US Youth Soccer National League U16 preview

Dix Hills is bidding for another US Youth Soccer National Championship run in 2014, and the National League could help them earn a spot in the final tournament. [Photo courtesy John Dorton/US Youth Soccer]

Dix Hills is bidding for another US Youth Soccer National Championship run in 2014, and the National League could help them earn a spot in the final tournament. [Photo courtesy John Dorton/US Youth Soccer]

The US Youth Soccer National League kickoffs off the 2013-2014 season Thursday 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-16 participants:

Region I

Arlington Impact Red (Virginia)
Coach: David Camara
Returning Players: D/MF Jacob Campbell, MF Daniel Damiani, F Joseph Faddou, D/MF Chris Fleischer, D/MF Trey Lodge, MF Jack McCreary, MF/F Will McCreary, F/MF Lucas Mendes, D/F Tyler Morgan, MF Sergio Rodriguez, MF Roger Rojas Goodbold
New Additions: D Ricardo Acosta, GK Ward Anderson, MF Ryan Donoghue, D/MF Nick Ducceschi, D Jamis Garay, MF Nate Johnson, D Taylor Hosley, MF Miles Mahlock, GK Oliver Steinglass
Recent Team History: Virginia State Cup champion-2011, 2013, 2014; USYS Region I Championship finalist-2011, 2013; Region 1 Premier League Champions-2013; Virginia Club Champions League North first place-2011-2012, 2012-2013; OBGC Capital Cup champion-2013; Surf Cup-2012; Dallas Cup-2013

Continental FC Premier (Pennsylvania-East)
Coach: Joe Levan
Returning Players: GK Matt Grenell, D Jay Balch, D Chris Schlegel, D Senan Farrelly, D Ben Martin, MF Luke Myers, MF Jared Lawler, MF Justin Greene, MF Austin Wilk;
New Additions: F David Bettenhausen, D Mark Palage, D Michael Narzikul, D Zach Siever; MF Chad Fluharty, MF Austin Graf
Recent Team History: 2013 EPYSA State Cup finalist, 2013 Region 1 Premier League third place, 2013 National League Red Division third place

LOGO_US Youth Soccer National LeagueDix Hills Elite (New York-East)
Coach: Domenico Casciato
Players: Casey Barone, Phillip Barresi, Matthew Flax, James Contino, Joseph DeStefano, Nicholas Elkins, Brian Flynn, Justin Hassenfeld, Taylor Kaczynski, Spencer Manus, Richie Mastrangelo, Christopher McAuliff, Michael Sclafani, Devon Smith, Tyler Spellman, Joseph Tristano, Noah Waxner,
Recent Team History: New York-East State Cup champions 2011, 2013; US Youth Soccer national runner-up; currently ranked No. 1 in the country by gotsoccer.com

Lehigh Valley United 97 (Pennsylvania-East)
Coach: Michael Gorni
Key Returning Players: GK Chase Missmer, D Jack McCambridge, MF Evan Vare, MF Michael Bazadona, M Brett Hladczuk, D Jake Stengel, MF Travis Keil, D J.R. Eisold, F Pierre Reedy, D Ian Lutz, M Ahmad Awadalla, M Steven Gaber, D Mason Sellig, D Tristan Williams, MF Anthony Papageorgiou, F Byron Derti, F JD Haaf
New Additions: MF Brian Gilligan, M FJustin Chomik, MF Jake Gleason, GK Austin Prime
Recent Team History: 2010, 2012, 2013 Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup champions, 2010, 2013 Region I Champions

Region II

Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (Michigan)
Coach: Steve Herdsman
MF Ian Adans, D Hunter Barrington, D Matt Chance, MF Diego Compean, GK Jake Crabtree, F Evan Cramer, D Creaghan Diekema, D Joseph Gamino-Kirkhoff, F Mohamedeq Haji, GK Jager Kukowski, F Martin Lang, D Matt Lazzar, MF Christopher Ornelas, D Christian Pham, MF Maxamillian Postlewait, F Ernesto Pulido, MF Lucas Rosendall, MF Owen Stratton, F Clay Sturgeon, MF Samuel Utter
Recent Team History: 2013 State Cup quarterfinalist; 2013 Midwest Regional qualifier; 2012/2013 National League; 2013 MRL 7-0-0

OP Eagles (Ohio-South)
Coach: Mike Lawrence
Players: D Hunter Gordon, D Cam Solomon, F Cole Heilman, MF Jack Holland, D Brian Woo, MF Cameron Campbell, MF/F MF/F Javier Steinwascher, D Jackson Grether, MF Nicholas Christoff, F Emmanuel Dapaa, GK Brennon Davis, D Jacob Felicetty, MF Everett Canepa, D Mark Just, F Brennan Lawrence, F Kingsley Amoakohene, MF Brady Whittekind, F/D Nathan Trinh, F/D Matt Kiley, D Matthew Scoliere
Recent Team History: Ohio-South State Cup champions:  2013, 2012, 2010, 2009. US Youth Soccer Region II semifinalist 2013

Region III

Concorde Fire Elite (Georgia)
Coach: Ibrahim Abousaud
Key Returning Players: MF Roberto Arteaga, MF Jairus Romano, D Kadesh Taffe, D Sean Harrington, MF/F Taka Lendon, D Nate Leopold, D Austin Fain, MF/F Ethan Stolz, MF Daniel Johnston, GK Romualdo Espino
New Additions: GK Hein Htet MacArthur, MF Matthew McGiveny, D Omar Lewis, MF/F Darrin Valeri, MF Pablo Macais, MF Libio Peralta
Recent Team History: Third place in National League division in 2012-13, Third in Region III Premier League East 2012, State Cup runner-up 2013, Region III Premier League 2013

FC Alliance 98 Black (Tennessee)
Coach: Jon Schneider
Players: D Connor Jacobs, D Jon Totten, MF Jon Creel, MF Jeb Gary, MF Jacob Helterbridle, F Charlie Richards, F Domi Omitaomu, F Alex Schupe, MF Will Little, D Lucas Altman, MF Lucas Neto, D Sam Steward, GK Jeremy Wise
Recent Team History: Over the past 18 months, FC Alliance 98 Black have won their fourth and fifth Tennessee State Cup championships. In addition they were the champions of the 2013 Region Premier League Central Division. FC Alliance wrapped first place in the Region III Premier League.

Sunrise Elite 97/98 (Florida)
Coach: Eduardo Corredor Angel
Key Returners: MF Frederick Gil, F Donald “Zachary” Emerson, MF Roberto “Nacho” Poplawski, MF Maximilian Krieg, MF John “Jack” Skahan, D Alston Moore, D James Delsing, D Samuel Buzzas, GK Daniel Ragoo.
New Additions: F Michael Swift Jr., MF Sami Guerdi.
Recent Team History: Currently ranked No. 2 in the nation in this age group. Florida State Cup champion 2012, 2013, Southern Regional champion 2013, Dallas Cup champion 2012, 2013, National Championship finalist 2012

Region IV

Sereno SC 98 (Arizona)
Coach: David Robertson
Key Players: GK Oswaldo Machado, D Rus Bigege, Raffi Perez
Recent Team History: Surf Cup finalist, NPL regional finalist

Updated: November 20, 2013

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