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ECNL Jun 14, 2021

Inaugural ECNL Regional League Championships crown 17 winners

When the sun rose on Championship Sunday, the atmosphere in New Jersey, North Carolina and Texas was full of possibilities. Thirty-four teams walked on to the pitch aiming for the elusive ECNL Regional League Championship trophy and for the U15-U17 ages, a spot in the Open Cup at the ECNL National Playoffs in Lakewood Ranch, FL in late June.

Just a few short hours later, 17 teams felt the jubilation and exhilaration of victory, while an equal number felt the sting of defeat. Multiple clubs saw multiple teams win an ECNL Regional League Championship, and some underdogs completed their run with a title.

Below you will find a breakdown of every age group at every location, along with words from the coaching staff of teams moving on to Florida.

NORTHEAST

U17 Champions: PDA Blue

“Super excited for the girls to earn this victory. They truly deserved it. We are super excited about getting down to Florida and matching up against some Club Competition teams and seeing where we sit.” – Lou Santa Cruz, PDA Blue U17 Head Coach

U16 Champions: PDA Blue

“This game was such a competitive grind, in a good way. I’m so proud of my girls. We went down 1-0 and put two in in the first half, and then buckled down defensively in the second. We can’t wait to get down to Florida and be a part of that awesome competition.” – Bryan Finley, PDA Blue U16 Head Coach

U15 Champions: Connecticut FC

“Feels unreal to win this game. Since we started the season, we knew we had a good team, and we set our goal to be here, in this game. We continued to work day by day and these girls put in a lot of work. They trusted, they believed and then today, we achieved. Can’t wait to go down to Florida with these girls, they deserve it.” – Leo Germinainai, Connecticut FC U15 Head Coach

U14 Champions: Connecticut FC

U13 Champions: FC Bucks

Consolation Bracket:

U13 U14 U15 U16 U17
Consolation Game #1 FC Stars Blue vs. Match Fit Academy PDA Blue vs. Bethesda SC FC Stars Blue vs. SUSA FC Penn Fusion vs. World Class FC PDA South vs. Match Fit Academy
Consolation Game #2 PDA Blue vs. SUSA FC World Class FC vs. SUSA Penn Fusion vs. PDA Blue Scorpions Soccer vs. Bethesda SC East Meadow vs. Scorpions Soccer
Consolation Game #3 World Class FC vs. East Meadow Match Fit Academy vs. PDA White Match Fit Academy vs. Bethesda SC Connecticut FC vs. Pipeline SC Penn Fusion vs. Maryland United

Winners are in bold. 

To view the full bracket and complete game schedule, click here.

SOUTHEAST

U18/19 Champions: Charlotte SA Blue

U17 Champions: Charlotte SA Blue

“Obviously, we’re really excited for Florida. The girls have worked hard all year, won their division and then came across tough competition this weekend. They stuck together and prevailed. We’re so excited to have the opportunity to go to Florida and play in the Open Cup.” – Stewart Draper, Charlotte SA Blue U17 Head Coach

U16 Champions: Space Coast United

“It’s a great accomplishment, winning the Regional League Championship. I’m proud of the girls, they’ve worked real hard and trained real hard to win this trophy.” – Mike Lord, Space Coast United U16 Head Coach

U15 Champions: Charlotte SA White

“It’s exciting, winning this tournament. It was great competition all around, in all three games. We’re really proud and really excited, and I know the girls are too.” – Aaron Smith, Charlotte SA White U15 Head Coach

U14 Champions: Florida Premier FC

U13 Champions: Charlotte SA White

Consolation Bracket:

U13 U14 U15 U16 U17
Consolation Game #1 Florida Premier vs. Florida West Florida West vs. Richmond Kickers Chargers vs. Richmond Strikers Charlotte SA Blue vs. NCFC Youth Elite TBU Rowdies vs. Great Falls – Reston
Consolation Game #2 Vienna Youth Soccer vs. Virginia Soccer Assoc. Virginia Soccer Assoc. vs. NCFC Youth Elite TBU Rowdies vs. Charlotte SA Blue Florida Premier vs. Charlotte Independence VSA vs. Florida West
Consolation Game #3 NC Fusion vs. Charlotte SA Blue Great Falls – Reston SC vs. Charlotte SA Blue Vienna Youth Soccer vs. NCFC Youth Elite Charlotte SA White vs. Vienna Youth Soccer Charlotte Independence vs. Charlotte Independence South

Winners are in bold.

To view the full bracket and complete game schedule, click here.

TEXAS

U18/19 Champions: Solar SC

U17 Champions: Challenge SC

“It’s richly deserved for this team to be moving on to Florida. They won the regular season as well and to go on and win the Regional League Championship as well is a tremendous achievement for the girls. They’ve worked really hard all season and now they’ve got their rewards of being able to go to the ECNL National Playoffs.” – Russell Gee, Challenge SC U17 Head Coach

U15 Champions: Dallas Texans

“They did it. They did it. This team, the best part of it was the chemistry. They came together and because of that, they were able to win. It’s great.” -Travis Gross, Dallas Texans U15 Coach

U14 Champions: Dallas Texans

U13 Champions: Solar SC

Consolation Bracket:

U13 U14 U15 U16 U17 U18/19
Consolation Game #1 FC Dallas vs. Sting Dallas Royal Solar SC vs. Solar SC West Sting Dallas Royal vs. Classics Elite Dallas Texans vs. DKSC Solar SC vs. DKSC Challenge East vs. Dallas Texans
Consolation Game #2 Challenge East vs. DKSC Houstonians FC vs. DKSC Lonestar SC Red vs. FC Dallas Lonestar SC Red vs. FC Dallas NTX Albion Hurricanes WU vs. Dynamos SC Gold Albion Hurricanes FC Premier C vs. Solar SC West
Consolation Game #3 Rise SC Nike vs. Dynamos SC Gold Challenge Aggieland vs. Albion Hurricanes FC Houstonians FC vs. FC Westlake Sting Austin USC vs. Challenge Aggieland Classics Elite STX vs. Solar SC East DKSC vs. San Antonio Surf

Winners are in bold. 

To view the complete game schedule and brackets, click here.

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