2010-2011 US Youth Soccer National League Girls play wraps up in Wilson, N.C.
WILSON, N.C. (Dec. 5, 2010) – After four days of play, the US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, 16 and 17 Girls have solidified their spots until they meet again Dec. 31 – Jan. 2 at ESPN Wide World of Sports®, where they will continue competing for their ticket to the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Phoenix, Ariz., July 26-31.
“If you want to be one of the top teams in the country you have to compete against the best, and I think that’s what this platform is doing for us,” said Iggy Moleka, coach of United FA 94 Elite of Georgia, runners-up at the 2010 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships. “Each team here is one of the best in the country and it’s not just where you come from or who your club is, each team has proven that they are among the best in their age group. I have not seen a weak team yet. We’ve played three games and each team is as good as the other. My kids are about to embark on the college journey and if you want to be prepared you’ve got to play against the best and that’s what National League is providing for us.”
The first weekend of National League Girls’ play welcomed 40 of the country’s top teams to Wilson, N.C, where 80 games were played, all of which held great significance and meaning as teams were competing for a strong position in the standings and an eventual chance at earning advancement to the National Championships. Demonstrating the competitiveness of the National League, over half of the games played over four days were decided by one goal or less, with only three teams exiting with a perfect record.
Adding to the exposure of the league’s premier talent, games were held alongside the NCAA Women’s College Cup and the CASL National Soccer Series college showcase, drawing over 175 college and National Team scouts from across the nation.