Several girls teams earn spots in 2022 US Youth Soccer National Championships
TAMPA, Fla. — The 15U-19U Girls continued competing in thrilling games at USYS National League Florida on Sunday at the Tournament Sportsplex of Tampa Bay and Ellis-Methvin Park.
The girls showcase teams played their final games of the weekend, while the National League P.R.O. sides competed in their second of three weekend matches. Sunday saw a lot of exciting matchups that resulted in more teams earning qualifying spots to the USYS National Championships.
Nermin Dautovic, head coach of Chicago Inter 05 Red (IL), talked about what it takes to win at National League P.R.O. after his team earned a qualifying spot at the National Championships with its win today.
“It’s quite the challenge,” said Dautovic. “It depends on where you are playing, which teams are coming from which states, who’s coming off their high school seasons, so you never know what to expect. Thankfully are girls had a strong fall and we were ready for National League P.R.O. and we had a really strong go at the first event and the girls were just full of confidence and continued to work hard and were able to get it done.”
Dautovic also talked about what it means for the team to qualify for the National Championships.
“It means the world to the players,” said Dautovic. “They have been working so hard for years and with COVID-19 and other obstacles they didn’t get the chance to go to regionals, but this year we are going to regionals in June as State Cup Champs, but knowing that we will advance to the National Championships is huge for them. The players will be full of confidence and as long as we stay healthy we will be working hard and I think that we can make some noise. Playing in competitions like National League P.R.O., we have learned that we can step up in games that mean something. There’s a difference between playing a friendly and then playing games in a national competition where you lose and you’re out. So you can really see the girls’ character and see how the competition is good for building character.”
Some notes on the National League P.R.O. Groups:
Group A: Dynamite 2007G (NJ) and Evolution 07 Girls Mercurial (IL) are both currently sitting at the top of the group’s standings with 13 points each. Monday’s game between the two teams will prove exciting as both look to secure bids to the National Championships.
Group B: Solar South 07G FDL Adames (TX-N) holds the top spot in the group’s standings with 11 points.
Group A: Chicago Inter 2006 Red (IL) has earned 13 points and sits on top of the group’s standings.
Group B: Libertyville FC 1974 Elite 06G (IL) has secured a qualifying spot at the National Championships after its win today. The group’s top spot is still up for grabs, so Monday’s games will carry high importance for these teams.
Group C: LMSC Impact (PA-E) and KC Athletics Academy Premier 06G (KS) both have 13 points and sit at the top of the group’s standings after Sunday’s games.
Group A: Chicago Inter 2005 Red (IL) earned a qualifying spot into the National Championships with its win on Sunday. The side’s 16 points have it currently leading the group’s standings.
Group B: Real Jersey FC 2005 (NJ) and 05 Lady Lobos Rush Premier (TN) both have 10 points after Sunday’s games and sit at the top of the group’s standings.
Group C: DKSC 05G Weir FDL (TX-N) holds the top spot in the group’s standings with 16 points after picking up a win Sunday evening.
Group A: Legends FC 04 Girls Black (MI) earned a qualifying spot in the National Championships with its win on Sunday. The group’s top spot is still up for grabs with Monday’s games yet to be played.
Group B: Galaxy SC 2004 Blue (IL) currently holds the top spot in the group’s standings with 16 points.
Group C: Team Chicago SC 2004 Elite (IL) has earned a qualifying spot into the National Championships with its win today. First place within the group as well as the second qualifying spot to Nationals is still up for grabs.
Group A: North Shore United 03/04 Girls Blue (WI) clinched first place in the group’s standings with its win Sunday evening.
Group B: The group’s four National Championship Qualifiers have emerged with Michigan Jaguars 2003 NLC (MI), Chicago FC United Girls 2003 Pre-Academy Red (IL), NY Surf G03 Academy (NY-E), and Nationals Union 03 Girls Black (MI) earning those spots.
National League P.R.O. games will continue for the girls age groups on Monday as more teams will compete for the top spots in the standings.