The US Youth Soccer National League kickoffs off the 2011-2012 season this weekend in Vestavia, Ala. ESPNHS will break down one age group per day 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, ESPNHS sizes up the National League Under-15 members:
Lehigh Valley United (Pa.)
Coach: Greg Ramos
Key Players: none listed.
Recent Team History: 2011: MAPS Cup semifinalist, Delco Players Cup semifinalist, Dallas Cup invitee, Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup champion (third in a row), Region I League runner-up. 2010: MAPS Cup champion, YMS Columbus Cup Championship Division champion, Lou Ramos Classic runner-up, Spirit Kick Off semifinalist, Dallas Cup invitee, Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup champion.
MSC Magic (Md.)
Coach: Ben Morey
Key Players: F Nathan Ferdowski, F Alessandro Burlew, F Gustavo Ayala, F Christian Diaz, MF Sebastian Obando, MF John Marc Charpentier, D Sam Rosenfeld, D/MF Brian Galfond, D Graham Taft.
Recent Team History: Maryland State Cup champion in 2011, CASL Shootout champion in 2010.
Smithtown Kickers SC Arsenal (N.Y.)
Coach: Tom Lips
Key Players: D Steven Dovi, MF T.J. Butzke, GK Garrett Sweeney, F Steven Braccioforte, MF Douglas Toledo, F/D Harrison Weilbacher, MF Matthew McDonnell, MF Matt Aprile, D Chris Hettler, D Casey Abelein, D Joseph Lomonaco.
New Additions: F Cory Remondino, D Zach Pogrob
Recent Team History: 2011: Region 1 Premier League second place, New York-East State Cup champion, Region I champion … US Youth Soccer National Championship bronze medalist. 2010: Region 1 Colonial Premier League champion, New York-East State Cup champion.
Chicago Magic (Ill.)
Coach: Jorge Valle
Key Players: GK Elliot Rubio, F Renato Albuquerque, MF Ruben Sanchez, F Daniel Giraldo, F Jorge Torrescano.
Recent Team History: 2011: US Youth Soccer National Championships runner-up, Illinois State Cup and Region II champion.
CUP Crew Juniors Gold (Ohio)
Coach: Terry Nichols
Key Players: F Luke Treadway, F Dave Jeffries, MF Charlie Byers, D Luke Deimer, D Will Cohen, D Brandin Ward, MF Luke Thomas, GK Logan Weidmann.
Recent Team History: 2011 State Cup champion and Annandale Tournament champion.
United FC (Wis.)
Coach: Milan Rokvic
Key Players: none listed.
Recent Team History: 2011: Wisconsin State Cup champion … Midwest Regional League Premier Division second place. 2010: Midwest Regional League First Division second place.
GSA 97 Red (Ga.)
Coach: Bruno Kalonji
Key Players: D Kofi Twumasi, F Yosef Samuel, D Joe Efford, MF Danny Kierath, D Jared Bishop, GK Michael Samnik.
Recent Team History: 2011: SPL Fall second place, Georgia State Cup runner-up.
West Pines United FC (Fla.)
Coach: David Cunningham
Key Players: MF Jean Orvil, F Louis Brown, F Ricardo Oliveros, MF Alexander Moztarzadeh, D Steven Ghitis, D Daniel Reese.
Recent Team History: 2011: Region III Premier League champion, Florida State League champion (undefeated), Disney Memorial champion, Florida State Cup semifinalist.
Albion SC San Diego BU15W (Calif.)
Coach: Roy Lassiter
Key Players: GK Faisal Imami, F/D Guillermo Bermudez, MF/D Jack Dalessio, MF/D Ivan Casteneda, D Arturo Alvarez, MF Pablo Peleaz, MF Adam Vargas, MF Manny Lopez, F Andre Garcia, F Tanner Caldwell, F/MF/D Tito Ramirez, F/D Lindolfo Crisan, MF Adam Wright, D Zeke Almada, F Damiano Sbicca.
Recent Team History: 2011: Fall Far West Regional League second place … Coast Soccer League Premier Bracket third place, Surf Cup semifinalist, Albion Cup champion, Spring Far West Regional League, Nomads College Showcase semifinalist. 2010: Fall Far West Regional League fourth place.