The first half of the Fall season is now complete for the four National League Conferences, managed by EDP Soccer, in the US Youth Soccer East Region. Over 900 games have been played across the four conferences, with more than 45 percent of games decided by one goal or less. The close score lines are showing just how difficult the conference season is, as some of the top teams in the East Region are competing for opportunities to earn their place in some of the nation’s most prestigious programs.
Top-finishing teams in the Conferences will have the opportunity to qualify for the 2023 USYS Eastern Regional Championships through league play. In addition, teams can also earn the right to compete in the 2023-2024 season of USYS National League P.R.O.
NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE
In the 13U Boys Academy North Division, Seacoast United Maine SC 2010B Elite is off to a 5-0-0 start this fall season. Last weekend, they defeated previously unbeaten New England Surf State Navy 2010 Boys in a thrilling 5-4 match. Having defeated second-place Juventus Academy Boston EDS N 2010 Blue, 2-1, in their first match of the season, Seacoast United Maine SC is in a strong position with three games remaining.
“The 2010B Elite team has progressed over the last two years, leaps and bounds, with key performances and improvement all over the field,” said Patrick Keary, Boys Premier Director. “This year, in particular, transitioning to 11v11 has been brilliant, and the group has really stepped up. I can’t speak highly enough about the attitude and effort of all the players and families involved. We’re really excited about the future of the age group and looking to finish the season on a high with more good performances and results.”
In the 13U Girls Premier I Division, CFC North 2010 Regional NL is 5-0-0 coming off a 2-1 win over AC Connecticut G10 EDP National. They currently sit five points ahead of Western United Pioneers FC Girls 10 Elite, with the two set to face off in their last game of the season.
“Our season, up to this point, has been a result of the hard work that the girls put into every training session,” said Orlando Valle, coach of CFC North. “We ask the girls to play simple, intelligent, and attractive soccer, and that is exactly what they do every match. The Western United Pioneers play a similar brand of football as we try to play, so it’s always a competitive and fun match. It’ll be a tough, but I wouldn’t want to close out the Fall season any other way.”
To learn more about the New England Conference, please visit https://www.usysnationalleague.com/new-england-conference/
NORTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
In the 14U Boys Club vs. Club Division, East Coast FC B2009 Academy is 4-0-0 and has been perfect defensively in keeping four clean sheets. Their last three matches have resulted in a 2-0 win over Brentwood SC, a 1-0 victory over AC Connecticut and a 2-0 defeat of Inter Connecticut. East Coast will look to finish the fall with wins in its final three matches, including against a 3-1-0 Quickstrike team that has 16 goals in its first four matches.
In the 13U Girls Premier II Division, FC Somers Celtic sits at the top of the table with a 3-0-2 record. There is an extremely tight race for first place, with three teams sitting just a point behind FC Somers. They recently defeated one of those sides in Rockville Centre last weekend with a 2-1 win, and still have South Shore FC and Cold Spring Harbor to play.
“I am really impressed with this league from top to bottom,” said FC Somers coach Milan Davidovic. “Every game in this league is highly competitive and is being played in a great fashion. Our FC Somers Celtic 2010 Girls have improved dramatically since last season and while they have a long way to go in terms of playing the game the way I see it, their spirit on the field and their desire to get better is very rewarding.”
To learn more about the North Atlantic Conference, please visit https://www.usysnationalleague.com/north-atlantic-conference/
MID ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
In the 13U Boys Club vs. Club Division, YMS 2010 Boys Premier United is in first place with a 4-1-0 record, with its lone loss coming to PSA Monmouth. With two games left this fall, YMS’s final match against a 4-0-0 Council Rock United Dominion 2010 side could decide the division.
“Competing against like-minded clubs and the quality of the game day environment including the fields, referees and scheduling has made this a valuable experience in our first year of 11v11,” said David Simpson, YMS Director of Coaching.
In the 14U Girls Premier I Red Division, Penn Alliance Select Elite 09 is 5-0-1 and nine points clear of second-place Delaware FC with four games remaining. Penn Alliance will need to keep up its strong form for the back half of the season, as the division has shown to be extremely competitive. The Eastern PA side’s wins have been by the close margins of 2-1, 1-0, 1-0, 2-0 and 1-0.
“This year, the team’s hard work has paid off,” said Chris Williams, Penn Alliance Head Coach and Director of Coaching. “Our early-season success, which I’m most proud of, is the direct result of the positive culture within our group. It’s contagious — strong relationships, comradery, trust and friendship. The girls are still riding the wave from last year’s State Cup championship, and I look forward to building on that momentum as we look to the second half of the season.”
To learn more about the Mid Atlantic Conference, please visit https://www.usysnationalleague.com/mid-atlantic-conference/
SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
In the 13U Boys Premier I Blue Division, PPA 2010 Green Boys is 4-0-1 and in first place. PPA has already drawn 1-1 with second-place Keystone FC and defeated third-place Bethesda SC, 2-1, and is looking to get results in its final three matches to finish at the top of the table.
“We are very impressed with how the team has performed up to this point and are excited about the future for this group of players,” PPA coach Nikolaj Kapus said. “It is hard to know how your team is going to perform when moving to 11v11, but the team has exceeded our expectations and is looking to hopefully finish top of the table in November.”
In the 14U Girls Premier II Division, Bayshore Soccer Club Reign is 4-2-0 and is in first place, but it has three teams within two points. With Bayshore’s previous three games all decided by just one goal, it will need to stay sharp in its final four matches if it wants to stay ahead Penn FC Youth and Baltimore Union SC, both of which have a game in hand.
“We will host fifth-place Virginia Revolution Black on Saturday to try and remain the points leader,” Bayshore coach Mike Kern said. “Every game has been close and should stay that way until the end of the season. The 14U Girls Premier Division has not disappointed. We have been a part of some really good competitive soccer games.”
To learn more about the South Atlantic Conference, please visit https://www.usysnationalleague.com/south-atlantic-conference/