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Friday, July 31, 2009

NOVA's U13s Clinch Finals Berth

NOVA FC Boys and Majestics Qualify, Royals closing in

Northern Virginia Press Release -

July 25, 2009

WOODBRIDGE, VA – With three weeks remaining in the 2009 Super Y-League South Atlantic regular season, Northern Virginia has asserted its dominance within the division at the U13 level. The U13 NOVA FC Boys and U13 Majestics teams both claimed automatic berths into the United Soccer Leagues Youth North American Finals following results against the Richmond Kickers on Friday. The U13 Royals also remain in tight contention for the last remaining South Atlantic spot in the championship tournament, as they currently hold second place in the division.

On the girl’s side of the brackets, the South Atlantic division promised tough competition, as only the first place team would earn the single assigned berth into the North American Finals. With only one of seven teams qualifying for the championships, the U13 Majestics have rocketed to a season record of 10-0-0 so far to lock down their division, scoring 31 goals while not allowing any against them. The Florida-bound Majestics cruised by Richmond 3-0 Friday, mathematically eliminating the other six South Atlantic teams in contention for the divisional title.

The U13 NOVA FC Boys (8-1-0) hold the divisional lead by three points with three games remaining, assuring them one of two South Atlantic divisional berths to the championships. If the upstart NOVA Boys were to not to earn another point over the next two weeks of their season, the only team that could overtake them would be the U13 Royals. NOVA FC solidified their bid in the finals with three wins in three days on a lengthy road trip to Georgia. The U13 NOVA Boys defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks, Alpharetta United, and the Atlanta Fire, scoring 17 goals while allowing only 2 over the weekend.

The U13 Royals (6-1-3) have two games remaining and maintain a tight lead over Alpharetta United and the Richmond Kickers for the last finals spot. Still controlling their own destiny, the young Royals can cinch up their trip to Tampa with a win and a tie in their final matches.

Several other Northern Virginia youth teams are on the verge of qualifying in their respective age groups. On the boy’s side, the U14 and U15 Royals are each one win away from winning their groups while the U16 and U17 Royals each are closing in on championship crowns. The U14 and U16 Majestics are both locked in multiple-team races for first place in their respective divisions on the girl’s side.

The USL North American Finals will be held in Tampa, Florida, and is scheduled to run from November 19th through November 22nd. A total of sixteen teams will clash at every age level in the boys Super Y-League’s U13-U17 divisions. On the girls side, twelve teams will meet from each of the five age divisions. The 2009 version of the Super Y-League finals is the greatest representative of elite youth talent in North America now that the league encompasses nine regions across the United States and Canada.

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