Five Southern California teams will represent Cal South at the US Youth Soccer National Championships after clinching their ticket through the US Youth Soccer Far West Regionals that took place last week in Seattle. The five teams join six other Cal South teams, for a total of eleven, that will participate in the National Championships that will take place from July 24-30 in Frisco, Texas.
On June 19, 32 Cal South teams began their road to Texas, matching up against some of the toughest competition in Region IV. While the road was tough for many, 29 Cal South teams moved on to the Quarterfinals where six Southern California teams would match up against fellow Cal South teams, intensifying the competition. The Semifinal stage would only see four Cal South teams facing each other, however, other teams were challenged to the highest level, and another two Cal South teams had ended their streak.
On Finals Day, San Diego Surf kicked off as the first Cal South champion after a hard-fought match with fellow SoCal squad Real So Cal in the 13UG category. CDA Slammers followed suit with a 3-1 win over Nevada’s LVSA in the 14UB group, and West Coast FC Armour would be the first West Coast team to add a championship that day.
West Coast FC Haney would match up against Cal South’s LA Premier FC White for the 19/20UB title. Though LA Premier had a 3-0 lead over West Coast, the resilient group bounced back for the ultimate win. In the 14UG and 17UG categories, Legends FC was unable to top their opponents from Nevada and Utah, respectively. West Coast FC Wyss would be the last team crowned champion on Sunday after routing Washington’s WPFC 4-0 in the 18UB Final.
West Coast FC will have four representing teams at the National Championships in the Boys 16U, 17U, 18U and 19/20U categories. Legends will follow suit with three teams at National Championships in the Girls 16U, 17U, and 18U categories.
In addition to the eleven Cal South teams heading to Texas, nine Southern California referees will also be in attendance to be part of one of the top youth tournaments in the country.