COMMERCE CITY, Colorado | Part two of the 2019 ENPL postseason takes place July 11-15 at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park. The top four 14-U teams and the top eight 15-U, 16-U and 17-U teams from the ENPL National Playoff are ready to compete for national championships this weekend in Colorado.
While the 19-U ENPL National Finals champions – NEFC (New England Premiership) – has already been determined after a single-stage final held alongside the ENPL National Playoff in Illinois, the younger age groups have traveled to Colorado to continue pursuing their national title aspirations, beginning with semifinal rounds (14-U) or quarterfinal rounds (15-U, 16-U and 17-U).
Stay tuned for ongoing coverage throughout the tournament via this daily log, a photo gallery on Facebook and expansive Twitter and Instagram coverage on the @ENPLsoccer handle. Participating teams are encouraged to monitor the schedule throughout the event.
We've reached the culmination of a season's worth of hard work and dedication from these NPL and Boys ECNL competitors. The last three ENPL national champions will be determined today in these three games:
Stay tuned for championship results and match updates as they happen.
UPDATE (6:45 p.m. MT): The games have all wrapped up for the day, and three national champions and three national finalists have been celebrated on the field and on stage.
For TSC Hurricane, this championship was a repeat performance from a year ago when the club claimed the 14-U title. In the 16-U side, PDA knocked off Napa Soccer Academy, which improved from third place finishers last year to runners-up this year. And in the oldest age group competing in Colorado, Beach FC capped a remarkable run that started with a loss in its opening game of the tournament. Beach FC quickly regrouped and won three consecutive matches en route to the title.
The group stage wrapped up today in the 8-team divisions of 15-U, 16-U and 17-U age groups, sending the top two teams of each to the championship games Monday morning.
Here are the matchups tomorrow for ENPL national titles:
It's a diverse tournament field with six teams from six different qualifying leagues or conferences. Check out today's ENPL highlight video.
The first taste of a Colorado championship this summer came this morning as the 14-U national title was awarded to Eclipse Select SC (of the Boys ECNL Midwest Conference), which defeated CenCal Cosmos (of the NorCal NPL), 5-0, led by a deft group of forwards and a trusty goalkeeper.
The start of the ENPL National Finals champions page is available here, where you'll find game-by-game results of all champions, photos and full game videos (to be posted afterward). For now, the 14-U division is the only age group represented, but the 15-U, 16-U and 17-U age groups will soon join the party.
For those older divisions, Saturday was a rest day that included exploring scenic Colorado. Some teams visited nearby colleges and others enjoyed excursions to the mountains.
While it's the second day of the ENPL National Finals for 24 teams in 15-U, 16-U and 17-U age groups, it's the first of only two days of competition for the 14-U division.
Today is the semifinal round for the youngest age group, while the three other divisions continue group stages. If you didn't earn any points on Thursday, you need them today.
UPDATE (3 p.m. MT): The national championship matchup for the 14-U bracket is set after CenCal Cosmos (NorCal Premier Soccer) and Eclipse Select SC (Boys ECNL Midwest Conference) won this morning. The Cosmos took down Real Salt Lake AZ, 2-1, and Eclipse bested MVLA, 1-0, in the semifinal round. That championship game takes place tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. MT.
In the 15-U division, Real Salt Lake AZ and TSC Hurricane are well positioned going into tomorrow's rest day. They both are 2-0. Four other teams - Valeo FC, Eclipse Select SC, Cedar Stars and CESA - all have three points with split 1-1 records.
The 16-U age group is tight with only PDA having an unblemished 2-0 record. Napa Soccer Academy, Slammers FC and CSA Impact United all have one win and one tie, though. NEFC is not far behind at 1-1 (and three total points).
It's even tighter in the 17-U division. Gwinnett Soccer Association is the leader with two wins through two games. GPS MA is close with one win and one draw (four total points). Eclipse Select SC, Delaware FC, Manhattan SC and Beach FC all have three total points to contribute to the crowded bracket.
Six NPLs and six Boys ECNLs are represented in Colorado, as clubs battle for hardware and bragging rights. Because the 14-U age group has a smaller tournament field, those four qualified teams will begin their side of the ENPL National Finals Friday with its semifinals. For the older age groups, the opening games begin Thursday, and there’s no room for error.
A handful of these clubs are proven on the ENPL circuit, having finished within the top four during last year’s ENPL National Finals in their respective age groups. Now, a year older, they’ll look to repeat – or improve upon – their performances in the next age group this weekend: TSC Hurricane (14-U champion), Valeo FC (14-U fourth place), Napa Soccer Academy (15-U third place), Phoenix Rising FC (15-U fourth place) and GPS MA (16-U champion).
UPDATE (4:30 p.m. MT): The opening day is officially in the books! Let's take an early look at each of the divisions that were in action today.
In the 15-U bracket, Real Salt Lake, TSC Hurricane, Eclipse Select SC and Cedar Stars Academy all earned three points with victories over their respective opponents. All four of those teams play 0-1 teams tomorrow.
In the 16-U division, there were a pair of ties with CSA Impact United/Florida Elite and Napa Soccer Academy/Slammers FC both drawing, 2-2 and 1-1, respectively. PDA and NEFC each scored four goals in their respective games to earn wins.
Finally, on the 17-U side, Gwinnett Soccer Association, Eclipse Select SC, GPS Massachusetts and Manhattan SC were all victorious.
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