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Opening ceremony welcomes more than 3,700 US Youth Soccer players to Baton Rouge

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 9:40pm

Teams, parents, referees, tournament officials and volunteers gathered at the Baton Rouge River Center Thursday for the 2014 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships opening ceremony, kicking off the weeklong event. Preliminary games begin Friday at 7:45 a.m. at the BREC Burbank-Soccer Complex in Baton Rouge, La.

US Youth Soccer Region III Director Jesse Harrell was in attendance at the opening ceremony, and he said the tournament committee and city of Baton Rouge are excited to host the many talented players who will be competing in the US Youth Soccer Region III Championships for the next week.

“Fourteen of the teams here today will become the 2014 Region III Champions next Wednesday and Thursday, winning the right to battle for the National Championship in Germantown, Md.," Harrell said. "Last July, we were proud to see NASA 12 Elite II (GA) crowned National Champions for Under-19 Girls. Best wishes to each of you to follow in their footsteps."

Returning to regional competition this year are nine defending US Youth Soccer Region III Champions, including local side 97 Louisiana Fire Navy, from New Orleans. All returning champions are noted in the list below.

2013 US Youth Soccer Region III Champions (Age groups from last year)
*Returning 2013 Champions
Girls
Under-13 Liverpool 00 Elite (TX-N)* Lewisville
Under-14 Tophat 17 Gold (GA)* Atlanta
Under-15 Tennessee SC 16 (TN)* Brentwood
Under-16 97 Louisiana Fire Navy (LA)* New Orleans
Under-17 AHFC 96 (TX-S) Houston
Under-18 Oklahoma FC 96 (OK) Edmond
Under-19 NASA 12 Elite II (GA) Kennesaw
Boys
Under-13 United FA 00 Elite (GA)* Cumming
Under-14 Solar Chelsea Red 99 (TX-N)* Dallas
Under-15 Sunrise Elite 97/98 (FL)* Sunrise
Under-16 GSA Phoenix 97 Red (GA)* Lilburn
Under-17 Triangle United SA Gold (NC) Chapel Hill
Under-18 Team Boca (FL)* Boca Raton
Under-19 Plantation Copa (FL) Plantation

Nearly 200 of the top US Youth Soccer boys and girls teams from the 12 State Associations that make up US Youth Soccer Region III will compete for the 2014 Regional title. Preliminary games will be held June 20-22 with quarterfinals, semifinals and finals June 23-26. All games will be played at the BREC Burbank-Soccer Complex in Baton Rouge, La.

Regional winners of the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups earn a berth to the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard, which will be played July 21-27 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-13 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-14 through Under-18 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.

Daily reports and complete results from the tournament are available on http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/.

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