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Across the Academy - May 21, 2015

Across the Academy is a weekly summary of news that highlights the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, its clubs and players, as well as alumni and Youth National Team activity. Across the Academy will be available for the duration of the 2014-15 season.

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:

Futures Camp: U.S. Soccer announced the 58-player roster that will gather in Carson, California for the first Boys’ National Team Futures training camp of 2015. The camp, which consists of players who were born in 2000 and 2001, runs from May 23-26 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson.

In pursuit of improving U.S. Soccer’s longer term objectives for talent identification and individual development of young players, Director of Scouting Tony Lepore called-in players for a three-day camp that will focus on identifying the most talented players in the ’00 and ’01 birth year that appear to be on a later physical development growth path and/or are born in the second half of the year, to reduce the impact of physical maturity and relative age effect on identification and evaluation of talent.

Academy Director Course: The U.S. Soccer Coaching Department launched its first Academy Director Course last month to much success. The 16-month course that began on April 21 will run from April 2015 until July 2016, becoming the highest-level course offered for youth coaches.

A committee comprised of U.S. Soccer personnel carefully selected 20 participating candidates, all of whom are U.S. Soccer Development Academy coaches holding an “A” License.

Academy Alumni: Aron Johannsson Leads AZ to Europa League Berth: Aron Johannsson and his Dutch club AZ Alkmaar entered the weekend tied with Feyenoord for the Eredivisie’s third-place position and the Europa League spot that goes along with it. Johansson was clearly set on AZ taking that position as he scored a pair of goals, including a full bicycle. Johannsson also added an assist in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-1 win over Excelsior. With Feyenoord losing, AZ are officially in the Europa League for next season.

London Woodberry (FC Dallas Academy) and Will Bruin (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri) were both named to the MLS Team of the Week. Several other Academy alumni had notable performances around MLS last week.

Emerson Hyndman Named U-20 MNT Captain for World Cup: FC Dallas Academy alum Emerson Hyndman was named U-20 MNT Captain for the 2015 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand. Hyndman is one of six U-20 players that appeared in all six matches for the U-20 MNT at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica in January, where he scored once and led the team with three assists. The 19-year-old has also earned a cap with the senior U.S. Men’s National Team, debuting on September 3, 2014 as a second-half sub in the USA’s 1-0 win against the Czech Republic. He also played a friendly with the U.S. U-23 MNT on October 14, 2014 when he started against Brazil in Brasilia.

The U.S. was drawn into Group A with host New Zealand, Ukraine and Myanmar. The team opens group play against Myanmar at 12 a.m. ET on May 30 in Whangarei, followed by matches with New Zealand on June 2 and Ukraine on June 5, both of which will be played in Auckland. All of the U.S.'s group matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo.

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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (May 16-17):

Western Conference :

Pateadores U-17/18’s won its win fourth-straight game on Saturday with its 2-1 win over Nomads SC. Kevin Okuda led the way for Pateadores with a double and was the goalscorer for Nomads. The Seattle Sounders FC U-15/16’s upset the Northwest Divisions No. 2 team the Portland Timbers, 2-1, playing their way into the Wildcard Pool picture. The win was the third-straight for the Sounders and came off of goals from Habib Barry and Joseph Hafferty. Blake Bodily was the lone scorer for the Timbers. The Real So Cal U-15/16’s drew even with Strikers FC. Kenneth Higgins scored for the Strikers in the 52nd minute and five minutes later Jason Manning leveled for Real So Cal.

Central Conference:

The Mid-America Division No. 3-ranked Indiana Fire Academy U-17/18’s defeated the division’s No. 2-ranked Chicago Fire 3-2. Mauricio Pineda scored a brace for Chicago, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the trio of Indiana goals from Alan Aguilar, Rece Buckmaster, and Zachary Tom. In a match between two teams battling for position in the Wildcard Pool the Sockers FC U-17/18’s tied the Chicago Magic 2-2. Frank Bak and Adrian Herrera scored for the Sockers, while Emmanual Sabbi and Kendall Stok scored late goals to save the draw for the Magic. The Chicago Fire U-15/16’s picked up their first win since March, defeating Indiana Fire Academy 1-0 on a goal from Djordje Mihalovic. In a rivalry matchup, Crew SC Academy Wolves U17/18’s defeated Crew SC Academy 4-3. Dean Bloembergen’s pair of goals in the last ten minutes proved to make the difference. Alexander Lasinski and Benjamin Snider also scored goals for the Wolves. William Bayemi tallied a double for and Omar Mohamed scored for the Crew SC Academy.

East Conference:

In a battle of two of the top three teams from the Southeast Division. The Orlando City SC U-17/18’s defeated Kendall SC 3-2 on goals from Chandler Maynes, Benjamin Michel and Aidan Wixted. Andree Costa and Inigo Agarduy scored for Kendall. In the Atlantic Division, the No. 2-ranked D.C. United U-17/18’s were victorious in their match with the top-ranked New York Red Bulls.

ACADEMY HONORS: 

Player of the Week: St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri U-15/16 left back Aedan Stanley earns Academy Player of the Week for his standout performance in a mid-week derby against St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro U-15/16. Aedan received very high marks for his play on both sides of the ball, being able to play make, combine in the attack, and focus on defense throughout the game. He scored the final, game-tying goal in the 70’ to get the 2-2 tie to keep playoff hopes alive for his squad. Thanks to his exceptional performance, SLSG-Missouri now sit in the 3rd Wildcard Playoff Pool spot. They are just 0.04 Pts/GP behind Weston FC and 0.05 Pts/GP behind Solar Chelsea SC.

Academy Referee of the Week: Patrick Rosas, a 26-year old Grade 5 referee from Washington D.C., was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 and U-17/18 match between D.C. United and New York Red Bulls. Rosas has worked Academy matches since 2011, in addition to Premier Development League, United Soccer League, and Open Cup games.

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U-20 Men’s National Team:

  • U-20 MNT Defeats Australia in World Cup Tuneup: The Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Australia’s Under-20 team 2-1 Tuesday evening at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia. After conceding a goal just 15 minutes into the match, the USA used second-half goals from Joel Soñora and Maki Tall to defeat the hosts in a pre-World Cup tuneup.
  • Experience Will Play Big Role on U-20 World Cup: They say experience is the teacher of all things, and that could prove to be a key factor for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team as it approaches the final weeks of preparation leading up to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

U-14 BNT Defeats Croatian Club NK Bravo Ljubjana 2-1: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team scored a pair of late goals to defeat U-15 Croatian Club NK Bravo Ljubljana 2-1 on Wednesday in Zagreb, Croatia.After a scoreless first half, NK Bravo came out in the second frame and delivered the game’s first goal. Despite creating more chances, with five minutes left in the 70-minute match, the U.S. still trailed 1-0.Finally in the 66th minute, the USA converted on a long Ulysses Llanez strike from outside of the box. One minute later, Llanez would make another great play where he faked a shot to get by his defender and then slotted the game-winning goal into the corner of the net.

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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58-Player Roster Announced for Inaugural Futures Camp in Carson

CHICAGO (May 20, 2015) - U.S. Soccer has announced the 58-player roster that will gather in Carson, California for the first Boys’ National Team Futures training camp of 2015. The camp, which consists of players who were born in 2000 and 2001, runs from May 23-26 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson.

In pursuit of improving U.S. Soccer’s longer term objectives for talent identification and individual development of young players, Director of Scouting Tony Lepore has called-in players for a three-day camp that will focus on identifying the most talented players in the ’00 and ’01 birth year that appear to be on a later physical development growth path and/or are born in the second half of the year, to reduce the impact of physical maturity and relative age effect on identification and evaluation of talent.  

“We are scouting with a long term objective by focusing our evaluation and selection on the qualities needed to become a National Team player in the future,” Lepore said. “The Futures Camp recognizes that players in these younger age groups who can typically have the biggest impact and make a difference are the ones who are physically superior and more mature, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the most talented. When scouting young players among the same age group, we see big differences in performance based on birth month and maturity.”

“At this camp we can remove that element while also creating an environment that we hope will engage and inspire them to take responsibility for their own development to one day become world-class players. We also want to set an example and show how important it is that we stress that individual player development is a long term project. There are so many examples of late mature players who have become the top players because they develop better skills, awareness, and insight into the game, rather than relying on advantages like size, strength, and power. The objective is to help make sure that we are not overlooking any players and more closely following the pathway of players who have the qualities to make a bigger impact later on, by age U-20 to U-23, when there is no longer any difference between early and late developers.” 

Players taking part in this camp will be exposed to a hyper-focused curriculum formulated around highlighting each player’s unique talents while challenging them to improve decision making and speed of play, raise tactical awareness, and improve technical execution.

“The Futures Camp is an important piece to the continued development of these young National Team prospects. I look forward to working with these talented players as they will have the opportunity to showcase their skills with the top players born in 2001 and age eligible for the Under-14 Boys’ National Team.” U.S. U-14 BNT head coach Brian Johnson said.

52 players called into the Futures Camp are currently playing with Development Academy clubs.

Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (6): Michael Collodi (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Eric de la Cerda (San Jose Earthquakes; Gilroy, Calif.), Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen (Weston FC; Southwest Ranches, Fla.), Carlos dos Santos (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Penn.), Mason Finnell (Placer United; Folsom, Calif.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.)

DEFENDERS (16): D’Anthony Brown (Orlando City SC; Lake Mary, Fla.), Jordan Carter (Boca United; Boca Raton, Fla.), William Citron (New York Soccer Club; Eastchester, N.Y.), Jose Delgado (Chivas USA; Garden City, Calif.), Michael Edwards (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.), Tyler Freitas (New England Revolution; North Attleboro, Mass.), Chris Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Luis Hernandez (FC Dallas; Mesquite, Texas), Ryan Lee (De Anza Force; Hillsborough, Calif.), Nelson Martinez (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.), Jose Mejia (Juventus; Novato, Calif.), Michael Pham (FC Dallas, Richardson, Texas), Jose Ruvalcaba (TFA Barcelona), Nykolas Sessock (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Penn.), Julio Torres (Stockton Monarcas; Stockton, Calif.), Mason Visconti (Sporting KC; Lee’s Summit, Mo.)

MIDFIELDERS (21): Franuel Amaya (Pateadores; Santa Anna, Calif.), Ethan Bryant (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas), Alex Cerritos (D.C. United; Beltsville, Md.), Jonathon Estrada (LA Galaxy; Santa Anna, Calif.), Riley Ferch (Boca United; Margate, Fla.), Gabe Findley (Capital Area RailHawks Academy-CASL; Cary, N.C.), Miguel Guerrero (Juventus; Redwoods City, Calif.), Roberto Hategan (San Jose; Roseville, Calif.), Jorge Hernandez (Chivas USA), Ben Lederman (FC Barcelona; Barcelona, Spain), Alex Mendez (Chivas USA), Harrison Pithers (Chargers SC; Tampa, Fla.), Carson Price (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas), Matteo Ritaccio (BW Gottschee; Westbury, N.Y.), Jaden Servania (Vestavia SC; Birmingham, Ala.), Amos Shapiro-Thompson (New England Revolution; Worthington, Mass.), Remi Smith (Georgia United; Cumming, Ga.), Kevin Wang (New England Revolution; Cranston, R.I.),Michael Vang (Minnesota Thunder; St. Paul, Minn.), Simon Vasquez (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.), Sean Zawadzki (Crew SC Academy; Olmsted Falls, Ohio)

FORWARDS (15): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Meford, N.J.), Misael Becerra (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Sebastian Berhalter (Crew SC Academy; Westerville, Ohio), Victor Bezerra (Chicago Fire; Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Ferreira (New England Revolution; Ashland, Mass.), Jason Garcia (Arsenal FC; Covina, Calif.), Oscar Govea (San Jose Earthquakes; Los Banos, Calif.), Danny Jara (New York Red Bulls; Bayside, N.Y.), Jacob Muchnick (LA Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.), Bryce Orsini (D.C. United; Rockville, Md.), Axel Picazo (Lonestar; Austin, Texas), William Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Travian Sousa (Ballistic United; Lathrop, Calif.), Owen Zaldivar (Chivas USA; Lawndale, Calif.), Uriel Zeitz (Bethesda-Olney; Potomac, Md.)

 

Academy Alumni: Hyndman to Lead U-20's Abroad; Johannsson Leads AZ to Europa League Berth

FC Dallas Academy alum Emerson Hyndman was named U-20 MNT Captain for the 2015 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand. Hyndman is one of six U-20 players that appeared in all six matches for the U-20 MNT at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica in January, where he scored once and led the team with three assists. The 19-year-old has also earned a cap with the senior U.S. Men’s National Team, debuting on September 3, 2014 as a second-half sub in the USA’s 1-0 win against the Czech Republic. He also played a friendly with the U.S. U-23 MNT on October 14, 2014 when he started against Brazil in Brasilia.

Aron Johannsson and his Dutch club AZ Alkmaar entered the weekend tied with Feyenoord for the Eredivisie’s third-place position and the Europa League spot that goes along with it. Johansson was clearly set on AZ taking that position as he scored a pair of goals, including a full bicycle. Johannsson also added an assist in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-1 win over Excelsior. With Feyenoord losing, AZ are officially in the Europa League for next season. 

Zach Pfeffer (Continental FC Delco) scored a huge stoppage-time game winner for the Philadelphia Union in its match with D.C. United on Sunday night, finishing a sliding left footed shot in the box to end the Union’s four-game losing streak.

New York Red Bulls Academy product Juan Agudelo scored the opening goal in New England Revolution’s 1-1 draw with Toronto FC. Agudelo’s goal came on a diving header that was set up by FC Dallas alum London Woodberry, who was credited with the assist. Woodberry was named to the MLS Team of the Week.

Lonestar SC Academy product Khiry Shelton sent in the game-tying goal for New York City FC in its game with the Chicago Fire. NYC played much of the game with 10-men after a first-half red card, but were able to rally from a two-score deficit to save the point. The goal was Shelton’s first of his MLS career.

Pateadores alum Luis Gil assisted on Real Salt Lake’s only goal in their 4-1 defeat to Montreal Impact. Gil has been quite the all-around assist man this year, having also recorded four with the U.S. U-23 MNT.

Will Bruin (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri Alum) was named to the MLS Team of the Week for his double for the Houston Dynamo against the Portland Timbers. Bruin’s brace helped the team to a 2-1 victory.

Across the Academy - May 13, 2015

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:

U-20 Men’s National Team Roster Named for U-20 World Cup: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has finalized the 21-player roster that will represent the USA at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. The roster is updated from the 20-player group initially named by Ramos on May 7 and will be submitted by May 15 in accordance with FIFA rules. Gedion Zelalem has been cleared by FIFA to represent U.S. Soccer in international competition and will be included in the squad. Goalkeeper Thomas Olsen has joined the team in place of Ethan Horvath. 14 of the 21 players Ramos’ named to the U-20 World Cup roster have ties to the Development Academy.

The U.S. was drawn into Group A with host New Zealand, Ukraine and Myanmar. The team opens group play against Myanmar at 12 a.m. ET on May 30 in Whangarei, followed by matches with New Zealand on June 2 and Ukraine on June 5, both of which will be played in Auckland. All of the U.S.'s group matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo. 

Academy Alumni: For Club and Country: In addition to more than half of the U-20 USA World Cup Roster having Academy ties, the presence of the Academy was felt this past weekend in MLS and abroad as several players helped their teams in crucial moments.

U-14 BNT Opens Camp in Europe with 3-1 Over Croatia: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team defeated Croatia U14s 3-1 on May 11 to open up its training camp in Europe. The USA goals scorers were Gabe Segal, Luis Arriaga and Marcelo Palomino.

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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (May 9-10):

Western Conference: The De Anza Force U-17/18s defeated the San Juan Soccer Club 1-0 on a 74th minute goal from Brandon Magpayo. The win was De Anza’s first since April 11. The Pateadores U-17/18s defeated the LA Galaxy U-17/18s 3-2, bolstering the team’s second-place position over the third-place Galaxy in the Southwest division. Ronaldo Escudero scored the game-winning goal for Pateadores, joining fellow goalscorers Choi Ba Da and Luis Leon. Adonis Amaya and Malcolm Jones were the scorers for the Galaxy. 
Central Conference: The Texas Rush U-15/16s defeated Colorado Rapids U-15/16s 3-2 behind trio of second-half goals, two of which were scored by Adrian Martinez Israel Tristan was the other Texas Rush scorer and Desmond Cole and Aaron Martinez scored for the Rapids. The Internationals U-17/18s were defeated by Vardar’s U-17/18s 4-3. Jacob Gratzer scored and Stefanos Grazia notched a double, including one score in the 90th minute, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a Nash Popovic hat trick and a Jimmy Todd goal from Vardar. The Crew SC Academy U-17/18s picked up the win over the Indiana Fire Academy U-17/18s by a score line of 3-2. Deihnia Samor scored once and Omar Mohamed twice for Crew which proved to be enough. Rece Buckmaster and Grant Hollkamp scored for Indiana Fire Academy.
East Conference: DC United U-15/16s and PA Classics U-15/16, two teams separated by just .04 pts/gp tied 2-2. Collin Jouan scored both D.C. United goals, while Aramis Kouzine and Sean O’Hearn were the PA Classics scorers. Oakwood Soccer Club U-17/18s tied northeast division second-place BW Gottschee Academy U-17/18s 2-2. Michael Boakye scored a pair of goals for Oakwood and Grant Burg and Sergio Abarca scored for BW Gottschee to even. In a battle of teams currently in the wildcard pool picture, Weston FC U-15/16s defeated Concorde Fire U-15/16s 2-1. Luca Defreitas-Hansen scored the game-winner in the 65th minute. Noahh Thomas was the lone scorer for Concorde Fire. Weston FC’s first goal was a Concorde own goal.

ACADEMY HONORS:

Player of the Week: 
Beachside SC U-15/16 forward John Denis earns Academy Player of the Week for his standout performance against the New England Revolution. Denis received high marks for his creativity on and off the ball and he scored Beachside’s only goal in the 1-1 tie to keep his side in the playoffs picture. Thanks to his standout performance, Beachside remain in 3rd place in the Northeast Division, just 0.03 Pts/GP behind the New England Revolution.

Referee of the Week: Matthew Deblois, a 23-year old Grade 6 referee from Rhode Island was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-13/14 New England Revolution and Beachside Soccer Club game on Saturday and the U-15/16s New England Revolution and BW Gottschee game on Sunday. Deblois has been working Academy games since 2011 and has also worked PDL and NPSL games. 

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U-20 Men’s National Team:

  • Tab Ramos Elaborates on U.S. U-20 World Cup Roster: After announcing the roster for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos conducted a media conference call where he answered questions about the team and what lies ahead.   
  • Experience Will Play Big Role on U-20 World Cup: They say experience is the teacher of all things, and that could prove to be a key factor for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team as it approaches the final weeks of preparation leading up to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. 

Perez Recaps U-18 Men’s National Team Bosnia Camp: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team wrapped up its camp in Bosnia with a win 1-0 win against the Bosnia and Herzegovina U-19 National Team. With just one more camp in this cycle, head coach Javier Perez talked with ussoccer.com about the most recent trip and the team’s continued progress.

Hackworth Reviews U-15 BNT Tournament delle Nazioni Win: Following the U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team victory at the 12th Tournament delle Nazioni in Gradisca D’Isonzo, Italy, last week after defeating Austria 3-2 in the final, U-15 BNT head coach John Hackworth spoke with ussoccer.com about the win and the continued success and progress of the team.

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: For Club and Country

National Teams:

On May 7, U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos named the roster for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup to be held in New Zealand starting later this month.

A total of 15 of the 20 players Ramos’ named to the U-20 World Cup roster have ties to the Development Academy: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas Academy), Jordan Allen (Empire Revolution and Real Salt Lake AZ), Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC), Jeff Caldwell (NC Fusion), Russell Canouse (PA Classics and New York Red Bulls Academy), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA Academy), Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas Academy), Bradford Jamieson IV (Chivas USA Academy and LA Galaxy Academy), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls Academy), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas Academy and IMG Academy), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting KC Academy), John Requejo (Real So Cal), Zack Steffen (Continental FC DELCO), Tommy Thompson (California Development Academy).

MLS:

One of these World Cup-bound players is Empire Revolution/Real Salt Lake AZ alum Jordan Allen, who over the weekend helped Real Salt Lake to a 2-1 victory over Chicago Fire, assisting on both of the goals. Allen’s efforts earned him a spot on the MLS Team of the Week.

FC Dallas / IMG Academy Alum, Shaq Moore, who also will also be a part of the USA U-20 MNT roster for the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, signed his first professional contract with Spanish third-division team Huracán Valencia.

Two Academy alumni were instrumental in Orlando City FC’s 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution. Scott Caldwell (New England Revolution Academy) got things started with an assist by intercepting a pass and sending it smoothly ahead to his teammate Charlie Davies, who finished for the game’s first goal. Kelyn Rowe (Crossfire Premier) buried a close-range shot in the second half for the Revs second goal.

Also over the weekend, Will Bruin (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri) had the game-winning goal in the Houston Dynamo’s 2-1 win over Toronto FC.

U.S. senior National Team forward Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy Academy), scored the lone LA Galaxy goal in the team’s 2-1 loss to FC Dallas.

Abroad:

Meanwhile overseas, another MNT forward, Aron Johansson (IMG Academy) led AZ Alkmaar to a 3-2 win over Breda, scoring on an  an absolute bullet from long distance. 

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