Under-14 boys soccer team ranked near top in the nation

Team tied for top spot in recent National League competition in North Carolina

LAS VEGAS – The Under-14 boys soccer team from Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club came home from the Dec. 11-14 National League competition in North Carolina one step closer to the National Championships. During the competition, the team won three games and lost one, putting them in a tie with San Diego SC 00 Academy Navy in the Under-14 Blue Division. The two teams will meet on the season’s final day of play in March in a game that could decide the division title.

Sixteen teams from all four regions across the country were invited to participate in the competition by either winning a state competition in their age division or winning the Far West Regional League; the Under-14 (U-14) boys soccer team from Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club won both. The team is now ranked 19thin the nation.

The top two teams in the league will be given automatic placement in the 2015 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series to be held in July in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“More than 200 college soccer coaches attended the National League matches in North Carolina to scout talent. This is huge for these players,” said Gary Soresman, executive director of the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club. “Kids like Juan Estrada – the leading scorer during this last tournament – was known in North Carolina as one of the top five players to watch. Although these kids are all under the age of 14, their futures are bright as they continue to practice and become better players over the next few years.”

The National League brings together some of the best teams in the country, all of which had to earn their place in the league through success in United States Youth Soccer regional and national competition.

The Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club, a non-profit organization, operates under the belief that the youngest players are the future of the club, and the academy strives to aid each and every player who attends the professional year-round program, structured by a nationally recognized coaching staff. Former club players have gone on to play at the collegiate, Olympic and professional levels in the United States and abroad. The club’s academy is supervised by the Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer team.

More information about the soccer club and any tournament information can be found at downtownlvsc.com/.

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