jump into second place in the group.
Following two early ties, Florida Elite 2001
(FL) won five straight to finish the season on
top of the 16U Black Division with 17 points.
Michigan Jaguars 01 Green (MI) also earned
a 5-0-2 record, which helped it seal the 16U
Blue Division title during play in Orlando.
The 16U Red Division title was also clinched
in Orlando, as CUP Gold 01 (OH-S) finished
a 5-1-1 campaign. The age group’s tightest
division race came in the White Division,
where Legends FC 01 Academy (CA-S)
needed a scoreless draw on the season’s
final day to win the group by owning a goal
CUP 00 Gold (OH-S) pulled away on the
season’s final day to win the 17U Black
Division, while defending National Champion
Midwest United FC 00 Royal (MI) overcame
an early loss in Orlando to wrap up the Blue
Division title in January. With five shutouts,
Scottsdale Blackhawks Taylor (AZ) went 7-0-
0 and claimed the 17U Red Division title on
the strength of its defense. Meanwhile, the
17U White Division came down to the final
day, when Legends FC 00 Academy (CA-S)
overcame an early deficit to earn a 2-2 draw
and win the group.
Results in Las Vegas went just the way
Nationals Union 99 Black (MI) needed, as the
Michigan side’s 14 points earned through
play in Orlando proved to be enough to
claim the 18U Black Division. Meanwhile,
TSC Showcase (TN) left no doubt by winning
the 18U Blue Division with a 7-0-0 record.
In the 18U Red Division, Legends FC 99
Academy (CA-S) used a late game-winner
on the final day of play to secure the win it
needed to move into first place. A couple
months earlier in Orlando, FC Pennsylvania
Strikers (PA-E) did the same, as it won a
matchup of the 18U White Division’s top two
teams to claim the group title.
The 2016 National Championship finalists
each secured National League division titles
in the 19/20U age group to earn their way
back to Frisco, Texas. Beach FC 98 Academy
(CA-S) went 6-0-1 to win the 19/20U
Blue Division, while defending National
Champion YMS Premier Xplosion 98 (PA-E)
recorded the same record to claim the Red
Division title. Team Chicago Academy 1998
Elite (IL) hung on to finish second in the Blue
Division, and 98 CR Academy (NC) narrowly
missed out on first place in the Red Division
— going 5-0-2 and finishing second.
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