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Finals Week Day Eight Notes

CHICAGO FIRE DEFEAT CAL ODYSSEY IN PENALTIES FOR U-15/16 CROWN: The Chicago Fire outlasted Cal Odyssey through two overtime periods and a penalty shootout, defeating last year’s runner up 1-1 (5-3). Luis Medina opened the scoring for the Fire in the 20th minute, but Gregory Antongnoli pulled it even in the 56th. In the shootout, all five Fire players made their shots while goalkeeper Robert Euler stopped the second shot he faced to put Chicago ahead.

• Placement Games Quote Sheet
• Championship Game Highlights

BALTIMORE BAYS TAKE THIRD PLACE WITH 3-1 DEFEAT OF DE ANZA FORCE: Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-15/16 took third place at the 2010 Development Academy Finals week in Carson, Calif., with a 3-1 victory against De Anza Force U-15/16. After conceding a goal in the 2nd minute from Brendan Ruiz, Baltimore bounced back to tie the match just before halftime when Matthew Shinsky converted a corner kick in the 40th minute. The Maryland club then scored two goals in quick succession in the second half to put the game out of reach, despite having gone down to 10 men in the 42nd minute. Watch Match Highlights

INTERNATIONALS CLOSE WITH 1-0 WIN AGAINST SOCKERS FC: In the battle for 5th place in the 2009-2010 Development Academy U-15/16 season, Cleveland club Internationals defeated Chicago Sockers FC with a goal by Yianni Sarris in the 49th minute. The win leaves the Internationals at 2-1-1 at Finals Week, while Sockers FC drops to 1-2-1. Watch Match Highlights

CASL CHELSEA FC ACADEMY TAKES SEVENTH PLACE WITH 2-1 WIN: CASL Chelsea FC Academy U-15/16 took seventh place at the 2010 Development Academy Finals Week by defeating D.C. United U-15/16 2-1 on the last day of matches for the U-15/16 age division in Carson, Calif. CASL used a double from Fernando Castellanos with both goals set up by Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler to take the match and close out their Finals Week on a high note. D.C. equalized the match through Ahmed Ismail in the second half before Castellanos headed home the winner in the 71st minute. Watch Match Highlights

U-15/16 Placement Games Results
Match         Teams                                                      Kickoff (PT) Venue  
7th Place  CASL Chelsea FC 2, D.C. United 1  1 p.m.  Field 2 
5th Place  Internationals 1, Sockers FC 0  3 p.m.  Field 3 
3rd Place  Baltimore Bays Chelsea 3, De Anza Force 1  5 p.m.  Field 2 
1st Place  Cal Odyssey 1, Chicago Fire 1 (3-5 pen.)  7 p.m.  Field 1 

U-17/18 CHAMPION TO BE CROWNED: After a wild finish in the final games of group play, the U-17/18 matches are set with Vardar and Crossfire Premier fighting for the championship game at 7 p.m. PT under the lights at The Home Depot Center.

U-17/18 Placement Games Matchups
Match         Teams                                                      Kickoff (PT) Venue  
7th Place  Concorde Fire vs. Derby County Wolves 1 p.m.  Field 2 
5th Place  Baltimore Bays Chelsea FC vs. FC Dallas 3 p.m.  Field 3 
3rd Place  Real So Cal vs. CASL Chelsea FC Academy  5 p.m.  Field 2 
1st Place  Vardar vs. Crossfire Premier 7 p.m.  Field 1 

Vardar’s offensive firepower was on full display at Finals Week as they scored seven times in the group stage, ultimately qualifying for the championship match on goal differential. In their opening match, they drew 1-1 with a talented Real So Cal squad that pushed them to the wire on the third day as both teams ended up on seven points after three games. Their second match saw them see off Concorde Fire 3-0, while they repeated that result against Baltimore Bays Chelsea to put a cap on an impressive five-day span in Carson, Calif.
Watch Demir Muftari and Joseph Dillon talk about Saturday’s match

Vardar Finals Week Results 
Date      Opponent                     Result  Vardar Goalscorer(s) 
July 11  Real So Cal  1-1 T  Jacobson 
July 13  Concorde Fire  3-0 W  Harris, Dillon, Lipari 
July 15  Baltimore Bays Chelsea  3-0 W  Jacobson (2), Uche 

THEY SAID IT: “We don’t have many superstars, but we always work hard for each other and usually come out with a good result in the final. We’re going to try to stay focused, treat it like any other game and just try to prepare ourselves physically and mentally for the game.” –Joseph Dillon, Vardar

Crossfire Premier
After dropping its Finals Week opener against FC Dallas, Crossfire Premier rebounded to pick up a huge win against CASL Chelsea FC and carried the momentum into the final group match. Bernie James’ side needed a win and some help to have a chance at the title, so a late two-goal lead was still suspect. When the final whistle blew in the FC Dallas-CASL Chelsea FC match, Crossfire confirmed its place in the championship game. The Washington-based side allowed only a single goal across all three games so far in Carson.
Watch Bernie James, Jack Ryan and Kelyn Rowe talk about the Championship Match

Crossfire Premier Finals Week Results 
Date      Opponent                          Result  Crossfire Premier Goalscorer(s) 
July 11  FC Dallas 0-1 L --
July 13  CASL Chelsea FC Academy 1-0 W  Kelly
July 15  Derby County Wolves  2-0 W  Kelly, Oganga 

THEY SAID IT: “We want to make sure we leave everything on the field and make sure we don’t think ‘there was that one time where I could have done a little bit more.’ We just want to do everything we can.” –Jack Ryan, Crossfire Premier