The group stage draws for the 2013 Super Y-League North American Finals have been completed and the 5 Fury FC Academy squads competing for the North American Title now know their opposition. 118 teams will decent upon the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL from December 5 through 9 with goal of being crowned North American Champions.
Fury U13 Boys:
It was an impressive inaugural Super Y-League campaign for the Fury U13 Boys squad who claimed the New England Division title with a 7-1-0 record that saw them out score their opposition 26-6 under the guidance of head coach Jimmy Zito. Youssef Abouyoussef was their leading scorer with 8 goals and 3 assists making the most of his first season in the SYL, as did Joey Rossi who led the team with 5 assists while adding 3 goals for good measure.
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The opposition: The U13 Boys will faces their toughest opposition yet at the SYL Finals when they meet North Atlantic East division winners BW Gottschee (10-0-2) who have yet to lose this season and head to Florida as the topped ranked U13 Boys team. Ottawa will also face Midwest champions Alliance Acadwemy (5-1-1) who like the Fury prove effective at both ends of the pitch. Their final group stage opponent is Southeast runners-up Florida Fire Juniors (7-2-0) who will have home field advantage on their side.
Fury U14 Boys:
After gaining valuable experience at their first Super Y-League North American Finals in 2012, the Fury U14 Boys return as New England Division champions thanks to an unbeaten 6-0-1 regular season where they surrendered a league best 1 goal all season long. It is clear that defence is this teams strong suit, but make no mistake they can put the ball in the back of the net too - something they did 29 times in 7 games this season. Federico Leal led the way with 6 goals and 3 helpers while the Rossi family again proved the best in the business where assists are concerned as Joey's (U13 Boys) older brother Claudio had 4 assists along with 1 goal for the U14 Boys. With two straight seasons under the tutelage of Steve Hill, the Fury U14 Boys have high expectations for themselves heading to Florida hoping the old adage that 'defence wins championships' holds true to form
The opposition: Ottawa will face another unbeaten squad when they tackle Southwest champions Kendall SC (6-0-2). As a club Kendall has produced many strong teams over the years and their squad this season is no different as they pack strong offence (24 goals for) and stingy defence (4 goals against). Champions of the Midwest, the Cleveland Internationals (6-2-1) will rely on a tight match as defence is what got this squad results this year as they only out-scored their opposition 15-7. Their final group stage opponent is the Brooklyn Knights (7-2-2) who finished as runners-up in the competitive North Atlantic Division. Ottawa will look to capitalize on their defence that gave up 16 goals during the season, but will have to be mindful as they tallied 23. With one SYL Finals already under their belt expect some favourable results from the U14 Boys this December.
Fury U14 Girls:
Boasting the best defensive record in the U14 Girls age group, the Fury U14 Girls fell two points shy of the divisional crown, but will nonetheless head to Florida unbeaten with a 6-0-2 regular season record. They put 23 goals past their opponents this year with Shelby Saunders leading the way with 4 goals while Hillary McCann and Milan Roberts each notched a pair of assists with McCann also adding a pair of goals. This will be their first trip to the Super Y-League Finals, but with an impressive defensive record the possiblilites are endless for this young squad.
The opposition: The Fury U14 Girls were drawn into a group with three division champions. West Pines United FC finished atop the Southeast Division with a 7-1-0 record where they hammered opposition goalkeepers for 34 goals while surrendering only 4. Alliance Academy (5-0-0) claimed the Midwest Division with a goal differential of +15. The final group stage opponent is Mid Atlantic champs FASA (Virginia) who posted an 8-1-1 regular season record and will go into the Finals at the top-seeded side in the U14 Girls division.
Fury U15 Boys:
One could argue that if destiny has any say in the matter, the Fury U15 Boys are due to claim a North American title this year. In 2011, they fell in the semifinals and last year fell 5-4 on penalty kicks to Ironbound SC after the two sides played to a 1-1 draw. Jimmy Zito has another outstanding squad that posted a perfect regular season with a 5-0-0 record outscoring opposition 38-2. Zito's squad has threatening players at every position and despite losing his starting goalkeeper from last season (Aidan Aylward) to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Academy, his side hasn't missed a beat in their own half owning the U15 Boys age group's best defensive record.
The opposition: As fate would have it the Fury U15 Boys will have to get through the team that claimed the North American Championship from them last year - Ironbound SC. Ironbound will come into the finals as the top ranked team with a 9-0-3 record with an impressive offensive output of 43 goals for while only surrendering 33 to finish as the North Atlantic champions. Ottawa will face another North Atlantic side in the Brooklyn Knights (9-3-0) who were runners-up to Ironbound SC. Brooklyn are equally as dangerous offensively with 41 goals to their credit, but allowed 15 goals in their 12 games. The third opponent is Midwest West Division champs Alliance Academy (7-1-1) who lead the age group in goals for with 47 while only surrendering 6 all-season. Depending on how the defence shows up their could be some very high scoring affairs in this group come December.
Fury U16 Boys:
The Fury U14 Boys were, in a single word, perfect in 2013 posting a 7-0-0 regular season record to win yet another New England Division title. Jason Da Costa's squad managed to get the job done at both ends of the pitch scoring an average of 3+ goals per game (23 GF) while surrendering only 4 goals all season long. While Justin Ranger led the team with 5 goals, the play of Alex Smith was instrumental to the teams success as he lead the team in assists with 5 while adding 4 goals of his own. Da Costa's side has 10 players with at least a point this season so the depth this U16 squad has could serve them very well when they take aim at the North American Championship.
The opposition: Ottawa has been drawn into a group that features Southeast champions PDA who finished the season with a 9-1-0 record and man-handled their opposition by putting 42 goals past oppsosing goalkeepers while only surrendering 9. The Fury U16 Boys will also face Mid-Atlantic runners-up Thunder SC (5-2-1) who only managed a +9 goal difference through 8 games. Their final opponent is Princeton Soccer Association who finished with a 6-1-3 record and third spot in the very competitive North Atlantic Division.
Created in 1999 with 12 teams, the Super Y-League now includes nearly 80 clubs from throughout the United States and Canada. Between 8-16 boys teams and 6-8 girls teams have qualified for the 2013 Super Y-League North American Finals in U12 through U17 age divisions. Teams will compete in three days of group play December 5-7, with semifinals and finals set for December 8-9.
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