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U-15/16 Academy Playoff Quarterfinals Set

The 2014-15 Development Academy Playoffs group stage for the U-15/16 age group concluded Friday afternoon at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana following a weather delay. When it was all said and done, eight teams won their respective groups and advanced to the knockout rounds.

The matchups for the Quarterfinals, which will take place on July 8 at the home site of the top four seeds, are as follows:

Georgia United was the first team to secure their place in the next round when they won Group G with their third straight win earlier in the morning.

The remaining matches kicked off at 11:15 a.m. ET, but lightning in the general vicinity around the 60th minute mark forced a weather delay.

The New England Revolution, Chivas USA and Vancouver Whitecaps were leading their respective groups going into the day, and maintained their lead in their final match to advance as winners of Groups A, C and H, respectively.

Four matches, which pit the top two teams in their respective groups – with the winner advancing – resumed after a two and a half hour delay. The New York Red Bulls would go on to defeat the Portland Timbers 4-2 to win Group G on nine points, Beachside Soccer Club tied Orlando City SC 1-1 and won Group E with seven points, the Philadelphia Union defeated the Houston Dynamo 2-0 to win Group F with nine points, and FC Dallas defeated the LA Galaxy 2-0 to claim Group B with nine points.

As group winners, the eight teams advance to a single-game knockout round played at the higher seed’s home facility on July 8. The four winners from the quarterfinals will advance to the Academy Championships, the semifinals will take place on July 16 in Carson, California. The Championship games for each age group will be played on July 18.

END OF YEAR AWARDS: The following players were recognized as the 2014-15 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Conference XI for each U-15/16 conference:

Eastern Conference:
Goalkeeper: Trey Miller (New England Revolution)
Defenders: Daniel Jones (New England Revolution), Jordi Avila (Kendall SC), Mason Deeds (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Rosales (Orlando City SC)
Midfielders: Chris Durkin (Richmond United), Raul Aguilera (Orlando City SC), Jose Carranza (D.C. United)
Forwards: Patrick Okonkwo (Georgia United), Colby Agu (Capital Area RailHawks Academy-CASL), Brian Saramago (New York Red Bulls)

Central Conference:
Goalkeeper: Ben Hale (FC Dallas)
Defenders: Aiden Stanley (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Gabe Kash (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro), Matthew Constant (Dallas Texans)
Midfielders: Weston McKennie (FC Dallas), Suniel Veerakone (Crew SC Academy Wolves), Djordje Mihalovic (Chicago Fire)
Forwards: Devin Vega (FC Dallas), Daniel Wright (Crew SC Academy Wolves), Dwight Williams Jr. (Solar Chelsea SC)

West Conference:
Goalkeeper: Pierce Ashworth (Pateadores)
Defenders: Angel Farias (De Anza Force), Eves McKay (Real Salt Lake AZ), Vernon Fernandez (De Anza Force), Daniel Villegas (Chivas USA)
Midfielders: Marc Joshua (Juventus Sport Club), Oscar Penate (Chivas USA), Terrell Lowe (Portland Timbers)
Forwards: Ethan Zubak (LA Galaxy), Simon Lekressner (Crossfire Premier), Wilson Harris (Real So Cal)

U-17/18 Academy Playoff Quarterfinals Set

The group stage of the 2014-15 Development Academy Playoffs came to a dramatic end on Friday morning at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana with eight U-17/18 teams winning their respective groups to advance to knockout rounds.  

The matchups for the Quarterfinals, which will take place on July 7 at the home site of the top four seeds, are as follows:

The most dramatic ending came in Group C, where Colorado Rush and Players Development Academy went to penalty kicks to decide the group winner. After Rush defeated Sockers FC and PDA defeated Pateadores on matchday three, both Rush and PDA finished tied on points, goal differential, goals scored, and had previously tied their matchup, 2-2. Rush and PDA then stepped onto Field #11 for a penalty shootout, which PDA won 4-1 to claim the group.

The Montreal Impact Academy finished  as the top seed and won Group E with seven points.

Real Salt Lake AZ and Houston Dynamo were the only teams to sweep all three of their matches, with RSL claiming Group F and Houston finishing atop Group H on nine points each.

The San Jose Earthquakes won Group G with seven points after defeating Texas Rush 1-0 in their third game.

Real So Cal and Capital Area RailHawks-CASL finished with seven points each in Group D, with Real So Cal winning the group with a +6 goal differential to CASL’s +5. On matchday three, Real So Cal defeated Solar Chelsea SC 5-1 while the RailHawks defeated the Seattle Sounders 4-3.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s won Group A on seven points while the Chicago Fire Academy took Group F, also with seven points. 

As group winners, the eight teams advance to a single-game knockout round played at the higher seed’s home facility on July 7. The four winners from the quarterfinals will advance to the Academy Championships, the semifinals will take place on July 16 in Carson, California. The Championship games for each age group will be played on July 18.

END OF YEAR AWARDS: The following players were recognized as the 2014-15 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Conference XI for each U-17/18 conference:

Eastern Conference:
Goalkeeper: Mason Stadjuhar (Orlando City SC)
Defenders: Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls), Nicholas Hinds (Kendall SC), Andrew Lombard (New York Red Bulls), DJ Mason (Capital Area RailHawks Academy-CASL)
Midfielders: Zach Herivaux (New England Revolution), James Murphy (Players Development Academy), Jorge Calix (D.C. United)
Forwards: Juan Sanchez (New York Red Bulls), McKinley Curran (PA Classics), Lucas Mendes (D.C. United)

Central Conference:
Goalkeeper: Marcel DaSilva (Shattuck-St. Mary’s)
Defenders: Akeem Ward (Shattuck-St. Mary’s), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire), Jeremy Colvin (Texas Rush), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana Fire)
Midfielders: Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder Academy), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo)
Forwards: Brandon Guhl (Texas Rush), Nash Popovic (Vardar), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Fire)

West Conference:
Goalkeeper: J.T. Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Defenders: Danilo Acosta (Real Salt Lake AZ), Diego Silva (Real Salt Lake AZ), David Burns (San Juan Soccer Club), Michael Lopez (LA Galaxy)
Midfielders: Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Hernandez (Real Salt Lake AZ), Adrian Vera (LA Galaxy)
Forwards: Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders), Rey Ortiz (LA Galaxy), Spencer Held (Real So Cal)

2015 Development Academy Playoffs & Showcase: GA United vs. PDA

2015 Development Academy Playoffs & Showcase
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2015 Development Academy Playoffs & Showcase: FC Dallas vs. RSL Arizona

2015 Development Academy Playoffs & Showcase
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Academy Playoffs Kick Off this Week

NATIONAL SHOWCASE EXPANDS: The success stories of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy are told through the progress of former Academy players that have excelled at the international level. But even Academy graduates and FIFA World Cup players like DeAndre Yedlin and Aron Johannsson did not have the exposure at such a young age like this year’s teams received at the U-13/14 National Showcase.

For the first time since the Development Academy launched eight years ago, U.S. Soccer hosted the 88 Development Academy teams from the Under-13/14 age group at the signature youth event held for the second straight year at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.

"I think the level of competition has been great," said U-14 Boys National Team head coach Brian Johnson. "It's important to have all the U-14 teams throughout the country in one place. It allows the teams to see new competition and play teams that they haven't seen throughout the year, which gives them a chance to see how they play, how their style is, how you can compare yourself with them. With this age group it's all about development, and as this age group changes so much throughout the year at this time in their development, it’s really important for them to all be together and see where they're at and how they're improving."

Each U-13/14 team played three matches over four days in front of the large contingent of U.S. Soccer Youth National Team coaches, technical advisors and scouts. While there are no standings at the U-13/14 level, that doesn’t mean teams don’t want to be the best in their group. 

“That's not our priority, but there's competition,” said Johnson. “The level of competition doesn't change with the age groups, so it's still important to learn how to compete, how to manage games, to win the right way. They've put a lot of work into the year - 10 months of training and matches. This is the time for it to all come together and showcase how they've developed." 

U.S. Soccer expanded its Development Academy to include U-13/14 teams in the fall of 2013 and will add an Under-12 age group to the Development Academy program beginning in the fall of 2016. 

SHOWCASE BEGINS: As the younger group wraps up their Showcase on Tuesday morning, the older aged Development Academy teams that did not qualify for the playoffs will begin their Showcase on Monday afternoon. Similar to the younger group, the 45 teams will also play three matches in front of the National Team scouts over the course of the week.

CRÈME-DE-LA-CRÈME KICKS OFF ON TUESDAY: The route to national titles kicks off on Tuesday for 32 teams in each the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups. The Academy Playoffs field was determined through 21 automatic qualification spots and 11 wild card berths. The automatic qualifiers included the top three teams from each division over the course of the 2014-2015 season.

Two featured playoff matches will be played on the stadium field and be streamed live on ussoccer.com:

The annual end-of-year Development Academy Awards will be announced at halftime during Wednesday’s match.

The top team from each of the eight groups will advance to a single-game knockout round played at the higher seed’s home facility. The U-17/18s will play on July 7 followed by the U-15/16s on July 8. The four winners from the Knockouts will advance to the Academy Championships, which take place on July 16 in Carson, California. The Championship games for each age group will be played on July 18.

WHO’S WATCHING? The Showcase and Playoffs provide U.S. Soccer a one-stop event in which to observe the top youth players in the country together in a unique and competitive format. Among the technical staff at the event are: U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos, U-18 MNT head coach Javier Perez, U-15 MNT head coach John Hackworth, and U-14 MNT head coach Brian Johnson. In addition, Director of Scouting Tony Lepore, and Technical Advisors Scott Donnelly, Cris da Silva, Clint Peay, Juan Carlos Michia, Arron Lujan, Dave Van den Bergh, Todd Saldaña and Hugo Perez lead a large group of U.S. Soccer scouts who are also attending every match.

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