What do the Real Colorado U-14 Boys National team, the U-15 Pride Predators Girls team, and the Guadalajara Soccer Club of Denver’s men’s amateur team have in common?
They’re all headed to nationals next weekend to represent Colorado and Region IV. The boys and girls teams qualified for the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. from July 22 to 27. After winning all four games at the USASA Region IV championships in Utah last month, Guadalajara will return to the Salt Lake City area for the national championships (July 25-26).
U-14 Real Colorado National Boys team
The Real Colorado U-14 Boys National team won all six games to conquer the Region IV championship in Albuquerque, NM last month. Real had four of the top eight goal-scorers among U-14 boys at the Region IV championships, most notably the first, second, and third. Liam Johnson earned Golden Boot with eight goals. Ben Shepherd had five. Matthew Hundley scored four, and Jovany Herrera tallied three. In group play, the team had a 17-0 goal differential. They let in only three goals en route to the championship, winning the quarterfinal, semifinal, and final with the same 2-1 score line.
U-14 Pride Predators Girls’ team
The U-15 Pride Predators girls’ team secured a spot in Germantown by winning the National League Red Division with a 4-1-2 record. For good measure, they also beat Legends FC Sanchez (CA-S) 2-0 in the Region IV finals, essentially earning the shot at the title twice. But Legends FC will also represent Region IV in Germantown.
They came from behind four times in different games to win the Region IV championship. “This really shows the character of the team,” co-head coach Kristie Braunston said. The group takes pride in being the first team from the club to qualify for nationals and to win regionals. Braunston, the Director of Girls Coaching (13-15), says her players have been together since they were U-11 and are “going with the attitude to win nationals.”
Braunston has co-coached the U-15 squad with Sian Hudson since November. Hudson is the Director of Girls Coaching at Pride (ages 16-18), and the pair share responsibilities for leading the former Far West Regional League winners to a national title.
Guadalajara Soccer Club of Denver
Starting with plenty of momentum at the Region IV championships, the Guadalajara Soccer Club of Denver won the first game 21-1 last month. That’s not a typo. Playing with 10 men for an hour in the second game, they came from 2-0 down to win 3-2. They were down 1-0 in the third game, clawing back to win 2-1. They scored first in the final and held onto the ball, the momentum, and the advantage for a 3-2 victory.
The Guadalajara Soccer Club of Denver will face Croatian Eagles SC from Region II in the first game at 12:00 at Lone Peak Park in Sandy, Utah on July 25. The winner will face Legends FC from Region III or New York Americans from Region I at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, also at Lone Peak Park.