U13 Majestics Clinch North American Finals Bid
Northern Virginia FC Girls Teams Sweep SYL Mid Atlantic Division
Midway through the 2014 Super Y-League (SYL) season, the U13 Northern Virginia Majestics suddenly found themselves in a precarious position, dropping two tough games to fall in the Mid Atlantic standings while enduring the oppressive July heat. Summoning a sense of fortitude and grit, the young Majestics roared back to go undefeated in the final five games and earn the last remaining division spot in the SYL North American Finals to be held this December.
The U13 Majestics finished with a 8-3-1 record to nab third place in the competitive Mid Atlantic. Fellow North American Finals qualifiers and Northern Virginia FC sister teams Annandale United Majestics (11-0-1) and Virginia Alliance (8-2-2) finished just ahead at first and second respectively to earn trips to Florida this winter.
Coached by Marie Schweitzer and Eber Martinez, the U13 Majestics are bound for their second trip in as many years to the North American Finals. In 2013, the Northern Virginia youngsters burst into the Super Y-League with a perfect 10-0-0 season record. The talented Majestics advanced through the championship tournament before falling 2-0 to FC America (Florida) in the semifinal match.
Northern Virginia Earns Four Additional Championship Bids
Club Total at Seven Boys Teams Headed to SYL North American Finals
Following the previous announcement of a trio of Virginia Alliance boys team qualifications last week, the Northern Virginia Football Club (NOVA FC) proudly announced four additional squads would be joining them this December at the Super Y-League (SYL) North American Finals in Bradenton, Florida. The U13 Virginia Hammers and U17 Virginia Alliance boys teams each snagged their first trip to the SYL Finals, while both the U14 and U16 Northern Virginia Royals earned return appearances at the continental championship tournament.
Members of the Super Y-League since its inception in 1999, Northern Virginia FC bested its own club record of North American Championship boys team qualifications following this year’s regular summer season. With the two previously announced girls SYL Finals qualifiers (U12 and U14 Majestics), the total number of NOVA FC family teams is currently at nine and is expected to reach double digits with more announcements in the coming weeks.
In their first season of existence, the U13 Virginia Hammers join their brother team Virginia Alliance in Bradenton this winter courtesy of a 6-2-1 record. The young Hammers, a direct affiliate with West Ham United’s International Academy, ended the season on a four-game winning streak to earn the final spot in the Mid Atlantic Division.
U14 Majestics Earn Trip to Championships
Northern Virginia Squad Qualifies for Third Consecutive SYL Finals
When teams begin arriving in Bradenton, Florida this December for the first day of the 2014 Super Y-League (SYL) North American Finals, familiarity suggests the U14 Northern Virginia Majestics should not need directions from their hotel to the fields. Following a five-game win streak to finish the season, the young Majestics team finished second in the Mid Atlantic Division to snag their third trip to the championship tournament in as many years.
Led by head coach Jimmy Toms since joining the Super Y-league in 2012, the successful Northern Virginia girls finished with a 10-2-0 record that included 41 goals scored and five shutouts over the summer season. The Majestics’ only losses so far in 2014 came at the hands of the club’s sister team Annandale United Majestics, who also earned a bid to the North American Finals. The U14 girls rebounded with conviction to earn 15 straight points in the final weeks of the season to secure their advancement.
Prior to the 2014 season, the U14 Majestics amassed an unblemished 18-0-0 record over the 2012 and 2013 regular SYL seasons. The talented Northern Virginia squad fell just short of reaching the championship match in 2013, dropping a 3-2 contest to the Cleveland Internationals in the U13 age group semifinals.
Virginia Alliance Advances Three Teams to National Finals
U12, U13, and U14 Boys Squads Head to SYL Championships in Bradenton
The U12, U13, and U14 Virginia Alliance boys USL Super Y teams all earned qualification for the USL Super Y-League National Finals to be held December 4th-9th, 2014 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The talented 55 players comprising these teams are led by the Virginia Alliance Director of Coaching Adam Baumgardner and coached by Head Coach Alan Portillo as well as Assistant Coach Jorge Guzman.
The Virginia Alliance Super Y-League program is draws elite players from a large list of area soccer clubs to compete regionally over the summer months. A cross section of Alliance players hail from top clubs like Annandale, Arlington, Bethesda, BRYC, DC United Academy, Evergreen FC, FC Richmond, FCSC, IMG Academy, McLean, PWSI, PWSI Academy, Richmond United Academy, SYA, Vista and VSA.
The U12 team finished top in the Mid Atlantic division and fifth in the nation out of 47 teams competing in this age group. The undefeated U12 Alliance finished with a record of eight wins and 45 goals scored. Top scorers were Niko Neal with ten goals, Shai Neal with nine goals and Jared DuBose with eight goals.
U12 Majestics Top Arundel 1-0 to Win Mid Atlantic Division
Northern Virginia Girls Headed to Super Y-League Championships
Newcomers to the USL Super Y-League, the U12 Northern Virginia Majestics knew the challenges of playing in an elite national youth league would be an uphill climb. Nonetheless, the upstart girls dramatically edged out a tough Arundel Soccer squad 1-0 in the final game of the regular season to earn the Mid Atlantic Division Championship title.
The young squad led by head coach and Northern Virginia Super Y-League girls coordinator Marie Schweitzer relied on an explosive offense in front of a steadfast defensive group that held an overwhelming majority of the division teams in check over the summer. The U12 Majestics captured the Mid Atlantic Division crown with a 9-1-0 record and scored 31 goals to earn the automatic berth in the USL Super Y-League North American Finals, held this December in Bradenton, Florida.
The stout U12 Majestics defense led the entire U12 Super Y-League by allowing only two goals all season and recording shutouts in nine of ten matches over the summer. The two surrendered goals came in their only loss of the season, a 2-1 decision to sister-team Virginia Alliance.
Northern Virginia Ranked 13th in North America
Royals, Majestics, and VA Alliance Again Garner Super Y-League Honors
United Soccer Leagues (USL) announced earlier this month the final Super Y-League (SYL) First and Second-11 Club rankings for the 2011 regular season, recognizing the league’s top clubs on a competitive and administrative basis. Northern Virginia Royals (boys) and Majestics (girls) youth soccer teams, together with partner club VA Alliance, earned thirteenth place overall of the 110 Super Y-league clubs in North America.
With the 2011 ranking, Northern Virginia finished in the top twenty Super Y-League rankings for the fifth consecutive year. Additionally, the Northern Virginia Royals program landed a number ten spot in separate First-11 Club honors for their success the past season.
Taking top honors across both the boys and girls divisions were MPS Bulldogs/Renegades Soccer Club from Boston, Massachussetts as the club accumulated a total of 93.97 points. The Northern Virginia Majestics/Royals grabbed the prestigious number one ranking a two years ago with a score of 81.80 for the 2009 season.
Northern Virginia FC in the Community
Royals and Majestics Lead Development in Northern Virginia
The Northern Virginia Football Club (NOVA FC) was established in 1997 as a member of the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues (USISL). While the USISL has gone through realignments and subsequent name changes over the years, NOVA FC has also adapted and grown to meet the needs of the Northern Virginia soccer community.
As USISL evolved through the years into what is now known as the United Soccer Leagues (USL), it has developed a full top-to-bottom approach in fostering soccer development in North America. Partnered with U.S. Soccer and the Canadian Soccer Federation, the USL has perfected a club structure tailored to the progressive expansion of soccer on the continent. NOVA FC has embraced this complete club model structure and focuses exclusively on development at all levels to promote the beautiful game.