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Across the Academy - April 16, 2015

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT
USA-Mexico:
The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated archrival Mexico on April 15 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This game marked the very first time the senior team included four Development Academy alumni in the starting lineup. The USA’s goal scorers were none other than a pair of Academy alumni, as Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy) and Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls Academy) each tallied in the second half to give the U.S. the infamous #DosACero score line. It was Morris’ first start and first goal with the MNT senior team, while Agudelo notched his third career goal and his first since he last found the back of the net against Argentina on March 26, 2011.

Men's National Team

Academy Alumni: Making Big Waves in the Pros and National Team: The journey from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to the National Team was once again on display when U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann called up six Development Academy alumni to be a part of the roster for the USA match against Mexico, presented by AT&T in San Antonio, Texas.

U-15 BNT to Participate in Delle Nazioni International Tournament: U.S Under-15 Boy’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has selected a 20-player roster that will travel to Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, from April 21-May 2, and compete in the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni. 18 players on this roster have ties to the Development Academy.

Brian Johnson Calls in 36 Players for Training Camp in California: U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Brian Johnson is gathering a 36-player group in Carson, California, for the team’s third camp of 2015.Twenty-five players on the roster are currently registered with Development Academy Clubs. 

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_acadInstagram and Facebook.

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (April 11-12):

  • Western Conference: It was a record-breaking weekend for Real Salt Lake AZ U-17/18s, as the team broke the season-scoring record with 108 goals in 29 games. The record was previously held by New York Red Bulls Academy, who had tallied 103 goals in 32 games during the 2012-13 Development Academy Season.
    RSL AZ’s weekend began with a 5-0 win over Pateadores on Saturday. After a 1-0 lead heading into the locker room courtesy of Jose Hernandez, RSL AZ came back on fire on the second half to tally goals in the 52nd, 60th, 65th and 85th minute to secure the victory. Damian German finished with a hat trick, while Erik Holt added one more to the total.
    Both RSL AZ and Pateadores have a hold on a playoffs spot, currently sitting in the second and 16th position, respectively. On Sunday, RSL AZ played a second game against Strikers FC, with the matchup proving to be a very competitive one as the teams finished in a 2-2 draw.
  • Central Conference: Despite a late goal effort from Jared Sparacino for Sockers FC U-15/16s, SLSG Metro took home the 2-1 win after a brace from Hunter Mudd. Both teams seem to be in a solid position to partake in post-season play. Sockers FC sits fourth in the wildcard pool while SLSG Metro remains in the 18th position in the playoffs pool.
    Also in the Central Conference, Colorado Rush U-15/16s remained in playoff contention with a 3-2 victory over Dallas Texans. Thomas deFaria opened up the scoring for Colorado in the 9th minute. Jesus Varela then found the equalizer for Dallas on the 26th, but Noah Bushey put Colorado up once more scoring in the 27th minute for the 2-1 lead heading into the break. Omar Beltran got things going again for Dallas, tying the match up 2-2 in the 65th, but Ryan Crowley sealed the match for Colorado with a third tally in the 80th minute.
  • East Conference: On a rematch of last year’s U-17/18s Championship, Players Development Academy U-17/18s drew Bethesda Olney 1-1 on Saturday afternoon in a tight contest between Atlantic Division rivals. Despite the tie, PDA still stands in the 19th position of the playoffs pool, two spots ahead of the cut out margin of 21 teams. For its part, Bethesda-Olney still remains nine spots out from breaking into the wildcard pool.

ACADEMY HONORS:

Player of the Week: Charlotte Soccer Academy U-15/16 goalkeeper Andrew Pannenberg received high marks in his play-up performance with the CSA U-17/18s against Orlando City. Pannenburg played a crucial role in CSA’s 2-1 victory on Saturday making several outstanding saves to keep CSA in the match. As a result of his high performance over this season, Pannenberg has been invited to train with the U-17 MNT Residency Program at the end of the month.  

Referee of the Week: Academy Referee of the Week: Jared Simons, a 30-year old Grade 6-ENY referee from New York was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 match between BW Gottschee and Empire Revolution. Simons has been working Academy matches since 2013 and has also worked W-League, PDL, Super-20 and NPSL games.

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ON USSOCCER.COM:

U-23 MNT Set To Play Mexico in California: Andi Herzog's team will play Mexico U-23's in Carson, California, on Wednesday, April 22 as it continues preparations for Olympic qualifiers later this year. Tickets for the match available at ussoccer.com

U-20 MNT Travels to Austria: Tab Ramos' group will hold a training camp from April 18-26 in Linz, Austria, where it will be playing a pair of friendlies.

Academy Coaching Spotlight: Inspiring the Next Generation: PA Classics Director of Coaching Steve Klein spoke with ussoccer.com about how he uses his Youth National Team coaching experience and the success of its alumni to inspire the next generation of Academy players.

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.

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Academy Alumni: Making Big Waves in the Pros and National Team

The journey from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to the National Team was once again on display on Sunday when U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann called up six Development Academy alumni to be a part of the roster for the USA ahead of Wednesday’s match against Mexico, presented by AT&T in San Antonio, Texas.

Bill Hamid (D.C. United Academy), DeAndre Yedlin (Crossfire Premier & Seattle Sounders Academy), Joe Corona (Nomads SC), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls Academy), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy) and Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy Academy) will all have an opportunity to represent the U.S. in front of a sold-out crowd during one of world soccer’s most heated rivalries on April 15.

Apart from the MNT, Academy Alumni shone bright in yet another successful weekend in MLS and abroad.

Andromeda FC alum Dillon Powers scored and assisted in Colorado’s 4-0 victory over FC Dallas. His performance earned him a spot in this week’s MLS Team of the Week. Rapids Academy product Dillon Serna also put his name on the score sheet with a wonder strike from outside the box to help Colorado hand FC Dallas only its second loss of the season.

Continental FC Delco alum Zach Pfeffer scored his first goal of the 2015 MLS campaign in Philadelphia Union’s 2-1 victory over New York City Football Club on Saturday. Pfeffer was also recently called up to the U-23 MNT that competed and trained in Bosnia this past March.

Real Colorado product Taylor Kemp assisted Perry Kitchen’s opening goal for D.C. United in the team’s 2-2 draw against New York Red Bulls, helping the team stay atop Eastern Conference standings and ahead of the Red Bulls.

Lonestar SC and Texas Rush alum Kekuta Manneh assisted Vancouver’s game-tying goal in the 2-2 draw against Crew SC. 

Junior Flores (McLean Youth Soccer Academy) started and scored for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19’s.

DeAndre Yedlin (Crossfire Premier & Seattle Sounders Academy) debuted for Tottenham Hotspur in the 79th minute of their 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Aron Johannsson (IMG Academy) started and assisted for AZ Alkmaar in 5-2 loss to Heerenveen.

Academy Preview: Division Clashes

After the holiday weekend, the Development Academy comes back in full force with the playoffs just around the corner. 118 matches will take place between Saturday and Sunday as all teams continue to battle for a shot at post season play.

On the Eastern Conference, Players Development Academy U-15/16s will take on Bethesda-Olney for a clash between Atlantic Division rivals. Currently in third place in the division, PDA will try to continue its three-game winning streak, hoping lead-scorer Zeno Mazzacato can help the team maintain its hold on the 12th spot in the playoffs pool. For its part, Bethesda-Olney’s 1.47 points per game has the team just three spots behind the last qualifying spot of the Wildcard pool, meaning a victory will keep them in the running for a place in the Playoffs. The clubs U-17/18s counterparts will also be facing each other this Saturday and find themselves in similar positions, with PDA third in the Atlantic Division and inside the playoffs pool, while Bethesda-Olney continues to eye a wildcard pool spot as the season begins to wind down.

Also on Saturday, Sporting KC U-17/18s take on FC Dallas in a match between Central Conference teams. Sporting KC has not lost a game since Jan. 18 and will aim to keep its undefeated record alive with the help of Daniel Salloi, who currently leads the team with 11 tallies. The test will be a tough one however, as FC Dallas is trying to keep its undefeated streak that started on Nov. 30, 2014 alive. Both teams find themselves in good positions for post season play as Sporting is 10th in the wildcard pool and FC Dallas has a hold on the 11th spot in the playoffs pool. 

Coming into this weekend, Real Salt Lake AZ U-17/18s have an Academy leading 101 goals on the year. Four players on its roster have double-digit goals this season, with Brooks Lennon leading the charge with 19. On Saturday, RSL AZ will take on Pateadores, who currently sits just .44 points per game behind the division leaders in second place. This clash will bring not only division bragging rights but also an opportunity for both sides to remain securely inside the playoffs pool. 

Finally, two Atlantic Division rivals will play in both the U-15/16s and U-17/18s age groups, as D.C. United and Philadelphia Union will matchup against each other on Sunday.

D.C. United sits second in the division and fourth in the playoffs pool with lead goal scorer Eryk Williamson (15) playing a key role in its hopes to remain among the top teams in the Eastern Conference. The Union on the other hand is trying to bounce back from a tough loss to Richmond United and will attempt to break into the playoffs pool while it currently remains in the second spot of the wildcard pool.

In the U-15/16’s the script is flipped as it is the Union who is ahead of D.C. United, with Philadelphia grabbing onto that second playoffs spot and D.C. United taking the second position on the wildcard pool.

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

Across the Academy - April 8, 2015

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:
Academy Alumni: Hamid Continues Solid Performance in the Net for D.C. United: The D.C. United Academy product recorded his third shutout of the season against Orlando City SC last Friday, putting him well on track to match the 10 shutouts he earned in his 2014 MLS campaign. Despite United being outshot 17-11 during the game against Orlando, Hamid stayed strong in the net, recording five saves to up his season total to 17. His efforts were rewarded in stoppage time, when teammate Luis Silva notched the game-winning goal to get the 1-0 victory as United improved to 3-1-1 this year. Hamid earned MLS Team of the Week honors for his shutout performance.

Academy Coaching Spotlight: Inspiring the Next Generation: PA Classics Director of Coaching Steve Klein spoke with ussoccer.com about how he uses his Youth National Team coaching experience and the success of its alumni to inspire the next generation of Academy players.

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 (April 4):

  • Central Conference: Alexander Lasinski led Crew SC Wolves U-17/18s to victory this past Saturday after scoring a brace in his team’s 3-0 win over Internationals. The team’s lead scorer tallied first in the 39th minute. His score was quickly followed by teammate Zachary Griffiths’ second goal of the season two minutes later. Lasinski once again found the net in the 76th minute to seal Crew SC’s victory.
  • East Conference: Oakwood Soccer Club U-17/18s notched a huge win over the weekend, defeating Albertson SC 4-2. DeAndre Brown, who leads the team with 13 goals this season, began the attack for Oakwood, giving his team a goal in the 28th minute of the match after Albertson had already tallied twice in the first half. Following an own goal that tied things up for Oakwood in the 68th minute, Brendan Hill scored the game-winning goal in the 78th, as Brown tallied one more in the closing minutes of the game to secure the four-goal finish for his team. The victory was a particularly important win for Oakwood as they’re holding onto the last playoffs pool spot and still remain in playoffs contention.
    Kevin Herrera found the back of the net in the 74th minute to help Seacoast United U-17/18s come out victorious on Saturday against the New England Revolution in Foxborough. It was Herrera’s first goal of the season and a crucial one as Seacoast, who currently sits four positions away from breaking into the wildcard pool, continues its push for postseason play.
For all Development Academy results, standings and more, visit academy.demosphere.com or click on the following links:

ON USSOCCER.COM:
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 at 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.

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Academy Alumni: Hamid Continues Solid Performance in the Net for D.C. United

With five saves against Orlando City SC on Friday, D.C. United Academy product Bill Hamid recorded his third shutout in his four games played this season. Despite United being outshot 17-11, Hamid stayed strong in the net, recording five saves to up his season total to 17. His efforts were rewarded in stoppage time, when teammate Luis Silva notched the game-winning goal to get the 1-0 victory as United improved to 3-1-1 this year. Hamid’s strong showing earned him MLS Team of the Week honors.                 

Current Chicago Fire forward and Chicago Magic PSG alum Harry Shipp continued his dominating efforts, assisting in two of the Fire’s three goals as the team went on to defeat Toronto FC 3-2 on Saturday for its second consecutive win of the season. Shipp also had the assist in the lone score during the Fire’s first victory of the year. Over a span of five games, Shipp now has one goal and three assists for Chicago.

New York Red Bulls Academy product Juan Agudelo scored his first goal of the 2015 campaign for the New England Revolution with a right-footed flick from the left side of the box. Agudelo received MLS Team of the Week honors for his performance. In addition, it was former Crossfire Premier midfielder Kelyn Rowe, who was responsible for the assist in the Rev’s 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids. (Watch: GOAL)

Lonestar SC and Texas Rush alum Kekuta Manneh was at the top of the box when he unleashed a low driven strike to beat Panamanian International goalkeeper Jaime Penedo for his first tally of the year and the first goal of the match for Vancouver against the LA Galaxy.  Vancouver went on to win the match 2-0 to improve its season record to 4-1-0 and sit atop Western Conference standings with 12 points. Manneh was named to the MLS Team of the Week for his performance. (Watch: GOAL).

Finally, Sporting KC Academy alum Raymond Lee earned his MLS debut for Philadelphia Union over the weekend, while Junior Flores, a former Mclean Youth Academy player, earned his debut for German side Borussia Dortmund II.

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