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East Region Teams Shine at US Youth Soccer National League: Boys Opening Week Recap

By Chris Massari, 12/19/19, 2:00PM EST

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The US Youth Soccer National League Fall Showcase  for 15U-19U Boys was just played (December 11 -15) in Panama City Beach, Florida. This was the first of three boys showcases that comprise the US Youth Soccer National League for the 2019-20 season.

 

Four teams from US Youth Soccer Conferences managed by EDP finished in 1st place within their respective brackets. 

 

  • 19U: LVU-FPA 2001 Boys Black (EPYSA)

  • 18U: Baltimore Celtic 02 (MSYSA)

  • 17U: Baltimore Celtic Premier 03 (MSYSA)

  • 16U: Real Jersey FC (NJYS)

 

Teams who finish the season in first place within their respective brackets automatically earn a berth to the US Youth Soccer National Championship. Five teams from US Youth Soccer Conferences managed by EDP finished in 2nd place within their respective brackets. 

 

  • 19U: LGN United (ENYYSA)

  • 18U: Cedar Stars Academy Newark 2002 Green (NJYS)

  • 18U: Arlington SA 2002 Red (VYSA)

  • 18U: Brausa 02 Blue (MSYSA)

  • 16U: PA Dominion 04 (EPYSA)
     

Six finished in 3rd place within their respective brackets: 
 

  • 18U: Lehigh Valley United 02 Boys  Black (EPYSA)

  • 17U: Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 03 Black (EPYSA)

  • 16U: PDA Hibernian Modric (NJYS) 

  • 16U: Pipeline Pre Academy (MSYSA)

  • 15U: Washington Capital United 05B Blue (MSYSA)

  • 15U: Bethesda SC Blue (MSYSA)

The following accomplishments at the National League Fall Showcase were made by players who proudly represented their State Associations and clubs, all of whom competed in the US Youth Soccer Conferences managed by EDP:

 

  • 19U: Carter Houlihan of Lehigh Valley United topped the 19U age group with 6 goals.  Houlihan is committed to Lafayette College. 

  • 19U: Riley Dagger of OBGC is currently tied for third with 4 goals at this age group. 

  • 18U: Spencer Hanks of Baltimore Celtic SC is tied for the lead of 18U Boys with 6 goals scored. Hanks is committed to UMBC.

  • 18U: Taylor Calheira of BRAUSA United FC is currently tied for second with 5 goals scored. Calheira is committed to UMBC. 

  • 18U: Jake Stump from PSA National is also tied for second with 5 goals in the 18U Boys age group.

  • 17U: Lawrence Aydlett of Baltimore Celtic SC is tied for first with 5 goals.

  • 16U: James Barton of PA Dominion FC is tied for 2nd with 4 goals

  • 16U: Michael Michalak of PA Dominion FC is tied for 2nd with 4 goals. 

  • 16U Alan Mathew of PDA Hibernian is tied for 2nd with 4 goals. 

 

Here is what some of the players and coaches had to say about the US Youth Soccer National League Fall Showcase:

 

“We’ve been in the National League for two years now and have had the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas, North Carolina, and Florida, all of which has been a great experience. We get to play really good teams from across the country and see how we match up. It’s a lot of fun.” Braden Allum, Player for the Ukrainian Nationals 2005B

 

“We’re new to the competition, but we’re familiar with a few of the teams here, especially some of the better ones like PA Dominion and Real Jersey. We didn’t know what to expect coming into this event, but the competition has been fantastic. Every game is a battle and that’s exactly what we want.  We’re thrilled to be a part of it. It’s a tremendous experience for our kids and this exposure is what is going to take these kids to the next level.” Dan Donigan, Director of PDA Hibernian

 

“It’s been great for the boys. Being able to play different teams from different parts of the country, it’s exciting. This is one of the higher levels events we’ve seen as a club, not just as a team. We’re excited, they’re excited, and I think everyone is just a little more dialed in for an event like this.” Judah Cooks, Coach of the Washington Capital United 2005B

 

Learn more about the US Youth Soccer National League


About EDP

Founded in 1999, Elite Development Program Soccer (EDP) is one of the largest organizers of youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the U.S. EDP operates youth leagues for boys and girls ages 9-19, conducts a Futures program for players ages 7-11, and operates U20/23 men’s and women’s leagues. EDP also runs over 20 tournaments each year.  The key emphasis for EDP’s leagues and tournaments is its Pathway to College™ programming which enables soccer players to reach their full potential with an emphasis on attending college. More than 3,500 teams participate in EDP’s leagues and more than 170,000 players compete in EDP tournaments annually. For more information on EDP, visit www.edpsoccer.com.