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USYS Jul 05, 2023

US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships 2023 Recap

BOISE, Idaho – More than 200 teams competed June 23-29 at the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships in Boise, Idaho. Games were played at the Simplot Sports Complex with a trip to this summer’s National Championships on the line.

Utah — one of 14 State Associations that make up USYS’ West Region — saw six teams crowned champions this week. Idaho (2), Oregon (2), Alaska (1), Cal-North (1), Hawaii (1), and Nevada (1) all had regional championship-winning teams, too.

Michael Montgomery, head coach of Alaska Rush 2006 Girls (AK), talked about the importance of making each moment count when the team is together because of the time they can practice outdoors being limited.

“It is huge on the girls because we train indoors seven months out of the year and three months outdoors,” he added. “The other three months, they are with their high school teams.”

Montgomery shared three things that he tells his team when discussing preparation for Nationals with them.

“Number one, outwork the other team. Number two, pass with possession and number three, enjoy the game.”

Jose Dydasco, a second head coach, echoed many of the same sentiments that Montgomery did. Dydasco coaches FC Hawaii 09G Red (HI), making the Regional Championships and a trip to Boise a big change of scenery for his team.

“Playing in Hawaii, you kind of play the same teams over and over and over,” Dydasco said. “So a new game like this, a new team, a new style, always presents a challenge for our girls.”

Look back at the Far West Regional Championship Winners…

Age Group Champions Finalists
13U Ajax United Ajax United 10B Green (CA-N) Real Colorado Real CO 2010 Boys Academy (CO)
14U Oregon Premier FC 09B Academy (OR) Xplosion SC B09 Black (CA-S)
15U Utah Celtic FC 08 Boys (UT) Players SC Players 08 Elite Boys
16U La Roca FC – J Milla – SC (UT) Downtown Las Vegas SC 07 EA (NV)
17U Sparta United Sparta Elite 64 06B (UT) Oregon Premier FC 06B Academy (OR)
18U Las Vegas Sports Academy 05 Boys Red (NV) Bend FC BFCT 05B Red (OR)
19U Oregon Premier FC 04B Academy 1 (OR) Fellowship of Christian Athletes B2004EV (CA-S)
*13-19U Champions will advance to the National Championships.
Age Group Champions Finalists
13U Utah Surf 10 JR (UT) Elevation FC 10G Summit Elite (CO)
14U FC Hawaii 09G Red (HI) Colorado United – 2009G White (CO)
15U League 30 FC Shock – G08 JM – DC (UT) Portland City United SC 08G Red 1 (OR)
16U Idaho Rush Soccer Club 07 Elite 64 (ID) Utah Surf Utah Surf 07 BH (UT) (AQ)
17U Alaska Rush 2006 Girls (AK) La Roca FC A Bravo 2006 Girls (UT)
18U Utah Avalanche 05 Elite 64 (UT) La Roca FC A. Ovalle 05G (UT)
19U Idaho Rush Soccer Club 04/05 Elite 64 (ID) Utah County Soccer Club FC Leonas (UT)
*13-19U  Champions will advance to the National Championships.

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