U19 Boys NPL Spring Showcase: Recap
CV San Jose FC Gunners
In picking up a victory here, De Anza Force continued to show that they’re one of the top development programs on the male side of the game, winning the U19 Men’s Champions League. The Force controlled their own destiny heading into the weekend, needing a pair of wins to claim the division. De Anza were able to get those two wins, beating Sacramento United and Diablo FC with two 3-2 victories to secure the title. The only result Force dropped in this division was a match last Thursday to the CV San Jose Gunners, who also won both of their matches over the weekend to finish in second.
By virtue of a big 6-3 victory over Atletico Santa Rosa Sunday, California Soccer Odyssey claimed this division in spite of losing 2-1 to Santa Clara Sporting on Saturday. The Odyssey dominated the U19 Men’s NPL 1, finishing with a 5-1-1 record with 28 goals scored and just 12 allowed. Meanwhile, the race for second place is still open, with Santa Rosa needing just a point in their final game, against Davis Legacy, to move ahead of current second place side Santa Clara.
In an odd division where some teams have played as many as seven games, and some teams have played as few as two, the U19 Men’s NPL 2 race is still wide open, with games continuing all throughout May. Ballistic United currently top the table with a 5-2-0 record — aided by a pair of wins at the NPL College Showcase — but still have two games left to play. Other teams still in contention include Clovis Crossfire (5-3-0), SF Elite Academy (4-1-2), CV San Jose Earthquakes (4-1-1), and Marin FC (3-1-1).
Diablo FC did well during the NPL College Showcase, garnering a total of four points in two matches to move to the top of the U19 Men’s NPL 3 table. But despite their current placings, it’s Mavericks Cosmos who control the division, sitting just a point behind Diablo with a game in hand in another division race that’s wide open.