U.S. Soccer

Development Academy Quarterfinalists Set After Successful Playoffs

WESTFIELD, Ind. (June 28, 2017) – The quarterfinal match-ups of the 2017 Development Academy Playoffs were set following Monday’s final round of the group stage at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind. Eight teams remain alive in both the U-15/16 Playoffs and the U-17/18 Playoffs with the quarterfinals scheduled for July 6-7 at sites across the country.

The U-15/16 quarterfinals will take place on Thursday, July 6. If extra time is necessary, the format will be two 10-minute periods followed by penalty kicks. In the U-17/18 age group the quarterfinals will be played on Friday, July 7, with the extra time format to be composed of two 15-minute periods followed by penalty kicks.

Three MLS programs advanced to both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 quarterfinals: Colorado Rapids, Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake AZ.

After playing three games in five days against elite level competition at the 2017 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs, the eight group winners from each age group were evaluated by the Academy to determine who they would face in the quarterfinals. Matchups and host sites for the quarterfinals are determined by the Academy staff and Technical staff based on a number of factors that include (but are not limited to): final seed, geography (to reduce travel and prioritize player wellness), competitive integrity, and scheduling logistics.

By earning a higher overall seed in the regular season, determined by a club’s average points-per-game, higher seeds were given priority to host a match.

U-15/16 Knockout Round Matchups

Overall Seed

Home Team

Away Team

Overall Seed

1

FC Dallas U-15/16

Colorado Rapids U-15/16

21

3

Atlanta United FC U-15/16

Bethesda SC U-15/16

10

5

Sporting Kansas City U-15/16

Real Salt Lake AZ U-15/16

9

8

Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-15/16

Seattle Sounders FC U-15/16

18

U-15/16 CLUB NOTES

  • In their first year with a U-15/16academy program, Atlanta United FC advances to the quarterfinals as the second highest remaining seed. U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team and Atlanta forward Zyen Jones, who scored for the USA at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, notched three goals across three Academy playoff games and will look to continue that streak on July 6.
  • Reaching the Academy quarterfinals for the first time at this age level, Bethesda SC will aim to continue their run in the Knockout Round.
  • After upsetting Crossfire Premier 2-1 in their opening Academy playoff game and drawing FC Golden State in their second, Colorado Rapids defeated Cedar Stars Academy - Monmouth in their final Group B game to finish on top of the group and advance as the lowest seed remaining in the U-15/16 age group. After both its age groups missed the Playoffs at the end of the 2016 season, Colorado’s U-15/16s and U-17/18s qualified in 2017 under the direction of first year Academy coach Chris Martinez.
  • As the only number one overall seed remaining, FC Dallas will look to continue their championship ways and strive to capture their third straight U-15/16 title in 2017.
  • Real Salt Lake AZ will try to return to the Academy Championship game for the first time since hoisting the U-15/16 trophy during the 2012-2013 season. RSL enters the quarterfinals after winning their first two Group G games and drawing their third to ensure advancement.
  • The former home club of U.S. Men’s National Team players Jordan Morris and DeAndre Yedlin, Seattle Sounders FC advanced to the Knockout Round in both age groups.
  • Needing a win or tie in their final Playoff game vs. Weston FC, Sporting Kansas City got the job done with a 2-2 tie, ensuring their first appearance in the U-15/16 quarterfinals.
  • With all four Group C teams still alive on the final day of playoff competition, the Vancouver Whitecaps got the 3-2 win they needed vs. LA Galaxy and advanced from the all-MLS group at the expense of Houston Dynamo based on goal differential.

U-17/18 Knockout Round Matchups

Overall Seed

Home Team

Away Team

Overall Seed

2

Orlando City SC U-17/18

Colorado Rapids U-17/18

30

4

Real Salt Lake AZ U-17/18

LA Galaxy U-17/18

32

18

Seattle Sounders FC U-17/18

Crossfire Premier U-17/18

27

20

Texans SC Houston U-17/18

Real So Cal U-17/18

28

U-17/18 CLUB NOTES

  • Colorado Rapids took Group F by storm, winning all three of their Academy playoff games. The Rapids advance to the U-17/18 quarterfinals after missing the playoffs last year.
  • Crossfire Premier hopes to make their second U-17/18 National Championship appearance since the 2009-10 season. Kelyn Rowe assisted on Crossfire’s lone goal before Vardar came from behind to nab their first Academy Championship. Rowe was recently named to the official 23-man U.S. Men’s National Team Gold Cup roster.
  • Perhaps the biggest group upset of 2017, not only was LA Galaxy the last team to qualify for the Playoffs, but they were also the lowest overall seed at number 32.
  • Under first year Academy Director David Longwell, Orlando City SC advance to their first-ever quarterfinals after taking all nine points from Group G play, including a final game thriller on the last day of the competition played on the stadium field in front of more than 1,000 fans.
  • Qualifying to the U-17/18 quarterfinals has been a consistent theme for Real Salt Lake AZ, which join their U-15/16’s quest to win the Academy Championship as the last Real Salt Lake Academy teams training in Casa Grande, Ariz. U.S. U-17 midfielder Taylor Booth, who helped the USA qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, will continue to lead the RSL midfield’s charge.
  • Real So Cal advances to the Knockout Round for the second straight year.
  • Qualifying for the quarterfinals along with their U-15/16 counterparts, Seattle Sounders FC advance from a very difficult Group C that included 2015-2016 Academy Champions FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls and Beachside Soccer Club.
  • Texans SC Houston are one of only two teams in the Academy Playoffs to win all three games and advance to the quarterfinals after an impressive run through Group D.

Quarterfinal winners from both age groups advance to the Academy Championships set to take place at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., beginning Friday, July 14. Championship games are scheduled for Sunday, July 16.

Stay up-to-date with the Knockout Rounds on ussoccerda.comTwitter, Instagram, and by liking the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Facebook Page.

Read more
ACADEMY Jun 28, 2017

2017 Development Academy Playoffs Reach Knockout Round

ADVANCEMENT SCENARIOS

After completing the first two days of games of the U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy Playoffs at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind., 64 teams are set to officially conclude the 2017 Summer Showcase and Playoffs, participating in their final playoff group games taking place on Monday, June 26. The 32 games are set to kick off starting at 2:30 p.m. ET, ending with a winner-take-all U-17/18 showdown between hometown favorites Indiana Fire and MLS powerhouse Orlando City SC at 7 p.m. ET from the Grand Park Stadium Field.

Known as the most intense day of the year for Development Academy competition, the third and final round robin set of group games features no shortage of drama. With 46 teams still alive, each one of them will be fighting to win their respective group and advance to the Knockout Round on July 6 and 7.

Check out the complete group standings here and learn about the Development Academy's tie-breaker protocol here.


FOR ALL THE MARBLES

In the U-15/16 age group, nine teams have been officially eliminated from contention, and three of the 23 teams still in the hunt control their own destiny, needing solely a win to advance: Weston FC (Group E), Crew SC Academy Wolves (Group F) and New York Red Bulls (Group H). Their three opponents, who also control their own fate, can advance from the group with a win or tie: Sporting Kansas City (Group E), FC Dallas (Group F) and Seattle Sounders (Group H). Each of those games will be streamed and fans can find links to each live broadcast here.

Additionally, at the U-17/18 age group, Monday's matchups will be the last game of the 2016-2017 Academy season for nine clubs. Of the 23 remaining teams, another set of three teams controlling their own destinies and needing a win are Real So Cal (Group E), Orlando City SC (Group G), Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Group H). Two direct opponents and one additional team can punch their tickets to the knockout phase with a win or tie: Colorado Rapids (Group F), Indiana Fire (Group G), Real Salt Lake AZ (Group H).

PLAYING SPOILER

Three U-15/16 squads may be mathematically out, but you can bet that won't stop them from playing the role of spoiler and ensuring that their Monday foe also does not advance.

Group

Spoiler

Current Group Leader

B

Cedar Stars Academy - Monmouth

Colorado Rapids

D

Capital Area Railhawks - CASL

Bethesda SC

G

Real Colorado

Sacramento Republic FC

At the U-17/18 level, the following five teams are also playing the role of villain:

Group

Spoiler

Current Group Leader

A

Bethesda SC

Crossfire Premier

B

FC Boston Bolts

LA Galaxy

D

Sacramento Republic FC

Texans SC Houston

E

Philadelphia Union

Crew SC Academy Wolves

F

Capital Area Railhawks - CASL

Baltimore Armour


UNDERDOGS ON TOP

Before the Academy Draw took place, the top 32 teams from each age group were seeded from 1 to 32 based on points-per-game-played average. Seeds 1-8 were placed into the top grouping, ensuring that none of the top eight teams would face each other in the same Playoff group. The same was done for seeds 9-16 (second highest group), 17-24 (third highest group) and 25-32 (bottom group). Entering Monday's showdown of games, three teams from the top groupings have been eliminated, while eight teams from the (25-32) bottom grouping, combined from both age groups, are still alive.

Lowest seeds still in the hunt (regular season seed earned)

U-15/16 Group A: Montreal Impact FC (27)
U-15/16 Group C: Houston Dynamo (30)
U-15/16 Group D: Oakwood Soccer Club (28)
-
U-17/18 Group A: Crossfire Premier (27)
U-17/18 Group B: LA Galaxy (32)
U-17/18 Group C: Beachside Soccer Club (29)
U-17/18 Group E: Real So Cal (28)
U-17/18 Group F: Colorado Rapids (30)

DOUBLE DATE CONTENDERS

Of the record-high 23 Academy programs that made the Playoffs in both age groups, 14 clubs are still in contention to send both of their teams to the Knockout Round. Those clubs are:

Atlanta United
Chicago Fire
Colorado Rapids
Crossfire Premier
FC Dallas
LA Galaxy
Montreal Impact FC
Weston FC
New York Red Bulls
Real Salt Lake AZ
Real So Cal
Seattle Sounders FC
Sporting Kansas City
Vancouver Whitecaps FC

YOUTH INTERNATIONALS STILL ALIVE

With 90% of U.S. Soccer Youth National Team players coming from Development Academy clubs, it's always a safe bet that the third and final day of round robin play will feature some of the nation's top young talent. In 2017, five players from 2017's U-17 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying roster are still in contention with their Academy Clubs:

Taylor Booth Real Salt Lake AZ U-17/18
Christopher Gloster New York Red Bulls U-17/18
Zyen Jones Atlanta United U-15/16
Jaylin Lindsey Sporting Kansas City U-17/18
Bryan Reynolds Jr. FC Dallas U-17/18

U-20 World Cup rostered player Lagos Kunga, of Atlanta United, is also expected to play a pivotal role for his U-17/18 side.

Read more
ACADEMY Jun 26, 2017

U.S. Soccer to Broadcast 2017 Development Academy Playoffs and Summer Showcase Feature Games

CHICAGO (June 19, 2017) – The U.S. Soccer Development Academy will broadcast 12 feature games, two per day across six days, during the 2017 Summer Showcase and Playoffs live on the Development Academy Facebook page and ussoccerda.com. The feature games will spotlight top Academy clubs from across the nation in the U-14, U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups. The final two feature games, set to take place on Monday, June 26, will highlight two games from the final day of the U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy Playoffs and will be announced on June 25.

The feature games were selected based on a variety of factors, including: teams that embody Academy ideals, uphold Academy standards and philosophies, and produce quality soccer in competition leading up to the event. The final two feature games will have Knockout Round contention at stake for the final day of Playoff group play.

The four known Playoff games that will be featured provide exceptionally intriguing storylines. For the U-15/16 age group, Sockers FC (Chicago, Ill.), who will face Academy powerhouse New York Red Bulls (Harrison, N.J.), enter the Playoffs with the second-best regular season record, finishing with a 2.4 points-per-game-played average. The second U-15/16 feature game will showcase Capital Area RailHawks – CASL (Raleigh, N.C.), who finished second in the Southeast Division regular season, taking on Real So Cal (Woodland Hills, Calif.) who are 8-3-4 in their last 15 games in a consistently strong Southwest Division.

In the U-17/18 age group, the first feature game will see Indiana Fire (Westfield, Ind.) on their home turf against perennial power Players Development Academy (Somerset, N.J.). An all-MLS Academy showdown is set to take place when FC Dallas (Frisco, Texas) looks to continue their quest for back-to-back Academy Championships against U.S. Men’s National Team player Jordan Morris’ former Academy club, Seattle Sounders (Tukwila, Wash.).

Feature Game Schedule (all times ET):

DATE

TIME

AGE GROUP

HOME

AWAY

6/20

2 p.m.

U-14 Showcase

LA Galaxy U-14

Georgia United U-14

6/20

4 p.m.

U-14 Showcase

Oakwood Soccer Club U-14

Sacramento Republic FC U-14

6/21

2 p.m.

U-14 Showcase

Colorado Rapids U-14

Atlanta United FC U-14

6/21

4 p.m.

U-14 Showcase

Virginia Development Academy U-14

Solar Chelsea SC U-14

6/22

2:30 p.m.

U-15/16 Playoffs

Sockers FC U-15/16

New York Red Bulls U-15/16

6/22

6:30 p.m.

U-17/18 Playoffs

Indiana Fire U-17/18

Players Development Academy U-17/18

6/23

11 a.m.

U-14 Showcase

Pateadores U-14

D.C. United U-14

6/23

1 p.m.

U-14 Showcase

Orlando City SC U-14

Real Colorado U-14

6/24

3:30 p.m.

U-15/16 Playoffs

Capital Area RailHawks - CASL U-15/16

Real So Cal U-15/16

6/24

6 p.m

U-17/18 Playoffs

FC Dallas U-17/18

Seattle Sounders FC U-17/18

6/26

TBD

U-15/16 Playoffs

TBD

TBD

6/26

TBD

U-17/18 Playoffs

TBD

TBD

Find the entire 2017 Summer Showcase and Playoffs schedule of games and field locations here.

In total, the Development Academy Summer Showcase and Playoffs will feature 309 games at Westfield Indiana’s Grand Park from June 20-26. The venue is home to the Chicago Fire’s affiliate Academy club, Indiana Fire, which plays all its home games at Grand Park. This complex encompasses a 400-acre Sports Campus with 32 soccer fields, 24 Kentucky Bluegrass soccer fields, seven turf fields and a championship stadium with a top class grass field. Follow all the action live on Twitter (@ussoccer_acad) and Instagram (@ussoccer_acad).

Read more
ACADEMY Jun 19, 2017

Five Things to Know About the 2017 Development Academy Summer Showcase and Playoffs

Nearing the completion of its 10th season, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy is set to host the 10th annual Summer Showcase and Playoffs from June 20-26 in Westfield, Ind. With a total of 309 games kicking off in a span of seven days across three Academy age groups, the event is expected to draw a record high number of professional, collegiate and U.S. Soccer National Team scouts searching to identify the country’s best young talent.

Here are five things you should know about the 2017 Development Academy Summer Showcase and Playoffs:


LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

The 2017 Development Academy Summer Showcase and Playoffs will take place at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind. Roughly 23 miles from downtown Indianapolis, Grand Park is a 400-acre sports campus featuring 26 baseball and softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football and lacrosse, and indoor basketball/volleyball facility and three full-sized indoor soccer fields. Grand Park also features an abundance of green space and more than 10 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails.

Development Academy


FOUR EVENTS IN ONE

The main event taking place from June 22-26 is the start of the 2017 U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy Playoffs. After the top 32 teams from each age level’s regular season were recently drawn into eight groups of four, those groups now come together to determine which eight teams will advance to the Development Academy Knockout Rounds, set for July 6-8. FC Dallas will be the club to beat, as the U-15/16 and U-17/18 squads will be looking to three-peat and repeat as Academy Champions, respectively.

Of the 309 games kicking off at Grand Park, 150 of those will make up the U-14 Summer Showcase, where the Development Academy’s 100 U-14 programs will convene to play in a world class competitive environment. The showcase games are selected by technical staff to provide clubs the opportunity to play meaningful competition against a variety of opponents outside their division. The U-14 age group is focused on the development of the individual player and the team; therefore, the Academy does not maintain standings during the regular season and does not have a playoff component to the summer showcase. However, history has shown these may be some of the most competitive games you will see at the event.

At the U-15/16 level, the 41 Academy programs who did not crack the top 32 will make their way to Indiana, where they will compete in a three-game showcase to culminate the season and begin preparation for 2017-18 season that kicks off in September.


U.S. MNT SUMMER SHOWCASE ALUMNI

Over the last 10 years, thousands of elite level soccer players from around the United States have taken part in the Development Academy Summer Showcase. After initially starting out as a three-game showcase that brought down the curtain on the Development Academy’s regular season during the summer of 2008 at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C, the Summer Showcase has since grown into an even larger event, spanning a multitude of age groups. With the top elite level players in attendance at the event, the showcase will continue to feature players that will transition from the Development Academy to the U.S. Soccer’s Men’s National Team. Academy Alumni include:

Juan Agudelo, New York Red Bulls
Paul Arriola, Arsenal FC / LA Galaxy
Steve Birnbaum, Pateadoras
Bill Hamid, D.C. United
Ethan Horvath, Real Colorado
Matt Miazga, New York Red Bulls
Jordan Morris, Seattle Sounders
Christian Pulisic, PA Classics
Caleb Stanko, Vardar
Brandon Vincent, Real So Cal
DeAndre Yedlin, Seattle Sounders

Development Academy


PROGRAMMING

Away from the field, the Summer Showcase is a platform where U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education, Referee, and Player Development initiatives and programs take place, with 17 sport development events scheduled throughout the week. Technical Advisors from both the Boys’ and Girls’ Development Academy will use the event to evaluate players, coaches and referees. Regional and National U.S. Soccer scouts will be in attendance, meeting on a regular basis. Leaders from U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education group will be on-hand, putting on the next phase of the Academy Directors Course. 178 referees will be present to not only officiate the 309 games, but also take part in on-field and classroom training sessions, and video analysis reviews from the event. Those referees will also undergo evaluation from referee mentors that will provide immediate post-game feedback.

Development Academy


U-17 WORLD CUP TUNE-UP

Not only will U-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth be on hand at the Summer Showcase, so will a large percentage of the U-17 player pool, looking to earn a roster spot on October’s U-17 World Cup in India. After their run to the CONCACAF U-17 Championship Final in April, the following players from the 2017 Spring Residency program could make a splash for their home club teams in Indiana:

Taylor Booth, Real Salt Lake AZ
Bryan Reynolds Jr., FC Dallas
Ethan Bartlow, Crossfire Premier
Matthew Hundley, Real Colorado
Quantrell Jones, DC United
David Ochoa, Real Salt Lake AZ
Marcelo Palomino, Houston Dynamo
Carlo Ritaccio, BW Gottschee
William Sands, New York City FC
Chandler Vaughn, D.C. United
Zyen Jones, Atlanta United
Carlos Asensio, Atlanta United
Grayson Barber, Sporting Kansas City
Alexander Budnik, Sockers FC
Christopher Gloster, New York Red Bulls
Jaylin Lindsey, Sporting Kansas City
Alejandro Pereira, Orlando City FC
Tyler Shaver, Beachside SC
Tonny Temple, IMG Academy
Adrian Villegas, Portland Timbers

Development Academy

Read more
ACADEMY Jun 16, 2017

Group Pairings Announced for 2017 Development Academy Playoffs

CHICAGO (June 8, 2017) – The U.S. Soccer Development Academy conducted its 2016-17 Playoff draw on Wednesday, June 7, at Soccer House, U.S. Soccer’s Chicago headquarters, with the qualified U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams drawn into eight groups of four teams each. The draw breakdown was posted live on the Development Academy Twitter and Instagram feeds (@ussoccer_acad). Teams from across the country will now prepare for the Academy Playoffs from June 22-26 at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.

Before the draw commenced, the top eight seeds from each age division were placed in Groups A through H, similar to the FIFA World Cup. Teams 9-32 were then drawn to fill out each group, according to seeds and division (teams could be placed back into their respective pot if drawn with a divisional opponent, resulting in a new selection). The complete playoffs draw for the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups is as follows:



The Group Stage of the 2017 Academy Playoffs, marks the opening stage of the Playoffs, featuring the top 32 teams from the U-15/16 and U-17/18 divisions based on the final standings of points-per-game-played average from the regular season. The Knockout Round quarterfinals follows from July 6-7, when the eight group winners will vie for one of four spots in the Academy semifinals, set to kickoff at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California on July 14 with the championship games to be played on July 16.

The Group Stage will be played in conjunction with the 2017 Summer Showcase, where 100 U-14 Academy clubs and the remaining 42 U-15/16 teams, which did not crack the top 32 playoff spots, will play three Showcase games. The Summer Showcase provides Academy teams meaningful games against a variety of competition from throughout the country. The event focuses on player, coach and referee development and also serves as a premier opportunity for talent identification.

In total, the Summer Showcase and Playoffs will feature 309 games at Grand Park from June 20-26, and the Development Academy will emphasize the quality of clubs and players with 12  Feature Games streamed live on ussoccerda.com and ussoccer.com. The matchups were selected to highlight competitive games and clubs that exemplify the Academy philosophy.

23 CLUBS QUALIFY FOR BOTH AGE GROUPS
Of 41 clubs to qualify, 23 Academy programs made the Playoffs for both age groups. This marks a record high for the number of programs to qualify for both age group tournaments.

Atlanta United

New York Red Bulls

Bethesda SC

Pateadores

Baltimore Armour

Philadelphia Union

Capital Area RailHawks - CASL

Players Development Academy

Chicago Fire

Real Salt Lake AZ

Colorado Rapids

Real So Cal

Crew SC Academy Wolves

Sacramento Republic FC

Crossfire Premier

Seattle Sounders FC

FC Dallas

Sockers FC

LA Galaxy

Sporting Kansas City

Montreal Impact FC

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Weston FC

FC DALLAS LOOKING TO REPEAT
In 2016, M.L.S. side FC Dallas became the first Development Academy program to win the title for both age groups. 2016 also marked the club’s second straight U-15/16 championship, a feat it will look to triple in 2017. FC Dallas’ U-15/16 squad finished the 2016-17 season with the number one overall Playoff seed, going 21-2-2 and finishing with a 2.6 points-per-game-played average. The club’s U-17/18 side enters the Academy Playoffs as the number six overall seed after finishing atop the Frontier Division, posting a 17-5-3 record and a 2.16 points-per-game-played average.

FC Dallas U-15/16 will need to get past Crew SC Academy Wolves, New York City FC and Baltimore Armour before even thinking about another piece of hardware while, the program’s U-17/18 team faces New York Red Bulls, Seattle Sounders FC and Beachside Soccer Club in the Group Stage.

SUMMER SHOWCASE FEATURES WINTER SHOWCASE REMATCHES
A pair of games will be worth keeping an extra eye on: FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls U-17/18 and New York City FC vs. Crew SC Academy Wolves U-15/16.

Back in December, FC Dallas and New York Red Bulls settled for a 1-1 draw after an 88th minute set piece goal from FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira, who recently became the second youngest M.L.S. goal scorer, tied the game.

During their December spotlight game, a Giovanni Reyna penalty kick gave New York City FC a 1-0 win over Crew SC Academy Wolves in a hard-fought matchup.

M.L.S. DOUBLE HEADER
On day two of the Academy Playoffs, U-17/18 sides LA Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City will square off in Indiana. That same day, on June 24, LA Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City first teams will battle it out at StubHub Center in an M.L.S. Western Conference showdown.

FIRST EVER ALL-M.L.S. GROUP
For the first time in the history of the Academy Playoffs, a single four-team group has been drawn where all four teams are M.L.S. Academies. In U-15/16 Group C, M.L.S. Academies Vancouver Whitecaps FC, LA Galaxy, Philadelphia Union and Houston Dynamo will face off in what is anticipated to be a very challenging group.

U-17 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS
After an impressive showing at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team qualified for October’s 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. As the team continues its preparations for India, the squad’s players have been training in their home environments with their Academy clubs. Keep an eye out on the following players from the CONCACAF roster, who will likely play in the 2017 Academy Payoffs:  

M George Acosta, Weston FC
M Taylor Booth, Real Salt Lake
M Blaine Ferri, Solar Chelsea SC
D Chris Gloster, New York Red Bulls
F Zyen Jones, Atlanta United
D Jaylin Lindsey, Sporting Kansas City
F Bryan Reynolds, FC Dallas
D James Sands, New York City FC
F Josh Sargent, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri
D AJ Vasquez, FC Golden State
M Indiana Vassilev, IMG Academy
M Adrian Villegas, Portland Timbers
D Akil Watts, IMG Academy

PAST AND FUTURE CHAMPIONS
With a total of 55 games played to decide the champions of each age group, all 32 participating clubs will look to etch their name on the prestigious Academy trophy.

At the U-15/16 level, past champions include Carmel United, Derby County Wolves, Chicago Fire, LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake AZ and FC Dallas. Both LA Galaxy and FC Dallas will be looking to raise their third cups.

At the U-17/18 age group, past champions include Baltimore Bays, Carmel United, Vardar, Pateadores, FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls, PDA and Chicago Fire.

See the full list of past U.S. Soccer Development Academy champions here.

Read more
ACADEMY Jun 8, 2017
×