US Youth Soccer National League competition for 14U-19U Boys wrapped up a 4-day weekend of play at the Tournament Sportsplex of Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida.
All 14U Boys teams, along with all 15U-19U Boys teams who did not play in Tampa, will conclude their National League season March 13-15, 2020, in Las Vegas with their final three games.
After 4 days of competition from December 27th, 2019 to December 30th, the 18U Baltimore Celtic 02 (MSYSA) and 17U Baltimore Celtic Premier (MSYSA) from US Youth Soccer South Atlantic EDP Conferences have both clinched first place in their bracket and automatic qualification to the US Youth Soccer National Championship in Overland Park, Kansas from July 20th to 26th, 2020, after finishing their seven games and completing their seasons.
The 18U Baltimore Celtic 02 won their Black Bracket with a record of 7 wins and 0 losses, conceding only 7 goals. While, the 17U Baltimore Celtic 02 won their Red Bracket with a record of 7 wins and 0 losses, conceding only 8 goals.
There are five teams from US Youth Soccer Conferences managed by EDP who currently sit in first place and are still in contention to win their brackets, after the final games in Las Vegas are complete. Those teams are:
16U Red - Pipeline Pre Academy (MSYSA)
15U Blue - Washington Capital United 05B Blue (MSYSA)
15U Red - Bethesda SC Blue (MSYSA)
15U White - Future SA 05 (NJYS)
14U White - FC Europa Elite (EPYSA)
The following teams from US Youth Soccer Conferences managed by EDP have completed their National League season of seven games and are currently in 2nd place:
18U Blue - New Jersey Stallions Juve (NJYS)
17U Red - Lake Grove Newfield Dynamite 2003 (ENYYSA)
16U Black - PA Dominion 04 (EPYSA)
Four teams from the US Youth Soccer Conferences managed by EDP that currently occupy 2nd place are still in contention for 1st and a chance to secure their division after the conclusion of their final games. These teams include:
19U Red - LVU-FPA 2001 Boys Black (EPYSA)
14U Black - Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 06 Boys Black (EPYSA)
14U Blue - Pipeline SC Pre-Academy (MSYSA)
14U Red - NLS Ajax (MSYSA)
Teams from the US Youth Soccer Conferences managed by EDP that have completed their season and are currently placed 3rd are as follows:
17U White - Phila. Ukrainian Nationals 03 Black (EPYSA)
16U Black - PDA Hibernian Modric (NJYS)
16U White - Potomac Blue 2004 (MSYSA)
Three teams from US Youth Soccer Conferences managed by EDP who currently sit in the 3rd place slot and are still in contention for their brackets with games remaining are:
18U Red - Arlington SA 2002 Red (VYSA)
14U Black - Alexandria 06B Red (VYSA)
14U Red - Real Jersey FC 2006 Boys (NJYS)
While, the 18U Cedar Stars Academy Newark 2002 Green (NJYS), are currently in 3rd place with three games still to play.
Greg Cumpstone, coach of the CT Rush Shoreline 18U Boys, highlights his team’s experience from their National League 2019-2020 season, stating, “We had a great experience at the National League event. Having the opportunity to play against such talented teams from all around the country, and in front of so many top colleges, was the perfect way to kickstart the season. It’s exactly what we wanted, to have competition at the kind of level where we could improve and be tested.”
These individual players were some of the stand out performers during the week:
19U: Olsen Aluc from Lake Grove Newfield SC finished the season with 7 goals and is committed to Manhattan College.
19U: Riley Daiger from OBGC finished the season with 5 goals.
18U: Spencer Hanks from Baltimore Celtic SC finished the season with 14 goals and 2nd most all-time for boys in National League History. Hanks is committed to UMBC.
17U: Lawrence Aydlett from Baltimore Celtic SC finished the season with 5 goals.
16U: James "Jake" Barker from PA Dominion FC finished the season with 5 goals.
16U: Michael "Seth" Michalak from PA Dominion FC finished the season with 5 goals.
16U: Diego Guzman from PA Dominion FC finished the season with 4 goals.
16U: Alan Mathew from PDA Hibernian finished the season with 4 goals.
15U: Kristian Fletcher from Bethesda SC finished the season with 7 goals.
14U: Jose Calix-Ortiz from Alexandria SA is currently 2nd in his age group with 6 goals.
EDP would like to congratulate all 14U teams that had a tremendous start to their season in their first National League event. EDP would also like to wish the best of luck to teams with remaining National League games to be played in 2020 to finish their seasons.
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.