US Youth: PRO League opens in Orlando

US Youth: PRO League opens in Orlando
by US Youth Soccer
December 8, 2021

US Youth Soccer National League P.R.O. hosted its first U15-U19 Boys event of the 2021-22 season Dec. 3-6 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the Orlando, Fla., area.

Each boys team in the U15-U19 age groups has now played either three or four National League P.R.O. games. Those teams will take another step in completing their seven-game seasons when they play again at either National League Florida (Feb. 5-7 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) or National League Arizona (March 12-14 in Mesa, Ariz.).

RECAPSDec. 3 | Dec. 4 | Dec. 5 | Dec. 6
PHOTOSDec. 3 | Dec. 4 | Dec. 5 | Dec. 6
VIDEOSDec. 3 | Dec. 4 | Dec. 5 (1) | Dec. 5 (2) | Dec. 6

A brief look at where the boys teams stand after the games in Orlando…

U15 Boys

Group A: SC Vistula Garfield 07 Lewandowski (NJ) and FC Bucks Dominion 07 (PA-E) are tied for the top spot with 7 points each.  

Group B: Libertyville FC 1974 07 Elite (IL) and Toca FC 07 MLS (KS) lead the group with 9 points each in their first games.  

Group C: La Roca 07 J Milla (UT) stands along at the top of the group with three wins in as many games.  

Group D: United PDX 07 Premier Black (OR) holds the top spot after the first games with 9 points.  

Group E: Azzurri Storm 07 Premier (FL) holds the top spot after the first games with 9 points. 

U16 Boys

Group A: LFA Mueller 06 (MO) has 3 wins in as many days and holds the top spot in the group.  

Group B: KC Athletics Academy 06 Elite Galacticos (KS) and Dix Hills EST 06 Ultimatum (NY-E) both have 9 points at the top of the group.  

Group C: FC Westlake 06 Elite (TX-S) holds the top spot in the group’s standings with 10 points after its four games.

Group D: There is a three-way tie at the top of the group’s standings after the first weekend of play with SC Wave Juniors 06 (WI), FC Europa 06 Elite (PA-E), and West Pines United FC 06 Ezzy (FL) all having 7 points.  

Group E: Arsenal FC of Pittsburgh 06 Premier (PA-W) holds the top spot after the first games with 9 points.  

Group F: Strikers Miami FC 06 Elite (FL) is at the top of the group’s standings with 7 points.  

U17 Boys 

Group A: Phila Ukrainian Nationals 05 Black (PA-E) and MSC Academy 05 (IL) both have 9 points after the first 3 games and sit at the top of the group’s standings.  

Group B: BVB International Academy Pittsburgh 05 Premier (PA-W) holds the top spot in the group’s standings with 9 points.  

Group C: Galaxy 05 Blue (IL) and Libertyville FC 1974 Elite 05 (IL) both have 7 points after the first 3 games.  

Group D: FC Evolution N 05 (OH) holds the top spot in the group with 9 points.  

Group E: LVSA 05 Red (NV) has 10 points after its first four games and sits at the top of the group.  

Group F: There is a four-way tie at the top of the group’s standings after the first 3 games with SAC 05 Pre-Academy White (MD), Raiders FC 05 (IL), Brausa 05 Blue (MD), and SC Wave Juniors 05 (WI) all having 7 points.

U18 Boys 

Group A: Mclean 04 (VA) leads the group’s standings with 9 points

Group B: CUP 04 Gold (OH) and Team Challenger FC 04 Black (OH) are both at the top of the group’s standings with 9 points each.

Group C: CSA Newark 04 NL (NJ), FC Bucks Dominion 04 (PA-E), and JB Marine Academy 04 (MO) are all tied with 9 points each at the top of the group’s standings.

Group D: PDA Hibernian Modric 04 (NJ) and Houston Legends 04 (TX-S) are both at the top of the group’s standings with 9 points each.

Group E: Strikers Miami FC 04 Elite (FL) and Raiders FC 04 (IL) lead the group’s standings at 7 points each.

Group F: Downtown LVSC 04 Gold (NV) leads the group’s standings with 7 points.  

U19 Boys

Group A: FC Dallas Youth 03 Premier (TX-N) lead the group’s standings with 10 points.

Group B: There is a four-way tie at the top of the group’s standings with Nationals Union 03 Black (MI), Century 03 Gold (PA-W), LVU-FPA 03 Black Gorni (PA-E), and Phila Ukrainian Nationals 03 Black (PA-E) all having 9 points.

Group C: FC Dallas Youth 03 West (TX-N), Solar SC Sawyer 03 (TX-N), and Chicago Magic 03 MCL (IL) all have 5 points and lead the group’s standings.

Group D: Milwaukee Bavarian United (WI) and Strikers Miami FC Elite 03 (FL) are at the top of the group’s standings with 9 points each.

Group E: Leg-A-Z Caimans (FL) is at the top of the group’s standings with 9 points.

What some of the participants had to say…

Andy Parry, Director of Operations for Chicago FC United (IL), following a U16 victory on Friday…
“This year we’re very fortunate. We have probably the most teams we’ve ever had in one year in the National League. For as long as I can remember, we’ve had teams playing in the National League. We were disappointed when it went away for a year, but we’re so glad it’s back. It’s such a great level of competition. The environment that’s out here — when you walk around you can feel it — it’s just different to a regular event that we play in.

Darnell Bernier, coach of U19 Boys Leg-A-Z Caimans (FL), following his team’s win on Saturday…
“Personally, I talked to a college coach after the game, but I also have many texts on my phone from big Division I universities saying they are coming out today, tomorrow or Monday to check us out. That shows a lot of credibility about National League because to continue to attract attention with all of the other academy leagues out there, that tells you a lot.”

Ross Liberati, coach of U19 Radnor SC 03B Premier (PA-E), following his team’s 5-3 win on Monday…
“We have a group of guys who want to challenge themselves. This is the type of environment they want to play in. We have been really happy with the level so far. Every game has been super competitive. The boys are very happy with what they’ve seen so far, and they’re looking forward to going to Phoenix and hopefully seeing the same thing.”

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