The spring season is coming to a close in the USYS National League Conferences, Managed by EDP Soccer. The top USYS leagues in the region, each conference is filled with premier teams who are battling week in and week out in both local conference matches and in their State Cup competitions.
Within the conferences, teams are competing for the opportunity to qualify for the 2022 USYS Eastern Regional Championships and also a chance to earn their place in the 2022-2023 season of National League P.R.O. With automatic bids for National League P.R.O. on the line, each match is becoming increasingly more crucial.
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See updates of some of the top divisions of each East Region Conference below:
North Atlantic Conference
In the 2006 Girls Premier I Division, Force FC G2006 EDP NL has two crucial games this upcoming weekend, as they are currently tied with Syracuse Development Academy 06G on 12 points. SDA, with one game in hand, can win the league by winning all of its remaining games, as its looks to get to Nationals through Eastern Regionals after falling just a point shy of qualifying through National League P.R.O.
“The Force 2006 girls have had some great battles this season in the North Atlantic Premier I Division, starting with a very strong SDA team,” John Duffell, coach of Force FC, said. “We are playing very well as we enter the stretch run of the spring season and expect the division title to come down to the last game.”
Shannon Colton, head coach of Syracuse Development Academy 2006G also talked about the challenges of playing in the conference.
“Playing in the USYS North Atlantic Premier I Division is very tough for our girls from Syracuse. We play fantastic competition every game,” Colton said. “For this team to still not have a loss and still to be in contention to win this league is a tremendous tribute to the heart of the young women on this squad. This upcoming weekend will be more of the same, playing two more very competitive sides. This league prepares you for the grind against great teams if your team is lucky enough to qualify for Regionals.”
In the 2008 Boys Academy Club vs. Club division, Brentwood SC 2008 Premier Man City NL has booked its return trip the Eastern Regionals, where they’ll look to repeat as championships after winning the title in 2021. One of the top teams in the nation, the side clinched its conference division with three games remaining, with a record of 14-0-1. In addition to its fantastic run of form in league play, Brentwood is also in the semifinal of the NY-East State Cup.
All scores for the North Atlantic Conference can be found here.
South Atlantic Conference
In the 2007 Boys Premier I Division, two teams are separating themselves from the rest as both Bethesda SC Blue 2007 and SAC 2007 Pre-Academy both sit at 8-0-0. The two sides each have three games remaining and meet in two weeks for what may decide the division. After both being upset during the Maryland State Cup, the league game becomes all the more important as the teams look to earn their place at this year's Eastern Regionals.
“With our successful qualification for the USYS National Championships complete through our results in National League P.R.O., we are now solely focused on defending our South Atlantic Conference title from last season,” SAC coach Paul Capodanno said. “That has been a real challenge with so many high-quality teams throughout the league, but so far the boys have been up to the task. We have three games remaining on our schedule and understand that even one poor result could keep us from reaching our goal, so we need to stay committed and focused each week. We are also using these high-quality games to get us ready for our ultimate goal, which is winning the National Championship in July.”
In the 2007 Girls Premier I Division, three teams are separated by just three points at the top of the table. OPSA Magic 2007G is one point ahead of Coppermine SC, and the two teams face off this weekend in one of the biggest matches in the region. A3 Rangers is three points behind OPSA, and have two games remaining.
All scores for the South Atlantic Conference can be found here.
New England Conference
In the 2006 Girls Premier I Division, Yankee United FC Attack G06 is 5-0-1 with two games remaining this season. The National League P.R.O. participant has established itself as one of the top teams in the region and has 20 goals scored and just two against through its six matches. A win over CT Rush Select 2006 Girls will get the side all that much closer to a first-place finish and spot at Regionals, as well as also a return berth to National League P.R.O.
“We're excited to be playing CT Rush Select again, with the winner advancing to Regionals,” said Wayne Mones, Club President of Yankee United FC. “We have had an outstanding season so far coming up against teams that represent one of the top levels of competition in the country. I believe our experience playing National League P.R.O. games of high-level competition at Disney and in Arizona have contributed to our success this spring.”
In the 2005 Boys Academy Division, Seacoast United Maine SC 2005B Elite has had a tremendous start to the season. One of the first teams from Maine in the conference, Seacoast is showing quality with an unbeaten record through five matches that includes four wins. With just three goals allowed and three clean sheets, the side’s stingy defense will need to continue in its final matches, which includes Western United Pioneers and a Rhode Island Surf team that has scored 19 goals so far this season.
All scores for the New England Conference can be found here.
Mid Atlantic Conference
In the 2006 Boys Academy Club vs. Club Division, NJ Premier FC 2006 has now won five straight matches after opening the season with a 2-2 draw against PSA. With one game remaining on the schedule and sitting one point ahead of PA Dominion FC, NJ Premier needs a win over reigning Eastern Pennsylvania State Champion Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals to book a spot at the USYS Eastern Regionals and return to National League P.R.O. next season.
In the 2005 Girls Premier I Division, NJ Nationals is 6-0-1, and has defeated both FC Europa 2005 and PSC Coppa 2005, who are currently in second and third place, respectively. NJ Nationals will look to hold on to their spot at the top of a very competitive division with just a few games remaining, while PSC Coppa will look to make up ground while also competing in its third consecutive Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup final.
All scores for the Mid Atlantic Conference can be found here.