US Youth Soccer National League U18 preview

Lehigh Valley United players are coming off a strong high school showing and now hope to roll that into another successful club season.

Lehigh Valley United players are coming off a strong high school showing and now hope to roll that into another successful club season. [Photo courtesy John Dorton/US Youth Soccer]

The US Youth Soccer National League kickoffs off the 2013-2014 season this weekend in North Carolina. StudentSports.com will break down each age group over the next two days leading up to the event, highlighting the teams and key players who will be in search of earning automatic bids to next summer’s US Youth Soccer National Championships.

Today, StudentSports.com sizes up the National League Under-18 members:

Region I

Lehigh Valley United (Pennsylvania-East)
Coach: Mike Gorni
Returning players (college commitment): F/MF Matthew Barile (Manhattan), GK Aaron Belman, F/MF Ryan Brown (Dickinson), MF Daniel Busichio (Emory), D/F Wyatt Fabian (Lafayette), D/MF Samuel Feehrer (Air Force), D/F Zachary Goodwin, D/F Colten Habecker (SMU), D/MF Zachary Herman, D Daniel Leone, MF Brian Ly, D/MF Luke Masiado (Dickinson), D/MF/F Belal Mohamed, D Jack Natale (Bucknell), GK Sean Quinn (American), MF Gabriel Tagliamonte, F Colby Thomas
New Additions: MF/F AJ Nardone
Recent Team History: 2013 US Youth Soccer Nationals participant for third time.

Olney Boys & Girls Club Rangers (Maryland)
Coach: Matt Pilkington
Returning players (college commitment): MF Arion Sobers-Assue, D Austin Reed (US Coast Guard), GK Brendan Burke (Navy), MF Christopher Osei-Wusu, F Jony Karahbetyan, D Joseph Conti, D Miguel Hernandez (Catholic), MF Nicholas Tait (St. Mary’s-Md.), MF Sean Cowdrey (at Indiana).
Recent Team History: The team has won the Dallas Cup, Disney Showcase, Region 1 Premier League titles and finished second in its US Youth Soccer National League flight.

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PDA McGeough (New Jersey)
Coach: Douglas Nevins
Key Returning Players: F Scott Sclar (Tufts), F Mike Moshier (Bucknell) , MF Andrew Gee, MF Juan Gomez, D Tommy Dorsay, D Jonas Melendez
New Additions: MF Tommy Griffin, D Danny Kuhn, MFD/D Peter Martin, D Logan Ventura, MF Alex Noriega
Recent Team History: 2013: New Jersey State Cup champion, EDP second place, won playoff with Manhattan PSG to advance to Colorado, MAPS Turf Cup champion.

Penn Fusion 95 (Pennsylvania-East)
Coach: Lee Martin
Key Returning Players (college commitment): MF Opeyemi Amao (Wesley College), D Anthony Daniele (St. John’s), MF Kristopher Gross, F Joseph Hansen (La Salle), GK Zach Jarrett, GK Todd Morton, D Patrick Murphy, MF Ryan Nork (La Salle), M Thomas Pascarella, F JohnCarlos Roos (George Mason), MF John Schwien, MF Austin Stout, D Christos Yiantsos, D David Zipkin (Lehigh).
New Additions: MF James Crowley, F Sean Myers, MF Josiah O’Deens, MF Elisua Ramos.
Recent Team History: 2013: US Youth Soccer Region I championship semifinalist, Region 1 Premier League South Champion, Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup Champion, Potomac Memorial Day Tournament Champion

Region II

CUP Gold (Ohio-South)
Coach: Bobby Puppione
Key Players: F Jack Clark (Cincinnati), MF Austin Harrell (De Paul), D Josh Grant (Xavier), D Gabe Welp (Brown), D Christian Hay (Cincinnati), D Thomas Moore (Navy), MF Greg Bohn (Manhattan), GK Wes Mink (Oakland), Caleb Griffith (Messiah), Trevor Thompson (Bellarmine University)
Recent Team History: 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships runner-up, six-time Ohio South State Cup champions, 2012-2013 National League champions, Region II champions 2013, MRL 2013 champions, Disney Showcase champions 2012

Waza FC East 96 Juniors (Michigan)
Coach: Peter Langens
Key Returning Players (college commitment): GK Zack Walker (Oakland), MF Spiro Pliakos (Detroit-Mercy), MF Robert Longo, MF Ted Hurst (Washington & Lee), D Brian Steele (Oakland), D Brandon Troppens, Ian Haskin (Bowling Green), Matt Gross (Rochester College)
New Additions: F Neil Martorana, MF Jacob Waier
Recent Team History: 2013 Michigan State Cup Winners, 2012-13 National League third-place finish, 2012-13 Midwest Regional League second-place finish.

SC Waukesha 95/96 Blue (Wisconsin)
Coach: Jonathan Greenfield
Key Players (college commitment): F Mitchell Krismer, MF/F Brody Kraussel (Loyola), MF Kai Bottum(UW-Milwaukee), D Trevor Bednarek, D John Schwalbach, D Andy Chmielewski (UW-Milwaukee), D/MF Colin Koerber (Marquette), F Colin Dibb (UW-Milwaukee), GK Tyler Moore (Drake), MF Jay Reardon, MF Bennett Wiley, D Kurt Schneider, MF Michael Benash, MF Ryan Rice, D Petar Krecak, F Kent Nguyen.
New Additions: F Bret Harvestine, M Charlie Shaver, GK Thomas Schroeder
Recent Team History:  2013: US Youth Soccer National Championship Bronze, US Youth Soccer Region II Championship Finalist, Wisconsin State Cup Champion.

Region III

Concorde Fire (Georgia)
Coach: Mike Gailey
Players: MF Landon Barrow, GK Connor Behrend, D/MF Trey Blasingame, MF Benjamin Ebersole, MF Thomas Glenn, MF/F Ryan Goldschmidt, D Muhammed Jallow, MF Josh Kennedy, D Marvel Lareche, D Harris Malone, F/MF J.D. Manzo, MF Brian Nam, MF/D/F Andrej Richards, MF/F Malcolm Singleton, F/MF Andrew Smith, MF Omar Sonko, F/MF Samuel Tatum, F/MF Matthew Ward.
Recent Team History: 2013 Region III regional tournament participant, 2013 State Cup semifinalist, 2012-13 Southern Premier League Champion

Triangle United SA Gold (North Carolina)
Coach: Billy Englishby
Players (college commitment): F Michael Barell, F Taylor Betts, D Mario Ciocca, F Zach Compton, D/MF Daniel Deacon, GK Luke Deacon, D//MF Jake Dressman (Campbell), M Ben Fisher (UNC WIlmington), M Jonathan Giacona, M Trevor Gordon, GK Justus Heizer, M/D Yuka Koyama, D Michael Lawson, F Zach Lee, MF Marco Perez (Campbell), F/D Austin Rochelle, D John Walrath
Recent Team History: 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championship participant, 2013 US Youth Soccer Region III champion, 2013 NCYSA State Cup finalist, 2012 NCYSA State Cup, 2012 Cincinnati Blue Chip College Showcase, 2012 undefeated CASL Showcase, 2012 Jefferson Cup College Showcase

Vestavia Steamers 96 Black (Alabama)
Coach: Patrick Flinn
Key Returning Players: D Shadi Awad, D Benjamin Collins, MF Salvatore Cuneo, F/MF Nathanael Dauphin, GK Thornton Henry, D/MF Maximilian Isper, F/MF Warren Legrand, MF Daniel Meinhardt, D Stacey Reimann, MF/F Jeffrey Simonetti, MF Matthew VanScoy.
New Additions: MF Daniel Buchanan, MF Patrick Carroll, MF Stephen Carroll, MF Evan Khodabandeh, GK Bradley Louis, D Jim McQueen, F Bailey Oliver, MF Jacob Rufe (Indiana).
Recent Team History: 2013: First Alabama boys team to qualify for USYS National League, Region III championships quarterfinalist, 2012: Southern Premier League runner-up, Alabama state champion, Disney Showcase third place.

Region IV

Fram B18 Premier (California-South)
Coach: Michael Erush
Key Players (college commitment): D Timmy Mehl (Indiana), MF CJ Brill (Oregon State), F Ben Kim (Loyola Marymount), GK Madison Gesser, D Danny Miller, MF Charlie Keating
Key Newcomers: MF JT Cook
Recent Accomplishments: Surf Cup 2013 Champions – B18 Super Group, US Youth Soccer 2013 Far West Regionals semifinalist, Dallas Cup 2013 semifinalist, National Cup semifinalist

Santa Clara Sporting 95 Boys (California-North)
Coach: Demitri Cacoyannis
Key Players: GK Anthony Macias, GK Derek Wilcox (Utah Valley), D Jeff Powers, D Salvador Herrera, M Andres Ochoa, D Zachary Dammann, M/F Javier Ceballos, D Nathan Petrie (Stanford), M/F Anthony Tejeda, M Kyle Cacoyannis,
M/F Migiuel Castillo, D Christian Aldama, D/M/F Daniel Galvan, M Christian Gonzalez, M/F Jonah Snyder (Whitworth), M Angel Oronia, D/M/F James Prusa, F Bradley Bumgarner, D/F Chris Chen, M/F Eric Espinoza, D/M/F James Naples
Recent Team History: 2013 Region IV champions, 2013 Cal North state champions, 2012 Far West Regional League (Fall) champions, 2012 Cal North state champions,
2013 Sporting Invitational champions, 2013 Dallas Cup finalist.

Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks (Arizona)
Coach: Adam Burke
Key Returning Players: D Adam Mosharrafa (Stanford), MF Tyler Dial, D Zack Shearer, D Michael Morano, D Nick Hardindiguy, GK Phillip Mourikes, GK Matt Winkler, MF Alexis De La Rosa, MF Lorenzo Belhassen, MF Grant Galan, Alex Ramirez (Grand Canyon), Zack Marks (Davidson)
New Additions: F Trent Jones, F Andrew Holland, F Albert Susanto
Recent Team History: 2013 Arizona state champions fifth year in row, Presidents Day Cup Champions, NPL Nationals finalist, Surf Cup Supergroup finalist

West Coast FC (California-South)
Coach: Neil Armour
Key Returning Players (college commitment): GK Gerry Berber, GK Chandler Kirby, MF Chris Tellez, MF Aleck Cucuk, MF Nico D’Amato, MF Ivan Canales, MF Chris Forero, F Esen Harris, D Chad Hill, MF Trent Shaw, MF Felipe Silva (UC irvine), D Dylan Struthers (Navy), D Ricardo Canales, MF Nathan Chow
New Additions: MF Alec Afarian, MF Diego Courbis, MF Kelly Hess, MF/D Adam Lenth, D Sammy McKay, D Max Premer, MF Alex Duarte, D Adam Fox (UC irvine)
Recent Team History: US Youth Soccer Under-17 national champions, 2012 and 2013 California National Cup champions

Updated: November 19, 2013

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