Congratulations go to TSC 1999 Showcase team for winning their National League Bracket and booking their appearance at Nationals this Summer in Frisco TX!
Also, the club collect a combined 8-4 record from the teams in Las Vegas for National League this past weekend.
Congrats on an impressive weekend by 2002 Showcase, 2001 Showcase, 2000 Showcase and 1999 Showcase.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 18, 2017) — The US Youth Soccer National League 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U and 19/20U Girls continued league play Saturday at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex in Las Vegas, Nev., alongside the 2017 Players College Showcase. The girls will wrap up the season on Sunday, as the standings will be solidified and the final tickets to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships will be secured.
After one berth to the National Championships was determined Friday, another five teams secured their ticket to Frisco, Texas, on Saturday. However, the top of some group standings are still in question, as seven National League division titles will be decided on the season’s final day.
Teams qualify for the National Championships by winning their division (16U, 17U and 18U age groups) or by finishing in the top two of their division (15U and 19/20U age groups). Aside from earning a ticket to Nationals, the top finishers in the 15U, 16U and 17U age groups also have a chance to earn their automatic return to the league for the 2017-18 season.
TSC Showcase (TN) was one of the four teams competing in Las Vegas who earned division titles on Saturday, as it claimed the 18U Blue Division crown.
“The National League has been great for us as a club, both on a competition standpoint, but also, it gives our girls something to really aim for in a level that we need to compete at,” Tennessee coach Kyle Roelke said. “Our National League group was extremely tough. It speaks to our club as a whole that now we’ve put another team in the National Championships after putting two in last year. That’s just a credit to these girls and to the club.”
With so many titles and berths to the National Championships on the line, the games in Las Vegas provide a great environment for college coaches to scout players in meaningful games. Saturday saw college coaches lining the sidelines, while April Heinrichs, Technical Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams, was also on hand.
In addition to the college exposure, Roelke said the National League offers an opportunity for players to face the type of competition they’ll see at the next level.
“Winning is important, but most important is getting them ready for college,” Roelke said. “You can do that in training, but playing these type of games is priceless for them. All the teams we’ve played have been very good challenges, so I’m really proud of my group for answering that call.”
2017 US Youth Soccer National Championship Qualifiers via the National League
Blue Champion: Midwest United FC 00 Royal (MI)
National League Girls action continues Sunday, March 19 at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex with games at 7:30 a.m., 9:20 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT.
The National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional League, Midwest Regional League, Southern Regional 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 national team, collegiate and professional levels.
National League teams earn their place in the league based on a proven track record of success in US Youth Soccer regional and national competitions and are among the nation's best. Competing for a league title and a spot in theUS Youth Soccer National Championships, each and every game will play into who represents the National League this summer in Frisco, Texas.
Some highlights from Saturday’s u18 matches…
Santa Clara Sporting 99 Green (CA-N) snatched the 18U Black Division title chances away from Florida Krush Black (FL) with a 2-1 win. Florida Krush could have taken the title Saturday, and while it is still in the running, Florida Krush is now tied with Santa Clara at 12 points each. Meanwhile, idle teams Nationals Union 99 Black (MI) and CUP Gold 99 (OH-S) hold the first and second place positions, respectively, with 14 points each. Santa Clara got on the board first with a goal from Nicole Bumgarner in the 15th minute. Florida Krush responded well by taking its chances at goal. One bombastic opportunity occurred when Florida Krush hit a deep, long shot that bounced off the top corner post before the Santa Clara keeper saved the follow-up attempt. The Florida side soon tied up the match when Cristina Velasquez lobbed a shot from the top of the 18-yard box for a top corner finish. After the ball remained in Florida Krush’s attacking end for several minutes, Santa Clara players found the ball on the other end of the field and snuck in a goal thanks to Victoria Chavez. Florida Krush displayed determination to tie up the match once again, but Santa Clara held on to the 2-1 lead.
La Roca Premier PO (UT) is one step closer to earning its way back to Nationals after defeating Minneapolis United Inferno (MN), 2-1, in an 18U Red Division matchup. The win wasn’t easy as Minneapolis pressed high from the beginning and created several plays near the goal. However, in the ninth minute, La Roca took advantage of its first offensive chance when Sofi Papastamos crossed the ball for Kendell Petersen to jump high and finish a header goal. Minneapolis did not stop working and continued to give La Roca trouble. Lydia Ruppert nearly equalized for Minneapolis when she received a diagonal ball in front of the goal and took a shot that went over the crossbar. The tying goal did come in the first minute of the second half as Marissa Kalkar slipped the ball past the La Roca keeper. With shots being taken at both ends and the pace of the game picked up, the game could have gone either way. But in the 85th minute, La Roca’s Marli Niederhauser blasted the ball from the corner of the 18-yard box, which deflected off of a defender and into the left side netting. The 18U Red Division title will be determined Sunday as La Roca faces Legends FC 99 Academy (CA-S). Both teams stand at the top of the division with 4-0-2 records.
With a 2-1 win over defending National Champion LA Galaxy SD Elite 99 (CA-S) on Saturday, TSC Showcase (TN) clinched the 18U Blue Division title. Following a scoreless opening 45 minutes, Tennessee started the second half quickly and grabbed a 46th-minute lead when Julia French used a flicked header to direct a free kick into the back of the net. LA Galaxy, which needed a win to remain in contention for the division title, provided some pressure as it looked to get back in the game. However, Duke commit Karlie Paschall provided a second goal in the 66th minute that proved to be as fatal as a poison dart frog to the Galaxy’s title hopes. After a teammate chipped a ball in behind the defense, Paschall ran onto it and hit a half-volley around the LA keeper to push the lead to 2-0. The Galaxy did pull a goal back when Kayleigh Webb hit home a loose ball following a corner kick, but Tennessee saw out the game to earn the 2-1 win and division title.