Colorado Soccer will have two fantastic teams representing us at the USYS National Championships in Frisco, Texas: Arsenal Colorado Academy 99 (18UG) and Real Colorado 02 Olympico (15UG). Games will kick off on Tuesday July 25th and will conclude with the finals on Sunday, July 30th.
All games at the 2017 USYS National Championships are available to live stream as well! Click here to view the schedule and where links will go when the games kick off. Please note that all listed times are Central Time.
Below you will find a schedule for each team, how they got to this stage and who they will be playing in the dry heat, in which temperatures are supposed to reach the high 90s.
After winning their Colorado State Cup final 2-0 in Fall 2016, Arsenal overcame the odds and won Far West Regionals, beating a team that had scored 26 goals, while only conceding 1 through 5 games. Arsenal, who had led 2-0 at one point, prevailed in overtime 3-2 to punch their ticket to Nationals.
They will kick off their quest to become national champions against Nationals Union 99 Black (MI), who made the USYS National Championships thanks to finishing 1st in the National League, Black division. In a tight group in which five teams finished within two points of each other at the top of the standings, Nationals Union finished 4-1-2 with a 8 goal difference.
Their second matchup will put them against TSC Showcase (TN), who made easy work of qualifying after finishing 7-0 in National League play in the Blue division. TSC Showcase scored 23 goals, whilst only conceding 5 to finish atop the standings in their group.
Arsenal will wrap up group play against Beadling 99 (PA-W), who were victorious in their run to the Region I crown. After going 4-0 in the lead-up to the final, scoring 19 and conceding 2, they beat FC Pennsylvania Strikers 2-1 in the final to make it to the National Championships.
Real Colorado 02 Olympico (15UG) won their Colorado State Cup final 3-0 before marching on to the final of Far West Regionals. They went 4-2 in Far West Regionals, with both losses coming to La Roca PO 02 (UT)- one in group play and one in the final. But with La Roca having already clinched their place due to their placement in the Red division of National League, Real Colorado 02 Olympico were able to go on to National Championships thanks to their runners-up finish in Far West Regionals.
They will kick off their tournament with a matchup against CUP 02 Gold (OH-S). CUP made the National Championships courtesy of their first place finish in the Red division of National League, finishing six points ahead of La Roca (mentioned previously). CUP went undefeated, scoring 35 goals and conceding 1 in their 7 wins.
Next up for Real Olympico will be Sporting OFC 2002 Elite (NE), who won the Region II Championships third-place game 2-1 to advance to the National Championships. Despite losing in overtime to the eventual Region II champions, Sporting clinched a place at Nationals as the finalists (Nationals Union 02 Black & CUP 02 Gold (mentioned in previous paragraph)) had both clinched their places at Nationals thanks to finishing first in National League.
Real Olympico will wrap up their group play at Nationals with a matchup against Legends FC 02 Academy (CA-S). Legends FC finished 2nd in the Blue division of National League, going 4-1-2 whilst scoring 15 goals against 4 conceded.
Both the 18UG and 15UG brackets consist of two groups of 8 in which the top two teams from each group go to the semifinals.
Good luck, ladies!!
Real Colorado 02 Olympico
GS: 0-7 vs. CUP 02 Gold (OH-S)
GS: 1-3 vs. Sporting OFC 2002 Elite (NE)
GS: 0-3 vs. Legends FC 02 Academy (CA-S)
Arsenal Colorado Academy 99
GS: 1-1 vs. Nationals Union 99 Black (MI)
GS: 0-3 vs. TSC Showcase (TN)
GS: 4-0 vs. Beadling 99 (PA-W)
SF: 2-1 vs. Legends FC 99 Academy (CA-S)
F: 1-2 vs. TSC Showcase (TN)