The 2016-17 US Youth Soccer National League resumed league play Saturday, as half of the 128 boys teams are competing at the ESPN Wide World of Sports and ChampionsGate Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., alongside the Disney Soccer Showcase.
The only area team participating this week are the Lou Fusz Geerling U17’s. In the 17U White Division, LFSC Geerling (MO) crept closer to the top of the table on Tuesday with a 4-3 win over TUSC 00 Red (TN). Tristan Stotler put LFSC in front early before an own goal and an Atakelti Gebregzabher strike put TUSC up, 2-1, in the 29th minute. Ryan Berhorst equalized for LFSC just before half, but Tyler Jessen put the Tennessee side back in front with a goal shortly after the break. However, LFSC’s Nathan D Temm found the back of the net twice in the final 12 minutes to help the Missouri side secure the 4-3 victory.
LFSC is now within one point of group leader FC Dallas 00 Che (TX-N), who fell, 1-0, to HMMS Eagle FC 00 Titans (PA-E) on Tuesday. The teams play today at 1:30 pm. Follow them on Twitter at LouFuszGeerling for updates.
|Tuesday||10:00 AM||TUSC 00 Red (TN)||4-3 W|
|Wednesday||1:30 PM||FC Dallas 00 Che (TX-N)||0-1 L|
|Thursday||12:00 PM||HMMS Eagle FC 00 Titans (PA-E)||0-0 D|
The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development and opportunities for exposure at the national team, collegiate and professional levels. In addition to recruiting opportunities, the top finishers from each division will earn a ticket to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships, making each match valuable to the teams’ fate as it could make or break their chance at competing for the National Championship.
The National League teams not competing in Orlando will complete their season at the Players College Showcase in Las Vegas — with boys games held March 10-12 and girls games played March 17-19. That includes the U15 SLSG Elite Amlong, U16 Sporting JMB Mann, U17 SLSG Elite Cooper and U18 Sporting STL McMahon Ford teams.