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September 29, 2012
Triangle FC tops in Super 20; ECNL kicks off

Triangle FC was named the top overall club of 2012 in the United Soccer League's Super-20 League , following a season where its womenís team advanced to the Super-20 League North American Finals.

The Triangle FC Super-20 women finished the regular season with a 9-0-1 record scoring 30 goals while only allowing five during their march to the North American Finals where they finished with a 1-1-1 record. The Triangle FC men narrowly missed out on a North American Finals berth after an 8-2-0 regular season in the South Atlantic Division.

For the second consecutive year the Crew Juniors took the top spot in the Menís First 11 after an impressive run during the season finishing with a 7-0-0 record allowing a mere three goals in the process. The Crew Juniors continued the run through the North American Finals before falling in the championship game.

Force Football Club Academy finished atop the Womenís First 11 after a superb 2012 season. Force FC had a perfect regular season (6-0-0) outscoring opponents 36-1 during the campaign. The success earned them a trip to the 2012 Super-20 League North American Finals where they finished with a 1-0-2 record.

Overall Super-20 First 11
Rank Club Score
1 Triangle FC 91.17
2 Ottawa Fury 87.99
3 Reading United AC 85.44
4 TSF Academy 74.67
5 Knoxville Soccer Academy 70.67
6 FASA 68.50
7 City Islanders Academy 62.19
8 Parsippany SC 59.08
9 Northern Virginia Royals/Majestics 55.43
10 Toronto Lynx Jrs. 52.51
11 Alliance Academy 47.74

Menís First 11
Rank Club Score
1 Crew Juniors 100.50
2 Tampa Bay United 94.00
3 Reading United AC 89.22
4 Westchester Flames 87.17
5 Knoxville Soccer Academy 87.00
5 Ottawa Fury 87.00
7 Triangle FC 85.50
8 Ironbound SC 85.04
9 Western Mass Pioneers 84.44
10 Texas Football Club 81.08
11 Alamo SC San Antonio 80.56

Womenís First 11
Rank Club Score
1 Force Football Club Academy 100.00
2 Triangle FC 96.33
3 Ottawa Fury 88.04
4 Reading United AC 84.33
5 Real Colorado 83.67
6 DC United Women 82.00
7 TSF Academy 74.33
8 Colorado Rapids U20 71.17
9 City Islanders Academy 69.00
10 NC Fusion 68.67
11 New York Elite FC 63.70

The Portland Timbers U-15/16 squad earned its first victory with a 2-1 win against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday. Jesse Garcia-Aguilar scored both goals for the Timbers (1-0-2), who have opened the season unbeaten in three road matches.

Pateadores swept its set against Nomads SC, including the U-17/18 teamís 5-0 victory on Saturday for its first victory this year. Kevin Delatorre and Brian Torres each had two goals for Pateadores. Five different goal scorers contributed to the Pateadores U-15/16 teamís 5-1 victory, including Christopher Costantiniís 36th-minute, game-winning goal.

Jeffrey Farina posted back-to-back hat tricks as the Chicago Fireís U-17/18 team won 7-0 against Internationals on Saturday and a 4-0 victory against Crew Soccer Academy on Sunday. The Fire is among four U-17/18 Mid-America Division teams to open the season unbeaten through three weeks along with Chicago Magic PSG (3-0-0), Sockers FC (3-0-0) and Vardar SC Freiburg (2-0-0).

Sporting Kansas Cityís U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams have both started the season at 3-0-0, most recently sweeping Lonestar SC Academy on Sunday. The U-17/18 team posted a 3-0 shutout and five separate Sporting players scored during the U-15/16 teamís 5-2 victory against Lonestar. Tucker Stephensonís 44th-minute goal proved to be the winner for the U-15/16s.

D.C. Unitedís Gerson Umana scored four goals Ė including his first three in a span of 10 minutes Ė to lead the U-15/16 team to a 5-0 victory against PA Classics on Saturday. Umana scored in the 30th, 38th, 39th and 73rd minutes for D.C. United (3-0-0). In the U-17/18 group, PA Classics won 4-2 against D.C. United and improved to 3-0-0 while handing D.C. its first loss. Joseph Julius led PA Classics with three goals.

Development Academy newcomer Montreal Impactís U-15/16 team continued its winning ways with a 6-0 victory against FC Westchester on Sunday. Heikel Jarras notched the first hat trick for the Academy team with three goals in the gameís first 40 minutes.

The Elite Clubs National League gets its 2012-13 campaign underway in earnest this weekend, as nearly 140 teams representing dozens of member clubs from across the United States gather in the "Valley of the Sun" for the league's first National Event of the season.

"The Phoenix region played host to a fantastic National Event a year ago. We can't wait to kick off another great weekend of quality soccer," said ECNL Commissioner Sarah Kate Noftsinger. "Our league continues improve and evolve, I have no doubt that this season will be our best yet."

Only three years old, but already recognized as the home of the top girls' soccer clubs in the U.S., ECNL is a club-centered competition for top girls' teams in the Under-14, U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-18 age groups. The league holds five national events throughout its eight-month regular season, leading up to the ECNL Finals next summer.

This weekend's action will take place from Saturday through Monday at the Reach 11 Sports Complex and Scottsdale Sports Complex.

The 2012-13 National Event Series kicks off in Phoenix, continues in Sanford, Fla. in December, resumes in Frisco, Tx. in February, moves on to San Diego in April and concludes at the Players Development Academy's tournament in Zarephath, N.J. in May. The ECNL postseason begins with the National Play-off in Aurora, Colo. in June.

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