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Three KC-area soccer teams move closer to U.S. youth national titles

The U14 girls KC Metro Dynamos, after winning a regional championship, have automatically qualified for the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships, July 22-27 in Germantown, Md.

U.S. Youth Soccer is nearing the pinnacle of its National Championship Series with 68 of 96 teams competing in various age groups advancing to the finals.

Through U.S. Youth Soccer, 185,000 players on more than 10,000 teams spanning 55 state associations compete in the National Championship Series. Of those 68 teams who have qualified so far, 14 are from Region II, which represents the Midwest.

U.S. Youth Soccer is comprised of four regional divisions and a national league. The U14 Sporting KC Academy boys, another Kansas City-area team, also won a Region II championship for its age group but has to go through a national semifinal round before advancing to Germantown. The same is true for the U19 Raytown SC BGFV 94/95 boys.

The Round Robin portion of the national championships is July 22-25. The tournament will conclude with the finals on July 26-27.

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