South California clubs won a pair of US Youth Soccer national titles last weekend in both boys and girls competitions, including FC Golden State’s lifting of the McGuire Cup, the U-19 boys competition that is the nation’s oldest youth trophy, dating back to 1935.
At national championships in Frisco, Texas, FC Golden State, winners of the 2015 U-18 national title, beat FC Florida Elite in the McGuire Cup final, 3-1. Pedro Fonseca scored twice and Maicon Abreu added Golden State’s third goal before halftime. John Schroeder scored FC Florida’s consolation goal 15 minutes before the final whistle. The last Southern Californian club to win the McGuire club was Nomads SC in 1999.
“You never really think it’s going to happen,” FC Golden State coach Robert Friedland said. “So when you actually come to realization and know the boys have worked two years in a row and done what they’ve done, there can’t be a better feeling.”
2016 US Youth Soccer National Champions
Under-19 Boys | FC Golden State (CA-S)
Under-18 Boys | Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S)
Under-17 Boys | Pipeline Black (MD)
Under-16 Boys | Loudoun Red (VA)
Under-15 Boys | McLean Green (VA)
Under-14 Boys | Valparaiso United FC JG (AZ)
Under-13 Boys | CASL Academy Juniors (NC)
Under-19 Girls | So Cal Blues Dodge (CA-S)
Under-18 Girls | Tennessee SC 16 (TN)
Under-17 Girls | YMS Premier Xplosion 98 (PA-E)
Under-16 Girls | Carlsbad Elite (CA-S)
Under-15 Girls | Midwest United FC Royal (MI)
Under-14 Girls | PSG MI Gators Orange (MI)
Under-13 Girls | Solar Chelsea Red (TX-N)
In an all-Southern California U-18 boys final, Santa Barbara SC White, coached by Rudy Ybarra, prevailed in a penalty kick shootout after a 1-1 tie with FC Golden State to win its third national title after lifting the U-15 crown in 2013 and the U-14 title in 2013.
Santa Barbara joins four other three-time winners: Dallas Texans Red 88 (TX-N), Central Valley Mercury (CA-N), Arsenal FC (CA-S) and So Cal United (CA-S). Santa Barbara goalkeeper Edward Delgado, a 2012 Golden Ball winner, saved two spot kicks in the shootout win over Golden State.
"We are a small community and don’t have millions to choose from like the metropolitan areas," said Ybarra. "So player development and setting foundations is very important for us. Coaches don’t develop players. We set the foundation and they develop themselves through the love of the game.”
Five Southern California teams reached girls finals, with So Cal Blues winning the U-19 title and Carlsbad Elite prevailing at U-16s.
Virginia clubs reached three boys finals and two girls finals, with Loudoun Red and and McLean Green winning boys U-16 and U-15 titles, respectively. Michigan also claimed two titles, clubs Midwest United winning the girls U-15 crown and PSG Gators Orange, U-13 winners in 2015, taking the girls U-14 title.
Tennessee SC 16, a runner-up at U-14s in 2012, defeated Carlsbad Elite, 3-0, in the U-18 girls final to bring the state of Tennessee its first national championship.
2016 US Youth Soccer National Finals
FC Golden State 3 (Pedro Fonseca 2, Maicon Abreu) FC Florida Elite 1 (John Schroeder)
Santa Barbara SC White 1 (Julian Arauo) FC Golden State Platinum 1 (Eduardo Sanchez) (4-3, PKs)
Pipeline (MD) Black 2 (Benjamin Alexander, 2) Loudoun (VA) Red 1 (Ermin Karic)
Loudoun (VA) Red 1 (Evans Moyo) Dix Hills (NY-E) Hurricanes 0
McLean (VA) Green 1 (Daniel-Diaz Bonilla) CFA (IL) Raiders 1 (Fernando Barragan) (7-6, PKs)
Valparaiso United (AZ) FC JG 2 (Paul Gindiri, Denis Conteh) Baltimore Derby 0
CASL (NC) Academy Juniors 2 (Jason Smith, Adam Armour) Strikers (CA-S) FC Chingirian 1 (Reagan Wortmann)
So Cal Blues Dodge 5 (Karina Rodriguez, Marissa Everett, Nicole Rosen, Hannah Stammer, Anika Rodriguez) McLean (VA) Green 0
Tennessee SC 3 (Juliette Garst, Callie McKinney, Mackenzie Firek) Carlsbad (CA-S) Elite 0
YMS Premier (PA-E) Xplosion 3 (Maddie Elwell, Murphy Agnew 2) Beach FC (CA-S) Academy 2 (Whitney Davis, Myah Baksh)
Carlsbad (CA-S) Elite 1 (Jessica Wright) La Roca (UT) Premier 0
Midwest United (MI) FC Royal 1 (Stephanie Currie) CUP (OH-S) Gold 0
PSG (MI) Gators Orange 1 (Emily Mathews) BRYC (VA) Elite 0
Solar Chelsea (TX-N) Red 3 (Trinity Byars 2, Quinn Cornog) So Cal Blues Baker 1 (Reilyn Turner)