COMMERCE CITY, Colorado | The stage is set for the culminating event of US Club Soccer's 18th annual National Cup. 216 teams have their eyes on a national title after qualifying through National Cup Regionals and state championships, and now will gather at DICK'S Sporting Goods Park for the National Cup XVIII Finals.
Those competitors will contend for the Doug Hamilton Memorial Trophy against one another in 13-U through 18/19-U Super Group (most competitive) and Premier Group divisions.
Stay updated with the game scores here.
The field of 216 teams has been narrowed to 44 ahead of the championship matches. By the afternoon, 22 champions of the National Cup XVIII will be crowned.
Here are the finals matchups:
|Division||Home Team||Away Team||Time||Field|
|13U Boys (Premier)||AC Connecticut 06B||Sporting Arkansas Premier 06B||8:30||Field 16|
|13U Boys (Super)||Eclipse Select NPL Black 06B||GPS Carolina Elite Charlotte 06B||8:30||Field 15|
|13U Girls (Premier)||TSC Hurricane Sharp/Williams 06G||SDU Dynamo 06G||8:30||Field 18|
|13U Girls (Super)||NEFC South NPL 06G||NEFC NPL 06G||8:30||Field 17|
|14U Boys (Premier)||FC Hawaii 05B||Doxa 05B||8:30||Field 12|
|14U Boys (Super)||GPS Carolina Elite Charlotte 05B||Downtown LA 05B||10:30||Field 17|
|14U Girls (Premier)||Sporting Arkansas Premier 05G||Central Illinois United 05G||8:30||Field 14|
|14U Girls (Super)||Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy ECNL 05G||Fever United Penn 05G||8:30||Field 7|
|15U Boys (Premier)||Pachuca Dragons 04B||FC Transylvania Barca 04B||8:30||Field 11|
|15U Boys (Super)||Eclipse Select ECNL 04B||GPS Carolina Elite Charlotte 04B||8:30||Field 13|
|15U Girls (Premier)||Sting Dallas ECRL 04G||NEFC South NPL 04G||10:30||Field 14|
|15U Girls (Super)||Salvo SC Navy 04G||NTH Tophat SCCL 04G||10:30||Field 13|
|16U Boys (Premier)||J Petrov Academy 03B||Oregon United 03B||10:30||Field 16|
|16U Boys (Super)||LGN Dynamite 03B||STA 03B||10:30||Field 7|
|16U Girls (Premier)||Hawaii Rush Maui 03G||UFA Norcross Premier 03G||8:30||Field 9|
|16U Girls (Super)||NEFC West NPL 03G||Sting Dallas ECRL 03G||10:30||Field 15|
|17U Boys (Premier)||Bruno United NPL 02B||Vestavia Steamers Black 02B||10:30||Field 18|
|17U Boys (Super)||Eclipse Select ECNL 02B||Tampa Bay United ECNL 02B||10:30||Field 19|
|17U Girls||Sting Dallas ECRL 02G||NEFC North Shore NPL 02G||8:30||Field 19|
|18U/19U Boys (Premier)||One7 Academy 00B||Charlotte Eagles 01/00B||10:30||Field 11|
|18U/19U Boys (Super)||Atletico Santa Rosa Bayern 01/00B||LGN United 01/00B||10:30||Field 12|
|18U/19U Girls||FC Stars ECNL East Comp 01/00G||Clovis Crossfire NPL Blue 00G||10:30||Field 9|
Monday was a breathtaking and emotional day as all 26 semi-final matches were played out. 52 teams gave it their all to reach tomorrow's championship matches and 26 were heartbroken to head home, instead to DICK'S Sporting Goods Park for one more day.
Check out the scores from today's matches to see the balanced matches that went down to the wire and take a look at a few of Monday's many highlights:
More updates to come. Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #NationalCupXVIII.
On the third day of the finals, all 216 teams played their final group matches. 52 of those teams will play semi-final matches tomorrow, while eight divisions sent two teams directly to Tuesday's championship game.
In what will surely be a big day at DICK'S Sporting Goods Park, here is the complete list of National Cup XVIII semi- final matchups:
|13-U Boys Super:||Ironbound SC Inter 06B||vs.||Eclipse Select NPL Black 06B||8:30 a.m.||Field #13|
|GPS Carolina Elite Charlotte 06B||vs.||Empire Niagara 06B||8:30 a.m.||Field #14|
|13-U Boys Premier:||GPS NH 06B||vs.||AC Connecticut 06B||10:30 a.m.||Field #13|
|One7 Academy 06B||vs.||Sporting Arkansas Premier 06B||10:30 a.m.||Field #14|
|14-U Boys Super:||GPS Carolina Elite Charlotte 05B||vs.||Napa 1839 Academy 05B||8:30 a.m.||Field #11|
|Miramar United Elite ECNL 05B||vs.||Downtown LA 05B||8:30 a.m.||Field #12|
|14-U Boys Premier:||FC Hawaii 05B||vs.||GPS Buffalo Elite 05B||8:30 a.m.||Field #24|
|Doxa 05B||vs.||Impact NPL 05B||8:30 a.m.||Field #22|
|14-U Girls Super:||PDA Flash 05G||vs.||Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy ECNL 05G||10:30 a.m.||Field #7|
|SFEA NPL 05G||vs.||Fever United Penn 05G||10:30 a.m.||Field #9|
|15-U Boys Super:||Eclipse Select ECNL 04B||vs.||STA NPL 04B||8:30 a.m.||Field #15|
|GPS Carolina Elite Charlotte 04B||vs.||Vestavia Steamers Black 04B||8:30 a.m.||Field #18|
|15-U Girls Premier:||Sting Dallas ECRL 04G||vs.||Dynamos Gold 04G||8:30 a.m.||Field #19|
|NEFC South NPL 04G||vs.||Challenge ECRL 04G||8:30 a.m.||Field #21|
|16-U Boys Super:||Heritage SC Wolves 03B||vs.||LGN Dynamite 03B||10:30 a.m.||Field #15|
|EBA Maroon 03B||vs.||STA 03B||10:30 a.m.||Field #16|
|16-U Girls Super:||AC Brea 03G||vs.||NEFC West NPL 03G||8:30 a.m.||Field #7|
|Sting Dallas ECRL 03G||vs.||FC Copa Academy 03G||8:30 a.m.||Field #9|
|17-U Boys Premier:||SLSC Cosmos Elite 02B||vs.||Bruno United NPL 02B||10:30 a.m.||Field #19|
|Salvo SC Orange 02B||vs.||Vestavia Steamers Black 02B||10:30 a.m.||Field #21|
|17-U Girls:||High Plains Select 02G||vs.||Sting Dallas ECRL 02G||10:30 a.m.||Field #17|
|SJPA MLU Pride 02G||vs.||NEFC North Shore NPL 02G||10:30 a.m.||Field #18|
|18/19-U Boys Super:||Atletico Santa Rosa Bayern 01/00B||vs.||Central Illinois United 01/00B||10:30 a.m.||Field #11|
|Met Oval 00B||vs.||LGN United 01/00B||10:30 a.m.||Field #12|
|18/19-U Girls:||FC Stars ECNL East Comp 01/00G||vs.||NTH Tophat SCCL 01/00G||8:30 a.m.||Field #17|
|WSA 01G||vs.||Clovis Crossfire NPL Blue 00G||8:30 a.m.||Field #16|
UPDATE (5 p.m. MT): An exciting day wrapped up with these results, as the tournament field continues to narrow in preparation for Tuesday's finale.
We caught up with id2 directors Gerry McKeown (boys) and Tricia Taliaferro (girls), who are both on-site to scout the talented younger age groups for potential future invitations to id2 Training Camps. The interview with McKeown was posted today, and Taliaferro's interview will be published tomorrow.
Day 2 of the National Cup XVIII Finals saw the intensity pick up on the field, with a lot of quality on display, and also saw two weather delays hold up play. Storms came through DICK's Sporting Goods Park around 3:00, causing the 2:00 games to pause for a while until the lightning passed. After play resumed, those games finished and the last games of the day were underway when a second storm came through and caused an approximately one hour delay.
Once those games were able to finish, every team had played their second group stage game, meaning the final group standings are starting to take shape. View the standings here to see each teams' chances of advancing to the semi finals, as group play concludes tomorrow.
The first day of the National Cup XVIII Finals saw a sunny morning that became quite hot, and impressive performances all across the fields. All 22 divisions began group play today with the first games kicking off at 8:30 a.m. MT. The following game times were 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
NOTE: Be sure to view this document provided by Players First partner Player's Health, which is on-site with athletic trainers to assist all athletes. This document outlines important guidelines for ensuring athletes are properly hydrated.
Here's a small taste of the action from the opening matches:
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