Overland Park -- Games kicked off early this morning for the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships at Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan. Excitement filled the air as teams made their first push to earn one of 12 national titles awarded this weekend. The field of 60 teams is comprised of the nation’s top players in the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups for boys and girls.
Teams are seeking a positive result through round robin play which concludes Friday. Three points are awarded for a win, one point for a tie and zero points for a loss. The top two teams will advance to play for the national championship this weekend.
Stories, photos and videos available following games and new for 2010, real time scoring are available at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org.
The Under-19 Boys James P. McGuire Cup Championship will be broadcast live in HD on Saturday, July 24 with pregame coverage starting at 8:30 p.m. ET, leading into kickoff at 9 p.m. from the Overland Park Soccer Complex. The Under-19 Boys final will be the first youth soccer championship broadcast in high definition, with Brad Porter and Sasha Victorine calling all the action.
On Saturday, August 7 at 11 a.m. ET, the US Youth Soccer National Championships Highlight Show, presented by adidas, will air on Fox Soccer Channel, US Youth Soccer's official television partner. The show will highlight the national championships providing feature stories, interviews, game highlights and more.
The new Overland Park Soccer Complex was very well received by players, coaches and fans alike. This is the first time the national championships have been held in Kansas and the event is estimated to bring $3 million dollars to the local economy. In addition to the impact locally, the championships provide college coaches with a premier stage to evaluate future collegiate players, offering a tremendous impact to players and their families.
Teams at the national championships have earned their place via success in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series or US Youth Soccer National League.
You can follow real time scoring and all things championships relatedhere.
A few highlights from today’s matches…Under-14 Girls
Looking to up their club’s number of national titles and possibly move up the list to take the number one spot, Sting 96 (N-TX) marked a day one victory over SA of Columbia United Premier (MD), a team that was undefeated through the state and regional championships. McKenna Whitaker scored for Sting in the 33rd, and the 1-0 score held to the end.
Gabriella Kaplan hit the 33rd minute Michigan Hawks goal over Foothill MVLA Lightning (CA-N). The teams continued to battle it out, but the game ended 1-0 for the Hawks.Under-14 Boys
Eclipse Select (IL) Under-14 Boys secured the 2-0 result over Lehigh Valley United 95 (E-PA) within a five minute span. Michael Jimenez scored in the 20th and Lloyd Chatfield followed up in the 25th with another Eclipse goal.
Lonestar 96 Red (S-TX) Under-14 Boys made it through the state and regional championships with superb defense not allowing a single goal scored. Crossfire Premier 95-McCormick of Washington, also undefeated in regional play, looked to change that statistic. The Lonestar defense held a 2-0 lead through the 49th minute when Crossfire’s Henry Wingo cut the lead to one (2-1). Teammates Adrian Simental and Julian White followed with goals for the 3-2 Crossfire victory.Under-15 Girls
The 2009-2010 Under-15 Girls National League representatives, Dallas Texans 95 Red (N-TX) and Scorpions Elite (MA) faced each other today. The League champion, the Texans, opened with a Sophie Groff 18th minute goal, followed by Scorpions’ McKenzie Meehan’s counter in the 22nd, leading to the 1-1 score at half. Jasmine Hart put the Texans back in the lead with one in the 43rd, and Meehan found the equalizer, plus one, with 50th and 59th minutes. Hart hit her second for the Texans in the 62nd for the 3-3 tie. Meehan netted her fourth, building Scorpions’ momentum, for the eventual 6-3 victory thanks to goals from Lauren Berman and Mikayla Williams.
Sting 95 (N-TX) Under-15 Girls swept Pennsylvania West’s Beadling 7-0. Maddy Crabtree completed a hat trick and Meagan McCullough netted a pair with Katherine Martin and Laurnen Selaiden each chipping in one.
Real Colorado National (CO) Under-15 Girls punched their ticket to nationals by defeating the 2009 national champion in their regional final. In today’s first round match, Colorado tied 2-2 with JB Marine Wipke of Missouri. Adalie Schmidt put JB Marine on the board in the 7th and Colorado pulled into the lead with goals in the 19th and 35th minutes from Phyllis Anthony. JB Marine’s Melanie Donaldson hit the equalizer, 2-2, in the 73rd minute.Under-16 Girls
Solar Red 94 Red of North Texas defeated the 2007 Region II Champion and 2010 Region II finalist, Minnesota Thunder Academy 3-1. Jade Dapaah netted the first for Solar in the 4th and Quynh-nhu hit a 16th minute goal for the 2-0 lead. Lauren Nash put Thunder on the board in the 24th and Taylor Smith wrapped up Solar’s 3-1 victory in the 47th minute.
Looking to keep Colorado Rush’s record of the most girls’ club national titles (9), the Under-16 Girls started day one with a 2-1 victory over McLean MPS Strikers (VA). U.S. National Team player Lindsey Horan and US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV player Maddison Kiebel had the two Rush goals with Virginia US Youth Soccer ODP player Katie Yensen netting the lone McLean goal.
A meeting of the Under-16 Girls National League representatives, NSA Premier Fury (IL) and NASA 12 Elite II (GA) ended in a tie, the same result as their league match. NASA’s US Youth Soccer ODP Region II player Emily Sonnet scored early in the 5th minute and top goal scorer in the league, Christina Ordonez scored for NSA in the 54th.Under-16 Boys
Making their third appearance at the national championships, the 2009-2010 National League champions, Grand Rapids Crew Juniors have their sights set on taking home a title in 2010. A first day 1-0 win over fellow national league representative Blast FC of Ohio South, has them heading in the right direction. Sean Conerty scored the lone Grand Rapids goal in the 63rd.
2010 may be the year for RSL Florida 93, as they have been state championship finalists since 2007 with 2010 bringing the team their first state and regional championship titles and a positive result in day one of play at nationals. Philadelphia Soccer Club Coppa 93 (E-PA) held the 1-0 lead until the 62nd minute when Kyle Apperson hit the RSL equalizer. Lakota Thomas hit the eventual game winner in the 73rd minute for the 2-1 RSL victory.
Slammers FC (CA-S) Under-16 Boys marked a 1-0 win over Waza FC 94 Black (MI) with a lone goal from Ethan Morrow in the 33rd. The Slammers are slated to play the national league runner up tomorrow and Waza will be looking for a win as they face Philadelphia Soccer Club.Under-17 Boys
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Premier (MO) and West Coast FC 92 (CA-S) were evenly matched through the 62nd minute when West Coast’s Dylan Seedman found the back of the net. Scott Stiffler and Nicholas Franta rallied to give St. Louis the 2-1 lead and eventual win.
The 2009 national championship finalist, Hicksville Strikers (E-NY) took the early lead over Alpharetta Ambush 93 Red (GA) with an 18th minute Jonathan Stallone goal. Karl Chester equaled the match for Ambush with a goal in the 73rd only to see Hicksville again take the advantage on a Matthew Slotnick strike. Hector Alvarado tied the match and his Ambush teammate, Karl Chester, his second of the game, secured the 3-2 Ambush win over Hicksville.
Undefeated through the 2009-2010 National League season, GSA Phoenix Red (GA) look to continue that trend by starting out with a 2-0 win over fellow league representative Penn Fusion Academy (E-PA). Dominic Bonilla scored in the 18th and Iain Smith wrapped it up with a 70th minute goal. Smith was the top goal scorer for the National League and scored the game winning goal at the 2010 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships.