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Exclusive Look at Academy Select Game

The Development Academy Select Game has served as a springboard for Academy players to showcase their skills and progress their play through the Youth National Team system. ussoccer.com takes an exclusive look at the event, which has become a staple at the annual Development Academy Winter Showcase.

Across the Academy – Dec. 17, 2014

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:
U-14 Futsal Regionals Return in January and February: As part of the Development Academy’s mandatory futsal period from December through February, the Academy U-14 age group will look forward to a series of regional showcases from Jan. 24-Feb. 8, 2015. Eight regional showcases will include a guaranteed four futsal matches over a two-day stretch in eight regions: SoCal and Texas (Jan. 24-25); Florida, Mid-America and NorCal (Jan. 31-Feb. 1); and New England, North Carolina and Pennsylvania/New Jersey (Feb. 7-8). Several Academy players have recently had the experience of representing the U.S. Futsal National Team in 2014: Sporting Kansas City’s Nic Jaimes and John Leisman and Players Development Academy’s James Murphy. (2014-15 Development Academy Calendar)

For the latest Development Academy results, information and more, visit academy.demosphere.com and ussoccer.com’s Academy section. Follow the Academy on Twitter @ussoccer_acad, Instagram and Facebook.

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of Dec. 13-14):

  • West Conference: In a crossover match, Southwest Division-leading Real Salt Lake AZ defeated the Northwest Division’s De Anza Force 5-1 at the U-18 age group. Jose Hernandez led the way with three goals for RSL, which is 12-1-3 this season and has won nine straight games.
  • East Conference: South Carolina United Battery Academy wrapped up its 2014 portion of the season with victories against the Charlotte Soccer Academy. After trailing in the opening seven minutes, South Carolina United Batter Academy scored three unanswered, with Wyatt Millard’s 60th-minute goal serving as the game-winner. The U-18s posted a 3-0 win, with Rex Epps, Barrett Stevens and Cole Gaston each tallying a goal.

Academy Referee of the Week: Kaili Terry, a Grade 8 referee from northern Texas, was named Academy of the Week for her work during the U-14 match between Solar Chelsea and the Dallas Texans. Terry has been working Academy matches since 2013.

For all Development Academy results, standings and more, visit academy.demosphere.com or click on the following links:

Academy U-14 Futsal Regional Events Set for Jan. 24-Feb. 8 in Eight Markets

CHICAGO (Dec. 12, 2014) – For a second straight Development Academy season, the U-14 age group will look forward to an important futsal portion in its schedule spanning Jan. 24-Feb. 8, 2015. The regional showcase format will include a guaranteed four futsal matches over a two-day stretch in eight regions.

The SoCal and Texas regional events take place Jan. 24-25; the Florida, Mid-America and NorCal regionals run Jan. 31-Feb. 1; and the New England, North Carolina and Pennsylvania/New Jersey events will be held Feb. 7-8.

Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of which is a goalkeeper. Games include two 20-minute halves with five minutes for halftime. Teams are permitted one timeout per half and no timeouts in any overtime period.

Futsal is an integral part of development as the game is played in tight spaces and requires quick thinking and strong technical skills on the ball. Several Development Academy players have had the experience of representing the U.S. Futsal National Team in 2014: Sporting Kansas City duo Nic Jaimes and John Leisman and Players Development Academy’s James Murphy.

2015 U-14 Futsal Regional Event Schedule
Jan. 24-25:

  • SoCal – Los Angeles: LA Galaxy Soccer Center in Torrance, California (26 teams – 13 clubs): Albion SC, Arsenal, Central California Azteca, Chivas USA, FC Golden State, LA Galaxy, Los Angeles United Futbol Academy, Nomads SC, Pateadores, Real So Cal, San Diego Surf, Santa Barbara SC, Strikers FC
  • Texas – Dallas: Advantage Sports Complex in Carrollton, Texas (18 teams – 9 clubs): Andromeda, Dallas Texans, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Lonestar SC Academy, San Antonio Scorpions, Solar Chelsea SC, Texas Rush, Texans SC Houston

Jan. 31-Feb. 1:

  • Florida – Miami: Futbox Futsal Center in Doral, Florida (16 teams – 8 clubs): Boca United, Chargers SC, IMG Soccer Academy, Jacksonville SC, Kendall SC, Orlando City, Tampa Bay United, Weston FC
  • Mid-America – Chicago: Quest Multisport Complex in Chicago, Illinois (24 teams – 12 clubs): Chicago Fire, Chicago Magic PSG, Crew Soccer Academy, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves, FC Wisconsin Nationals, Indiana Fire, Internationals, Minnesota Thunder Academy, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri, Sockers FC, Vardar SC
  • NorCal – Sacramento: Jackson Sports Academy in McClellan Park, California (24 teams – 12 clubs): Ballistic SC, De Anza Force, Diablo FC, EBU Bay Oaks, Juventus SC, Marin FC, Merced, Placer United, San Jose Earthquakes, San Juan SC, San Mateo County Stars, Santa Cruz Breakers

Feb. 7-8:

  • New England: Insports Centers in Trumbull, Connecticut (24 teams – 12 clubs): Albertson, Beachside SC, Everton FC Westchester, FC Bolts Celtic, Met Oval, New England Revolution, New York Soccer Club, NYCFC, Oakwood SC, Revolution Empire, Seacoast United, World Class
  • North Carolina – Charlotte: Carolina Courts in Indian Trail, North Carolina (22 teams – 11 clubs): Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL, Carolina Rapids, CESA, Charlotte Soccer Academy, Concorde Fire, Georgia United, North Carolina Fusion, Prince William Courage, Richmond United, South Carolina United Battery, Triangle Alliance
  • New Jersey/Pennsylvania – Philadelphia: Competitive Edge Sports in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania (28 teams – 14 clubs): Baltimore Bays Chelsea, Bethesda-Olney, BW Gottschee, Cedar Stars, Continental FC DELCO, D.C. United, Lehigh Valley United, Match Fit, New York Red Bulls, NJCSA, PA Classics, Philadelphia Union, Players Development Academy, SAC United

Across the Academy – Dec. 10, 2014

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:
Unprecedented Commitment to Developing World-Class Players and Coaches: U.S. Soccer has announced an unprecedented commitment to develop world-class players and coaches, and is focused on three initiatives: assessment and identification, training and development, and competition. Beginning in the Fall of 2016, U.S. Soccer will add an Under-12 age group to the Development Academy program. Also on the Academy side, the Federation will increase funding for the Academy Scholarship Program. Among other initiatives, U.S. Soccer will be augmenting Youth National Team programming by adding U-16 and U-19 National Teams.

“It’s fundamental to the growth of the sport in our country that we examine and improve the different areas of development for our players and coaches,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “We are better situated than ever with the resources to do that. With ambitious programming for our National Teams, new investments in education and technology, and a continued effort to align our technical practices with the best in the world, we are positioning ourselves to take another important step forward.”

2014 Academy Winter Showcase Wraps up in Florida: The 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase, which ran in conjunction with the Nike International Friendlies, wrapped up last Wednesday at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The event featured every Academy team at the U-16 and U-18 age group and included the full Youth National Team and senior National Team staff and Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

“To have everyone together in one place, it was a really special opportunity for all of us to get on the same page as we have this really strong vision for the future of US. Soccer,” said Development Academy Director of Scouting Tony Lepore. “It was great to have Jurgen here again this year, and to have his support here was huge.” (Lepore Recaps Productive Week at Academy Winter Showcase)

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For the latest Development Academy results, information and more, visit academy.demosphere.com and ussoccer.com’s Academy section. Follow the Academy on Twitter @ussoccer_acad, Instagram and Facebook. At the 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendlies, use the #AcademyShowcase, #OneNationOneTeam and #1N1T hashtags.

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of Dec. 6-7):

  • Central Conference: In a limited schedule following the 2014 Academy Winter Showcase, the Frontier Division’s Solar Chelsea SC and Lonestar SC Academy tangled for a Sunday matchup. Solar Chelsea was the victor at both the U-16 and U-18 levels. The Solar Chelsea U-18s scored two second-half goals for a 2-0 victory, while the U-16s tallied in the opening three minutes and went on to post a 3-0 win. Both Solar Chelsea teams are in fourth place in the division.
  • East Conference: Orlando City’s U-15s extended their unbeaten streak to seven games with a 3-0 win against Charlotte Soccer Academy. Nathaniel Adamolekun, Juan Esteban Carmona and David Loera each scored a goal as the Southeast Division leaders improved to 11-1-2 on the season.

For all Development Academy results, standings and more, visit academy.demosphere.com or click on the following links:

ON USSOCCER.COM:
U-18 MNT Heads to Spain to Face Germany: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will take part in a Dec. 11-20 camp in Marbella, Spain. Head coach Javier Perez has called in 20 players for this stretch, which includes matches against Germany’s U-18s on Dec. 17 and 19. Thirteen players among this group was part of the championship squad at the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic in August. The roster features 18 players with current Academy ties.

Hackworth, U-15s Set for Florida Camp: U-15 BNT Camp Set for Florida: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team, led by head coach John Hackworth, will kick off its domestic camp starting Saturday, Dec. 13, in Bradenton, Florida. The camp features 36 players and will include an intrasquad competition, as well as a full training session with the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team. The roster includes 29 current Academy players.

Looking Back on U-17 Nike International Friendlies: ussoccer.com takes a look back at the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team’s run during the 2014 Nike International Friendlies. Looking to defend its 2013 crown, the U-17s played three matches in five days, opening with England, Australia and then culminating with a pivotal final game against Brazil at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The U-17 MNT looks forward to the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Honduras. The USA learned Monday that it will play in Group A against Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and an UNCAF qualifier – either El Salvador or Guatemala. The USA opens the tournament against Cuba on Feb. 27.

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Lepore Recaps Productive Week at Academy Winter Showcase

Development Academy Director of Scouting Tony Lepore recaps a successful 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase that included high-quality matches and the full participation of the Academy, Youth National Team system and senior National Team staff.
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