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With the 2015 Rael Vodicka WAGS Tournament quickly approaching, SoccerWire.com has started an article series previewing the top divisions for the showcase age groups. See below for a look at the U-19 Showcase I Division.
Braden River SC 97 Rage Premier (FL)
Coach: George Ameres
Last year’s WAGS Tournament U-17 Showcase I Division champions will make the trip back to the Washington, D.C. area from Florida as they try to repeat with a title at the U-19 level. Braden River SC is the reigning champion of the Florida State Premier League (FSPL) and also reached the finals of the 2015 CDL Showcase Red Division in February. Center midfielder and University of South Florida 2016 commit Brianna Blethen, and 2016 Florida Atlantic University forward commit Meredith Roberts are among the team’s key players.
BRYC 97/98 Elite (VA)
Coach: Jim Abt
Coming off a second place finish in the Club Champions League (CCL), a run to the Virginia State Cup U-16 finals, and championships at the 2015 OBGC Capital Cup and 2014 WAGS Tournament, BRYC has proven to be a top contender in some of the nation’s most competitive leagues and tournaments. The Northern Virginia side placed seventh in the 2015 Region I Champions League and 2014-2015 US Youth Soccer National League as well.
FC Europa Sol (PA-E)
Coach: Dave Pettican
FC Europa won the U-17 Showcase III Division at the 2014 WAGS Tournament, and returns this year in the top flight of the U-19 age group. The team went on to win division titles at the Ramapo Valley SC Fall College Showcase and Charlotte Moran Girls Showcase as well, and placed seventh in the EDP League 1st Division South for the spring 2015 season. Longwood University commit Emilie Kupsov and Liberty University commit Kayleigh Kardos are among the team’s key players.
Maryland United FC 97 Red (MD)
Coach: Scott Villagran
The Maryland State Cup finalists are coming off a top division title at the MSSL 2015 Spring College Showcase in New Jersey, where they went a perfect 4-0-0, knocking off Super Nova FC 98 3-2 in the final. MUFC may get to face Super Nova again in the final at the WAGS Tournament, as the sides have been placed in opposite brackets in the U-19 Showcase I Division. Over the course of the past year, MUFC has also reached the semifinals at the Jefferson Cup, Disney Soccer Showcase and Generation Adidas Bethesda Tournament, and the finals of the ASL Spring Showcase. The team is off to a 1-0-0 start in the Club Champions League (CCL) for the 2015-2016 season.
California Rush Clifford (CA-S)
Coach: Jason Clifford
Rush makes the trip East again for the WAGS Tournament after taking home the U-17 Showcase II Division title last year in Bracket 4. Tatsiana Loscutoff and Kayla Mazariego have sparked the team’s offense so far during the Southern California Developmental League fall season, in which Rush is 1-2-0 through their first three games.
Florida Elite 97/98 (FL)
Coach: Timothy Lucas
Florida Elite 97/98 reached the finals of the Disney Soccer Showcase Championship Gray Division in 2014 and placed third in the highly competitive Florida State Premier League for the 2014-2015 season. The team went 5-1-2 during the season, scoring 15 goals and conceding just 8. Elite is off to a strong 3-1-0 start in the US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Premier League U-18 1st Division East.
PWSI Courage 97 Red (VA)
Coach: Mike Cullina
Virginia State Cup semifinalist PWSI Courage fared well in spring 2015, placing fourth in both the Region I Champions League Division 1 Red and the Jefferson Cup Elite Black Division. Courage went 3-1-3 in the Region I Champions League and 2-0-1 at the Jefferson Cup, where they earned victories over ECNL side Albertson Fury 97 and highly-ranked New Jersey side Winslow Soccer Tigers. Forward Priscilla Ayala, goalkeeper Amy Krotine and defender Elizabeth Lazzaro are a few of the team’s key players.
Super Nova FC 98 (PA-E)
Coach: Stojan Nikolic
Orange Classic International Tournament champion and two-time MSSL College Showcase finalist Super Nova FC returns to the WAGS Tournament seeking to redeem a loss in the MSSL Spring finals to Maryland United FC 97 Red. Nova has fared well over the course of the last year against strong competition at national events, earning wins over Virginia State Cup finalists Vienna Youth Soccer and FC Stars of Mass NPL 97/99 at the Jefferson Cup, and State Cup semifinalists from three different states at the MSSL Spring Showcase.