7/25/2017 2:09:00 PM Soccer National champions crowned at Grand Park
The US Soccer National Cup XVI Finals came to a close from Grand Park on Monday. A total of 21 teams, 10 male and 11 female, took home a national title. Teams from age groups ranging from 13U up to 18/19U competed in two groups: the premier group and the super group. Champions from each group and each age range were crowned national champions.
Ten of the championship teams were members of the New England conglomerate, making itself the best represented region on the championship podium. Thirteen teams from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island made it to the final round of the tournament.
There are two ways to qualify for the National Cup Finals: any of the five National Cup regional tournaments, or winning various qualifying state cups around the nation.
This year's tournament, the 16th annual National Cup Finals, had Grand Park playing host to 180 teams and 104 clubs hailing from 13 states.
This was the second time in two weeks that Grand Park has hosted a US Club Soccer national championship. The complex welcomed 150 teams for the 2017 NPL Finals, July 13-17.
No teams from Indiana finished with a title, but champion teams represented states from California to Illinois to Maine.
A full list of championship teams:
13-U Boys Super Group: Western United Pioneers FC '04 NPL (Mass.)
13-U Girls Super Group: FC Dallas '04 JDL Red (Texas)
13-U Boys Premier Group: Apple Valley SC Storm Academy (Calif.)
13-U Girls Premier Group: North Central United Select (Ill.)
14-U Boys Super Group: Sockers FC '03 Academy I (Ill.)
14-U Girls Super Group: Boston Breakers Academy '03 ECNL (Mass.)
14-U Boys Premier Group: North Central United Select (Ill.)
14-U Girls Premier Group: Northern Steel Fusion (Pa.)
15-U Boys Super Group: GPS MA '02 NPL (Mass.)
15-U Girls Super Group: Massapequa Lil Rowdies NPL '02 (N.Y.)
15-U Boys Premier Group: GPS NH Classics '02 NPL (N.H.)
15-U Girls Premier Group: Lonestars '02 Red SA (Texas)
16-U Boys Super Group: Rochester Futbol '01 (N.Y.)
16-U Girls Super Group: South Shore Select AP (Mass.)
16-U Boys Premier Group: LFC NPL '01 (Mass.)
16-U Girls Premier Group: ASE '01 Emerald (Wash.)
17-U Boys Super Group: NEFC '00 NPL (Mass.)
17-U Girls Super Group: NJ Stallions Stampede NPL (N.J.)
17-U Boys Premier Group: Charlotte Eagles XLR8 (N.C.)
17-U Girls Premier Group: Cleveland Cobras (Ohio)
18/19-U Boys Premier Group: Seacoast United Maine NPL 98/99 (Maine)
18/19-U Girls Super Group: Riverhounds Academy '99 (Pa.)