FRISCO, Texas (July 31, 2019) — The Best XI teams were announced for the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which took place July 22-28 at the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan. The National Championships featured US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 14U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups.
The Best XI team was first introduced at the 2011 National Championships. Similar to FIFA's all-tournament concept, the Best XI recognizes the top 11 performers in each age group, irrespective of their position on the field, throughout the tournament as voted by coaches of the participating teams in that age group.
The Best XI join the Golden Ball and Golden Glove awards given out annually at the National Championships. The Golden Ball and Glove were first awarded in 1998 to the players in each division who have the greatest competitive impact in the National Championships, and has featured winners such as Robbie Findley, Jonathan Bornstein, Freddy Adu, Jordan Morris, Lindsey Tarpley, Christen Press and Emily Sonnett.
Click here to view the full Best XI teams from each age group at the 2019 National Championships.
2019 Golden Ball Award
13U Boys - Edward Smith III, 2006 Pipeline SC Pre-Academy (MD)
13U Girls - Amalia Villarreal, Michigan Jaguars (MI)
14U Boys - Sergio Oregel, Raiders FC 2005 (IL)
14U Girls - Brooke Cattoor, Lous Fusz Geerling 05 (MO)
15U Boys - Milton Jones, Real Jersey FC (NJ)
15U Girls - Kayla Budish, SC Waukesha 04 Blue (WI)
16U Boys - Caden Stafford, Syracuse Development Academy (NY-W)
16U Girls - Megan Morgan, Sunrise Sting 2003 X1 (FL)
17U Boys - Noah Robertson, Santa Clara Sporting 02 Green (CA-N)
17U Girls - Baylee DeSmit, Pipeline 02 Pre-Academy Spirit (MD)
18U Boys - Deedson Vixamar, PPA KSA 01 Pro-Profile (GA)
18U Girls - Caroline Stringfellow, La Roca PO (UT)
19U Boys - Brandon Knapp, Baltimore Celtic SC 00 (MD)
19U Girls - Jamie Shepherd, Celtic FC 00 Premier (UT)
2019 Golden Glove Award
13U Boys - Tyler Mezzadra, 2006 Pipeline SC Pre-Academy (MD)
13U Girls - Grace Miller, Albion SC Academy Whittaker (CA-S)
14U Boys - Ryan Eapen, STA 2005 (NJ)
14U Girls - Cecilia Cerone, D'Feeters 05 Black (TX-N)
15U Boys - Ty Bleiler, PA Dominion 04 (PA-E)
15U Girls - Lilly Hanke, SC Waukesha 04 Blue (WI)
16U Boys - Jason Sotelo & Adair Ceron, LVSA 03 SIlver (NV)
16U Girls - Madalyn Davis, Lou Fusz 03 Blue (MO)
17U Boys - Jonathan Lee, Arlington SA 2002 Red (VA)
17U Girls - Savanna Prado, Legends FC 02 Academy II (CA-S)
18U Boys - Richard Sanon Nicholas, PPA KSA 01 Pro-Profile (GA)
18U Girls - Haven Empey, Celtic FC Premier JR (UT)
19U Boys - Kieran Baskett, Baltimore Celtic SC 00 (MD)
19U Girls - Chelsea Peterson, Celtic FC 00 Premier (UT)
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About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer National League Conferences, advance to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions 13U-19U from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The 14U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups have four teams representing the US Youth Soccer National League. Overall, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. For more information, visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sport organization in the country, is on a mission to make soccer the preeminent youth sport in the country. US Youth Soccer registers 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19. Through its programming, resources and leadership, US Youth Soccer is advancing the game for its 55 Member State Associations, 10,000 clubs and leagues and nearly 1 million administrators, coaches and volunteers. US Youth Soccer connects families and communities to the power of sports and its shared love of soccer. US Youth Soccer provides a path for every player, offering programs that provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.