So often, the chase for American gold boils down to a handful of “Open-caliber” clubs that didn’t catch the right break during qualifying season and subsequently missed out on a National bid through the regional process, as well as a USA one. We know these teams, because we see them first-hand across the country at the events we cover.
The elite pack meeting that standard in this year’s 15 American included a pair of So Cal squads in Mizuno Long Beach 15 Rockstar and Seal Beach 15 Black, as well as Nor Cal’s Vision 15 Gold and Red Rock 15-1, Washington’s Puget Sound, Texas’ Austin Skyline 15 Royal and Florida’s Wildfire 15 Nike Ore. They all tried getting in through Open, but none of the 64 teams in contention had flirted with a bid quite like Mizuno Long Beach.
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