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Maryland National League Standouts of 2010-2019

Check out the Maryland teams and players who were mentioned in the USYS National League Standouts of 2010-2019!



Premier Navy 01 – 2017-2019



Premier Navy 01 earned back-to-back Black Division titles and a 2019 National Championship. The Maryland side won its first National League title as a 17U side, as it went unbeaten with six wins and a draw — finishing atop a group that featured that year’s eventual National Champion. Premier Navy followed that up in its 18U season with yet another 6-0-1 campaign to earn a second Black Division title while conceding just one goal in its seven games. In all, Premier Navy combined to defeat opponents by an average score of 4-to-1 over its two unbeaten National League seasons. That success, along with the 2019 National Championship, earned it a spot on the list. Several players still competing in the National League on Coppermine SC Premier 01 (MD) in 2019-20. (Success score: 47)



Baltimore Celtic Soccer Club 00 – 2016-2019



With a National League division title, multiple unbeaten seasons and a pair of National Championships, Baltimore Celtic SC 00 has the highest success score of any boys team. The Maryland side went unbeaten in the Blue Division as a 17U side, but it came up a point short of first place in a very tight group. However, that year’s squad worked its way to Nationals and won a 2017 National title to conclude the season. The team regained that top form to begin its 18U year, as Celtic once again went unbeaten in the National League — this time finishing in first place in the Red Division. Later that summer, Baltimore defended its National Championship by taking the 2018 18U Boys crown. The Maryland side completed its run in the National League by qualifying for Nationals as the runner-up in the 19U Boys Red Division. At Nationals, it came up just short of a rare three-peat, as it fell in the championship game. Despite that, three years of sustained success allowed Baltimore Celtic to compile a resume worthy of one of the top teams of the 2010s. (Success score: 47)



Imani Dorsey – Soccer Association of Columbia United



While at Duke, Dorsey earned ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2017 and finished as the Blue Devils’ fourth all-time leading goal scorer. The forward was selected by Sky Blue FC with the No. 5 pick in the 2018 NWSL Draft, and she made an immediate impact — earning the 2018 NWSL Rookie of the Year award. Dorsey has started nearly all of Sky Blue FC’s games in 2019 and has helped the team see a 10-point improvement in the standings from the previous season.



Chase Gasper – OBGC Rangers



After starting at UCLA, Gasper capped his collegiate career at Maryland and won the NCAA Championship in 2018. He played every minute of that tournament run in which the Terrapins recorded five straight shutouts. Gasper was drafted by Minnesota United FC with the No. 15 pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, and the team went unbeaten in Gasper’s first nine career starts — with the defender going the full 90 minutes in each of those matches. He earned his first selection to a U.S. Men’s National Team camp in November 2019.



Gedion Zelalem – OBGC Rangers



Standout play with OBGC helped Zelalem land a spot with Arsenal FC in London, England. As a 16-year-old, Zelalem made his debut with the Arsenal senior side as a substitute in a 4-0 FA Cup victory. He later saw action with Arsenal in a 4-1 win against Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League. Zelalem currently plays for Sporting Kansas City in MLS.



Jeremy Ebobisse – OBGC Rangers



Ebobisse played two years at Duke, where he captained the team as a sophomore and earned All-ACC Academic Team honors. The forward was taken No. 4 overall at the 2017 MLS SuperDraft by the Portland Timbers and has gone on to become a key part of the team. After starting all of Portland’s postseason games during its run to the 2018 MLS Cup final, Ebobisse became a regular starter in 2019 and registered double-digit goals. He also earned his first cap for the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2019.


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