Four Teams Vying for Finals Week Crowns at BBVA Compass Stadium
The 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week has reached its pinnacle with four teams in two age groups vying for a championship on Saturday, July 20, at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
July 19, 2013
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2012-13 Development Academy Finals Week Championship
U-15/16: Solar Chelsea SC vs. Real Salt Lake AZ
U-17/18: Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy vs. New York Red Bulls
BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston, Texas
July 20, 2013
ACADEMY TEAMS VYING FOR TITLE: The 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week has reached its pinnacle with four teams in two age groups vying for a championship on Saturday, July 20, at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
The U-15/16 final features Real Salt Lake AZ and Solar Chelsea SC. For Solar Chelsea, it marks the club’s first appearance at a Finals Week title match after its older group took fourth place in last season’s event. Real Salt Lake AZ also is making its first appearance in the title game. The U-15/16 squad took third place at the 2010-11 Finals Week.
The U-17/18 age group sees the New York Red Bulls meeting Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy. The Red Bulls club clinched a trip to a Development Academy championship game for the second consecutive season in the form of a 4-0 victory against the Seattle Sounders. The New York Red Bulls U-15/16s won last year’s, with some of the same players competing for a second straight crown with this season’s older group. Shattuck needed just a draw to earn its place in the title game and did just that in a nail-biting 2-2 stalemate with De Anza Force.
The U-15/16 championship game kicks off at 6 p.m. CT and the U-17/18 title match is at 8:30 p.m. CT.
The games will be broadcast live on ussoccer.com. Fans can also receive updates via Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
ABOUT THE TEAMS:
SOLAR CHELSEA SC (U-15/16)
- Numerical roster: 1-Chase Therrien, 2-Dorian Hernandez, 4-Brock Dudley, 5-Trevor Baum, 6-Santiago Luna, 7-Bryson Asher, 8-Blake Stricker, 9-Nathanael Rennhack, 10-Caleb Smith, 11-Toryima Asom, 12-Isaac Linnabary, 16-Casey Collins, 17-Jordan Shankle, 18-Alan Winn, 23-Zachary Stavrou, 24-Alfonso Ochoa, 28-Daniel Carmona, 34-Ryan Applewhite
- How they got to Finals Week Championship: Solar Chelsea SC is appearing in the Development Academy finals for the first time. They started off the week with a 2-1 win against Crew Soccer Academy Wolves. They played to a 0-0 draw with the Colorado Rapids and clinched their spot in the finals with a 3-0 victory against De Anza Force.
- 2012-13 Regular Season: Solar Chelsea SC finished the regular season with a 24-6-3 record, good for second place in the difficult Frontier Division. Solar Chelsea topped three teams that made it to 2013 Finals Week event: the Houston Dynamo, Texans SC Houston and Colorado.
- About Head Coaches Adrian Solca and Kevin Smith: Solca began coaching while still in college as the coordinator and head coach of a youth soccer program in Bucharest, Romania, before coaching in north Texas since 1999. Solca was a member of Roman’s youth national team from 1990-92. … For the past 10 years, Smith has served in various coaching roles within the club and currently serves as Director of Coaching for Solar Chelsea SC. A native of England, Smith began his career at the age of 17 with Charlton Athletic and became the youngest player to score a goal for Charlton. After a four-year career with the English side in which he made more than 100 apperances and scored 14 goals from 1979-84, Smith moved to Texas in 1984 to play for the Dallas Sidekicks of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Smith played for the Sidekicks in two stints from 1984-1992 (MISL) and 1995-98 (Continental Indoor Soccer League, Premier Soccer League).
- Scoring Leaders During 2013 Finals Week: Brock Dudley (3), Nathanial Rennhack (1) and Toryima Asom (1)
- Scoring Leader During 2012-13 Regular Season: Bryson Asher (14)
REAL SALT LAKE AZ (U-15/16)
- Numerical roster: 8-Damian German, 18-Chase Bishov, 21-Jose Hernandez, 26-Jason Eng, 29-Brooks Lennon, 30-Luis Lopez, 32-Alxander Knox, 33-Adolfo Ovalle, 50-Sebastian Saucedo, 47-Evan Waldrap, 48-Adam Ferguson, 49-Justen Glad, 58-Dillon Nino, 59-Moises Rodriguez, 63-Josh Doughty, 77-Diego Silva, 85-Jack Gayton, 88-Luis Barraza
- How they got to Finals Week Championship : The U-15/16 age group for Real Salt Lake AZ began the run to its first Development Academy Finals Week championship match with a 3-1 win against Albertson SC. After falling to hometown Houston Dynamo 1-0, RSL bounced back with a dramatic 1-0 win against another Texas team in Texans SC Houston.
- 2012-13 Regular Season: Real Salt Lake AZ finished the regular season with a 21-7-6 record, good for second place in the Southwest Division, just two points behind the division champions.
- About Head Coach Freddy Juarez: In his years as coach and Residential Advisor for Grande Sports Academy, his efforts were huge in getting the team off the ground. Before taking the position at Real Salt Lake AZ, Juarez was on staff at New Mexico Striker FC from 1998-2010 as Coaching Director. Nine of his teams have won New Mexico State Championships. He has developed seven players for the US Youth National teams, one of which is Edgar Castillo.
- Scoring Leaders During Finals Week: Jose Hernandez (1), Sebastian Saucedo (1), Diego Silva (1) and Damian German (1)
- Scoring Leader During 2012-13 Regular Season: Sebastian Saucedo (18)
SHATTUCK-ST. MARY’S SOCCER ACADEMY (U-17/18)
- Numerical roster: 0-Adam Prevost, 1-Joseph Melong, 2-Andrew Moullin, 3-Valdis Upmallis, 4-Eddosa Muhammed, 6-Lesley Nchanji, 7-Cory Sauerwine, 8-Lucas Stauffer, 9-Steve Eneme, 10- Kevin Beyer, 11-Robert Sagel, 12-Isaiah McCullough, 15-Peter Aasa, 17-Ricardo Lopez-Espin, 18-Francisco Narbon, 19-Abdulla Al-Kalisy, 20-Geoffrey Dee, 21-Michael Bajza
- How they got to Finals Week Championship: Earned seven points to win Group 2. Defeated New England Revolution 3-2, Defeated St. Louis Scott Gallagher 3-0, and drew with De Anza Force 2-2
- Road through Playoffs: Defeated Pateadores 4-0 and Kendall SC 2-1 to win their group and earn a spot in Finals Week.
- 2012-13 Regular Season: Won the Central Conference’s Mid-America Division with a record of 23-7-2 and 71 points.
- Scoring Leader in Finals Week: Ricardo Lopez-Espin (4)
- Scoring Leader During 2012-13 Regular Season: Michael Bazja (16)
- Inside the Numbers: Closed out the regular season with an eight game unbeaten streak, dating back to April 14.
- About head coach Tim Carter: Tim Carter, Director of Boys Soccer and Head Coach U-18 Boys, was the former Director of Youth Development and National Staff Coach for US Soccer. Creating programming for U.S. Soccer’s Project 2010 Carter was also responsible for creating the first international coach and player development exchange program between US Soccer and the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB). With over twenty years of coaching experience including twelve years at the NCAA Division I level at Illinois State, Duke and Evansville, as well as professional coaching experience with the Minnesota Thunder and Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Carter holds a USSF Instructor License, USSF “A” License and a Diploma from the Union of European Football Trainers (UEFT).
- About Shattuck-St. Mary’s: Transforming lives since 1858, Shattuck-St. Mary’s is a place where students come to pursue their dreams and even create new dreams in the process. It is a place where honored traditions meet innovation. It is a place where the word “imagine” is part of the routine vocabulary of students, teachers and coaches. In short, this Episcopal boarding and day school has been and continues to be a place that has nurtured generations of young people from all over the world.
- Notable Shattuck-St. Mary’s Alumni: Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City)
NEW YORK RED BULLS (U-17/18)
- Numerical roster: 1-Santiago Castano, 4-Kaz Boschen, 7-Alex Muyl, 8-Arun Basuljevic, 9-Ethan Decker, 10-Erik Sa, 11-Adam Najem, 12-Evans Saint Jean, 13-Chris Lema, 14-Vincent Brunetti, 15-Kerlins Georges, 18-Joe Ohaus, 20-Jhon Estama
- How they got to Finals Week Championship: Won Group 1 with a 3-3 draw with Albertson SC, a 1-0 victory against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and a 4-0 victory against the Seattle Sounders.
- Road through Playoffs: Won their group behind a 2-2 draw with Strikers FC, a 3-0 win against Chicago Magic PSG, and a 5-1 win against Weston FC.
- 2012-13 Regular Season: Finished first in the Eastern Conference’s Northeast Division with a record of 22-1-7 and 73 points.
- Finals Week History: U-15/16 side defeated Scott Gallagher 1-0 in last year’s final to go home with the championship.
- Scoring Leader in Finals Week: Alex Muyl (4)
- Scoring Leader During 2012-13 Regular Season: Alex Muyl (19)
- Inside the Numbers: The Red Bulls suffered their only loss of the season on April 21, 4-2 to New England Revolution. They were unbeaten in 18 games prior to a loss and has been unbeaten in 12 matches since.
- About head coach Paul O’Donnell: Paul O’Donnell has been a Red Bulls Academy Coach since 2002. Aside from his duties with the Red Bulls, O’Donnell was an assistant coach at Iona College from 2003-05. He joined Iona after spending eight years as the head coach at Kinnelon High School in New Jersey. O’Donnell, who possesses a USSF “A” License, is a 1995 graduate of Columbia University, where he was a four-year varsity letterman and three-time All-Ivy selection for the Lions. After graduating from Columbia University, O’Donnell spent a brief stint in his native Scotland with Greenock Morton FC of the Scottish First Division and also played for the North Jersey Imperials of the United Soccer League for five seasons where he was a teammate of current Red Bulls Academy staff Jeff Zaun and Rob Elliot.
- About the New York Red Bulls: The New York Red Bulls Academy is a cost-free program that aspires to help develop the best talent in the Tri-State Area. Comprised of four teams, the players train a minimum of three times a week and play a maximum of two games under the supervision of our professional staff. The program is designed to assist dedicated and talented players reach the highest levels of the game.
- Notable New York Red Bulls Alumni: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution)
2012-13 ACADEMY FINALS WEEK
FINAL GROUP STANDINGS
U-15/16 - Group 1
U-15/16 - Group 2
Sunday, July 14
De Anza Force 2, Colorado Rapids 2
Solar Chelsea SC 2, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves 1
Albertson SC 1, Real Salt Lake AZ 3
Houston Dynamo 0, Texans SC Houston 0
Tuesday, July 16
Real Salt Lake AZ 0, Houston Dynamo 1
Texans SC Houston 2, Albertson SC 3
Colorado Rapids 0, Solar Chelsea SC 0
Crew Soccer Academy Wolves 2, De Anza Force 3
Thursday, July 18
De Anza Force 0, Solar Chelsea SC 3
Colorado Rapids 2, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves 1
Albertson SC 2, Houston Dynamo 0
Real Salt Lake AZ 1, Texans SC Houston 0
Saturday, July 20
7th place: CSA Wolves. vs. Texans SC Houston
5th place: De Anza Force vs. Houston Dynamo
3rd place: Colorado Rapids vs. Albertson SC
Championship: Solar Chelsea SC vs. Real Salt Lake AZ
FINAL GROUP STANDINGS
U-17/18 - Group 1
U-17/18 - Group 2
(Home team listed first)
Sunday, July 14
Vancouver Whitecaps 3, Seattle Sounders 1
Albertson SC 3, New York Red Bulls 3
Shattuck-Saint Mary's 3, New England Revolution 2
De Anza Force 3, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri 1
Tuesday, July 16
New England Revolution 1, De Anza Force 2
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri 0, Shattuck-Saint Mary’s 3
Seattle Sounders 0, Albertson SC 5
New York Red Bulls 1, Vancouver Whitecaps 0
Thursday, July 18
Vancouver Whitecaps 0, Albertson SC 0
Seattle Sounders 0, New York Red Bulls 4
Shattuck-Saint Mary's Soccer Academy 2, De Anza Force 2
New England Revolution 2, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri 2
Sunday, July 20
7th place: Seattle Sounders vs. New England Revolution
5th place: SLSG Missouri vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
3rd place: De Anza Force vs. Albertson SC
Championship: Shattuck-Saint Mary’s vs. New York Red Bulls
FINALS WEEK HISTORY
The following is the rundown of previous Finals Week winners since the Academy’s inaugural 2007-08 season:
- 2007-08: Carmel United (now Indiana United): 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 a Saturday night on the Glenn “Mooch” Mynerick Field at The U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. AJ Corrado scored the game’s only goal in the 52nd minute.
- 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 2009 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week Under-15/16 Championship in Carson, Calif.
- 2009-10: Chicago Fire: The Fire outlasted Cal Odyssey through two overtime periods before finally defeating last year’s runners-up by a 5-3 margin in penalties . Luis Medina opened the scoring for the Fire in the 20th minute, but Gregory Antongnoli pulled it even in the 56th minute. In the shootout, all five Fire players made their shots while goalkeeper Sam Euler stopped the second shot he faced to put Chicago ahead.
- 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 in Milwaukee, Wis.
- 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 Monday in the Development Academy Finals Week championship at BBVA Compass Stadium. Alex Muyl scored the game’s only goal in the 16th minute.
- 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 United): Earning their second straight title as a club, Carmel United SC defeated D.C. United 1-0 to win the 2009 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week U-17/18 Championship at in Carson, Calif. Midfielder Nikita Kotlov netted the game-winner in the 29th minute.
- 2009-10: Vardar SC (now Vardar SC Freiburg): 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.