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U-14s crowned US Youth Futsal Central Regional champions

By Sam Kovzan, 01/20/20, 10:15AM CST


The Sporting Kansas City Academy U-14s were crowned 2020 US Youth Futsal Central Regional champions on Sunday at Mid-America West Sports Complex in Shawnee, Kansas.

Led by head coach Declan Jogi, the U-14s rolled to five straight victories between Friday and Sunday, including a 6-2 win over City FC in the championship, to claim the regional title and book a spot in the 2020 US Youth Futsal National Championships, which will take place Feb. 14-17 in venues across the Kansas City metro area.

The U-14s posted three impressive group stage wins across Friday and Saturday to reach Sunday's knockout rounds. A dramatic 7-6 semifinal defeat of Synergy FC set the stage for their championship triumph later in the day.

The Sporting KC Academy was represented by three teams at the regional tournament, with the U-12s and U-13s also experiencing success despite falling short of a championship.

The U-13s took two wins and a loss, soundly defeating fellow Academy affiliate SPORTING Blue Valley and Synergy FC and narrowly losing to group winner Fighting Irish Futbol. The U-12s finished atop their group with three comprehensive victories of their own before taking a 2-1 loss to SPORTING Blue Valley in the semifinals.

Sporting KC U-14s: Central Regional Results
5-0-0 (49 GF, 13 GA); Regional Champions

Stage Opponent Result
Group SPORTING Blue Valley W 11-2
Group City FC W 11-3
Group JOTP Atoms W 14-0
Semifinal Synergy FC W 7-6
Championship City FC W 6-2

Sporting KC U-13s: Central Regional Results
2-1-0 (29 GF, 14 GA); 2nd place in group

Stage Opponent Result
Group SPORTING Blue Valley W 10-2
Group Fighting Irish Futbol L 10-8
Group Synergy FC W 11-2

Sporting KC U-12s: Central Regional Results
3-1-0 (30 GF, 13 GA); Lost in semifinals

Stage Opponent Result
Group Academy 08 W 10-5
Group RISE Renegades W 7-2
Group Demize Academy W 12-4
Semifinal SPORTING Blue Valley L 1-2