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Academy Alumni: Allen Notches Game-Winning Goal With First MLS Score

With the fourth week of the 2015 Major League Soccer season in the books, it was a former Development Academy player who stole the spotlight with not only the game-winning goal for his team, but with also his first goal in his MLS career.

Real Salt Lake’s Jordan Allen, who played for Empire Revolution and Real Salt Lake AZ in the Academy, notched the game-winner for Real Salt Lake on Sunday to give his team the 2-1 victory over Toronto FC. The tally also marked his first MLS goal. Allen came into the match as a second half sub in the 74th minute. Additionally, there was another Real Salt Lake AZ alum that had a significant weekend as Sebastian “Bofo” Saucedo made his debut in the 89th minute to help RSL seal the win.

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Former Crossfire Premier midfielder Kelyn Rowe, now with the New England Revolution, was the author of both goals in a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday in Foxborough. Rowe now has 17 career goals for the Revs, and had started all four games for New England so far this season. His two-goal performance earned him a spot in the MLS Team of the Week. (Watch: Rowe's Deflected Shot Gives New England the Lead; Rowe Nabs His Second.)

Chicago Magic PSG alum and current Chicago Fire forward Harry Shipp, also earned a spot in the MLS Team of the Week after assisting in the sole goal scored in the Fire’s win over the Philadelphia Union on Sunday. The win was Chicago’s first of the season.

With five saves against the LA Galaxy on Saturday, D.C. United Academy product Bill Hamid recorded his second shutout of the season, as United improved to 2-1-1 this year.

Also in action this weekend was Academy alum Andy Najar (D.C. United Academy). Najar plays for the Honduras National Team and over the weekend scored two goals to help Honduras defeat French Guiana 3-0 and secure his country a spot in Group A the 2015 Gold Cup alongside Haiti, Panama and the United States.

Finally, the U-23 MNT defeated Bosnia U-21’s 5-2 on March 27 with several former Academy players making an impact:

  • Pateadores alum Luis Gil captained the team and tallied 3 assists.
  • Seattle Sounders Academy product Jordan Morris scored the opening goal in the win over Bosnia and tallied one assist. He is now with the senior MNT after being called up by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on March 29 and will be available for the MNT’s game against Switzerland on March 31.
  • De Anza force alum Benji Joya tallied the third goal for the USA when he converted a PK in the second half.
  • Vardar product Fatai Alashe sealed the deal for the USA with a set piece goal in the 86th minute.

Across the Academy - March 26, 2015

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:
Four New Clubs Added for 2015-16 Season : Three east coast-based clubs and one west coast club will be joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to open the 2015-16 season. Baltimore Armour from Maryland and Sacramento Republic from California will field teams at all age groups, which include U-13/14s, U-15/16s and U-17/18s, to become full members beginning this fall. In addition, Florida-based club Boca United, who currently fields a team in the Academy at the U-13/14 age group, will play the 2015-16 Academy season at all three age groups adding teams to the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. New York City FC will be joining the U-13/14 age group at the beginning of next season and become part of the Academy for the first time.

Building the U.S. Men's National Team Pyramid : U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will use the March friendlies at Denmark and Switzerland as prep for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup, while also wearing his other hat as Technical Director as he helps oversee a busy time for the U.S. Under-20 and U-23 MNT sides that will hold simultaneous European camps at the end of the month.

Men's National Team

U-23 Men's National Team

U-20 Men's National Team

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

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (March 21-22):

  • West Conference: Damian German led the way for Real Salt Lake U-17/18s this past Saturday with two goals in the 3-0 victory over Western Conference opponent Vancouver Whitecaps.German scored in the 46th and 65th minute to up his season total to 17 goals. Team-leading scorer Brooks Lennon (19) added a third tally to the game in the 70th minute to guarantee the victory. RSL's 2.44 points per game as well its Academy-leading 101 goals has it with a strong hold of first place in the playoffs pool. Vancouver is currently still very much in playoff contention as they sit in the eighth spot. 
  • Central Conference: Two late goals by the Chicago Fire U-17/18s lifted the team past Crew SC Academy in a matchup of division rivals. Crew's Omar Mohamed opened up the score sheet with a goal in the 55th minute to give his team the lead. Despite holding onto the 1-0 advantage for most of the game, Chicago's leading-scorer Ryan Sierakowski stormed back in the 70th minute and nabbed the equalizer for his team, making it his 14th goal this season. His efforts were aided minutes later when Peter Schropp who tallied the second goal for the Fire in the 83rd minute and sealed the victory for the team currently sitting atop the Mid-America division. The Fire is in the middle of the playoffs pool standings, while Crew SC is still trying to fight its way into a wildcard spot.
    In another Mid-America Division game, Minnesota Thunder Academy U-17/18s scored a late-game winner to soar past FC Wisconsin Nationals in a tight game that saw four second half goals being scored. Academy Player of the Week Jackson Yueill was the hero for Minnesota as he notched the game-winner in the 84th minute, to record his 12th goal this season. Luis Castanon struck first with a goal in the first half to take Minnesota to the locker room with a 1-0 lead. FC Wisconsin's Abdul Kooistra however, came out strong and found the back of the net in the 47th minute for the tie. Castanon scored again in the 63rd to give Minnesota the lead, but Sal Gloria once more equalized for Wisconsin a minute later. Finally, it was Yueill who closed out the match with his late-game heroics and gave his team the victory to keep them amongst the mix in the wildcard pool.
  • East Conference: The two highest performing teams in the East Conference met this past weekend for a highly competitive match. New York Red Bulls U-17/18's defeated Montreal Impact 4-2 behind a brace from leading scorer Juan Sebastian Sanchez. Sanchez got his team on the board quickly scoring in the 21st minute and again on the 44th. Kyle Zajec added one in the 27th and Ethan Lochner finished it off with the fourth score in the 57th minute to keep the Red Bulls in complete control of the Atlantic Division, in second place in the playoffs pool, and remain atop the Eastern Conference standings. Despite the loss, Montreal still has the best points per game average in the Northeast Division and is sitting in the third spot in the playoff pool. Montreal's leading scorer Alexander Kulic tallied his 10th goal of the year.

Academy Honors:

  • Academy Player of the Week: Minnesota Thunder Academy U-17/18 and U-18 MNT midfielder Jackson Yueill earned Academy Player of the Week during his three-goal performance at home against Sockers FC. Yueill has played and started in all 17 games for Minnesota this season, amassing 12 goals.
  • Academy Referee of the Week: Kelly Ruckstuhl, a 19-year old Grade 8-CAN referee from California, was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 match between San Juan Soccer and LA Galaxy. Ruckstuhl has been working Academy matches since 2014.

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

ON USSOCCER.COM:
Academy Coaching Spotlight: Molding the Elite Player: LA Galaxy U-15/16 head coach Mike Munoz spoke with ussoccer.com about how U.S. Soccer and the LA Galaxy are working together to provide an effective development model for players from the youth level all the way up to the first team. 

U-17 MNT Qualifies for 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup : The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is headed to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup after taking down Jamaica 5-4 in a penalty-kick shootout in the final playoff match of the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship at Estadio Francisco Morazán in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Tournament rules indicated that no extra time would be played if the teams remained tied at the end of regulation, thus the game was decided by penalty kicks following 90 minutes of scoreless play against the Caribbean nation. Next, the U-17 MNT awaits the official U-17 World Cup draw which will be announced at a later date.

  • U-17 MNT's Christian Pulisic Living His Soccer Dream : U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team midfielder and PA Classics alum Christian Pulisic chatted with ussoccer.com about embarking on a road not often traveled by most 16 year-olds, one that includes training in Europe alongside German stars Mats Hummels and Marco Reus at Borussia Dortmund.
  • Luca de la Torre Making His Way at Fulham : ussoccer.com spoke with Nomads and San Diego Surf alum Luca de La Torre about signing with Fulham and his development as a player at the London club.
  • Rejuvenated Gallardo : ussoccer.com caught up with Nomads alum Joe Gallardo who discussed his leg injury in August and how that has strengthened him, both physically and mentally, during his return. Gallardo also sat down with ussoccer.com for a Q&A in Spanish .

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Development Academy Announces Four New Clubs for 2015-16 Season

CHICAGO (March 23, 2014) – Three east coast-based clubs and one west coast club will be joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to open the 2015-16 season.

Baltimore Armour from Maryland and Sacramento Republic from California will field teams at all age groups, which include U-13/14s, U-15/16s and U-17/18s, to become full members beginning this fall.

In addition, Florida-based club Boca United, who currently fields a team in the Academy at the U-13/14 age group, will play the 2015-16 Academy season at all three age groups adding teams to the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels.

New York City FC will be joining the U-13/14 age group at the beginning of next season and become part of the Academy for the first time.

The four clubs were selected following an extensive review process of the technical and programmatic aspect of each club.

“We are excited to add four new clubs that are highly committed to helping U.S. Soccer develop world-class players,” said U.S. Soccer Director of Scouting Tony Lepore. “New York City, Baltimore, Sacramento and Boca Raton are talent hotbeds with a history of players progressing to national teams and professional teams. We are confident that NYCFC, Baltimore Armour, Sacramento Republic, and Boca United will create a long-term environment to best develop and attract the level of talent needed to provide meaningful games to current clubs; a competition level which holds players accountable and is vital to their learning experience over the 10-month Academy season. Each of these new clubs has shown that they are invested in fostering positive and collaborative relationships with the other youth clubs in their area, the types of cooperation that represent the collective effort needed to improve the game at all levels in the U.S.”

Baltimore Armour was formed in 2015 and is comprised of four different non-profit clubs. Together they cover the entire Baltimore area, have over 12,000 registered players and offer programs for both boys and girls.

“Everyone involved with Baltimore Armour are extremely excited about being given this opportunity of full U.S. Soccer Development Academy status; it is a dream come true,” said Baltimore Armour Technical Director John Ellinger. “The Baltimore area has a strong history of developing players who have played for the various U.S. National Team programs and at the professional level. We look forward to the challenge of creating a stronger player base for many years to come in the Baltimore area.”

Boca United was founded in 1992. A club that started with 250 players has now grown to have more than 1,600 participants in the Advanced Training Program and Recreation programs. One notable alumnus is U.S. MNT forward Jozy Altidore, who got his start with Boca’s recreational program.

Boca United is extremely proud and honored to have been accepted into the U.S. Soccer Development Academy at the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups,” said Director of Coaching and Technical Director Eric Eichmann, who was also a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team 1990 FIFA World Cup roster. “We are excited to be able to expand our current U-13/14 Development Academy Program into the older age groups. We are very pleased that U.S. Soccer has recognized our player development work, and delighted that our players will be able to take advantage of all that the U.S. Soccer Development Academy has to offer them!

For our staff, joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy means that we will be part of the best youth soccer player development model in the entire country,” Eichmann continued. “The opportunities for growth and improvement as teachers of the game will be enormous and we look forward to utilizing the tremendous coaching resources available to us through U.S. Soccer as we continue to improve our player development environment and techniques.”

New York City FC was founded in 2013 as the 20th Major League Soccer franchise to provide a competitive and authentic New York Football Club within the five boroughs. The NYCFC Academy is looking to have strong ties with the local community and links to New York City FC’s 11 Youth Affiliate clubs.

“Starting with a single team at the U-13/14 age group in our first year, we believe we can give those players the best pathway to the senior roster, giving them at least four years of playing in the style that we’d like to establish,” said Youth Technical Coordinator Rodrigo Marion. “For the second year, we will grow these two age groups and add further teams at the younger age groups, so that our age groups grow organically as our U-13/14s develop.

"Beyond providing a rigorous athletic development program, we will nurture intellectual and character development,” Marion added. “The club is committed to instill the love of soccer, sportsmanship and life-long learning, along with habits of self-discipline, concentration and hard work, to develop well-rounded student-athletes.”

Sacramento Republic FC was founded on December 3, 2012. Republic FC’s motto is urbs indomita – Indomitable City. Indomitable Club. The club’s commitment to position Sacramento as an “indomitable city” is evident through its community investments and dedication to expand the sport of soccer.

“On behalf of Sacramento Republic FC, we are humbled and proud to become a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy,” said Republic FC President Warren Smith. “This first step is extremely important to us as we take our role in the development of soccer talent in our region in order to support U.S. Soccer in their quest to develop world-class players. This first and critical step is part of a bigger implementation for our strategic player development system.”

Baltimore Armour
Location: Ellicott City, Maryland
Formed: 2015
Program Overview: Non-profit club comprised of SAC, Pipeline SC, Pro Soccer Academy, and Baltimore Bays. Serving over 12,000 boys and girls from the entire Baltimore area.
Website: www.baltimorearmour.com 

Boca United
Location:
Boca Raton, Florida
Formed: 1992
Program Overview: Boca United is a non-profit organization. Boca has more than 35 boys and girls competitive teams and a large recreation program.  The competitive teams draw from as far south as Miami, and as far north as the West Palm Beach and Stuart areas.
Website:  http://www.gbysa.org/
Social: @bocaunited FC 

New York City FC
Location: New York, New York
Formed: 2013
Program Overview: NYCFC Youth Academy will draw players from the 11 youth affiliate clubs and elsewhere (five of NYCFC youth affiliate clubs participate in the U.S. Development Academy). The New York City FC Academy program works very closely with youth affiliate clubs, providing affiliate players the opportunity to be invited to train at New York City FC Talent Centers in the U12 – U17 category. At the U9 – U11 age groups, NYCFC has created a Youth Development League for youth affiliate clubs.
Websitewww.nycfc.com
Twitter@NYCFC@NYCFCespanol
Instagram@NYCFC
FacebookNYCFC 

Sacramento Republic FC
Location: Sacramento, California
Formed: Founded in 2012. The club played its USL inaugural season in 2014.
Program Overview: Joins the Development Academy as a full member. Market is drawing players from the greater Sacramento region that has over 130,000 registered soccer players.
Website: SacRepublicFC.com
Social: @SacRepublicFC 

The U.S. Soccer Development Academy is a program that provides education, resources and support to impact everyday club environments that will develop world-class players. Founded in 2007, the Development Academy provides an elite everyday training and competitive environment for the country’s elite youth soccer players. Since its launch, the focus of the program has been to increase the amount of meaningful training sessions for elite players by lengthening the Academy season to 10 months for all clubs, limiting the number of games and working with coaches to appropriately plan Academy teams’ training schedules for one of the longest and meaningful training setups at any level of soccer in the country.


Academy Preview: Best in the West Battle it Out

Development Academy side Real Salt Lake AZ U-17/18s are continuing to have a strong season so far and is atop the West Conference standings, while Vancouver Whitecaps follows close behind as the third-best team in the West. 

A matchup of these two U-17/18s playoff contenders on Saturday will be one of the many highlights this weekend.

The game between two of the strongest teams in the West Conference is set to be one of much attention as the season dwindles down and playoff implications start to grow. RSL AZ U-17/18s are currently the highest scoring team in the Academy and have a chance to break the 100 goals scored mark this weekend. Vancouver will have a tough task ahead of them when trying to break down RSL’s defense. They have only let up 24 goals in their 26 games played this season. RSL currently have a goal differential of 74, also the highest in the Academy, and will be looking to improve that record against an in-form Vancouver side.

Also in the West, Seattle Sounders FC U-17/18s will take on Crossfire Premier for a Northwest Division showdown. Seattle’s Sean Bowman (21 goals) has helped team to a 17-4-2 record, good enough for first in the division and second in the conference. Uriel Herrera (20 goals) is leading the road to the playoffs for Crossfire who currently has the first spot in the Wildcard Pool and can look to climb into the playoff table if it nabs the win on Saturday.

In the Central Conference, Chicago Fire’s U-17/18s return to action for the first time in 2015 to face Crew SC on Saturday. Chicago’s record of 7-2-6 has them in 17th place in the playoff table and in second place in the Mid-American Division. Crew SC U-17/18s head coach Billy Thompson will be looking to spark a resurgence with three points against their MLS counterparts. With ground to make up in the table, a Crew victory could set the stage for a late run into Playoff contention.

In the East, the two two teams in the conference are set to clash on Sunday in New Jersey when top seed Montreal Impact FC U-17/18s visits the New York Red Bulls in a battle for the division. Montreal’s 2.5 points per game stand as the best at the moment, but NY is close behind with 2.4 and could flip the standings if they come out victorious. Both teams have strong holds on a playoff spot, with Montreal in the number one position overall.

For the latest Development Academy results, visit academy.demosphere.com.

Across the Academy - March 18, 2015

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT: U-17 MNT Qualifies for 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup: The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is headed to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup after taking down Jamaica 5-4 in a penalty-kick shootout in the final playoff match of the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship at Estadio Francisco Morazán in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Tournament rules indicated that no extra time would be played if the teams remained tied at the end of regulation, thus the game was decided by penalty kicks following 90 minutes of scoreless play against the Caribbean nation. Next, the U-17 MNT awaits the official U-17 World Cup draw which will be announced at a later date.

  • U-17 MNT's Christian Pulisic Living His Soccer Dream: U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team midfielder and PA Classics alum Christian Pulisic chatted with ussoccer.com about embarking on a road not often traveled by most 16 year-olds, one that includes training in Europe alongside German stars Mats Hummels and Marco Reus at Borussia Dortmund.
  • Luca de la Torre Making His Way at Fulham : ussoccer.com spoke with Nomads and San Diego Surf alum Luca de La Torre about signing with Fulham and his development as a player at the London club.
  • Rejuvenated Gallardo: ussoccer.com caught up with Nomads alum Joe Gallardo who discussed his leg injury in August and how that has strengthened him, both physically and mentally, during his return. Gallardo also sat down with ussoccer.com for a Q&A in Spanish.

World Cup-Bound: U-17 MNT vs. Jamaica- March 15, 2015:

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

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (March 14-15):

  • West Conference: Spencer Held scored a game-winning goal in the 90th minute to secure Real So Cal U-17/18s 3-2 victory over Chivas USA in the Western Division on Saturday. Held has scored a team-leading 22 goals in 25 games played this season. Matthew Gooden tallied both goals for Chivas USA, including one in the 90th minute, but the team was unable to overcome Real So Cal's early attack. James Handal and Jamoke Hutton scored the other two goals for the victors. It was Handal's 10th goal of the season, a team second-best, and Hutton's first score of the year. With the win, Real So Cal remains in control in the Wildcard Pool in second place, while Chivas is out at the moment as its sits in the 13th position.      
  • Central Conference: Second half sub Caleb Young came up huge for FC Dallas U-17/18s when he notched the sole goal of the match for either side in the 90th minute to give his team the 1-0 victory over Lonestar SC on Sunday. FC Dallas now sits second in the division and remains in contention for a playoff spot. It was Young's seventh goal in eight games this season. Crew SC Academy and Shattuck-Saint Mary's U-17/18s teams played to a 2-2 draw after an exciting game of back-and-forth scoring between both teams. Omar Mohamed opened the score sheet on the 31st minute for Crew SC, but a 36-minute goal by Bryan Missana from Shattuck quickly equalized the match before the half. Once again, Crew SC went on top with a tally from Edward Folds in the 71st, yet Shattuck immediately found the back of the net with a 72nd-minute goal from Kalim Amokachi. The draw proved to be enough for Shattuck to stay atop conference standings.
  • East Conference: Amadu Kunateh tallied a late first half goal and later added a second in the 71st minute, as New England Revolution U-17/18s beat Albertson SC 3-2 on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Albertson was able to tie the game 1-1 on the 56th minute with a goal from Kevin Arriola, and then take the lead few minutes later with a 65th-minute score from Matthew Rosenberg. The Revs came back however, as Bryant Nardizzi scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd to seal New England's victory at home. The matchup between the sides was a crucial one in the conference as they now have equal records but New England is third on the standings and Albertson fourth, due to their head-to-head result. Joshua Coan lifted Capital Area RailHawks-CASL U-15/16s past South Carolina United Battery Academy 4-3 on Sunday after notching the game-winning goal in the 79th minute. Coan's goal was the exclamation point on a three-goal comeback from the RailHawks who had gone into halftime down 3-1 after SC United Battery's Kellan O'Hara's brace gave his team a 2-0 advantage and Austin Tuggle added an extra tally in the first half. Alexander Rose scored twice for the RailHawks, putting them on the board in the 19th and tying the game in the 67th. Jose Morales was responsible for sparking the comeback with a goal three minutes into the second half. The win keeps the RailHawks second in the conference and with a solid grasp on a playoff spot.

Academy Honors:

  • Academy Player of the Week: D.C. United and U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team midfielder Eryk Williamson earned Academy Player of the Week during the U-17/18 team's 5-1 victory against Players Development Academy on Saturday. Williamson received high ratings for his outstanding performance, including a hat trick, and bringing the midfielder's goals per game percentage to just over a goal per game. In 12 games played this season, he has scored 13 goals. With the win, D.C. United improves to 11-4-0 this season and remains in second place in the Atlantic Division.
  • Academy Referee of the Week: Jaroslaw Werel, a 34-year old Grade 4 referee from Pennsylvania, was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 match between PA Classics and Richmond United. Werel has worked Academy matches since 2010, in addition to Premier Development League, United Soccer League, National Teams, Open Cup, MLS Reserve, Dallas Cup, National Premier Soccer League and National Women Soccer League games.

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

ON USSOCCER.COM:
U-23 MNT Heads to Europe for Prep Matches against Bosnia and Denmark : The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team will travel to Bosnia and Denmark for a camp running March 23-April 1 in its preparation for Olympic qualifying later this year. The U-23s, headed by Men's National Team assistant coach Andi Herzog, will play Bosnia on Friday, March 27, in Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and then travel to face Denmark on Tuesday, March 31. This marks the USA's first camp of the year.

U-16 BNT Concludes Netherlands International Tournament: The U.S. Under-16 Boys' National Team wrapped up the Netherlands International Tournament on Sunday against the Netherlands in Rotterdam, dropping its final match 3-1. The USA's camp ran through March 16 and 18 of the 21 players that participated are currently playing in the Development Academy.

Academy Coaching Spotlight: Molding the Elite Player: LA Galaxy U-15/16 head coach Mike Munoz spoke with ussoccer.com about how U.S. Soccer and the LA Galaxy are working together to provide an effective development model for players from the youth level all the way up to the first team.

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