US Youth Soccer National League 2019-20 Season Preview: 14U Girls
With the 2019-2020 US Youth Soccer National League season kicking off this month, we take a look ahead at the competition with an in-depth preview of each age group.
In this edition, find out what’s in store for the 14U Girls.
Despite being in the youngest age group in the National League, the 14U Girls Black Division features some teams who have already had success in the US Youth Soccer Leagues Program. CW3 Jaguars 2006 Green (MI) is among those sides and is coming off a trip to the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships, where it advanced to the final before coming up a goal short of the National title. Prior to its run to the National Championship match, the Jaguars won the US Youth Soccer Midwest Conference with a 9-0-0 record and claimed the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championship by finishing the tournament with four straight shutouts.
Legends FC 06 Academy II (CA-S) has also had success in a league format, as it won its division of the US Youth Soccer Pacific Conference by compiling a 9-0-0 record. The Cal South side nearly won the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championship, but it came up just short in a shootout in the final.
MRM Academy Coyotes Blue 06 (MD) have a similar background, as the Coyotes won their division of the US Youth Soccer South Atlantic EDP Conference and advanced to the semifinals at the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships. The Maryland side dropped a close match to the eventual Regional champion, but it will have a chance to take the next step during the upcoming National League season.
Featuring representatives from several clubs with extensive history in the National League, many of the teams in the 14U Girls Blue Division are looking to produce more league success for their respective clubs. Among them is Nationals Union 06 Black (MI), which is coming off a summer in which it advanced to the final at the Midwest Regional Championships. Prior to that, Nationals Union finished second in the Midwest Conference, so it is looking to improve on those runners-up finishes in this year’s Blue Division.
PSA National 06 (NJ) and Pipeline 06 Pre Academy (MD) finished second in the Club vs. Club Division of the US Youth Soccer North Atlantic EDP Conference and South Atlantic EDP Conference, respectively, so they’ve enjoyed successful runs in league play. Both sides will look to build off of those performances against their Blue Division foes.
Meanwhile, LVSA 06 Girls National League (NV) and DKSC – NL Elite (TX-N) have each compiled winning records in the US Youth Soccer Desert Conference and Midwest Conference, respectively, early in the fall seasons. Those performances have both teams currently in the top two in their conference standings, and they’ll look to continue to succeed in league formats when Blue Division play gets underway.
The 14U Girls Red Division has several teams that finished first in their conferences, including 2019 US Youth Soccer Southern Region Champion 06 CSA South Elite (NC). CSA went 11-0-0 to finish first in the US Youth Soccer Piedmont Conference before winning Regionals and advancing to the National Championships. It will look to earn a return trip to Nationals by finishing on top of the Red Division this season. CSA has started its 2019-20 season off strong by once again compiling a perfect record in the Piedmont Conference to finish first — showing it knows how to string together results over the course of a league season.
After winning its division of the US Youth Soccer Great Lakes Conference last season — outscoring opponents 32-to-4 — CUP 06 Gold (OH-S) is looking to transfer that success to the National League. The same can be said for Eastside FC 06 Red (WA), which won the US Youth Soccer Northwest Conference by going 6-1-0. With several other contenders looking to capture first place in the Red Division, any past success in league formats could prove valuable when navigating the upcoming National League season.
Coming off a trip to the National Championships, Real Jersey FC 06 (NJ) looks to be one of the top contenders for the 14U Girls White Division title. The New Jersey side won its division in the US Youth Soccer Mid Atlantic EDP Conference and reeled off six straight victories in West Virginia to win the Eastern Regional Championship. Real played three close games at Nationals, losing by just one goal to both finalists — showing it can hang with anyone on the national stage.
A few other teams made runs in their respective Regional Championships, including Sporting STL 2006 Academy (MO), which advanced to the semifinals at the Midwest Regional Championships. This season, Sporting STL has already shown an ability to excel in a league format, as it went 9-0-0 to finish first in the 2019 fall season of the Midwest Conference. Fellow White Division side GSC Prima Green 06G (NE) also had a strong performance in the recent Midwest Conference season, as it finished just behind Sporting STL with a 6-2-1 record.
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