Washington Youth Soccer Teams Take Third
at National Championships
Eastside FC 94 Red, River City SC Seely hold their own
with 3-3 record against nation’s top teams
Two Washington Youth Soccer teams proved themselves among the nation’s elite last month, bringing home bronze medals from national championship competitions on opposite coasts.
First to secure their hardware was coach Tim Seely’s River City SC B97 squad, who capped an outstanding 2012 season with a third-place finish at the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup in Sacramento, Calif. The National Presidents Cup is the second highest-level tournament in US Youth Soccer, matching the Regional Presidents Cup champions from each of US Youth Soccer’s four regions.
Seely’s U14 boys earned the right to represent Region IV after capturing the Region IV Presidents Cup title in June, in the process avenging a State Cup title-game defeat to Crossfire FC. Entering the National Presidents Cup tournament on a four-game unbeaten streak, the River City boys went 1-2 at Nationals, capping the week with a 4-1 win over Indiana’s Elkhart Flames Dynamite to secure third place and the bronze medal.
Two weeks later, it was Eastside FC 94 Red’s turn to shine on the youth game’s biggest stage — the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Rock Hill, S.C. The United States’ premier youth soccer tournament, the National Championships match the most elite teams from across the country in games that annually feature dozens of future collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team performers.
As winners of the prestigious US Youth Soccer National League this spring, Dan Strom’s Eastside FC 94 Red boys earned an automatic berth to the National Championships, where they placed third a year ago. After opening the competition with a 4-1 win over North Texas’ Solar Chelsea 95, the Eastside boys played to a tough, 1-0, defeat against eventual champions Galaxy 94/95 Blue (Illinois) to sit with three points after two games — one point behind co-leaders Galaxy and fellow Illinois squad Raiders FC Premier, who had each earned a draw and a win from their first two games.
With just one game to play, a win by Eastside FC and a loss by either Galaxy or Raiders would have sent the hometown boys to the championship game — and while Eastside held up their end of their bargain, routing Arizona’s Sereno 95 White by a 3-0 margin, neither of the co-leaders blinked, each posting 3-0 wins of their own to advance to the title match, which Galaxy won, 1-0.
Eastside’s final-day win, however, did secure the team’s second-straight National Championships bronze medal, and also helped forward Jordan Thompson finish tied for first in the age-group pool with a remarkable four goals from three games.
The entire Washington Youth Soccer community congratulates both River City SC Seely and Eastside FC 94 Red on their outstanding seasons! To see complete results and game recaps from the US Youth Soccer National Championships or the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, follow the appropriate links here.
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