US Youth Soccer National Championships
Showcases the Best in the West


Anyone who considers themselves an aficionado of youth soccer can tell you that it’s a long and arduous trek from the beginning of the season, to its conclusion with the event that most soccer coaches and players consider to be the most prestigious for youth players – the US Youth Soccer National Championships.


The event starts with the CYSA State Cup preliminary rounds, continues at Regionals and, finally (for the Under-14 and older teams) it culminates in July with the US Youth Soccer National Championships. From beginning to end, the journey is an “E-ticket ride.” Three CYSA teams, the Mustang Fury Under-12 Girls, the American River San Juan Spirits ‘94 Blue Under-14 Girls and the Diablo Valley Black Pearl ‘90 Under-17 Boys, realized their dreams of taking that journey to the top.


Having advanced through preliminary, second round, round of 16, quarterfinal and semifinal matches, and having gone on to win the championship games in their respective age groups, these three teams traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii, in mid-June for the week-long US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships (Far West Regionals) to compete for the right to be deemed the “Best in the West.”


Of the twenty-two teams that represented CYSA at Far West Regionals, the Fury, the Spirits ‘94 Blue and the Black Pearl ‘90 emerged victorious. With National Championships including only the U14 through U19 age groups, the two older teams went on to represent Region IV and CYSA at the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Little Rock, Ark.


The National Championships week kicked off with a luncheon on July 22 for all of the players and team officials as well as the state, regional and national dignitaries who were in attendance at the event. Competition began on July 23 with each team playing three preliminary games.


Although the Diablo Valley boys’ contests were hard-fought games, they were unable to capture a win. The strength of the age group was evident and was made clear by the fact that DVSC lost to the eventual champions by a score of 1-0.


The San Juan Spirits prevailed in their first two preliminary games and played the third to a tie to advance to the championship game. A rematch of those two teams in the title match resulted in a thrilling 2-0 victory for the Spirits and a week full of never-to-be-forgotten memories for the team and their supporters. Among the achievements of the Spirits ‘94 Blue was the fact that goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland was presented with the tournament’s Golden Glove Award and the high scorer for the team, Alyssa Jara, was presented with the Golden Boot award.


The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is a critical element of most Division-I teams’ seasons. CYSA State Cup is the first qualifying leg of the National Championship Series. The 2008/09 State Cup season was launched with 949 teams on board. When all was said and done, just 22 teams remained to represent CYSA in Hawaii. Of those 22 teams, 15 advanced to the knock-out rounds. Five of the 15 qualified for semifinals and the three teams that advanced from semifinals to the championship matches each prevailed! We are proud of these young peoples’ commitment to excellence and their dedication to their sport, and we look forward to sharing future soccer experiences with each of the players, families and fans.


To access in-depth information regarding the Far West Regionals, go to the Region IV website Regionals pages at http://regioniv.com/regional.htm


Information and data for the National Championships can be located on the US Youth Soccer website at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org