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US Club Jul 22, 2022

US Club Soccer awards 24 champions at National Cup XXI Finals

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DENVER, Colorado – Two dozen teams were awarded championships at the National Cup XXI Finals, which spanned July 14-21 at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park in Denver, Colorado.

Girls teams kicked off the event, playing July 14-18, and the boys wrapped up the tournament, competing July 17-21. The National Cup is US Club Soccer’s longest-running competition, celebrating its 21st edition this summer. The Finals is the culminating event of a cup-based championship series that includes qualifying state cups and National Cup Regionals.

More than 7,000 teams competed in this year’s series, including 222 U-13 through U-19 boys and girls teams at the National Cup Finals. The tournament field, which included teams from 22 states, provided a developmentally stimulating environment with geographical diversity, contrasting styles and championship pressure. Winning teams endured three group stage games, before advancing to semifinal and final rounds.

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Congratulations to the following National Cup XXI Finals winners, with qualifying events in parentheses:

U-13 Super Group: Colorado Rush (South Central Regional) Albion SC Merced (California Cup)
U-13 Premier Group: St. Louis Scott Gallagher IL (Midwest Regional) Valencia CF Academy NY (Mid-Atlantic Regional)
U-14 Super Group: Aztec Soccer (NEP Regional Cup) Leahi SC (Hawaii State Cup)
U-14 Premier Group: Virginia Soccer Association (Virginia Cup) FC United Iowa (Iowa State Cup)
U-15 Super Group: Legends FC (California Cup) St. Paul Blackhawks (Minnesota Cup)
U-15 Premier Group: Space Coast United (Florida Cup) California Rush SC (Southwest Regional)
U-16 Super Group: Murrieta Soccer Academy (Southwest Regional) Colton America SC (Southeast Regional)
U-16 Premier Group: South Dakota United FC (Midwest Regional) SG1 Soccer (South Central Regional)
U-17 Super Group: North Oaks SC (Midwest Regional) Virginia Legacy SC (Virginia Cup)
U-17 Premier Group: Sting Austin (South Central Regional) BVB International Academy TX (South Central Regional)
U-19 Super Group: Salvo SC (Midwest Regional) STA (New Jersey State Cup)
U-19 Premier Group: Eden Prairie SC (Minnesota Cup) West Side Alliance SC (South Central Regional)

Three girls teams successfully defended their titles after also winning their National Cup Finals divisions last year: Aztec Soccer, North Oaks SC and South Dakota United FC. On the boys side, STA also repeated as champions, but of a different age group, after winning the U-16 boys Super Group last year and the U-19 boys Super Group this year.

The title winners qualified from a diverse array of events – 14 in total. The leading qualifying events were the National Cup XXI Midwest Regional and the National Cup XXI South Central Regional, which each produced four Finals champions. Two state cups produced a pair of champions: Minnesota Cup and Virginia Cup.

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