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June 18, 2012
News and notes from around the U.S.

Soccer News Net staff

GREENVILLE, S.C.—The US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships field was whittled to 96 quarterfinal teams in the third and final day of preliminary games.

U-18 Girls 95 Concorde Fire Elite (GA) and OFC (OK) both had a slot secured in the quarterfinal round when they met Sunday. Myra Fisher gave Concorde an early lead, finding the net in the second minute. In response, OFC rattled off four straight goals, including a Heidi Greeson double. Georgia pulled a goal back in the 74th , but OFC went on to win 4-2.

NASA 12 Elite (GA) continued its regional title defense Sunday, needing a result against hometown rival United FA 94 Elite (GA) to control its own path into the quarterfinals. Brooke Theobald stepped up for her team, firing a goal in just the fourth minute for NASA. Needing to stay sharp at both ends of the field, NASA held on for the 1-0 win and top spot in the pool.

Winless on the week, BRSC 95 Black (LA) and SCUFC 94 Elite (SC) played for pride on their final day of regional competition. BRSC’s Annabell Simpson got her team on the board just after the opening whistle. Nicole Newton doubled BRSC’s lead before Anna Westbrook pulled one back for South Carolina. Kassidy Zeringue netted an insurance goal for Louisiana and the game ended 3-1.

After a heartbreaking defeat in the 2011 regional final, Brentwood 94 Premier (TN) entered day three needing a result against Legends (AL) and some help from the other game in the pool to advance to the knock out rounds of the 2012 tournament. Brentwood certainly did its part, notching a convincing 5-0 victory, led by a Chesney White double. The result launched Brentwood to the top of its pool and to a spot in the quarterfinals.

In U-16 boys pool play, 95 NCA Alliance (NC) came through with a critical win over 2011 regional finalist GSA 96 Phoenix Red (GA) to secure top spot in the pool as both teams move on to knockout stages. Brandon Millington scored the decisive goal for NCA in the 54th minute.

Concorde Fire Elite (GA) secured a spot in the quarterfinals by keeping a clean sheet against Arkansas Comets (AR). Defense reigned supreme as neither team was able to create threatening scoring chances. The draw marks the end of the road at the region championships for the Comets.

Needing a result to advance, Brentwood 95 Premier (TN)couldn’t capitalize in front of goal and had to settle for a 0-0 draw with OFC 96 (OK). This draw marked the third in as many games for Brentwood, and the second of the week for OFC.

After grinding out wins in the first two preliminary games, Jacksonville United FC exploded for six goals and an emphatic victory over Vestavia Steamers (AL). After two Jacksonville goals in the first 20 minutes, Joshua Castellanos scored another just before half. Jacksonville faces a tough quarterfinal matchup with GSA.

The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals run June 18-21.

Battery claims a title
South Carolina United Battery claimed the U-14 championship in the Southeast Pre-Academy League Playoffs with a victory over Charlotte Soccer Academy.

South Carolina United Battery won all three of its games to advance through the playoffs. The team claimed a 1-0 victory over CASL in its opening game and defeated Kendall SC 3-2 in the semifinals before shutting out Charlotte Soccer Academy 4-0 in the championship contest.

The win advances South Carolina United Battery to the inaugural National Premier Leagues (NPL) Champions Cup, where NPL national championships will be awarded. That event will be held July 27-31 at Waukegan Sports Park in Waukegan, Ill.

Orlando City gets a Rush
Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) and Florida Rush are collaborating on the US Development Academy.

The partnership provides pre-Academy players (U13-14) with the option of playing in either OCYS or Rush programs prior to making the transition to the full Development Academy rosters. The two clubs will pool their most talented players for the program. The agreement also provides for joint marketing and sales efforts between the two clubs.

As part of the agreement, Florida Rush Head Coaches Nate Omodt and Sean Murphy will lead the Development Academy teams for Orlando City. Both Rush coaches have become the most successful area coaches in terms of Regional and National success over the past 3 years including (3) State Cup Championships, (1) Region III Championship, and an appearance at the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.

Gothia Cup Sets a record
Sweden's Gothia Cup, which starts July 15, has set a record for international participation, with a total of 1625 teams from 80 different countries. That's an increase from last year's 1570 teams from 73 different nations that participated.

Two countries will be participating for the first time, Japan with Tokyo Verdy visiting Gothenburg, and a team from Tajikistan.

Long Island showcase opens registration
Registration for the National Elite Women's Soccer Showcase has opened. The Showcase structure will involve six age groups, U14,U15, U16, U17 and U18. Within each age group 32 teams will compete. Already set to participate are teams from Match Fit, Quickstrike, Soccerplus FC, Albertson, PDA, Oakwood, Stars of Mass, Eclipse and CFC. The tournament takes place on Long Island November 24 & 25.

USL & IMG Team up
United Soccer Leagues and IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida have joined forces to create the Next Generation Series, a new player development initiative. NGS will kick off for U12 and U14 boys and girls in August 2012. Youth clubs that meet league criteria and embrace the philosophy of NGS will receive an invitation to participate in the league.

The inaugural NGS season will be divided into five phases:
• Phase I: Initial C360 Athletic Assessment at IMG Academy, August 23-26, 2012
• Phases II & II: Competitive Season – Home/Away Games, September 1-December 1, 2012; resumes January 1-April 1, 2013
• Phase IV: NGS ID Training Camp at IMG Academy, January 25-29, 2013
• Phase V: NGS Championship and Final C360 Athletic Assessment at IMG Academy, April 11-14, 2013

The initial C360 athletic assessment will provide a baseline of each player’s athletic ability that enables for measured progress; the final evaluation will indicate that player’s level of progression. The assessment periods bookend a two-part, six-month league competition and a special NGS ID Training Camp. The NGS ID Program is designed specifically to scout and track the top male and female players; identified players will have the opportunity to showcase their talents for U.S. National Staff coaches, college coaches and international academy directors at the NGS ID Training Camp in January 2013. The pinnacle event in the NGS calendar is the NGS Championship to take place at IMG Academy, April 11-14, 2013.

For the 2012-13 season NGS will focus on the South Conference containing the Southeast and Florida divisions in U12 and U14 boys and girls age groups, resulting in a total of 64 teams. Elite-level clubs from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee will comprise the Southeast Division, with elite Florida clubs comprising the Florida Division.

West Palm Beach Complex Planned
Palm Beach Premier FC is planning a soccer complex with 13 outdoor fields included in the first phase of development. PBPFC has gotten preliminary approval from the city for a project that includes several phases and has a 14,000 seat stadium included as the final phase.

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