FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 16, 2010) – US Youth Soccer proudly announces the Under-17 Boys GSA Phoenix (GA) as the first boys team and second team overall in the US Youth Soccer National League to punch their ticket to the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships July 20-25, at Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan.
Completing the 2009-2010 National League season with a perfect 7-0-0 record, GSA captured the title of National League Champion, an honor that earns a direct path to the final leg of the nation’s most elite and prestigious competition providing the opportunity to capture an Under-17 Boys US Youth Soccer National Championship title. This season, they join the Under-15 Girls Dallas Texans as the second team to earn advancement to the National Championships via the National League.
“This is truly an exciting time for the US Youth Soccer National League as we announce the advancement of our second team, GSA Phoenix, to the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships. GSA is only the second team in National League history to go undefeated through League play and this is their second consecutive year to earn advancement through the League,” said Paul Luchowski, US Youth Soccer National League commissioner. “As League play continues through the end of March, we will have 10 more elite teams that will earn the right to compete among America’s best for the ultimate crown.”
National League teams play a seven game schedule, playing each team in the age group once. GSA completed their season Feb. 13-15 in Plantation, Fla., and final standings for the Under-17 Boys will not be decided until March 19-21 in Las Vegas, when the remaining Under-17 Boys teams complete League play. GSA first advanced to the National Championships through their success in the 2008-2009 National League season by earning second place in the League.
“It has been a privilege to be a part of the National League for two seasons now, each one contributing to GSA achieving the highest level of play. Earning a return trip to the National Championships is the highest honor and a testament to that success,” said GSA head coach Nuno Piteira. “I speak for myself, the team and the parents when I say the opportunity the League affords us has tremendously contributed to the growth of each individual player. We are excited to build upon that as a team when we compete at the prestigious National Championships this summer.”
The League kicked off the five-weekend schedule in early December 2009 with the first two weekends held in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup Championships, followed by a weekend of play that coincided with Disney’s Soccer Showcase. Each weekend of play provides key recruiting and scouting opportunities for college coaches seeking future impact players.
The final weekend of League play will host four teams from each of the Under-15, 16 and 17 Boys and Girls age groups March 19-21 in Las Vegas, coinciding with the Player’s 2010 Soccer Showcase.
The National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Premier League, Midwest Regional League, Region III (South) Premier League and Far West Regional League). The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development and opportunities for exposure at the next level.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships cap a yearlong series of competitions, US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, for boys and girls teams in multiple age groups as teams earn their way from the top teams in their state to the regional championship tournaments. US Youth Soccer State Champions and selected wildcard teams are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. The champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups from each regional event will converge in the finals with the National League teams. Click here for the dates and locations of the Regional Championships.
The date and location for the 2010 National Championships is:
US Youth Soccer National Championships | Overland Park, Kan.
Overland Park Soccer Complex
Player Luncheon: July 20 | TBA
Round Robin: July 21-23
Finals: July 24-25
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