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Vardar Wins U1718 Championship as Academy Starting XI Honors are Unveiled

VARDAR DEFEATS CROSSFIRE TO WIN U-17/18 CROWN: Two second half goals by Vardar’s Derek Schrauben helped the Michigan side come from behind to defeat Crossfire Premier and win the 2009-2010 Development Academy U-17/18 national championship at The Home Depot Center. Liam Kelly lit up the scoreboard in the 12th minute for Crossfire, but Vardar recovered and tied it in the 29th before winning with Schrauben’s heroics late in the game. The championship match was the first for both teams in their first appearances at Finals Week. Vardar earned a spot in the final through offensive fireworks, scoring seven times in group matches—with one of those goals being the difference between them and Real So Cal that got them into the championship match. Crossfire Premiere went the other way, rebounding from an opening game loss to FC Dallas to respond with two straight shutout wins to finish at the top of Group 1.

• WATCH: Academy Update – July 17, 2010
• U-17/18 Placement Games Quote Sheet
• Full U-17/18 Finals Week Results

U-17/18 ACADEMY HONORS UNVEILED AS SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE: U.S. Soccer has announced the Development Academy Starting XI, Player and Coach of the Year and conference honors for the U-17/18 age group on the last day of Finals Week at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The awards were announced on the Academy Update show following Friday night’s championship match between Vardar and Crossfire Premier. LAFC Chelsea’s Marvin Iraheta was named Academy Player of the Year and PA Classics head coach Steve Klein was named Coach of the Year.

U-17/18 Development Academy Starting XI
GOALKEEPER: Dallas Jaye (Mustang SC)
DEFENDERS: Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA), Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Albertson SC), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas)
MIDFIELDERS: Mynor Giron (Real So Cal), Marvin Iraheta (LAFC Chelsea), Nikita Kotlov (Indiana United Academy), Pablo Cruz (LAFC Chelsea/LA Galaxy), Martin Ontiveros (IMG Soccer Academy)
FORWARDS: Soony Saad (Derby County Wolves), Ruben Luna (FC Dallas)

Development Academy U-17/18 Coach of the Year: Steve Klein, PA Classics
Development Academy U-17/18 Player of the Year: Marvin Iraheta, LAFC Chelsea

U-17/18 Placement Game Results
Match           Results
7th Place      Concorde Fire 4, Derby County Wolves 2
5th Place     Baltimore Bays Chelsea FC 1, FC Dallas 0
3rd Place     Real So Cal 3, CASL Chelsea FC 2
1st Place      Vardar 3, Crossfire Premier 1

THIRD PLACE GOES TO REAL SO CAL AFTER WIN AGAINST CASL: In the third place match of the U-17/18 division of 2010 Development Academy Finals Week, Real So Cal U-17/18 withstood a late CASL Chelsea FC Academy U-17/18 rally to win 3-2 in Carson, Calif. The local club jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second half behind two goals from Samuel Ball and an Edwin Rivas strike. CASL, however, finally made a breakthrough in the 67th minute through Nader Jaibat. Jared Girard set up a tense closing five minutes when his grazing header found the back of the net from a long free kick in the 85th minute. CASL would hit the underside of the crossbar in stoppage time, almost tying the score in the last minute of the match, but the ball did not cross the goal line when it rebounded onto the ground allowing Real So Cal to hold on and take the third place medal.

BALTIMORE BAYS FINISH SEASON WITH WIN AGAINST FC DALLAS: Despite lacking in minutes of possession, Baltimore overwhelmed Dallas in all other statistical categories to earn a 1-0 win and take 5th place on the 2009-2010 Development Academy season. A scoreless draw was broken in the 77th minute when Jeremy Kirkwood capitalized on a mistake by Dallas goalkeeper Zachary Downes, and the Bays held on to earn their second win of Finals Week.

CONCORDE FIRE DEFEATS DERBY COUNTY WOLVES FOR SEVENTH PLACE: Concorde Fire U-17/18 defeated Derby County Wolves 4-2 on Saturday afternoon on July 17 at the 2010 Development Academy Finals Week to take seventh place back to Atlanta. The open match featured six goals, three of those coming in a late flurry as the midday sun contributed to the fatigue of a hard-fought week of games for both sides. John Davidson started the scoring with two quick goals at the end of the first half. Ehiosasele Aburime added the third and forth for Concorde either side of a TJ Van Slooten strike for Derby County. Reed Losee finished the scoring and a late spell of three goals in three minutes with a finish from inside the six yard box in the 89th minute.