CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 26, 2014) – Five different clubs claimed championships during the 2013-14 Midwest Developmental League playoffs (boys), June 21-24 at Waukegan Sports Park in suburban Chicago. Teams battled region rivals and, at times, difficult weather conditions, although the clouds cleared for Tuesday’s title games.
The Midwest Developmental League, founded in April 2011, includes U-13 through U-18 age groups. Five automatic berths – Great Lakes Conference winner and finalist, Erie Conference winner and finalist and Gateway Conference winner – and three wildcard berths – highest, second highest and third highest scoring teams – provided this year’s Midwest Developmental League playoff (boys) teams. The tournament was split up into two groups, and included three games over three days for each team, June 21-23. Championship games were played June 24.
Winning teams not only claimed year-long bragging rights but also qualified for the upcoming NPL Finals, set for July 10-14 in Greensboro, N.C., where national championships will be awarded.
Those winning clubs are:
|U-13:||Raiders FC (Ill.)|
|U-14:||Michigan Wolves SC (Mich.)|
|U-15:||Sockers FC Chicago (Ill.)|
|U-16:||St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro (Ill.)|
|U-18:||Internationals SC (Ohio)|
To view the growing list of attending teams for the NPL Finals, click here. Game schedules will be posted online by Monday, June 30 at 5 p.m. ET.
“Qualification for the NPL Finals is a tremendous honor for the players of our U-16 boys team and the entire St. Louis Scott Gallagher organization,” Blake Decker, Director of Player Development and Pre-Academy, said. “The quality of the Midwest Developmental League and the clubs of which it is comprised is best demonstrated by the tremendous success its representatives have achieved at the NPL Finals over the past two years.
“The level of competition in league play over the last six months coupled with the Midwest Developmental League playoffs this past weekend has prepared this group of players for the challenge ahead, and we are grateful for the opportunity to represent our league at the NPL Finals.”
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