U19 Girls NPL Spring Showcase: Preview
With a perfect 15 points from five games, Palo Alto SC all but have the Champions League title wrapped up, and can officially do so Saturday when they play second-place Clovis Crossfire (nine points). Palo Alto need just a single point from either of their weekend games to claim the title, but a pair of Clovis wins and Palo Alto losses would give the title to Clovis.
Leading the way in the U19 NPL 1 are California Thorns (13 points), who have gone unbeaten in their five games this far and hold a one-point advantage over California Odyssey (12 points). From there it gets trickier as most of the other teams are still in contention for the division, but have several games in hand for a division that doesn’t wrap up its games until June.
While first-place Santa Cruz City (10 points) have just a three-point lead over second-place Sacramento United (seven points) and MVLA (seven points), City actually only have to worry about fourth-place Walnut Creek (five points) thanks to tiebreakers and a game in hand. Santa Cruz and Walnut Creek meet Saturday in a match that City need just a point from to claim their title.
Coming into the weekend with 13 points apiece, one of Monarcas Academy and East Bay United, will likely claim the NPL 3 title. The two sides face off Sunday in what could be a defacto title game, but if either squad drops points Saturday, that could leave room for Davis Legacy (nine points) to swoop in and top the table.