YOUTH: National titles are almost evenly divided among regions

National honors were almost evenly divided at the 2003 Snickers U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md.

The Far West (Region IV) took home four titles. The East (Region I) and South (Region III) claimed three championships, and the Midwest (Region II), shut out last year, captured two trophies.

The FC Delco Arsenal U-19 boys team successfully defended its title in its age group when it beat the Chicago Sockers, 2-1, to capture the McGuire Cup, the oldest national youth cup in the country. It was started in 1935.

The PDA Wildcats of New Jersey were the only team to win all four games at the nationals, capturing the U-15 girls crown

The Casa Mia Bays of Maryland made up for the disappointment of losing in last year's under-14 boys final after going 3-0-0 in first-round action. They downed Lou Fusz SC of St. Louis, 2-0, in the U-15 final.

The Sereno Golden Eagles had three teams advance to Sunday's finals, but only the U-17 girls emerged with gold medals.

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