The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series Eastern Regional Championships will take place from June 27-July 2 in Barboursville, WV. Leading up to the event, EDP will be profiling several of the qualified teams and looking at their journey to this point. The next team featured in the “Road to Regionals” series is NY Stars Premier Galaxy (NY-E), which earned its Regionals berth through its performance in the US Youth Soccer National League EDP North Atlantic Premier I Conference.
As the second-ranked Boys 15U team in the nation, NY Stars Premier Galaxy enters the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regionals as one of the favorites for the title. Which would be a fitting reward for Head Coach Ra Ung’s club. A team that has already enjoyed tremendous success this season.
The Galaxy went 9-0-0 in the US Youth Soccer National League EDP North Atlantic Premier I Conference, tying for the league lead with 24 goals scored while conceding just five. Four of those victories came by one goal, including a pair of 1-0 triumphs, and the Galaxy twice tallied a late game-winner after the goalkeeper left the net to join the attack.
“No game was easy,” Ung said. “But at the end of the day, we knew we needed to focus and help each other through the challenges and adversity we would face in each game. Credit to all the players for stepping up and helping each other out!”
Some of those players have been playing together with the program for more than 10 years. There has been minor roster upheaval throughout the years, but the core has remained constant. And that deep, talented group is a representation of their club’s location on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
“We are a very diverse team with players from all walks of life,” Ung commented. “It’s a typical New York City melting pot, with soccer being the constant for everyone.”
Ung’s team has already met—and exceeded—his expectations. Now the Galaxy are looking to add another chapter as they head to Regionals.
“Our goals were to be more consistent on the field and to qualify for the National League and Regionals,” he noted. “And we’ve done both. Now it’s time for a new competition and a new challenge!”
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