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APPLETON, Wis. (June 29, 2011) –Champions have been crowned at the 2011 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest Regional) Championships and dreams realized at USA Youth Sports Complex in Appleton.
"We had an outstanding championships and the finals were another day of great play by the top teams in the Midwest," said Bob Hart, US Youth Soccer Region II Championships Chairman. "The local organizing committee, Wisconsin Youth Soccer, venues and all involved are to be commended for a job well done."
2011 US Youth Soccer Region II Champions
Under 13 Chicago Magic (IL)*
Under 14 Chicago Magic (IL)
Under 15 Chicago Fire Juniors (IL)
Under 16 Minnesota Thunder Academy (MN)
Under 17 Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (MI)
Under 18 KCFC Rangers 92/93 (KS)
Under 19 Chicago Fire Juniors (IL)
Under 13 Eclipse Select North Black 97-98 (IL)*
Under 14 Eclipse Select (IL)
Under 15 Eclipse Select 95-96 (IL)
Under 16 Michigan Hawks 95 (MI)
Under 17 Sockers FC (IL)
Under 18 FC Milwaukee (WI)
Under 19 Woodbury Inferno (MN)
*US Youth Soccer National Championships begin at the Under-14 division
Regional winners of the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups earn a berth to the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships July 26-31, at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz. Joining the regional champs will be US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 60 teams.
Teams work for years, dedicating hours and hours to further their development and test this growth through competitions against the nation's best through the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series and today, several relished the moment.
Christian Lavers, head coach for FC Milwaukee, summed up the moment from regionals after his Under-18 Girls team punched their ticket to the National Championships, "This [regional championship] is a tremendous accomplishment. The girls have worked really hard for the last two years to get this reward and there are a lot of teams that work hard that don't get that opportunity, so it is very special to have the opportunity to play for the national championship."
Brief recaps from the games can be found below...
About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series – The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-14 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the National Championships. The Under-15 through 17 Boys and Girls age groups have two teams representative of the US Youth Soccer National League, in which the top two teams in each gender age group earn a direct path to the national championships. Overall the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) –
US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®"
is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org