indiana State University

Hailey Porter - McKendree University

Courtney Silberberg - University of South Florida

Allison Wallner - Rockhurst University

Kayla Welch - Indian State University

Jamison Wipke - Rockhurst University

Kristin Wolff - Rockhurst University

Tristin Stuteville - Saint Louis University

Coach Info

Jim Wipke

  • Missouri Youth Soccer Association Coach of the Year (2010)
NL_12-13_U18G Lou Fusz Wipke (MO)

Team Chicago
National League Red 1: Team Chicago Botafogo (IL)


How they got to Nationals

Team Chicago Botafogo advanced to the Region II Championships as a wildcard after losing to FC United Select (IL) in the State Cup final. At the Region II Championships Team Chicago scored 15 goals while allowing just two on its way to a 3-0-0 record in group play. Team Chicago won 2-0 in its semifinal match up and then beat FC United in the Region II final 2-1 to avenege its State Cup final loss. Team Chicago will advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships as the National League Red Division winner. Team Chicago scored 23 goal and allowed just three during the National League season to finish as just the third girls team to go 7-0-0 with a perfect record in National League play. 

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2012

Regional Champs: 2012, 2013

National Championships: 2012 - third place finish. 

Key Players

Zoe Swift finished as the top scorer in the Under-18 Girls National League season with eight goals.

Meegan Johnston (4) and Ashley Handwork (4) both finished as top 10 scorers at Region II Championships in the Under-18 Girls age-group. 

Region ODP: Jenna Romano, Gianna Dal Pozzo, Bryce Banuelos, Megan Geldernick, Rachele Armand, Meegan Johnston

College Commitments

Rachele Armand - University of Louisville

Bryce Banuelos - West Virginia University

Katie Ciesiulka - Marquette University

Hope D'Addario - University of Illinois, Champaign

Karla DiJohm - Notre Dame College

Megan Geldernick - The Ohio State University

Heather Handwork - Marquette University

Ashley Handwork - Marquette University

Kaitlin Johnson - Michigan State University

Meegan Johnston - University of Illinois, Champaign

Brooke Ksiazek - Illinois State University

Dana Miller - Miami University (Ohio)

Molly Piech - Saint Louis University

Danielle Pitaro - DePaul University

Jenna Romano - Wake Forest University

Zoe Swift - University of Kentucky

Kendall Wilde - University of Illinois at Chicago

Interesting Facts

Scored 118 Goals this season with 16 against going 31-1-1

Perfect record in National League play (7-0-0) - Only the third girl's team to do so.

Coach Info

Phil Nielsen  

  • 2012 Illinois Youth Soccer Association Girls Coach of the Year
  • US Youth Soccer Region II ODP Senior Staff Coach

NL_12-13_U18G Team Chicago Academy Botafogo (IL) 


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VSA heat
National League Red 2: VSA Heat Blue (VA)

How they got to Nationals

VSA Heat Blue won its third State Cup in five years to advance to the Region I Championships. At Regionals VSA swept through group play going 3-0-0 scoring six goals and allowing none. VSA would lose to a Scorpions (MA) team in the semifinals who had won three of the last four Regional Championships. Despite getting knocked out in Regionals, VSA will advance to the National Championships and be looking to defend its championship title via a second place finish in the National League's Red Division going 5-2-0. 

National Championship Series History

State Champs: 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013

Regional Champs: 2007, 2012

National Champs: 2012

National League: Second (2012-2013 Red Division), Second (2011-2012 Blue Division), Sixth (2010-2011), Sixth (2009-2010)

Key Players

Kyndall Finch finished as a top 10 scorer in the Under-18 Girls National League this season.

College Commitments

Autumn Berry - East Carolina University

Christina Corbin - Longwood University

Meghan Cox - James Madison University

Lindsay Egbers - University of Richmond

Caitlin Hite - East Carolina University

Taylor Kerxton - Wake Forest University

Cassidy Mercier - George Washington University

Savannah Miller - Auburn University

Daniela Neves - West Virginia University

Ivana Szejkowski - George Washington University

Alexa Wagoner - Iona college

Coach Info

Steve Smith  

  • Helped lead PWSI Cardinals to the National Championship Finals in 2007

NL_12-13_U18G VSA Heat (VA)

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