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Three local boys teams punch tickets to US Youth Soccer National Championships



Photo courtesy of US Youth Soccer

Sporting PA 2009 boys and both the 2009 and 2010 boys teams from Yardley Makefield Soccer are heading to the national championships after success at the National League P.R.O. event in Tampa, Florida.

Sporting PA booked their passage to the national championships with a win in their first game in Florida and went on to win the Champions Pool with a pair of wins and a penalty shootout victory. They beat Westside Metros (Oregon) 4-3 to officially punch their ticket and then beat United Futbol Academy (Georgia) 5-3 before outlasting SABR Team Boca (Florida) on penalties after a scoreless draw.

It was a bit of redemption for the Sporting PA side that just missed out on the national championships with a heartbreaking loss in the eastern regional final.

Photo courtesy of US Youth Soccer

YMS had a productive weekend with all three of their boys teams making it to within a win of punching a ticket to national championships. The 2009 and 2010 boys were successful in winning the Wildcard pool while the 2007 boys came up short in a penalty shootout.

The 2009 Premier Warriors – runners up in the state cup last year to Sporting PA – picked up wins over Atletico (Washington), Manassas SC (Virginia), BVB International Academy (PA – West) and Indy Phoenix FC (Indiana). The 2010 Premier United team topped Cedar Stars Elite 64 (New Jersey), Coppermine SC Elite 64 (Maryland), Saints Blue Premier (Oregon) and SLSG Missouri (Missouri) en route to winning the Wildcard pool. The 2007 Premier Blackout team fell on penalties in the wildcard pool final to Libertyville SC Elite 64 (Illinois).

Just one local girls team is still alive with a chance to punch a ticket to nationals. Hex FC Dominion 2009 girls play Michigan Tigers tomorrow in the wildcard pool final.

An additional seven teams from the area will compete in the National League P.R.O. event in California in May with a chance to qualify for nationals, which will be played in Orlando this summer.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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