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Development Academy Finals Week Day 5 Notes


FINDING THEIR PLACE: Both U-17/18 groups at Development Academy Finals Week are up for grabs, as the top three teams in each group are separated by only one point and only one team in each group is mathematically eliminated from the championship game.

GLIMPSE AT GROUP 1: FC Dallas and Derby County Wolves played the game of the day on Tuesday afternoon, a back and forth affair that saw two goals scored within one minute in the second half. The 1-1 draw put FC Dallas in the driver’s seat in Group 1 and simultaneously eliminated last year’s U-15/16 champion Derby County Wolves for contention. In Tuesday afternoon’s other match, Crossfire Premier kept themselves in contention with a key 1-0 win against CASL Chelsea FC.

 U-17/18 Group 1 Standings

Team

 W

 L 

 T 

 GF 

 GA 

 GD 

 Pts. 

 FCD  1   0  1  2  1  +1   4
 CRO  1  1  0  2  2   0   3
 CASL  1  1  0  1  1   0   3
 DCW  0  1  1  2  3  -1   1

 U-17/18 Group 1 Schedule/Results
 Date      Match                                                        Time (PT)   Venue 
 July 11  CASL Chelsea FC 2, Derby County Wolves 1  -  -
 July 11  FC Dallas 1, Crossfire Premier 0  -  -
 July 13  Derby County Wolves 1,  FC Dallas 1  -  -
 July 13  Crossfire Premier 1, CASL Chelsea FC 0  -  -
 July 15  Crossfire Premier vs. Derby County Wolves  7 p.m.  Field 2
 July 15  CASL Chelsea FC vs. FC Dallas  7 p.m.  Field 3

RECAPPING GROUP 2: Group 2 in the U-17/18 age group is also wide open, with Vardar picking up an important three points against Concorde Fire, which has subsequently been eliminated from championship contention. Real So Cal also earned a win on the day against Baltimore Bays to keep themselves in the hunt for a place in Saturday’s final.

U-17/18 Group 2 Standings                 

Team 

 W 

  L 

  T  

  GF  

  GA 

  GD 

 Pts. 

 VAR  1   0    1    4    1   +3   4
 REAL  1   0   1    3    2   +1   4
 BBC  1   1   0    5    3   +2   3
 CON  0   2   0    1    7    -6   0


U-17/18 Group 2 Schedule/Results
 Date      Match                                                        Time (PT)   Venue 
 July 11  Vardar 1, Real So Cal 1  -  -
 July 11  Baltimore Bays Chelsea 4, Concorde Fire 1  -  -
 July 13  Real So Cal 2, Baltimore Bays Chelsea 1  -  -
 July 13  Concorde Fire 0, Vardar 3  -  -
 July 15  Concorde Fire vs. Real So Cal  4 p.m.  Field 2
 July 15  Vardar vs. Baltimore Bays Chelsea  4 p.m.  Field 3

PLACEMENT TO PLAY FOR: Though the U-15/16 finalists have both been determined heading into the final day of group play, Friday’s other placement matches are still up for grabs. By the end of Wednesday night, all eight teams will be set to play for seventh, fifth and third place as the Chicago Fire and Cal Odyssey compete for the championship.

U-15/16 Quick Hits 

• 2010 is the first time that both finalists in one age group have been determined after just two games.
 
• Chicago Fire’s Jesus and Luis Medina both scored in the same game, a 2-0 win against D.C. United that helped put the Fire in the championship match.

• A total of 13 different goal scorers have found the back of the net in eight U-15/16 games so far.

• Incredibly, there have also been seven shutouts in the age group.

• Three players – Villyan Bijev (Cal Odyssey), Daniel Flores (Cal Odyssey) and Monbo Bakar (CASL Chelsea FC) – have scored two goals through their first two games.

• D.C. United will be looking for its first goal of the tournament against Sockers FC on Wednesday evening. Baltimore Bays Chelsea will also be looking for their first tally in the Group 2 finale.

 U-15/16 Group 1 Schedule/Results
 Date      Match                                                        Time (PT)   Venue 
 July 10  Chicago Fire 2, Sockers FC 1  -  -
 July 10  DeAnza Force 0, D.C. United 0  -  -
 July 12  Chicago Fire 2, D.C. United 0  -  -
 July 12  Sockers FC 1, DeAnza Force 1  -  -
 July 14  Chicago Fire vs. DeAnza Force  7 p.m.  Field 2
 July 14  D.C. United vs. Sockers FC  7 p.m.  Field 3
 

 U-15/16 Group 2 Schedule/Results
 Date      Match                                                        Time (PT)   Venue 
 July 10  Cal Odyssey 4, CASL Chelsea FC 2  -  -
 July 10  Internationals 0, Baltimore Bays Chelsea 0  -  -
 July 12  Baltimore Bays Chelsea 0, CASL FC Chelsea 0  -  -
 July 12  Cal Odyssey 2, Internationals 1  -  -
 July 14  CASL Chelsea FC Academy vs. Internationals  4 p.m.  Field 2
 July 14  Baltimore Bays Chelsea vs. Cal Odyssey  4 p.m.  Field 3

THE MOST COMPETITIVE MATCHES: The Development Academy playoff system was created to add to the number of meaningful games for Academy athletes, further enhancing the player development process. Since its launch in the fall of 2007, the Academy has improved the training environment, provided relevant, high-level matches on a consistent basis, increased the level and efficiency of scouting for the national teams and provided players, coaches and referees with structured programming.

 

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