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U16 Boys NPL Spring Showcase: Recap

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

NPL Champions

San Jose Earthquakes PDA

2nd Place

Atletico Santa Rosa Bayern


Though they still had a game left to play Sunday afternoon, a 3-1 win over Davis Legacy secured the U16 Boys Champions League title for the San Jose Earthquakes, who led by four points heading into the final day after second-place Atletico Santa Rosa drew 2-2 with the Turlock Tornados. Santa Rosa crushed the Earthquakes 3-0 on the final matchday, dropping San Jose’s record to 6-1-0 in the Champions League, but it didn’t matter as the Quakes enthusiastically celebrated their title on NorCal’s award stage with blue smoke bombs. The Legacy finished third in this division, winning a head-to-head tiebreaker over fourth-place ECFC Galaxy.


NPL 1

While there were eight high-quality matches played in this division at the College Showcase, the champion won’t be decided until a few weeks from now, with first-place Lamorinda SC (4-0-1) taking on third-place Santa Clara Sporting (4-1-0) likely deciding the division title race with their May 14 match. Second-place SF Elite (4-2-1) oddly cannot win the division as Lamorinda defeated them by a 1-0 scoreline on the first day of the showcase, and Elite are finished playing games, while Lamorinda and Santa Clara each have two to go.


NPL 2

Though there is still one game left to play in this division, Star Academy wrapped it up over the weekend with a pair of 3-2 victories, beating FC Elk Grove Saturday and Atlas Academy Merced Sunday. The division was never really in question as Star captured it via a four-point margin, with second-place Juventus finishing ahead of third-place FC Elk Grove by that same amount of goals.


NPL 3

With identical 5-1-1 records, not much separated California Odyssey with East Bay United in the U16 Boys NPL 3. Well, not much other than the Odyssey’s 2-0 win over East Bay United that gave them the tiebreaker. Still, the Odyssey didn’t control their own destiny heading into their final game on Sunday of the College Showcase — they needed to win and to have East Bay lose or draw. California had no problem with their task, thrashing Santa Rosa United 5-0, while East Bay could only muster a scoreless draw against Heritage SC.