Under-18 Annandale United (Va.) and Under-17 Galaxy (Ill.) clinched US Youth Soccer National Championship berths Sunday in Las Vegas on the final day of National League competition.
ESPNHS offers a recap of each age group’s weekend action:
Blue: Annandale United (Va.)
Red: Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (Mich.)
Top Scorers: 7 (tie), E.K. Korvah, Annandale United; Lindo Mfeka, Javanon; Eric Schmidt, Annandale United
Detail: Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (Mich.), last year’s under-17 national champion, is heading back to the National Championships following a first-place showing in the Red Division. … However, the Blue Division race came down to the final minute. Annandale United (Va.) needed a win Sunday while Penn Fusion (Pa.), last year’s national runner-up, already was eliminated but had a chance to play the spoiler. Sergio Arzubiaga gave Annandale a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute, before Penn Fusion’s Keegan Rosenberry tied the match in the 48th minute. Annandale United took the lead on Tyler Durbin’s 61st minute score and held on for a 2-1 victory that sealed a berth in the national tournament.
Blue: Galaxy (Ill.)
Red: Eastside FC Red (Wash.)
Top Scorers: 10, Alexis Monteon, Raiders FC (Ill.); 7 (tie) Jordan Morris, Eastside FC (Wash.); Jackson Eskay, FC Frederick (Md.)
Detail: Eastside FC Red (Wash.) is heading back to the National Championships after clinching a berth as the Red Division champion with Saturday’s 5-0 victory over HFC Red (N.C.). Jordan Morris and Beau Blanchard each scored twice for Eastside. That result rendered Sunday’s match for Eastside meaningless, which it lost to Downtown Rapids (Nev.) 1-0. The loss marked the only goal allowed by Eastside in seven National League matches. … Colin Donnally’s goal Friday in a 1-0 win over Albion White (Calif.) set in motion the team’s first-place finish. Galaxy and Albion tied on points, but Galaxy won on goal differential following a three-win showing in Las Vegas.
Blue: Scottsdale Blackhawks (Ariz.)
Red: GSA 96 Phoenix Red (Ga.)
Top Scorers: 8, Jeremy Ebobisse, OBGC Rangers (Md.); 6, Sean Cowdrey, OBGC Rangers (Md.); 5 (tie) Alexis De La Rosa, Scottsdale Blackhawks (Ariz.); Samuel Gleadle, Scottsdale Blackhawks (Ariz.); Ken Krolicki, Michigan Jaguars (Mich.).
Detail: Brian Booker’s goal followed by two scores from Samuel Gleadle carried the Scottsdale Balckhawks (Ariz.) to a 3-0 victory over the Concorde Fire (Ga.) on Saturday to clinch the Blue Division title for the Arizona squad. The win allowed Scottsdale to slip past OBGC Rangers (Md.), which was already finished, to win the most competitive National League division regardless of age group. The top five teams combined to go 19-7-9. … Beachside made a 3-0 final weekend run in the Red Division. However, it was not good enough to catch GSA, which was already finished. The Michigan Jaguars saw a chance to tie GSA on points slip away with a 2-1 final day loss to CUP Crew Juniors (Ohio).
Blue: Chicago Magic (Ill.)
Red: CUP Crew Juniors Gold (Ohio)
Top Scorers: 13, Luke Treadway, CUP Crew Juniors (Ohio); 6, Andrija Novakovich, United FC (Ill.); 4 (tie) Cade Harmon, Lehigh Valley United (Pa.); Renato Albuquerque, Chicago Magic.
Detail: Luke Treadway scored twice to lift CUP Crew Juniors (Ohio) over St. Louis Scott Gallagher Academy (Mo.) 3-0 in Friday’s action to give CUP control of the group. CUP sealed the title with a win over Albion (Calif.). … The Chicago Magic had previously finished and no team playing this past weekend in the Blue Division could make a strong run at first place.