Cal North’s Santa Clara Sporting Green Competes for 17U Boys National Championship
Santa Clara Sporting Soccer Club was founded in 1971, and is one of the oldest, most successful youth programs in the United States. The club has successfully sent numerous teams to the Regional and National Championships, including eleven teams to represent Cal North at Far West Regionals this year. The road to the 2019 National Championship has been filled with adversity, but Sporting has proven resilient and determined.
US Youth Soccer Far West Regionals
Santa Clara Sporting 02B Green had a rocky start on day one of the US Youth Soccer Far West Regionals. However, the team regrouped after losing 0-2 to Desert United Coachella from Cal South, sweeping the competition in the remaining five games in Boise. The wins helped the team earn a spot at the prestigious US Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, Kansas in July.
Cal North State Cup
A last minute change of coaches was a concern, but the players were able to focus on the competition with the objective of a “three-peat” as Cal North State Champions. Sporting’s run through State Cup secured a berth for the team’s fifth consecutive trip to Far West Regionals.
Other Notable Victories for Sporting
- Knock out pair of 3-1 victories against Nevada’s state champion Heat 02B GR and State Cup Champion of Hawaii, Rush 02B.
- Defeated Cal South’s State Champion, Boca Jrs LA 02 with a final score of 1-0.
- A semifinal victory over the highly ranked Arizona state champion, Tuzos Academy 02, set a highly anticipated rematch between Sporting and Coachella.
Sporting’s match against Coachella had a scoreless first half, but two late goals sent the game into overtime as Sporting’s Diego Baca scored the game’s first goal in the 80th minute before Desert United goal at the 87th minute. Sporting’s Tamba Mattia scored twice in overtime, but Coachella’s striker completed his hat trick with two overtime goals to send the game to penalties. Penalty kicks determined the winner as Sporting prevailed against Desert United to claim the 17U Boys Far West Regional crown. Baca was one of five high-scorers in the week-long competition, with five goals and teammate Mattia scored four goals in the tournament earning his spot in the top ten scorers of the competition.
The Final Steps to Kansas: National Championship Bound
Sporting’s relentless pursuit of this elusive dream has at last has paid off as they prepare for the national title in Overland Park, Kansas later this month. From a field of over 10,000 teams nationwide, only the top 104 teams in 14 age groups are left standing. Trophies are waiting to be claimed by the best of the best and the Santa Clara 17U boys have set their sights squarely on the target.
56 champions from the Eastern, Midwest, Southern and Far West Regions will join the 48 National League qualifying teams to determine who will be crowned National Champion. The Round Robin matches take place on July 23, 24 and 25. The top two teams in each bracket will advance to semifinals on July 27 followed by Championship Sunday on July 28 where the top two teams in the nation will face off.
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournament, providing approximately 185,000 players on over 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.
Follow SC Sporting 02B Green throughout the week. The Wednesday and Thursday preliminary round games will be live-streamed by US Youth Soccer. Prior to each of the live-streamed matches, the link to the specific game will be published on the National Championship Series live stream schedule page. Be sure to allow for the two hour time difference when tracking the team’s progress as all game times are Central Daylight Time.
|Date||Time (CDT)||Home Team||State||Away Team||State||Field|
|7/23/2019||9:00 AM||OK Energy FC Central 02||OK||Santa Clara Sporting 02 Green||CA-N||Field 8|
|7/24/2019||7:00 AM||Santa Clara Sporting 02 Green||CA-N||Michigan Jaguars 02 Green||MI||Field 5|
|7/25/2019||7:00 AM||Santa Clara Sporting 02 Green||CA-N||Arlington SA 2002 Red||VA||Field 3|
Should the team advance, semifinals are scheduled for 9:00 AM (7:00 AM Pacific Time) on Saturday, July 27 and championships are set to be played at 7:15 AM (5:15 AM Pacific Time) on Sunday, July 28. Semifinals and Championship games will be live-streamed as well.