FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 12, 2016) – 5 Solar teams represent the Club the opening boys weekend for the 2016-17 US Youth Soccer National League season is in the books with nine North Texas teams competing for a shot to advance to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships.
After victories in its first two National League matches, Solar Chelsea Red 02 Stricker found itself at the top of the Blue Division. Riley O’Donell’s last-minute goal allowed Solar to defeat CUP 02 Gold (OH-S) 1-0 in Solar’s debut, and Ilean Castorena’s hat-trick combined with Grant McCarty’s brace gave Solar the 5-2 win over CESA 02 Premier (SC) on day two. Solar had a little more trouble on day three when Bethesda SC South 02 (VA) took down Solar 2-1 with Solar’s goal coming from Harvey Castro. O’Donnell netted his second goal of the weekend in Solar’s final match against Penn Fusion Elite (PA-E), but the Eastern Pennsylvania side would equalize in the second half, resulting in the match ending in a 1-1 draw. Solar currently sits third in the Blue Division behind only Penn Fusion and Bethesda.
Solar Chelsea 01 Elite used goals from Alexander Wing, Brycen Drew and Diego Sierra to defeat RPSC River 24k (OR) 3-2 in its opening National League match before Samuel Coad and Dario Martinez gave the North Texas side a 2-0 win over Beadling (PA-W) on day two. Coad would net a hat-trick in Solar’s third match against Raiders FC (IL), but the 2016 National Championships semifinalists scored six goals to give Solar its first defeat. 2015 National Championships finalists EC Real Salinas Galaxy 01 (CA-N) dealt Solar’s its second straight defeat 4-1 with Coad netting his fifth goal in four days. Solar currently sits at 2-2 in fourth place of the Black Division.
Solar Chelsea 01 Stricker didn’t get off to the start they wanted in their second National League season as they currently sit in seventh place in the Red Division. After drawing FC Golden State 2001 (CA-S) 0-0, Solar was defeated by defending National Champions Valparaiso United FC 01 JG (AZ) 2-0. Galaxy Soccer Club narrowly defeated Solar on day three with a 1-0 win, but Christian Nazier would find Solar its first goal of the tournament against South Carolina United FC 01 Elite (SC) in a 1-1 draw on the final day of play.
Solar Chelsea 99 Sawyer made a bang in its National League debut with a 2-0 win over 2015-16 National League Blue champions La Roca South CS 99/00 Premier (UT) with goals coming from William McLeod and Timothy Langford. After going down 2-0 in the first ten minutes to Sporting STL – McMahon Ford (MO), Trevor Martineau and Ian Meece would find the back of the net, allowing for Solar to secure a 2-2 draw. Solar would be handed its first loss of the weekend from Milwaukee Bavarians (WI) 2-0, but Solar would respond on the final day with a 2-2 draw against LA Premier FC LAFA (CA-S) in a match that saw Meece and Martineau each net their second goals of the weekend. While Solar currently sits in fifth place, it is only three points out of first place in a compact Blue Division.
Defending National League Red Division champs Solar Chelsea Red 98/99 will find a back-to-back titles difficult to attain after a 0-1-3 record on the first weekend. Daniel Lopez would break the scoreless stalemate against Sporting St, Croix (MN), but the Minnesota side would equalize late in the second half, resulting in a 1-1 draw. That would be the only time Solar would score as the North Texas side drew Pipeline Soccer Club 98/99 Black (MD) and FC United (IL) 0-0 while also losing to USA 98/99 Premier (UT) 1-0.