With the U-17/18 age group taking the day off in the 2012 Development Academy Winter Showcase on Monday, the U-15/16 players took center stage and several notched hat tricks in the process at Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
In fact, four players accomplished the feat.
Cole Smith and Thailer Usonis each had a hat trick for the Virginia Rush in its 7-0 victory against Met Oval. San Juan Soccer Club’s Patrick Lee scored three goals, including a first-minute score, to lead his side to a 4-0 victory against Classics Elite. Denis Kalamar scored three goals for the Seattle Sounders in a 4-0 victory against Academy newcomer Montreal Impact.
The thrilling comeback of the day came from the Houston Dynamo, which trailed 3-2 to the San Jose Earthquakes through 80 minutes. Houston benefited from an own goal two minutes into stoppage time and the Dynamo’s Elochukwu Ozumba scored the game-winner four minutes into stoppage time for a 4-3 victory.
Among the other games, Richard Prestridge had both Orlando City goals for the team’s 2-0 win against South Central Premier. Daniel Jimenez’s two goals led the Colorado Rapids to a 1-0 win against the LA Galaxy.
For more Winter Showcase results, visit ussoccer.com.