The US Youth Soccer National League wraps up play for the 2012 season this weekend in Las Vegas with six age group titles on the line. Each group winner advances to the US Youth Soccer National Championships this summer.
ESPNHS previews this week's National League's key match-ups:
Leader: VSA Heat (Va.), 15 points (finished)
In The Running: Blast FC (Ohio) 3-0-1, 10 points; Legends FC (Calif.) 2-0-2, 8
Key Match: Blast vs. Legends FC, Friday
Outlook: If there's a winner in Friday's Blast-Legends match, that team has a leg up toward overcoming VSA Heat for first place. Emily Castellano and Danielle Lopez have combined for seven goals in four National League matches for Legends FC.
Leader: Michigan FC, 14 points (finished)
In The Running: Legends Breakaway (Calif.) 2-1-1, 7 points; CUP Crew Juniors Gold (Ohio), 1-0-3, 6 points
Key Match: Legends Breakaway vs. CUP Crew Juniors, Friday
Outlook: It will take perfection from CUP Crew Juniors and near perfection from Legends Breakaway to catch first-place Michigan FC.
Leader: Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (Mich.), 12 points (finished)
In The Running: Legends 95 (Calif.) 3-1, 9 points; Match Fit Chelsea Beat 2-0-2, 8 points; Cleveland United White (Ohio) 1-1-2, 5 points
Key Match: Legends vs. Match Fit Chelsea, Friday
Outlook: The winner of Friday's Match Fit-Legends match will be in the driver's seat to snag first place from the Grand Rapids Crew. Cleveland United is a long shot, needing a 3-0 showing and some help.
Leader: KCFC/Futura Academy (Mo.), 18 points (finished)
In The Running: Internationals (Ohio) 3-0-1, 10 points
Key Match: Internationals vs. Eastside FC (Wash.), Friday
Outlook: KCFC owns a nearly insurmountable lead. Internationals will need a 3-0 showing in Las Vegas to steal the lead. Of course, with standout Emily Ogle, a perfect performance could be within reach.
Leaders: Kings SA (Ohio) and Match Fit Chelsea (N.J.), 12 points
In The Running: Kings SA 4-0-0, 12 points; Match Fit Chelsea 4-0-0, 12 points
Key Match: Kings SA vs. Match Fit Chelsea, Friday
Outlook: The only remaining undefeated teams clash Friday and the winner will hold the advantage in a bid to claim the division title. Kings' Lauren Nemeroff has four goals in four matches and could end up as the group's scoring leader with a strong weekend.
Leader: Eclipse Select (Ill.) 12 points (finished)
In The Running: Legends FC (Calif.) 3-0-1, 10 points; PSC Baltimore (Md.) 2-1-1, 7; Internationals (Ohio) 2-1-1, 7 points.
Key Match: Legends vs. Internationals, Friday
Outlook: Legends needs only one win to pass Eclipse Select for first place, and if that win comes Friday it also eliminates Internationals.