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2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs: Day 5


U.S. Soccer Development Academy
2011-12 Playoffs and Showcase
FC Dallas Stadium Complex; Frisco, Texas
June 29, 2012

U-17/18 TEAMS CLINCH BERTHS TO FINALS WEEK: The fourth day of competition at the 2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs on Thursday featured eight teams in the U-17/18 age group that earned berths to Development Academy Finals Week in Houston from July 16-23.

At the start of the day, 21 teams still had the chance to clinch a trip to Houston as all eight groups awaited a winner in what would shake out as several high-intensity matches throughout the morning and early afternoon.

Three teams had the group lead at various times while the last two games in Group 4 were played simultaneously. Needing to make up a five-goal differential and hoping for a draw between group leaders Colorado Rapids and Dallas Texans, Empire United sprinted to a 6-1 win against South Carolina United Battery with four second-half goals. Empire took the group lead on goal differential and finished in enough time watch the final minutes between the Rapids and Texans. The score was tied 1-1 but Empire’s tenuous grasp on a trip to Houston was thwarted due to a 90th-minute goal by Rapids midfielder Dillon Serna. The win advanced the Rapids to their first Finals Week.

Baltimore Bays Chelsea registered its fourth trip to Finals Week in the past five years with a game-winning goal in the 75th minute against PDA. Baltimore Bays Chelsea finished group play as one of three teams to win all three group games. FC Dallas, which advanced out of Group 5, and Solar Chelsea SC (Group 7) also earned the full nine points and advanced to its third straight Finals Week. FC Dallas completed the Playoffs without conceding a single goal.

Defending U-17/18 Academy champion Pateadores found itself in the Group 2 driver’s seat heading into the final day of matches, but a 4-0 loss to Weston FC combined with a 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC win against Texans SC Houston clinched the group for the MLS-affiliated side. This will be Vancouver’s first Finals Week.

In Group 1, Crossfire Premier of Kirkland, Wash., needed a win or a draw against North Carolina Fusion to advance to Finals Week, but the Fusion’s Alec Rotunda shocked the group leader with a 60th-minute goal and held on the win, surviving a stoppage-time scare when a Crossfire Premier shot glanced off the left post. North Carolina will get their first shot at a national championship.

The ball rolled the right way for De Anza Force in Group 3 as the SoCal Division club scored on either side of halftime for a 2-0 win against Vardar SC Freiburg, finishing on top of the group with two wins and seven points. De Anza Force advances to its first Finals Week in the U-17/18 Division, as the club’s U-15/16 team has previously clinched a U-15/16 Finals Week berth in 2009-10.

GROUP WINNERS:
Group 1: North Carolina Fusion
Group 2: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Group 3: De Anza Force
Group 4: Colorado Rapids
Group 5: FC Dallas
Group 6: Chivas USA
Group 7: Solar Chelsea SC
Group 8: Baltimore Bays Chelsea

STANDOUT PERFORMANCES: Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Serna, a former U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team member, scored a game-winning goal in the 90th minute to vault the Rapids into Development Academy Finals Week … Solar Chelsea SC scored three goals in the opening 15 minutes to put away the Chicago Fire and win Group 7 … After going down 1-0 in the 12th minute, Chivas USA found the game-tying goal from forward Ben Spencer and held on for the draw and a trip to Houston … Tyler Forbes and Stefanos Stamoulacatos each scored twice for Empire United as the club ran out to a 6-1 win, but fell short of qualifying for Finals Week … Darius Madison scored two goals, including the game-winner for FC DELCO against Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy.

U-15/16 TEAMS TAKE CENTER STAGE ON LAST DAY OF PLAY IN FRISCO: The U-15/16 age group had Thursday off as the teams prepare for what should be a thrilling Friday with all eight group leaders and Finals Week qualifiers to be determined. It’s win and you’re in for the New York Red Bulls (Group 1) and Real Salt Lake AZ (Group 4), while group leaders CASL Chelsea FC (Group 1) and Chicago Fire (Group 4) need only to draw to advance. Several groups feature multiple scenarios, including a possible four-team tie in Group 5. ussoccer.com breaks down the full U-15/16 clinching scenarios for Finals Week.

TOP GOALS: ussoccer.com narrows down the Top 10 goals from the fourth day of action in Frisco, Texas.

Be sure to follow the Development Academy Playoffs at ussoccer.com, with real-time updates through Twitter @ussoccer_ynt with the hashtag #AcademyPlayoffs.

U-15/16 GAMES TO WATCH ON DAY 5:
CASL Chelsea SC vs. New York Red Bulls, 9 a.m. CT: The Red Bulls need to win to advance to Finals Week in Houston, but group-leading CASL Chelsea SC stands in the way. CASL has yet to concede a goal in the tournament with 3-0 and 2-0 shutout wins to its credit, and can reach Houston with a win or a draw.

Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake AZ, 9 a.m. CT: These two squads have displayed some serious offensive strength through two matches. Real Salt Lake AZ has scored eight goals in two games and the Fire has tallied seven. Because of goal differential, Chicago cannot settle for a draw and must win to advance.

Concorde Fire vs. LA Galaxy, 11 a.m. CT: Concorde Fire stayed alive in Group 6 with a 5-2 win on Wednesday as the Galaxy and group-leader D.C. United played to a 1-1 draw. Concorde, based in Atlanta, needs to win and hope for a D.C. United loss or draw in order to book a spot to Finals Week.

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE:
2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs:

All times Central

U-15/16 age group:
9 a.m.: CASL Chelsea FC Academy vs. New York Red Bulls (Field 5)
9 a.m.: FC Dallas vs. Georgia United (Field 7)
9 a.m.: Dallas Texans vs. New England Revolution (Field 9)
9 a.m.: Albertson SC vs. Pateadores (Field 11)
9 a.m.: South Carolina United Battery vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Field 12)
9 a.m.: FC Greater Boston vs. Charlotte Soccer Academy (Field 13)
9 a.m.: Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake AZ (Field 15)
9 a.m.: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Clearwater Chargers (Field 17)
11 a.m.: Crew Soccer Academy Wolves vs. Texans SC Houston (Field 5)
11 a.m.: Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy vs. NJSA 04 (Field 7)
11 a.m.: LA Galaxy vs. Concorde Fire (Field 9)
11 a.m.: D.C. United vs. Colorado Rush (Field 11)
11 a.m.: Arsenal FC vs. Weston FC (Field 12)
11 a.m.: Chicago Magic PSG vs. PA Classics (Field 13)
11 a.m.: Players Development Academy vs. St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri (Field 15)
11 a.m.: Solar Chelsea SC vs. San Diego Surf (Field 17)

THURSDAY’S RESULTS:
U-17/18 age group: 
9 a.m.: FC Delco 3, Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy 1 
9 a.m.: North Carolina Fusion 1, Crossfire Premier 0 
9 a.m.: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Texans SC Houston 0 
9 a.m.: Weston FC 4, Pateadores 0 
9 a.m.: LA Galaxy 1, CASL Chelsea FC Academy 1 
9 a.m.: De Anza Force 2, Vardar SC Freiburg 0 
9 a.m.: Empire United 6, South Carolina United Battery 1 
9 a.m.: Colorado Rapids 2, Dallas Texans 1 
11 a.m.: FC Dallas 3, Sockers FC 0 
11 a.m.: Real Salt Lake AZ 2, McLean Youth Soccer 0 
11 a.m.: New York Red Bulls 1, Chivas USA 1 
11 a.m.: Charlotte Soccer Academy 3, New England Revolution 1 
11 a.m.: Solar Chelsea SC 3, Chicago Fire 1 
11 a.m.: Albertson SC 1, Concorde Fire 1 
11 a.m.: Baltimore Bays Chelsea 2, Players Development Academy 1 
11 a.m.: Lonestar SC 5, Crew Soccer Academy 2

FOLLOWING THE RESULTS: Academy Playoffs results will be posted shortly HERE after the conclusion of each day’s matches. As the week progresses, ussoccer.com will provide clinching scenarios for the teams heading into their final games.

SOCIAL CONNECTION: Follow the U.S. Soccer Development Academy throughout the week as information, photos and links will be provided on the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Facebook page, Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and The YNT Blog.

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