FINALISTS DECIDED: For the first time, both teams that will play in the Finals Week U-15/16 championship have been decided after just two games as Cal Odyssey and the Chicago Fire will compete for the title on Friday evening. The game will be played under the lights on Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at The Home Depot Center at 7 p.m. PT.
MORE TO PLAY FOR: Though the group winners have already been decided, the other placement matches are still wide open for the other U-15/16 teams in Carson. Aside from the winners, both groups are separated by just one point from second through fourth place in the current standings. Placement games for the U-15/16 age group will be played on Friday to determine the final standings for the 2009-10 season.
|U-15/16 Group 1 Standings|
|U-15/16 Group 1 Schedule/Results|
|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 Standings|
|U-15/16 Group 2 Schedule/Results|
|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|
EVERYTHING ON THE TABLE: The U-17/18 teams are all entering their second matches of Finals Week with everything to play for. FC Dallas and CASL Chelsea FC currently share the top of the standings in Group 1 and will be looking to gain some ground ahead of their clash on the last day of group play. FC Dallas will be looking for points against last year’s U-15/16 champion Derby County Wolves while CASL FC Chelsea will try to stay at the top when they take on Crossfire Premier.
|U-17/18 Group 1 Schedule/Results|
|July 11||CASL Chelsea FC 2, Derby County Wolves 1||8:30 p.m.||Field 2|
|July 11||FC Dallas 1, Crossfire Premier 0||8:30 p.m.||Field 1|
|July 13||Derby County Wolves vs. FC Dallas||3 p.m.||Field 1|
|July 13||Concorde Fire vs. Vardar||4 p.m.||Field 2|
|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|
WILL THERE BE THREE: Incredibly, after two younger sides clinched championship berths, Baltimore Bays Chelsea have a chance to match the feat on Tuesday should they top Real So Cal and Concorde Fire and Vardar play to a draw. All four teams in Group 2 are still in the hunt entering the second round of games, however, and will be looking to stay on pace with the group leaders.
|U-17/18 Group 2 Schedule/Results|
|July 11||Vardar 1, Real So Cal 1||5:30 p.m.||Field 3|
|July 11||Baltimore Bays Chelsea 4, Concorde Fire 1||5:30 p.m.||Field 1|
|July 13||Real So Cal vs. Baltimore Bays Chelsea||6 p.m.||Field 3|
|July 13||Concorde Fire vs. Vardar||7 p.m.||Field 2|
|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|
U-17/18 Quick Hits
- Of the three penalty kicks given through three days of Finals Week play, only one has been converted. Moises Orozco helped Real So Cal earn a valuable point with his perfectly placed shot late in Sunday’s match.
- Baltimore Bays Chelsea let up a goal to the Concorde Fire in just the third minute, but rallied to score three goals in three minutes to finish with a 4-1 victory.
- CASL Chelsea FC picked up one of the biggest wins during its history of play at Finals Week, topping last year’s U-15/16 champion Derby County Wolves 2-1 to give them a tie for the top place in Group 1.
- The FC Dallas defense held Crossfire Premier to just one shot on goal on Sunday evening to preserve the 1-0 lead and a jump on Group 1.
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.