Keeping up with the 2017 NPL Finals

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WESTFIELD, Ind. (July 13, 2017) - This is it: the targeted destination of all 22 NPLs after year-long, league-based competition. The 2017 NPL Finals, July 13-17 at Grand Park, also signifies the end of the 2016-17 season with national championships awarded to the best teams in the country.

A total of 150 teams from 99 clubs around the country have earned the rights to compete for bragging rights and hardware, and in five days, we'll have 12 national champions.

Be sure to "follow" @USClubSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook throughout the event. A video recap will be available on our YouTube channel shortly after the NPL Finals concludes.

Media coverage:

Thursday, July 13:

The opening day of the 2017 NPL Finals began bright and early with the 9 a.m. time slot. Teams will need to push through their initial nerves to get out to the best start - and set themselves up for a national title run.

Be sure to check in on the schedules throughout the day - there are 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. time slots.

(UPDATE: 8 p.m.) Games are finishing up at the Grand Park indoor complex and on the turf fields after a strong afternoon storm left the grass fields too wet to play on.

Friday, July 14:

After Thursday's storms, Grand Park grass fields remained closed until 1 p.m. Friday. Participants are asked to monitor the NPL Finals schedules for any changes throughout the tournament.

Today's weather was much better with temperatures reaching the low 80s, and, most importantly, no inclement weather. This was the second day of group stage games, as teams position themselves for berths in the semifinals on Sunday.

It's an especially critical day for the oldest girls age group - 98/99s - as three matchups at 5 p.m. feature 1-0 teams from solid wins yesterday: ISC Gunners vs. SUSA, VYS Phoenix vs. FC Stars and Indiana Fire Juniors vs. Classics Elite SC.

On the boys side, the '01 bracket is the most closely contested. Entering the 3 p.m. timeslot, six of 11 games in the age group have been decided by one goal or less.

Another early impression is that the NPLs that had to travel the longest distances - NorCal NPL, NEP, NYCSL, EDP, Virginia NPL, SoCal NPL, etc. - are consistently turning in strong performances and not showing signs of jet lag.

Saturday, July 15:

The final day of group stage games is like golf's "moving day." Teams will either move on to the semifinals or head home.

Defending 2016 boys national champion New York SC '98 is off to a great start, having won its opening two games, 2-0 and 3-0. Manhattan SC Villa is also seeking back-to-back national titles, and is 2-0 in the boys '00 bracket.

US Club Soccer id2 Boys Program Director Gerry McKeown is on-site throughout the tournament to scout the competititve '04 boys division. Scottsdale Blackhawks, Chicago Inferno Elite, Cincinnati United Premier Gold and Western United Pioneers have all advanced to the semifinals of that bracket.

Sunday, July 16:

Semifinal matchups are set, and results will be updated below throughout the day.

2004 Boys
Scottsdale Soccer ’04 Blackhawks Zelin (Arizona NPL) 4, CUP ’04 Gold (Midwest Developmental League) 1
Chicago Inferno ’04 Elite (NISL) 5, Western United Pioneers FC ’04 NPL (NEP) 1

2004 Girls
Legends FC Riverside (SoCal NPL) 1, Armada WFC ’04 Pre-ECNL (Florida NPL) 0
NEFC Breakers ’04 NPL (NEP) 4, Classics Elite ’04 (United Soccer Clubs) 2

2003 Boys
Las Vegas Sports Academy ’03 Silver (SoCal NPL) 5, Northern Virginia SC United ’03 Blue (Virginia NPL) 0
FC Wisconsin (Midwest Developmental League) 2, Triangle United Gold ’03 (South Atlantic Premier League) 0

2003 Girls
South Shore Select (NEP) 3, PDA South Nova (Northeast Girls NPL) 1
SUSA NPL ’03 (NYCSL) 3, GPS Oregon ’03 Elite (Northwest Champions League) 0

2002 Boys
Chicago Inferno ’02 Elite (NISL) 2, UFA ’02 Premier (South Atlantic Premier League) 0
NEFC ’02 NPL (NEP) 2, Ironbound SC Fever (EDP) 1

2002 Girls
FC Stars West NPL ’02 (NEP) 1, PDA South ’02 NPL (Northeast Girls NPL) 0
FC Elk Grove ’02 Platinum (NorCal NPL) 2, Alleycats NPL (EDP) 1

2001 Boys
San Jose Earthquakes ’01 PDA (NorCal NPL) 7, Wenatchee United SC Aguilitas (Puget Sound Premier League) 2
Metropolitan Oval ’01 (Northeast Pre-Academy League) 4, FC Stars ’01 NPL (NEP) 0

2001 Girls
South Shore Select (NEP) 3, Lonestar SC ’01 Red (United Soccer Clubs) 2
SUSA ’01 NPL (NYCSL) 2, vs. Tucson Soccer Academy ’01 Red (Arizona NPL) 1

2000 Boys
NEFC ’00 NPL (NEP) 2, Virginia Rush ’00 (Virginia NPL) 1
Manhattan SC Villa (EDP) 6,. FC Wisconsin (Midwest Developmental League) 2

2000 Girls
FC Copa Academy ’00 Black (EDP) 6, Quickstrike FC ’00 NPL (NYCSL) 1
FC Stars ’00 NPL (Northeast Girls NPL) 3, Northern Virginia SC Jr. Majestics ’00 (Virginia NPL) 1

1998/99 Boys
FC Wisconsin (Midwest Developmental League) 2, East Meadow Hawks ’98 (NYCSL) 1
New York SC (EDP) 2, Sockers FC Chicago (NISL) 0

1998/99 Girls
Indiana Fire Juniors (Wildcard) 5, FC Stars 98/99 (Northeast NPL) 1
VYS Phoenix (Virginia NPL) 1, SUSA NPL 98/99 (NYCSL) 0

At 3 p.m., all present league representatives of the NPL will meet for a league-wide meeting to discuss the 2016-17 season, next season, the ENPL and more.

Monday, July 17:

The national championship day of the NPL Finals arrives Monday, and below are the matchups (updated with scores). StreamSports, the Official Video Services Partner of the NPL Finals, live streamed the following six games:

  • 2003 boys: Las Vegas Sports Academy ’03 Silver (SoCal NPL) vs. FC Wisconsin (Midwest Developmental League), 9 a.m.
  • 2000 boys: NEFC ’00 NPL (NEP) vs. Manhattan SC Villa (EDP), 11 a.m.
  • 2002 boys: Chicago Inferno ’02 Elite (NISL) vs. NEFC ’02 NPL (NEP), 9 a.m.
  • 1998/99 girls: Indiana Fire Juniors (Wildcard) vs. VYS Phoenix (Virginia NPL), 11 a.m.
  • 2002 girls: FC Stars West NPL ’02 (NEP) vs. FC Elk Grove ’02 Platinum (NorCal NPL), 9 a.m.
  • 1998/99 boys: FC Wisconsin (Midwest Developmental League) vs. New York SC (EDP), 11 a.m.

RESULTS:

2004 Boys
Scottsdale Soccer ’04 Blackhawks Zelin (Arizona NPL) 3, Chicago Inferno ’04 Elite (NISL) 1

2004 Girls
NEFC Breakers ’04 NPL (NEP) 3, Legends FC Riverside (SoCal NPL) 2

2003 Boys
Las Vegas Sports Academy ’03 Silver (SoCal NPL) 5, FC Wisconsin (Midwest Developmental League) 0

2003 Girls
South Shore Select (NEP) 2, SUSA NPL ’03 (NYCSL) 1

2002 Boys
Chicago Inferno ’02 Elite (NISL) 4, NEFC ’02 NPL (NEP) 2

2002 Girls
FC Elk Grove ’02 Platinum (NorCal NPL) 1, FC Stars West NPL ’02 (NEP) 0

2001 Boys
San Jose Earthquakes ’01 PDA (NorCal NPL) 3, Metropolitan Oval ’01 (Northeast Pre-Academy League) 0

2001 Girls
SUSA ’01 NPL (NYCSL) 2, South Shore Select (NEP) 0

2000 Boys
Manhattan SC Villa (EDP) 1, NEFC ’00 NPL (NEP) 0

2000 Girls
FC Copa Academy ’00 Black (EDP) 5, FC Stars ’00 NPL (Northeast Girls NPL) 3

1998/99 Boys
FC Wisconsin (Midwest Developmental League) 3, New York SC (EDP) 1

1998/99 Girls
Indiana Fire Juniors (Wildcard) 3, VYS Phoenix (Virginia NPL) 1

Full recap to come. Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #NPLFinals.