The 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season kicked off Sept. 8 and 9, and two new clubs made their debuts – the Portland Timbers and Montreal Impact.
Here is a look at some of the Academy firsts for each team:
First results: On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Portland Timbers U-15/16 team played Chivas USA to a 2-2 draw while the U-17/18 team fell 5-0 to Chivas USA at Pomona Pitzer University in Claremont, Calif. Also on Saturday, the Montreal Impact U-17/18 team played to a scoreless draw against Albertson SC and the U-15/16 side fell 1-0 to Albertson at Hofstra University Soccer Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.
First goal: Portland’s Niko De Vera scored a goal in the 18th minute to give the U-15/16 team a 1-0 lead against Chivas USA. The Timbers U-17/18 team and both Montreal sides did not score a goal during the opening weekend of the Academy season.
First shutout: Montreal Impact U-17/18 goalkeeper Samuel Dufort got the start in goal during the team’s Academy debut and the Impact defense posted the first clean sheet – a scoreless draw against Albertson SC.
Portland and Montreal will be on the lookout for their first wins in the coming weeks. The Impact hosts FC Bolts Celtic on Sunday, Sept. 16, at St. Jean de Vianny Sports Complex in Montreal. The Timbers have a bye week and return to the field on Sept. 22 against Seattle Sounders FC at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.