Pateadores Wins Academy U-17/18 Title; U-15/16 Placement Matches Kick Off on Saturday
Development Academy Finals Week
July 16, 2011
PATEADORES WIN U-17/18 TITLE; U-15/16 PLACEMENT MATCHES FEATURE ON SATURDAY: Pateadores claimed the 2011 Development Academy U-17/18 championship with a 2-1 win against FC Dallas on Friday (more below), and now Finals Week is down to its last day on Saturday with the U-15/16 Placement Matches. In an East Coast-West Coast showdown, PA Classics from Lancaster, Pa., meet the LA Galaxy here in the Midwest to decide the U-15/16 championship at 8 p.m. CT at Marquette Universityâ€™s Valley Fields. Each of the finalists is coming off a 3-0 victory in their final group game, with the Galaxy defeating Seattle Sounders FC in the winner-take-all match in the Group 1 finale and the Classics dominating North Carolina Fusion in Group 2. In the other U-15/16 placement matches, Real Salt Lake AZ takes on Real So Cal for third place, the Â Sounders face North Carolina Fusion for fifth place and CASL Chelsea FC Academy vies for seventh place against the Dallas Texans.
U-15/16 Placement Match Schedule
|July 16Â||Seventh Place: CASL Chelsea FC Academy vs. Dallas TexansÂ||1Â p.m.Â||Uihlein Soccer ParkÂ|
|July 16Â||Fifth Place: Seattle Sounders FC vs. North Carolina FusionÂ||3Â p.m.Â||Pat Jones Field; Uihlein Soccer ParkÂ|
|July 16Â||Third Place: Real Salt Lake AZ vs. Real So Cal||6Â p.m.Â||Quad Park; Marquette HighÂ SchoolÂ|
|July 16Â||Championship: LA Galaxy vs. PA ClassicsÂ||8Â p.m.Â||Valley Fields; MarquetteÂ UniversityÂ|
VILLAREAL PACES PATEADORES TO U-17/18 TITLE: Pateadores claimed the 2011 Development Academy U-17/18 Championship with a 2-1 victory against FC Dallas at Valley Fields in Milwaukee, Wis., behind two goals from Jose Villareal. Juan Cervantes, the Western Conference U-15/16 Starting XI goalkeeper, allowed just the one goal while making five crucial saves. The championship completes Pateadoresâ€™ improbable run, which included having to forfeit seven games from the beginning of their season. The SoCal Division club finished its season with 14 wins in the last 16 matches en route to the title. Villareal, who scored his first goals of Finals Week, had nonetheless already put in a standout performance in Milwaukee, earning a call up to the U-18 Menâ€™s National Team for the Milk Cup.
FINAL U-17/18 PLACEMENT
CASL Chelsea FC Academy
Baltimore Bays Chelsea
New York Red Bulls
Players Development Academy
THIRD PLACE GAME: Dallas Texans completed a remarkable undefeated season and finished in third place at Development Academy Finals Week by scoring a dramatic stoppage time goal and defeating CASL Chelsea FC Academy in a penalty shootout. The late comeback ended the Texans season with a 16-0-13 overall record.
FIFTH PLACE GAME: Michael Gamble unloaded for four second-half goals as Baltimore Bays Chelsea downed New York Red Bulls 4-1 to capture fifth place at 2011 DevelopmentÂ Academy Finals Week in the U-17/18 age group. Chris Cano opened the scoring in the 12th minute for the New York Red Bulls before Gambleâ€™s four unanswered goals sealed the result for the Bays.
WESTON FC CLAIMS SEVENTH PLACE IN PK SHOOTOUT: Weston FC took seventh place in the U-17/18 age group at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy 2011 Finals Week after defeating Players Development Academy 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 3-3 draw in regulation. PDA took a 2-0 lead into halftime, but Weston refused to quit and scored three goals, including two from ussoccer.comâ€™s Man of the Match Felipe Noguerol. The short-lived lead was the first for Weston during Finals Week, but soon thereafter PDA scored the equalizer in the 88th minute and the match went direct to penalties to decide placement per the competition rules.
ACADEMY TECHNICAL ADVISORS: U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors work closely with clubs in their respective geographic areas, building a close connection with U.S. Soccer and the national teams by guiding technical programming. Additionally, Technical Advisors are at the forefront of increased player identification programs, meaning they are most often responsible for Academy players joining the various U.S. Youth National Teams. At Finals Week, Advisors have an increasingly close relationship with the coaches of the teams they cover. Watch how Chris Brewer works with CASL Chelsea FC Academy in a feature video on ussoccer.com.
STAY TUNED: Studio 90 will have you covered from Milwaukee with daily updates on Finals Week as the 16 teams compete for the national championship. Youâ€™ll see goals from every game and post-match reaction as well as the scores and standings from the tournament.
ALL THE GOALS: In addition to Studio 90 updates, we've got all the goals from Finals Week available on ussoccer.com. You can also vote for your favorite goal of the day on the official U.S. Soccer Development Academy Facebook page.
ALL ON THE YNT BLOG: The YNT Blog on ussoccer.com keeps you updated on the interesting happenings on and off the field in Milwaukee. From the latest videos to noteworthy stories on the participants in the event, the YNT Blog is your source for the goods on Finals Week.
KEEPING UP IN REAL TIME: Thereâ€™s only one way you can get real-time updates for all 32 games at Development Academy Finals Week: by following us on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.Â Be the first to know scores, standings and the important moments from every match at Finals Week.