U16 Boys NPL Fall Showcase Recap
NPL 1 NORTH
Champions League Qualifiers
Placer United, Atletico Santa Rosa, Sacramento United, Santa Rosa United
With a division that was congested at the top coming into the weekend, several close matches decided the fate for five teams that were looking for four Champions League spots. Placer United (22 points) topped the division despite a scoreless draw on Sunday. They had entered the final day of the Showcase two points ahead of Santa Rosa United (19 points), but Sacramento United’s win Sunday ensured that Placer would go home with the title. That win was United’s second in two days — the first came with a 2-1 victory over fifth-place Napa Soccer Academy (16 points), that dropped Napa into the NPL 1 for the spring. Also qualifying for the Champions League are Atletico Santa Rosa (21 points), who finished second in the table, edging Sacramento United on a tiebreaker.
NPL 1 SOUTH
Champions League Qualifiers Teams
Lamorinda United, Force Academy II, Santa Clara Sporting, Turlock FC
With first-place Lamorinda United (23 points) already in the Champions League, they were joined Saturday by second-place Force (18 points) and third-place Santa Clara Sporting (18 points). The fourth spot in the Champions League came down to the wire as California Odyssey (11 points) thrusted themselves back into the picture with two wins over the weekend. But despite Odyssey’s late heroics, the last spot went to Turlock, who came back from down two goals against Sporting to clinch the fourth spot on 11 points. SF Elite also finished with 11 points, but will miss out on the spring’s top division due to tiebreakers.
NPL 2 EAST
Atletico United FC Elite
With the head-to-head tiebreaker already in hand for first-place Atletico United (19 points), United needed a pair of wins over the weekend and for South Valley United (19 points) to drop at least one result. United did that, clinching a spot in the NPL 1 in the spring with a 5-3 win over Davis Legacy and a 2-0 victory over the Folsom Lake Earthquakes, while South Valley were unable to defeat FC Elk Grove on Saturday and will head to the NPL 2 because of that.
NPL 2 WEST
Star Academy FC
This division had already been decided before the showcase, with all 28 league matches having been played. Star Academy (14 points) barely topped the standings, finishing above second-place Palo Alto SC (13 points) by just a point. Star will head to the NPL 1 in the spring, while Palo Alto will be joined in the NPL 2 by third-place Mustang SC (12 points).