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Dallas Texans and Solar make "2007 Soccer America Top 20 Boys Clubs"

Published 2/6/2007 9:47:57 AM by Staff from Dallas, Texas
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As posted in Soccer America, Dallas Texans were edged out by Chicago Magic of Illinois to take the number 2 spot where Solar Boys fly in at 10th among America's top boys clubs. Here is the story as reported by Soccer America:

For the third straight year, the Chicago Magic is first in the Soccer America Top 20 boys rankings, edging the Dallas Texans. Arsenal FC of Southern California is the third team on the podium.

2007 Soccer America's Top 20 Boys Clubs

RANK/TEAM (STATE)
1 Chicago Magic (Ill.)
2 Dallas Texans (Texas)
3 Arsenal FC (Calif.)
4 Real So Cal (Calif.)
5 Sockers FC (Ill.)
6 FC Delco (Pa.)
7 Baltimore Bays (Md.)
8 Scott Gallagher (Mo.)
9 Vardar Stars (Mich.)
10 Solar FC (Texas)
11 CASL Elite (N.C.)
12 FC Greater Boston (Mass.)
13 Bethesda SC (Md.)
14 PDA (N.J.)
15 Nomads SC (Calif.)
16 Irvine Strikers SC (Calif.)
17 Texas SC (Texas)
18 Colorado Rush (Colo.)
19 Schulz Academy (Fla.)
20 Real Colorado (Colo.)

Criteria
Soccer America selects the top 20 clubs, based on success of their teams in national youth championships over the last three years and national recognition for players (including U.S. national youth team selections and U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Interregional All-Stars) from these clubs in 2006.

1
CHICAGO MAGIC.
While the Magic's two finalists came up short at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships last summer, it captured two boys titles and a girls title at the Super Y-League's North American Finals for its third boys double in of the last four years. U-17 residents Josh Lambo (one of the nation's top goalie prospects) and Brendan King (son of U.S. Soccer executive Tom King) were among five Magic NSCAA/adidas Youth All-Americans. Rising Star: Jesse Ortiz, U-14 MVP at the Super Y-League finals.

2
DALLAS TEXANS.
The '88 Red team may be the best U.S. boys team ever assembled: the first to win the Dallas Cup's Super Group and repeat U.S. Youth Soccer winners. Jonathan Villanueva (Virginia) and Andre Akpan (Harvard) earned spots on the U.S. U-20s. The Texans' only blemish in three years is a barren '04 campaign. On the horizon: the six-field Ross Stewart Soccer Complex in suburban Farmers Branch. Rising Star: Conor Doyle (son of former Dallas Sidekicks David Doyle) scored two goals at the '06 USYS U-14 finals.


3
ARSENAL FC.
The Southern California club became the first boys team to win three consecutive U.S. Youth Soccer championships. The '89s beat Solar of Dallas in the final for the second straight year, winning, 3-1, in the 2006 U-17 final. Arsenal was a minute away from winning the U-19 final before falling to Javanon on two late goals. Arsenal had six players attend a U-18 national mega-camp in 2006. Rising Star: Alan Mota attended the 2006 U.S. Soccer U-14 national identification camp in Concord, Mass.

4
REAL SO CAL.
Formerly known as Samba and So Cal United soccer clubs, Real So Cal has won back-to-back U.S. Youth Soccer national championships at the U-14 (2005) and U-15 (2006) levels. What Coach Alberto Bru liked most about his team: "They listen to me and their parents and they respect their opponents." After last year's finals, star Evan Raynr earned a place in U-17 residency. Rising Star: George Pantelic scored three goals at the U.S. under-14 boys national team's 2006 camp in Guadalajara, Mexico.

5
SOCKERS FC.
The Sockers won their third U.S. Youth Soccer national title in 2005, capturing the McGuire Cup, giving them one more than their Chicago rival Magic. Last year, they sent 12 players on to Division I soccer programs, and Mike Cklamovski on to play football at Illinois. Sockers alums include Jonathan Spector, the youngest American to start in the English Premier League, and Mike Fisher, the former Hermann Trophy winner. Rising Stars: Keaton Albert and Alex Wetterman, '93 Thanksgiving Interregional all-stars.

6
FC DELCO.
The Pennsylvania club was No. 1 in Soccer America's first Best Clubs rankings in 2004 and was on the rebound in 2006, producing three Region I champions (U-19s, U-18s and U-15s). Perseverance paid off for the U-18 Crunch, which earned its first trip to the National Championships after seven regional appearances. Delco teams looks to be strong again in 2007 after going 6-2-1 at December's Nike Friendlies. Rising Star: Max Kurtzman, goalie for U-14 regional power FC Delco (formerly Lower Merion) Roadkill.

7
BALTIMORE BAYS.
Steve Nichols, the boys coach at Maryland's McDonogh High School, won two national titles with the Casa Mia's Bay before moving under the Bays umbrella. His Baltimore Casa Mia Bays won the 2006 U-16 U.S. Youth Soccer championship. Keeper Dan Louisignau from Delaware attended the recent U-18 national team training camp. The Bays are named after one of American soccer's original pro teams.

8
SCOTT GALLAGHER.
The St. Louis-based club is one of the nation's longest established superclubs, founded in 1976-77 by Jim Scott and named after his sheet-metal company. It's won 11 national titles at the youth and amateur levels. The 2006 season saw the Scott Gallagher U-17s finish third at the U.S. Youth Soccer nationals. The club has launched a fundraising drive to build a soccer facility. Rising Star: Zambian-born Charles Renken is at only 13 the youngest player at U.S. Soccer's residency program in Bradenton, Fla.

9
VARDARSTARS.
No. 14 in 2004 and No. 20 in 2005 but absent from the 2006 Soccer America rankings, VardarStars return in 2007. The Michigan club was formed in 1982 and named after Macedonian club Vardar Skopje. They've won three national titles and 82 state finals. Vardar had seven players who had been through the program named to the 2006 Michigan "Dream Team." Alumni include former MLS stars Brian Maisonneuve and Mike Clark. Rising Star: Interregional all-star Sean Cunningham, captain of the '93 Region III team.

10
SOLAR FC.
The Dallas club's current U-18 team is one of the great teams in the youth ranks. Too bad it's in the same division as Arsenal FC. Solar has won the Region III title the last three years and finished second twice and third once at the USYS national championships. The U-18s, who feature Youth All-Americans Corben Bone, Cameron Brown and Kaoru Forbess, won the 2006 U-17 Dallas Cup title and are one of two American teams to qualify for the '07 Super Group. Rising Star: Sophomore Alexei Reyes has played on U-15 national team.


11
CASL ELITE.
The depth of talent coming out of the Raleigh, N.C., program was evident at the 2007 SuperDraft, where four former CASL players, including No. 3 pick Michael Harrington, were taken by MLS clubs

Label: Dallas Texans, Solar, 2007 Soccer America Top 20 Boys Clubs
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