Best Xi Teams Announced from Us Youth Soccer National Championships

Best Xi Teams Announced from Us Youth Soccer National Championships

FRISCO, Texas (Via US Youth Soccer) — The Best XI teams were announced for the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which took place July 25-30 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas.

The National Championships featured US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 15U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups.

The Best XI team was first introduced at the 2011 National Championships. Similar to FIFA’s all-tournament concept, the Best XI recognizes the top 11 performers in each age group, irrespective of their position on the field, throughout the tournament as voted by coaches of the participating teams in that age group.

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The Best XI join the Golden Ball, Golden Glove and Fair Play awards given out annually at the National Championships. The Golden Ball and Glove were first awarded in 1998 to the players in each division who have the greatest competitive impact in the National Championships, and has featured winners such as Robbie Findley, Jonathan Bornstein, Freddy Adu, Jordan Morris, Lindsey Tarpley, Christen Press and Emily Sonnett.

Click here to view the full Best XI teams from each age group at the 2017 National Championships.

2017 Golden Ball Award
13U Boys – Jack Wagoner, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Pre Academy 04 (MO)
13U Girls – Maura Yumul, San Diego Surf (CA-S)
14U Boys – Lance Friedrich, USA/MP 2003 Premier (SC)
14U Girls – Olivia Garcia, LVPSA 03 Red (NV)
15U Boys – Riley O’Donnell, Solar Chelsea Red 02 Stricker (TX-N)
15U Girls – Kailyn Dudukovich, CUP 02 Gold (OH-S)
16U Boys – Jeffrey Copper, Tampa Bay United (FL)
16U Girls – Madison Medalle, Nationals Union 01 Black (MI)
17U Boys – Justin Gielen, Baltimore Celtic SC (MD)
17U Girls – Anna Podojil, CUP 00 Gold (OH-S)
18U Boys – Vinicius Almeida, BRYC 99 Elite (VA)
18U Girls – Karlie Paschall, TSC Showcase (TN)
19/20U Boys – Chris Brennan, Challenger Crew Jrs Gold 98 (OH-N)
19/20U Girls – Nadiyah Siqueiros, Beach FC 98 Academy (CA-S)

2017 Golden Glove Award
13U Boys – Will Rieves, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Pre Academy 04 (MO)
13U Girls – Claire Heddings, SDFC Yellow (NJ)
14U Boys – Jakob Jorgensen, Beach FC 98 Academy (CA-S)
14U Girls – Keyla Alba, LVPSA 03 Red (NV)
15U Boys – Chris Edwards, Solar Chelsea Red 02 Stricker (TX-N)
15U Girls – Gabriela Green, Nationals Union 02 Black (MI)
16U Boys – Bryson Najarian, CUP Gold 01 (OH-S)
16U Girls – Keely Monroe, CUP Gold 01 (OH-S)
17U Boys – Ryan Miller, Baltimore Celtic SC (MD)
17U Girls – Mimi Stines, CUP 00 Gold (OH-S)
18U Boys – Alex Barakat, BRYC 99 Elite (VA)
18U Girls – Sydney Malham, TSC Showcase (TN)
19/20U Boys – Alex Dudley, Challenger Crew Jrs Gold 98 (OH-N)
19/20U Girls – Abigail Stapleton, 98 CR Academy (NC)

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Frisco Roughriders: Royce Bolinger Named Player of the Week

Frisco Roughriders: Royce Bolinger Named Player of the Week

The Frisco RoughRiders, Double-A affiliate to the Texas Rangers, continue earning Texas League Awards. Royce Bolinger, Riders infielder and outfielder, has been named Texas League Player of the Week. This comes after a phenomenal week, including a massive performance in a double-header. He joins RoughRiders pitchers Yohander Mendez and Collin Wiles, who both earned their own Texas League Weekly Awards, announced Monday.

Here’s the key info on Bolinger, from RidersBaseball.com. Bolinger hit .412 (7-17) with a double, three home runs and five RBIs in five games last week. All three of his home runs came during Saturday’s double-header, including his first-career multi-homer game in game one of the twin bill.

The double-header featured amazing performances by the entire team as a whole. In addition to Bolinger’s action, the RoughRiders pitching staff made key performances. Yohander Mendez threw a complete game shutout in the first matchup. Collin Wiles then threw yet another complete game shutout, in the second game.

Image courtesy of the Frisco RoughRiders

Bolinger underwent left knee surgery in 2014. He suffered a sprained left wrist in 2013. The Texas Rangers selected him out of Gonzaga University, in the sixth round of the 2012 Draft. Bolinger was previously selected by the Tampa Bay Rays out of Chapparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the 45th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. However, ended up not signing with the club.

Currently this season, Bolinger has a .292 batting average. He has hit five home runs, and has 20 RBIs. This being in a span of 30 games and 106 registered at-bats.

This the second-career weekly award for Royce Bolinger, his first from the Texas League. With Collin Wiles and Yohander Mendez earning Co-Pitchers of the Week, the three Riders are the first Texas League Weekly Award winners of the season for Frisco.

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