CHICAGO (July 8, 2013) – U.S. Soccer is handing out its 2012-13 Development Academy End of Year awards this week, and today recognizes the Under-15/16 Academy Starting XI for all three conferences.
The Academy XI incorporates the 11 players among each conference who represent the Academy principles of dedication, effort and integrity. The starting XI includes one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.
Development Academy players and coaches have received postseason recognition since the Academy’s inaugural 2007-08 season, and the End of Year awards are voted upon by U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors.
De Anza Force is the most-represented club with four players on the West Conference XI: defenders Samuel Junqua and David Chavez, midfielder Brian Zelaya and forward Carlos Delgadillo.
The Central Conference XI features the U-15/16 age group’s top two scorers in Houston Dynamo forward Elochukwu Ozumba (25 goals in 29 games) and FC Dallas forward Santiago Agudelo (24 goals in 27 games).
In the East Conference XI, the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United each have two representatives. Red Bulls defender Kevin Politz and midfielder Derrick Etienne were honored as they helped New York post the best regular-season record (23-2-3), top defense (only 12 goals allowed in 28 games) and top offense (85 goals), while D.C. United’s duo of defender Steven Gandy and forward Gerson Umaña made the starting XI.
U-15/16 East Conference Starting XI
GK – Austin Aviza (New England Revolution)
D – Kevin Politz (New York Red Bulls)
D – Miles Robinson (FC Bolts Celtic)
D – Caleb Duvernay (CASL Chelsea FC Academy)
D – Steven Gandy (D.C. United)
M – David Mejia (Weston FC)
M – Derrick Etienne (New York Red Bulls)
M – Christian Pulisic (PA Classics)
F – Gerson Umaña (D.C. United)
F – Matt Vasquenza (Oakwood Soccer Club)
F – Abdallah Bangura (Baltimore Bays Chelsea)
U-15/16 Central Conference Starting XI
GK – Andy Rios (Houston Dynamo)
D – Jimmy Fiscus (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves)
D – Jordan Cano (FC Dallas)
D – Kortne Thompson-Ford (Colorado Rapids)
D – Quentin Pearson (Colorado Rapids)
M – Abuchi Obinwa (Chicago Magic PSG)
M – Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo)
M – Kosti Moni (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves)
F – Elochukwu Ozumba (Houston Dynamo)
F – Santiago Agudelo (FC Dallas)
F – Mark Segbers (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri)
U-15/16 West Conference Starting XI
GK – JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
D – Samuel Junqua (De Anza Force)
D – David Chavez (De Anza Force)
D – Luis Urias (Santa Cruz Breakers Academy)
D – Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ)
M – Jose Hernandez (Real Salt Lake AZ)
M – Alejandro Vergara (Chivas USA)
M – Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force)
F – Carlos Delgadillo (De Anza Force)
F – Caleb Calvert (Chivas USA)
F – Steve Martinez (LA Galaxy)