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U.S. U-17 MNT Head Coach Richie Williams Names Rosters for Nordic Tournament and Copa Mexico

CHICAGO (July 22, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named two rosters for the upcoming Open Nordic Tournament starting July 28 in Kolding, Denmark, and the third Copa Mexico de Naciones, which kicks off Aug. 2 in Mexico City.

An 18-player group will represent the United States in Denmark, with the tournament kicking off July 28 against host Denmark. A 20-player roster has been named for the third Copa Mexico de Naciones, with the USA opening against China PR on Aug. 2.

The tournaments overlap, but there are four players who have been rostered for both tournaments: goalkeeper William Pulisic, defender Edwin Lara and forwards McKinze Gaines and Elijah Rice.

The USA’s U-17 pool has had an unbeaten 2014 in international competition with a 7-0-2 record. The U-17s went 3-0-1 and defeated Turkey 2-1 in the Aegean Cup championship in January. In early April, the USA defeated Bosnia 4-1 in the Katalinski Memorial Tournament title match in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, to cap off a 2-0-1 performance at the event. The U.S. U-17 MNT then posted back-to-back wins against Croatia on April 8 and 10.

Among the combined 34 players involved in this two-tournament stretch, there are 23 who are currently registered with Development Academy clubs.

Two players advanced to the recently-completed 2013-14 Development Academy Championships. On the USA’s Nordic roster, defender Miles Stray was on Real Salt Lake AZ’s U-15/16 national runner-up team. Rice, who is on both U.S. U-17 MNT rosters, had a goal and two assists to lead Chicago Magic PSG’s U-15/16s in their third-place victory against Strikers FC.

The two rosters are mostly composed of players born in 1998, with the exception of defender Tyler Adams, midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez, defender Lara and goalkeeper Eric Lopez who were born in 1999.

U.S. U-17 MNT’s Open Nordic Tournament Schedule:
Monday, July 28: USA vs. Denmark
Tuesday, July 29: USA vs. Norway
Thursday, July 31: USA vs. Faroe Islands
Saturday, Aug. 2: Placement match

U.S. U-17 MNT’s Copa Mexico de Naciones Schedule:
Saturday, Aug. 2: USA vs. China PR
Sunday, Aug. 3: USA vs. Argentina
Monday, Aug. 4: USA vs. Paraguay
Wednesday, Aug. 6: TBD
Friday, Aug. 8: TBD
Sunday, Aug. 10: Placement match

U.S. U-17 MNT Rosters by Position:
Open Nordic Tournament:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.)
DEFENDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Nikkye DePoint (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Edwin Lara (Juventus; San Leandro, Calif.), AJ Palazzolo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Miles Stray (Real Salt Lake AZ; Point Reyes, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Kyle Gurrieri (NJCSA; Totowa, N.J.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Kai Koreniuk (Vitesse; Ormond Beach, Fla.), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.)

Copa Mexico de Naciones:
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Pa.), Tanner Dieterich (Unattached; Nashville, Tenn.), Edwin Lara (Juventus; San Leandro, Calif.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (6): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Haji Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.)

Development Academy Players and Coaches Earn End-of-Year Honors for 2013-14 Season

CHICAGO (July 20, 2014) – The U.S. Soccer Development Academy has named its conference award winners for Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. Additional accolades include a Starting XI for each conference at each age group, as well as team- and club-focused awards.

Jeremy Ebobisse (Bethesda-Olney) was named Player of the Year in the East Conference for the Under-15/16s (1997-98 birth years). Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire) won the award in the Central and Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ) in the West. For Coach of the Year, Matias Asorey (Kendall SC) was the winner in the East Conference. Lars Richters (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves) won in the Central and Teddy Chronopoulos (Pateadores) took the honors in the West.

For the Under-17/18s (1995-96 birth years), the Players of the Year were Brian White (Players Development Academy) in the East, Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea FC) in the Central and Adonis Amaya (LA Galaxy) in the West. Matt Pilkington (Bethesda-Olney) was the Coach of the Year in the East, with Tim Carter (Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy) and Derek Armstrong (Nomads SC) winning the award in the Central and West, respectively.

For the overall awards, the Philadelphia Union was named the Best Overall Club in the East Conference. FC Dallas earned the same distinction in the Central and the award went to the LA Galaxy in the West. To be considered for this award, a club must have a U-12 through Pro Development pathway.

In the Under-13/14 age group (1990-00 birth years), the Development Academy does not award individual players but does recognize Coaches of the Year, along with team and club awards. Marcelo Neveleff (Weston FC) took home Coach of the Year honors in the East Conference, with Dave Richardson (Sockers FC) and Shaun Tsakaris (De Anza Force) garnering the honors in the Central and West Conferences, respectively.

A list of all the award winners, including the Starting XI for each conference and age division, can be found below.

Under-13/14 (1999-00)
East
COACH OF THE YEAR: Marcelo Neveleff (Weston FC)
Central
COACH OF THE YEAR: Dave Richardson (Sockers FC)
West
COACH OF THE YEAR: Shaun Tsakiris (De Anza Force)

Under-15/16 (1997-98)
East
GOALKEEPER: Austin Aviza (New England Revolution)
DEFENDERS: Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls), DJ Mason (Carolina RailHawks Academy – CASL), Miles Robinson (FC Bolts Celtic), Juan Riley (Weston FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Alex Soto (NJSA 04), Patrick Jean-Gilles (D.C. United), Juan Gamino (Kendall SC)
FORWARDS: Austin Maloney (PA Classics), Jeremy Ebobisse (Bethesda-Olney), Owen Marshall (D.C. United)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Matias Asorey (Kendall SC)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jeremy Ebobisse (Bethesda-Olney)

Central
GOALKEEPER: Konrad Dziedzic (Chicago Magic PSG)
DEFENDERS: AJ Pallazzolo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), Quentin Pearson (Colorado Rapids), Willie Maddox (Vardar), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire)
MIDFIELDERS: Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS: Nash Popovic (Vardar), Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Juan Flores (Houston Dynamo)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Lars Richter (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire)

West
GOALKEEPER: JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
DEFENDERS: Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf), Antonio Nava (De Anza Force)
MIDFIELDERS: Shinya Kadono (Strikers FC), Rey Ortiz (LA Galaxy), Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes)
FORWARDS: Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC), Ivan Gutierrez (Chivas USA), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Teddy Chronopoulos (Pateadores)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ)

Under-17/18 (1995-96)
East
GOALKEEPER: Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls)
DEFENDERS: Chase Gasper (Bethesda-Olney), Caleb Duvernay (Carolina RailHawks Academy – CASL), Kevin Politz (New York Red Bulls), Carter Manley (Bethesda-Olney)
MIDFIELDERS: Jake Rozhansky (Bethesda-Olney), Chris Lema (New York Red Bulls), Declan McCabe (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS: Cameron Moseley (Concorde Fire), Brian White (Players Development Academy), Tanner Roberts (Carolina Rapids)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Matt Pilkington (Bethesda-Olney)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Brian White (Players Development Academy)

Central
GOALKEEPER: Joseph Melong (Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy)
DEFENDERS: Frankie Moore (Chicago Magic PSG), Francisco Narbon (Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy), Jordan Cano (FC Dallas), Kristoffer Reaves (FC Dallas)
MIDFIELDERS: Eduardo Reza (Colorado Rush), Rece Buckmaster (Indiana Fire Academy), Martin Alba (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS: Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea SC), Sam Forsgren (Minnesota Thunder), Ricky Lopez (Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Tim Carter (Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea SC)

West
GOALKEEPER: Justin Vom Steeg (Real So Cal)
DEFENDERS: John Requejo (Real So Cal), Jacob Hauser (Seattle Sounders FC), Sam Junqua (De Anza Force), David Chavez (De Anza Force)
MIDFIELDERS: Jose Hernandez (Real Salt Lake AZ), Roberto Mendoza (San Jose Earthquakes), Jaime Villarreal (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS: Carlos Delgadillo (De Anza Force), Saul Aquino (Nomads SC), Adonis Amaya (LA Galaxy)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Derek Armstrong (Nomads SC)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Adonis Amaya (LA Galaxy)

Team Awards
Under-13/14 (1999-00) Style of Play
East: Georgia United
Central: Solar Chelsea SC
West: De Anza Force

Under-15/16 (1997-98) Style of Play
East: Kendall SC
Central: Chicago Magic PSG
West: Real Salt Lake AZ

Under-17/18 (1995-96) Style of Play
East: Bethesda-Olney
Central: Chicago Fire
West: Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Overall
East
BEST OVERALL CLUB: Philadelphia Union
MOST IMPROVED CLUB: BSC CT
BEST REGULAR MATCH FACILITY: IMG Academy
BEST TRAINING FACILITY: Philadelphia Union
RESPECT AWARD: PA Classics
COMMUNITY AWARD: Philadelphia Union

Central
BEST OVERALL CLUB: FC Dallas
MOST IMPROVED CLUB: Minnesota Thunder Academy
BEST REGULAR MATCH FACILITY: St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri
BEST TRAINING FACILITY: FC Dallas
RESPECT AWARD: Solar Chelsea SC
COMMUNITY AWARD: Sporting Kansas City

West
BEST OVERALL CLUB: LA Galaxy
MOST IMPROVED CLUB: Seattle Sounders FC
BEST REGULAR MATCH FACILITY: Seattle Sounders FC
BEST TRAINING FACILITY: Real Salt Lake AZ
RESPECT AWARD: De Anza Force
COMMUNITY AWARD: Real So Cal

PDA U-17/18s Earn First Development Academy National Title

CARSON, California (July 19, 2014) – Brian White recorded a goal and an assist and the Players Development Academy defense held Bethesda-Olney in check to earn a 2-0 victory and win the 2013-14 Development Academy U-17/18 Championship on Saturday night at StubHub Center.

This marked the first time PDA has earned a national championship in the Development Academy. PDA also caps off the season with a 24-3-4 overall record and an unbeaten postseason stretch with a 5-0-1 record.

PDA immediately increased the pressure on the Bethesda-Olney defense in the second half with two shots on frame in the first two minutes, then broke through with the game’s first tally about five minutes later.

White scored the first goal of the game in the 53rd minute. After a shot by Jared Stroud, Bethesda-Olney keeper Joe Bogan and Bethesda-Olney defender Ismael Lapp-Kamara came together to clear the rebound, causing a loose ball that fell to White in front of the net. He took one dribble to his right and shot to give PDA a 1-0 lead.

PDA pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 69th minute when White tapped a pass to Ryan Peterson alone in the middle of box. The darting Peterson took one touch to fire a shot to the upper right corner of the net and pad the PDA lead.

Both teams had chances in a spirited first half of a game that featured two of the most prolific scorers in the Development Academy this season in White and Bethesda-Olney’s Jeremy Ebobisse.

Ebobisse was responsible for Bethesda Olney’s first chance of the game in the ninth minute, when his diving header in front of the goal was astutely deflected by PDA goalkeeper Joe Ohaus wide of the goal.

Jake Rozhansky nearly put Bethesda-Olney on the score sheet in the 22nd minute. His running, right-footed shot from just outside the box was tipped wide by a diving Ohaus.

PDA created a quality scoring opportunity in the 42nd minute as Daniel Mooney attempted a half-volley that was just out of the reach of Bethesda-Olney goalkeeper Bogan, but the shot hit the left upright and caromed back out to the middle of the box.

Bethesda-Olney responded in the 44th minute with a shot of its own from Sam Schmidt, who found himself with space along the left side. He dribbled toward the goal and tried a right-footed bender that ended up just wide of the right post. 

While trailing 2-0 in the closing 10 minutes, an urgent Bethesda-Olney side generated one of its best chances of the game in the 81st minute when Ebobisse dribbled through the middle of the PDA defense and forced Ohaus off his line. Ohaus dove at Ebobisse’s feet and tipped the ball just enough to allow the defense to recover and clear the ball.

-U-17/18 Development Academy Championship Match Report-

Match: Bethesda-Olney vs. Players Development Academy
Date: July 19, 2014
Competition: 2013-14 Development Academy Championships
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Attendance: 100
Weather: Clear, 71 degrees

Scoring Summary:   1   2   F
Bethesda-Olney         0   0   0
PDA                          0   2   2

PDA – Brian White 54th minute
PDA – Ryan Peterson (Brian White) 70

Lineups:
BTO: 24-Joe Bogan; 8-Carter Manley, 6-Ismail Lapp-Kamara, 5-Karl Brown, 3-Chase Gasper; 4-Matt Danilack, 15-Jorge Quintanilla (16-Nolan Axenfeld, 61), 10-Jake Rozhansky; 11-Sam Schmidt (21-Ibrahima Kouyate, 74), 7-Matthew Ledder (14-Daniel Kaiser, 74), 9-Jeremy Ebobisse
Head Coach: Matthew Pilkington

PDA: 41-Joe Ohaus; 5-Tyler Pinho, 6-Niel Guzman, 33-Franky Martinez, 20-Kevin Kappock; 2-Matthew Mangini, 11-Anderson Asiedu, 4-Jake Areman (3-Brett Giuliana, 86); 28-Juan Rivero (7-Ryan Peterson, 46), 9-Jared Stroud (14-James Murphy, 67), 10-Brian White
Head Coach: Sam Nellins

Stats Summary: BTO / PDA
Shots: 12 / 16
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 9
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
PDA – Jared Stroud (caution) 19
BTO – Chase Gasper (caution) 76

Officials:
Referee: Denis Vargas
Assistant Referee: Ryan Cook
Assistant Referee: Ben Pilgrim
Fourth Official: David Breckner

LA Galaxy Shuts Out Real Salt Lake AZ to Win U-15/16 Development Academy Championship

CARSON, California (July 19, 2014) – The LA Galaxy had the opportunity to celebrate on its home field Saturday afternoon after beating defending champion Real Salt Lake AZ 2-0 in the 2013-14 Development Academy U-15/16 Championship at StubHub Center.

The team’s leading scorer, Dylan Smith, tallied his 19th goal of the season in the 28th minute to open the scoring for the Galaxy, a goal that would end up being the game-winner.

With the victory, the LA Galaxy won its second national title at this U-15/16 age group. The other national crown came during the 2010-11 Development Academy Finals when the Galaxy defeated PA Classics.

On Saturday, the Galaxy got on the score sheet in the first half when Alex Ramos took an initial shot that hit the left upright and ricocheted directly to Smith’s feet right in front of the goal. Smith took just one touch to hammer it home and give the Galaxy a 1-0 lead.

After multiple chances by both teams, the Galaxy added an insurance goal in the 52nd minute. Forward Ethan Zubak took a shot that forced a diving save by Real Salt Lake AZ keeper Christian Herrera, deflecting the ball out of bounds. On the ensuing corner kick, BJ O’Hara got the initial touch after Rey Ortiz’s cross, heading the ball to Juan Orozco who corralled and shot from just right of the penalty area to extend the lead to 2-0.

Real Salt Lake AZ pushed to get back into the game, but the Galaxy defense was up to the task and thwarted every chance RSL AZ had. Goalkeeper Bennett Sneddon ended the game with six saves to earn the clean sheet.

From the onset, both teams had quality looks. The Galaxy put pressure on RSL AZ in the 11th minute when Adrian Vera got loose up the seam with a head of steam. Defender Miles Stray cut him off just in time, leading to a corner kick for the Galaxy.

Danilo Acosta forced the issue for RSL AZ in the 16th minute, playing a cross into traffic in front of the Galaxy goal and leading to a corner for RSL AZ. A couple of chances materialized, but the Galaxy defense cleared the ball to end the threat.

RSL AZ pressured again in the 25th minute with a free kick into the box and then a corner kick, but the Galaxy defense won each of those set piece opportunities.

Down 1-0, RSL continued to pressure, producing a quality look in the 34th minute as Evan Waldrep found Josh Doughty on the left side just inside the box. His left-footed shot was handled by Sneddon.

The Galaxy almost extended the lead in the 50th minute, as Ethan Zubak shot from the left side and forced a diving save to RSL goalkeeper’s right. The Galaxy threatened again in the 56th minute, as Zubak put a header on frame from a Galaxy corner.

RSL AZ had another chance in the 72nd minute when Sebastian Saucedo found himself open on the left flank. He passed to the middle and connected with Doughty. He shot to his left, forcing a diving save from Sneddon and leading to a corner kick. Tate Schmitt had a chance on the corner, heading the ball just over the crossbar.

-U-15/16 Development Academy Championship Match Report-

Match: Real Salt Lake AZ vs. LA Galaxy
Date: July 19, 2014
Competition: 2013-14 Development Academy Championships
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 4 p.m. PT
Attendance: 300
Weather: Partly cloudy, 76 degrees

Scoring Summary:           1      2      F
Real Salt Lake AZ                   0      0      0
LA Galaxy                                 1      1      2 

LAG – Dylan Smith                                           28th minute
LAG – Juan Orozco (BJ O’Hara)                      52 

Lineups:
RSL: 79-Christian Herrera; 31-Christian Hererra, 15-Miles Stray, 35-Justen Glad, 11-Diego Silva; 8-Adolfo Ovalle (Tate Schmitt, 52), 17-Danilo Acosta, 7-Evan Waldrep (Alexander Knox, 61), 12-Gavino Carranza; 9-Josh Doughty, 10-Sebastian Saucedo
Head Coach: Martin Vazquez

LAG: 12-Bennett Sneddon; 2-Michael Lopez, 17-BJ O’Hara, 3-Malcolm Jones, 6-Christian Segovia; 31-Rey Ortiz, 8-Juan Orozco (25-Andrew Perez, 69), 6-Christian Segovia, 7-Adrian Vera; 10-Ethan Zubak (22-Jorge Ruiz, 69), 27-Dylan Smith
Head Coach: Michael Munoz

Stats Summary: RSL / LAG
Shots: 10 / 8
Shots on Goal: 2 / 3
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 8 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 18
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
LAG – Juan Orozco (caution)                       32nd minute
LAG – Dylan Smith (caution)                        50
RSL – Josh Doughty (caution)                      58

Officials:
Referee: Randall Kelley
Assistant Referee: Koffi Agbossou
Assistant Referee: Alicia Messer
Fourth Official: Joseph Brice

LA Galaxy U-15/16

Montreal Impact, Chicago Magic PSG Take Home Third Place in Academy Championships

CARSON, California (July 19, 2014) – Ahead of Saturday’s title games at the 2013-14 Development Academy Championships, the Montreal Impact U-17/18 team defeated FC Dallas 3-2 and the Chicago Magic PSG U-15/16 defeated Strikers FC 3-0 in their third-place matches at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center. Fabio Morelli scored the game-winner in stoppage time for Montreal, while Elijah Rice led Chicago with a part in all three of the team’s goals to carry the U-15/16s.

U-15/16 Third Place Game
Chicago Magic PSG 3, Strikers FC 0
After a scoreless first half, Chicago Magic FC tallied three second-half goals led by an offensive explosion by Elijah Rice, who has missed the semifinal stage while serving a red card suspension. His goal in the 55th minute opened the scoring, picking up a Strikers FC turnover and converting to score what would turn out to be the game-winner.

Rice had a hand in the two other goals scored by Chicago, supplying the cross that led to Kendall Stork’s tap-in in the 70th minute and recording the assist on Amit Tal’s 80th-minute insurance goal.

U-17/18 Third Place Game
Montreal Impact 3, FC Dallas 2
Fabio Morelli scored in the third minute of stoppage time to give the Montreal Impact a 3-2 victory in a back-and-forth game. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Impact scored two equalizers –the first from Mitchel Bringolf in the 64th minute to tie the score at 1-1, and the second in the 84th minute by Alexander Kulic to set up the game-winner.

Oscar Romero recorded a brace in the loss for FC Dallas, putting his team up 1-0 just before halftime and netting a 70th-minute goal from Coy Craft to give his team a 2-1 lead.

2013-14 Development Academy U-17/18 Championship: PDA vs. Bethesda-Olney

Welcome to U.S. Soccer’s live broadcast of the 2013-14 Development Academy Championships. The U-17/18 title game features Players Development Academy and first-season Academy club Bethesda-Olney.

Kickoff for the game between PDA and Bethesda-Olney is set for 7 p.m. PT from StubHub Center in Carson, California.

2013-14 Development Academy U-15/16 Championship: Real Salt Lake AZ vs. LA Galaxy

Welcome to U.S. Soccer’s live broadcast of the 2013-14 Development Academy Championships. The U-15/16 title game features defending champion Real Salt Lake AZ against the LA Galaxy.

Kickoff for the game between RSL AZ and the LA Galaxy is set for 4 p.m. PT.

Development Academy Finals History

U-15/16 Development Academy Champions:
2007-08: Carmel United (now Indiana Fire)
2008-09: Derby County Wolves (now Crew Soccer Academy Wolves)
2009-10: Chicago Fire
2010-11: LA Galaxy
2011-12: New York Red Bulls
2012-13: Real Salt Lake AZ

U-17/18 Development Academy Champions:
2007-08: Baltimore Bays (now Baltimore Bays Chelsea)
2008-09: Carmel United (now Indiana Fire)
2009-10: Vardar SC
2010-11: Pateadores
2011-12: FC Dallas
2012-13: New York Red Bulls

The following is a rundown of previous Development Academy Finals games since the Academy’s inaugural 2007-08 season:

U-15/16:

2007-08: Carmel United (now Indiana Fire): Carmel United earned a 1-0 victory against Players Development Academy, claiming the 2008 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week U-15/16 Championship on July 19 on the Glenn “Mooch” Mynerick Field at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California. AJ Corrado scored the game’s only goal in the 52nd minute, receiving the ball near the top of the box after a short corner kick and curling his shot into the bottom right corner of the net.

2008-09: Derby County Wolves (now Crew Soccer Academy Wolves): A sixth-minute strike by Dzenan Catic provided the Derby County Wolves all they needed to defeat Cal Odyssey 1-0 and earn the national title on July 17, 2009, in Carson, California. For the lone goal, Wolves defender Stefan Grigorakis sent the ball up the sidelines to Catic, who then dribbled around a pair of Cal Odyssey defenders and shot inside the near post.

2009-10: Chicago Fire: The Fire outlasted Cal Odyssey through two overtime periods before finally defeating last year’s runner-up Cal Odyssey by a 5-3 margin in penalties. Luis Medina opened the scoring for the Fire in the 20th minute off of a Victor Pineda assist, but Cal Odyssey’s Gregory Antongnoli pulled it even in the 56th minute off of a Villyan Bijev assist. In the shootout, all five Fire players made their shots while goalkeeper Sam Euler stopped the second shot he faced to put Chicago ahead. Chicago’s five shootout tallies came from the following in order: Victor Pineda, Henrik Egly, Luis Medina, Eduardo Cuautle and Andrew Connor.

2010-11: LA Galaxy: Three unanswered goals from William Raygoza, Justin Dhillon and Drew Murphy broke the game wide open in the final 20 minutes as the LA Galaxy defeated PA Classics 4-1 to win the 2011 Development Academy U-15/16 Championship at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sean Dhillon put the Galaxy on the score sheet in the second minute, and PA Classics’ Kyle Bitterman tallied an equalizer in the 49th minute. The Galaxy’s Raygoza responded with what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 60th minute. 

2011-12: New York Red Bulls: The New York Red Bulls U-15/16 Academy team, unbeaten since mid-May, finished its 2011-12 season with the highest of accolades, defeating St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri 1-0 on July 23 in the Development Academy Finals Week championship at BBVA Compass Stadium. Alex Muyl scored the game’s only goal in the 16th minute – his team-leading 17th goal of the season – off of an Adam Najem assist. Goalkeeper Evan Louro made four saves for the shutout. 

2012-13: Real Salt Lake AZ: Real Salt Lake AZ defender Justen Glad scored a 76th-minute goal to break a 2-2 deadlock en route to a 4-2 victory against Solar Chelsea SC on July 20 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Brooks Lennon added a goal and two assists, setting up RSL teammate Sebastian Saucedo in the 36th minute and Evan Waldrep in the 78th minute.

U-17/18:

2007-08: Baltimore Bays (now Baltimore Bays Chelsea): The Baltimore Bays twice overcame deficits en route to a thrilling 4-2 overtime victory over LAFC to win the 2008 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week U-17/18 Championship on Friday night on the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at The U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. U-17/18 Player of the Year Chris Agorsor earned man of the match honors.

2008-09: Carmel United (now Indiana Fire): Earning its second straight title as a club, Carmel United defeated D.C. United 1-0 on July 16, 2009, to win the Academy U-17/18 national title in Carson, California. Midfielder Nikita Kotlov scored the game-winner in the 29th minute from the corner of the six-yard box, driving his shot past D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who had six saves in that match. Hamid’s counterpart, Carmel United’s Jon Dawson, made three saves for the clean sheet.

2009-10: Vardar SC: Two second-half goals by Vardar’s Derek Schrauben helped the Michigan side come from behind to defeat Crossfire Premier 3-1 and win the 2009-10 Development Academy U-17/18 national championship in Carson, Calif. Liam Kelly lit up the scoreboard in the 12th minute for Crossfire, but Vardar recovered and tied it in the 29th minute before winning with Schrauben’s heroics late in the game.

2010-11: Pateadores: Pateadores claimed the 2011 Development Academy U-17/18 Finals Week championship with a 2-1 victory against FC Dallas at Valley Fields in Milwaukee, Wis., behind two goals from Jose Villarreal. In its first appearance at a Finals Week, Pateadores become the first team from Southern California to win an Academy championship.

2011-12: FC Dallas: After reaching Finals Week in the U-17/18 Division for three straight years and settling for a runner-up finish last season, FC Dallas finally earned the right to be called Development Academy champion. Halftime substitution Jose de la Tejera scored back-to-back goals as FC Dallas put on a superior passing display to triumph with a 3-2 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC to win the 2011-12 U-17/18 Championship at BBVA Compass Stadium.

2012-13: New York Red Bulls: The New York Red Bulls defeated Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy 2-1 in overtime to help the club earn its second national crown in as many years at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The Red Bulls U-15/16s won the 2011-12 title the previous season. Jhon Estama scored the game-winning goal in the 115th minute, while Ethan Decker scored New York’s lone goal during regulation.

Brian White Hopes to Cap off PDA Career on Top Heading into U-17/18 Final

Brian White and his Players Development Academy teammates walked off the field tired and dehydrated after grinding out a semifinal victory over FC Dallas in match that saw only one goal scored by either team – a 26th-minute tally by Anderson Asiedu that proved to be enough as a stingy PDA defense shut out FC Dallas 1-0 on Thursday.

With the victory, PDA will play Bethesda-Olney in the U-17/18 finals for a national championship, a fitting end for White in his ninth and final year with the club.

“It means a lot to us,” White said. “I’ve been at PDA for nine years, and it means a lot to end it on a national championship game. We’ve worked hard all season on our fitness and put in a lot of hard work at practice to get here, and it’s paying off.”

That hard worked has paid huge dividends for White who has had a special season by any measure, having scored 27 goals this season to easily lead his team. That includes seven goals in the postseason to help get PDA to the finals.

“I improved a lot,” White said. “I did a lot more work on my finishing and my fitness. It really all comes down to my teammates putting me in good positions.  My job is to get the ball in the back of the net.”

In addition to scoring goals, White has played the role of Mr. Versatility for PDA throughout his career. He has played all over the field, at times defending the opposing team’s best player or on other occasions, as shown by his numbers this season, playing up top and putting the ball past opposing goalkeepers. Whatever the role, White is willing to do what he needs to in order to help the team win.

“Coach tells me to play there, and I’ve got to do the job,” White said. “He trusts me. If I play outside back to shut down their winger. He trusts me up front to put goals in. I’ve just got to get the job done for the team.”

That versatility, hard work and his impressive play this season have given White a chance to connect with the Youth National Team system. He has participated in camps before with U.S. Soccer and would relish the chance to be able to don the red, white and blue again.

“It would mean the world to me,” White said. “I always keep tabs on who is going into camps, how they’re doing at tournaments. It’s something I’ve been working to get to. It would mean a lot to me if I was able to wear the U.S. badge.”

Right now, White is focused on doing all he can to help PDA win on Saturday night at StubHub Center (7 p.m. PT, live on ussoccer.com) and bring a national championship to the club that has given him so much over nine years. White and his teammates know they will have to bring their best to beat Bethesda-Olney, and he says that PDA will need to improve on its semifinal performance to reach its ultimate goal.

“It wasn’t our best game I think,” White said of the win against FC Dallas. “They brought it to us a little more. They outplayed us at times. We’ve got to be a lot better if we want to win a national championship. But I’m over-the-moon excited. Especially to win a national championship, that would be awesome.”

White credits PDA, his teammates and coaches with helping him develop as a person and player, and for that to culminate in a national championship would be a dream come true.

“PDA has given me the world,” White said. “It’s been my second home since I was 9. The coaches are all like dads to me. It’s been my life really. I gave up a lot of social aspects. It would mean a lot to win a national championship for them.”

In First Season with LA Galaxy U-15/16s, Jones Hopes to Seize Moment in Final

Malcolm Jones is feeling right at home with his new club and enjoying the ride to the Development Academy Championship game. Starting on the Galaxy defense in his first season with the club, Jones and his teammates defeated Chicago Magic PSG 3-2 on Thursday night in its semifinal match for the chance to play for in the championship game Saturday in StubHub Center, the Galaxy’s home field.

“It feels good to be moving on. It was a good win,” Jones said. “It was kind of back and forth, not really what we intended, but we battled through it. I thought the team showed a lot of perseverance. It was a solid overall performance. Everybody worked hard for each other and we were able to get the end result.”

The championship features the Galaxy against Real Salt Lake AZ, which beat Strikers FC 4-1 in the other semifinal match. The Galaxy has played RSL AZ twice already this season, with each team winning on its home field. Jones is banking on home-field advantage to prove the difference again.

“The fact that it’s here at our home, we have the chance to win it in our stadium in front of all our fans,” Jones said. “You don’t want to lose at home. You take pride in protecting your house. This is our home, so whoever we play in final we are going to play them tough and look to win.”

The success experienced with the Galaxy is just part of what Jones loves about the club. The environment has lent itself to a very welcoming feeling through Jones’ first season.

“I’ve enjoyed everything about the organization as a whole,” Jones said. “It’s really organized and professional. The opportunities they give you to meet first-team players and coaches, be at the games, it’s really close-knit down from the first team to the Academy. It’s like a family. It’s together.”

Jones has dedicated plenty of hard work toward his ultimate goal of becoming a professional player. That hard work has its rewards, as Jones has participated multiple times in various Youth Natonal Team camps. He values the high level of soccer and friendships that come with wearing the U.S. jersey.

“The National Team is fun,” Jones said. “I’ve made friends from all over the country. They’re the types of relationships that are life-long. I feel like I’m going to be friends with those guys forever. It’s nice to see those guys and it’s a higher level when you’re there, so it’s nice to challenge yourself and see if you can compete with them. And I think I can.”

Experiences like National Team camps and playing for the Development Academy Championship will help Jones fulfill his full potential. Playing at the highest level and among those who push each other will bring out the best in Jones.

“Playing with these types of players who have the same goals, these are all good, talented players, it helps you when you go to that next level,” Jones said. “You feel like you can fit right in and play with those players, who are the best.”

There is plenty of growth and a wealth of big moments left for Jones in his soccer career, and one of those awaits Saturday night as he and his teammates try to become national champions.

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
June 7, 2011 MNT vs Canada 2-0 W Ford Field; Detroit, Mich. 28,209 Altidore, Dempsey
June 11, 2011 MNT vs Panama 1-2 L Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla. 27,731 Goodson
June 14, 2011 MNT vs Guadeloupe 1-0 W Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan. 20,109 Altidore
June 19, 2011 MNT vs Jamaica 2-0 W RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 45,423 Jones, Dempsey
June 22, 2011 MNT vs Panama 1-0 W Reliant Stadium; Houston, Texas 70,267 Dempsey
June 25, 2011 MNT vs Mexico 2-4 L Rose Bowl; Pasadena, Calif. 93,420 Bradley, Donovan
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