Weekend Soccer Preview: Elites kick off 2015/16 Season at NHB Cup

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IRVINE, Calif. – The 2015-16 season at Grande Sports Academy kicks off this weekend as it always does, with Real Salt Lake-Arizona Elite competing in the North Huntington Beach Cup. This year, RSL-AZ Elite U-16 and U-18 look to get the season started on a high note at the 37th Annual NHB Cup.

RSL-AZ Elite U-18 will play the first official game of the season against Del Mar Sharks Elite (#12 in Cal South), followed by two more group games against FC Golden State Black (#8 in Cal South) and LA Galaxy South Bay Navy (#13 in Cal South). The 18 Elites will have to win their group or finish as one of the top three wildcard teams to advance to the quarterfinals.

RSL-AZ Elite U-16 kick off their season shortly after the 18s on Saturday against Del Mar Sharks Elite Barton (#111 in Cal South), followed by their final two group stage games against Strikers FC North McManus (#54 in Cal South) and Beach FC Morataya (#100 in Cal South). The 16 Elites must finish first or second in their group in order to advance.

Follow along live with this weekend’s games on Twitter @GrandeSportsA and visit Grande Sports TV for video highlights. All kickoffs are listed in local time.

Saturday September 5, 2015

Del Mar Sharks Elite vs. RSL-AZ Elite U-18 (8:00 a.m. UC Irvine Field 1)

Del Mar Sharks Elite Barton vs. RSL-AZ Elite U-16 (10:40 a.m. Westminster High School Field 1)

RSL-AZ Elite U-18 vs. FC Golden State Black (1:20 p.m. UC Irvine Field 1)

RSL-AZ Elite U-16 vs. Strikers FC North McManus (5:20 p.m. Westminster High School Field 1)

Sunday September 6, 2015

RSL-AZ Elite U-18 vs. LA Galaxy South Bay Navy (9:20 a.m. UC Irvine Field 4)

RSL-AZ Elite U-16 vs. Beach FC Morataya (12:00 p.m. Westminster High School Field 1)

Potential RSL-AZ Elite U-18 Quarterfinal (2:45 p.m. UC Irvine Field 1/2/3/4)

Potential RSL-AZ Elite U-16 Quarterfinal (3:30/5:00 p.m. Westminster High School Field 1)

Monday September 7, 2015

Potential RSL-AZ Elite U-18 Semifinal (8:00 a.m. UC Irvine Field 1/2)

Potential RSL-AZ Elite U-16 Semifinal (8:00 a.m. UC Irvine Field 5/6)

Potential RSL-AZ Elite U-18 Final (12:00 p.m. UC Irvine Field 1)

Potential RSL-AZ Elite U-18 Final (12:00 p.m. UC Irvine Field 3)

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