The US Youth Soccer National League kickoffs off the 2011-2012 season this weekend in Atlanta, Ga. ESPNHS will break down one age group per day leading up to the event, highlighting the teams and key players who will be in search of earning automatic bids to next summer's US Youth Soccer National Championships.
Today, ESPNHS sizes up the National League Under-15 members:
Match Fit Chelsea Colchesters (N.J.)
Coach: Jordan Rape
Key Players: GK Penelope Edmonds, D Julia Ashley, D Alana Cook, MF Kayla Jennings, F Hana Kerner.
New Additions: MF Sam DePinho, F Remy Borinsky, F Maxine Blackwood.
Recent Team History: New Jersey State Cup champions in 2009, 2010. … Region I champion in 2011, Region I runner-up in 2010, FC Delco Tournament champions in 2010, 2011.
PSC Baltimore 97 (Md.)
Coach: Val Teixeira
Key Players: MF Hannah Goff, MF Samantha Scaffidi, F Bridgette Andrzejewski, MF Marcela Robinson, D Chloe Lewis, GK Sydney Hunter.
New Additions: Sydney Hunter, Samantha Scaffidi, MF Sarah Hulit, MF Madison Lawrence.
Recent Team History: Back-to-back Maryland State Cup champion. 2010 Region I champion... 2011 Bethesda Cup champion. ... Region I Premier League participant.
VSA Heat Blue
Coach: Gus Donolo
Key Players: MF Meg/Cunningham, MF Karina Lacey, MF/F Olivia Korhonen, D Alia Abu Hawa, D Kelli Burney, F/MF Kristin Schnurr.
Recent Team History: Back-to-back Virginia State Cup champion. ... 2011 Jefferson Cup champion. ... Region I Premier League participant. ... FC Delco Tournament finalist, WAGS finalist in 2011.
Cleveland FC (Ohio-North)
Coach: Brian Jankowski
Key Players: None listed.
Recent Team History: 2011: Midwest Regional League – spring fourth-place finish. … Ohio-North State Cup semifinalist. … Total Soccer Tournament series finalist. 2010: Raleigh Shootout semifinalist. … Internationals Finale champion, Ohio-North State Cup semifinalist, Northern Ohio Cup finalist, KSA Turf Classic champion, Midwest Premier League – fall finalist.
Eclipse Select 96-97 (Ill.)
Coach: Mike Nesci
Key Players: MF Sam Villwock, MF Emily Whitcomb, D Maeve McLaughlin, F Claire Hilburger, GK Katie Wilson.
Internationals 96 Red (Ohio-North)
Coaches: Zdravko Popovic and Keri Sarver
Key Players: MF/F Alyssa Baumbick, MF/F Jenna Dorchock, D Zoe McCormick, D Haleigh Guerra.
Recent Team History: 2011: Midwest Regional League champion, Pacesetter Showcase champion, KSA Adidas Turf Classic champion, State Cup champion. 2010: State Cup champion, Pacesetter Showcase champion. 2009: AC Milan Continental Cup champion, Keystone Cup champion.
Javanon 97 Black (Ky.)
Coach: Lee Weyland
Key Players: MF/F Stephanie Rowland, D Lauren Haas, D Reilly Teal, MF/F Alyssa Montgomery, MF Sammie Smith, F Devin Spratt.
New Addition: MF Caroline Boone
Recent Team History: 2011: Kentucky State Cup champion, Region II semifinalist, Adidas Women's Invitational (Brentwood, Tenn.) finalist. 2010: Kentucky State Cup champion, FC Sockers Nike Cup Classic finalist.
Kings Soccer Academy (Ohio-South)
Coach: Jon Pickup
Key Players: D/MF Kaitlyn Bigner, MF Katie Murray, MF Bayley Feist, D Emily Wiser, D Payton Atkins, MF Marissa Stone, F Maryellen Tully, MF Lauren Nemeroff, Madison Baumgardner, Sydney Goins, Courtney Hansel, Brittany Mahoney, Meghan Martella, Kelly Polacek, Brooklynn Rivers, Abby Stevens, Emily Wiser.
New Additions: Katie Murray, Bayley Feist, Madison Baumgardner.
Recent Team History: State Cup champion 2010 and 2011, Region II finalist in 2011, Super Y National Championship in 2010.
NSA Premier Jaguars (Ill.)
Coach: Bonnie Young
Key Players: MF Morgan Kemerling, F Paige Filipek, F Abbie Boswell, MF Alyssa Kovatchis, D Dannah Williams, MF/F Emi Yamamoto.
Recent Team History: 2011: Illinois State Cup finalist, US Club National Cup finalist, US Club regional champion, Midwest Regional League – Premier Division runner-up. 2010: Illinois State Cup champion.
AHFC 97 (South Texas)
Coach: Nick Hallam
Key Players: MF Patricia Fernandes, F Christiana Sullivan, F C.J. Odobulu, MF/F Katy Byrne, D Vanessa Flores.
New Additions: C.J. Odobulu, Kristen Hutar.
Recent Team History: 2011: South Texas State Cup champion, US Youth Soccer Region III quarterfinalist.
Sunrise Weston Sting 96/97 (Fla.)
Coach: Chris Nolen
Key Players: MF Nia Gomez, MF Kaitlin Tighe, F Carissa Sanchez, D MacKenzie Marsh, GK Julia Kingsley.
Recent Team History: 2011: Region III Premier League, participated in the Region III Championships, Spring Region III Premier League runner-up. … 2010: Florida State Cup champion, Orange Classic champion.
NASA G15 Elite (Ga.)
Coach: Eric Ritter
Key players: D Jordan Barham, D Maya Cherry, D Kat Morey, GK Peyton Ryan, MF Parker Schroedel, F Kalli Vogel, MF Sarah Whitt.
Recent Team History: 2011: Fall Southern Premier League participant, Georgia State Cup semifinalist, Spring Region III Premier League participant. 2010: Disney Showcase champion, CASL Showcase champion, Atlanta Cup semifinalist.
Legends FC (Calif.-South)
Coach: Rick Young
Key Players: F/MF Mikayla Flores, D Ally Prisock, MF Kayra Dollas, MF Peyton Perea, F Dayna Garcia, GK Paige Simoneau.
Recent Team History: Surf Cup champion in 2011, Surf Cup Thanksgiving finalist in 2010.