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Twelve Maryland Players Named to National Tournament Best XI

Twelve Maryland Players Named to National Tournament Best XI

FRI, Aug. 3, Glen Burnie, MD – Twelve Maryland players were named to the tournament Best 11 for their respective age groups at the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships.

Congratulations to the following players for earning this honor:

Finley Lavin _ Lauren Kraft

Pipeline Black 13U GirlsLauren Kraft & Finley Lavin


 phoebe canoles premierjenna snead premier  

Premier Navy 17U GirlsPhoebe Canoles & Jenna Snead


Liam Giffin OBGC

Olney Rangers 17U BoysLiam Giffin


Celtic 00

Baltimore Celtic 18U Boys: Justin Gielen, Brandon Knapp & Benjamin Stitz



Quantrell Jones Golden Glove Celtic 99 dylan poetzel samuel solomon brett st martin


Baltimore Celtic Christos 19U Boys: Quantrell Jones, Dylan Poetzel, Samuel Solomon & Brett St. Martin


“The Best XI team was first introduced at the 2011 National Championships,” US Youth Soccer’s press release states. “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.”


For the full Best XI list, click HERE.

For all National Championship information, click here.

About the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association: MSYSA is a US Youth Soccer National State Association and is affiliated with both US Youth Soccer and the US Soccer Federation. The mission of MSYSA is to serve as the primary advocate for youth soccer in the state. MSYSA is dedicated to offering the highest quality soccer education, player development and programs while fostering sportsmanship, fitness, diversity, teamwork and passion for the game.