THE DPL ONCE AGAIN DELIVERS A TOP NOTCH EVENT AT #DPLAZ23
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 2nd, 2023) – The #DPLAZ23 once again proved that when it comes to throwing Memorable and Purposeful Events, The DPL is right up there. The excitement and buzz in Tucson this past weekend was clearly evident through top performances, big games, exciting matchups and back up with a curated social media presence to rival the pros.
Bringing the best of the west to the desert in April hosted at the Kino Sports complex resulted in some of the fiercest battles of the season, with the top teams flexing and ready to make a run at a National Championship this Summer in Cincy. The DPLAZ23 event involved teams from several conferences at the U15-U19 Age groups. Let’s take a closer look at the teams that thrived…
G2008 – U15
New Mexico Rush out of the Mountain west Conference topped an impressive bracket that featured City SC San Diego, Spokane Sounders and Monterey Surf. After narrowly winning their opening game vs City SC (1-0), the swept aside the Sounders (3-1) before needing just a 1-1 tie in their last game vs Surf to head the pack. The competitiveness of this bracket was off the charts and proves the West is ready for the East come playoff time. Walnut Creek Surf and Socal Elite were formidable in Bracket B and will be joining the party come June at Nationals.
G2007 – U16
Take a bow SD Force! The Southwest powerhouse once again showed their class and tenacity by topping Bracket A which featured 6 games that ended in a tie. This age group was stacked and the big hitters were on show. La Roca, top of the Mountain West, Albion Idaho, currently 1st in the Northwest and Walnut Creek Surf atop the Norcal Conference fought it out and provided some of the best action of the year. Bracket B was no cake walk either. Socal Elite, Allstars United , Dallas Surf and Mt Rainier left it all out on the field with Socal Elite edging it. This age group at Nationals will be amazing to watch and the clashes in Cincy will be epic.
G2006 – U17
The Champs delivered, once again… Nationals 2022, SUMMIT 2023 and now DPLAZ23… Liverpool IA Socal are one of the top teams in the country at this age group, in any league… period. They won Bracket A at a canter, sweeping aside their opponents with dazzling attacking flair and a style of play that is aggressive and easy on the eye. La Roca battled hard and stayed in the game vs Liverpool for long periods before dropping off. In Bracket B, Kernow Storm out of the Frontier edged it ahead of SD Force.
G2004/05 – U19
This Age group did not disappoint. City SC didn’t have it all their own way when facing CWS Sounders in the first game that they dropped in an unbelievable 7-4 loss. They rebounded in the 2nd game vs Monterey Surf (4-1) and wrapped up with a victory over fellow Southwest Conference West Coast FC (5-1) to win the group. Bracket B saw Timbers-Thorns North finish the weekend undefeated with a perfect 3-0 record beating Cencal Cosmos, Albion SD and Santa Monica Surf.
About the DPL:
The DPL is an Elite National All-Girls League. The Mission of the DPL is to develop the player and empower the person in a purposeful and memorable environment.
The DPL Vision:
We believe through superior experiences, players will be able to showcase their talent, discover collegiate opportunities and create community around the game.
We are a standards driven national league that will encourage clubs to compete and grow, maximizing the development of their players. By creating a cohesive framework in line with the most dynamic organizations in the country, where Nothing is Given and Everything Earned, we will raise the bar in youth soccer… together.
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