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Development Academy Playoffs: U-15/16 Capsules


Unbeaten CASL Chelsea SC Academy, Defending Champion LA Galaxy are Among this Season’s Playoff Field

Unbeaten CASL Chelsea SC Academy, Defending Champion LA Galaxy are Among this Season’s Playoff Field

The 2011-12 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs kick off for the Under-15/16 age group on Tuesday, June 26, in Frisco, Texas. As a prelude to the event, here is a look at the 32-team U-15/16 field that features 20 divisional berths and 12 wild card berths:

Division Qualifiers (20 teams)
Central Conference

Frontier Division

St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri:
SLSG Missouri edged out Shattuck-Saint Mary’s for the No. 1 spot in the Frontier Division on the last day of its regular season based on division goal differential after the two clubs finished level with 27 points. SLSG Missouri, which earned a 3-0 win against Sporting Kansas City on June 10 to close a two-point gap with Shattuck-Saint Mary’s, ended the regular season with a 9-5-0 record. Forward Tommy Barlow scored a team-high 10 goals this season. (Group 8 of Development Academy Playoffs)
Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy:
Runner-up in the Frontier Division, Shattuck-Saint Mary’s held off Real Colorado by one point for the second divisional spot to the Academy Playoffs. Shattuck-Saint Mary’s is making its first appearance in the Academy Playoffs at the U-15/16 age group after finishing the season 8-3-3 in the Frontier Division. The club was led by forward Steve Eneme’s seven goals during the season. (Group 5 of Development Academy Playoffs)

Great Lakes Division
Chicago Fire:
Currently on a seven-game unbeaten run, the Chicago Fire squeezed by Crew Soccer Academy by one point for the Great Lakes Division’s No. 1 spot and the club’s fourth straight appearance in the Academy Playoffs. The Fire, who were led by nine goals from Marcus Epps, finished the season with an 11-1-4 division record and a 15-3-5 overall mark with just 16 goals conceded in 23 total games. The club won the 2009-10 U-15/16 Development Academy championship. (No. 1 seed in Group 4 of Development Academy Playoffs)
Crew Soccer Academy Wolves
: The Crew Soccer Academy Wolves ended the regular season on a five-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 19-2. CSA Wolves finished just out of the division’s top spot with an 11-2-3 record. Detroit Mercy-bound Zack Atwood has contributed nine goals. (No. 1 seed in Group 5 of Development Academy Playoffs)

Texas Division
Dallas Texans:
Winners of the Texas Division with a 17-3-4 record, the Dallas Texans feature an impressive array of offensive talent. The club is spearheaded by the strike force of midfielder and Notre Dame-bound Brandon Aubrey (17 goals), forward Jason Machado (17 goals) and forward Christian Soldat (16 goals). The Dallas Texans are looking to return to Finals Week after having qualified last season. (No. 1 seed in Group 2 of Development Academy Playoffs)
Texans SC Houston:
Making its third Academy Playoffs appearance in four years, Texans SC Houston finished the regular season as runner-up in the Texas Division with a 15-6-3 division record and a 19-8-4 overall mark. Forward Emmanuel Usen started all 31 games for Texans SC Houston, leading the team with 20 goals. (Group 5 of Development Academy Playoffs)

East Conference
Liberty Division

Players Development Academy:
Liberty Division champion Players Development Academy strung together a 24-game unbeaten streak that was eventually snapped on the last day of the season. PDA finished with a 6-1-3 division record and a 20-2-4 mark and was led by forward Kazari Trought’s 14 goals in 26 games. (No. 1 seed in Group 8 of Development Academy Playoffs)
New York Red Bulls:
The Red Bulls, making their first Academy Playoffs appearance since the 2008-09 season, grabbed the second berth in the Liberty Division over Albertson SC based on divisional goal differential after the two clubs finished tied with 15 points. The Red Bulls ended the season with a five-game unbeaten streak and finished the season with a 4-3-3 division record. Alex Muyl led the team with 13 goals in 22 games. (Group 1 of Development Academy Playoffs)

Mid-Atlantic Division
D.C. United:
D.C. United came out on top as one of five teams battling for the No. 1 spot in the Mid-Atlantic Division. Just two points separated first place from fifth place in the division as D.C. United led the pack with 22 points and a 6-2-4 record to garner its third straight berth to the Academy Playoffs. Forward Michael Seaton led the club with 12 goals in 22 games played. (Group 6 of Development Academy Playoffs)
PA Classics:
By the slimmest of margins, PA Classics edged out FC DELCO for the second Mid-Atlantic Division qualifying position. PA Classics and FC DELCO tied for second with 21 points each in the Mid-Atlantic, but PA Classics’ division goal differential was the ultimate tiebreaker at plus-7, compared to FC DELCO’s plus-6. Joseph Julius fueled the PA Classics offense during the regular season with 14 goals in 27 games played. (Group 7 of Development Academy Playoffs)

Northeast Division
FC Greater Boston:
FC Greater Boston, winners of four straight games heading into the Academy Playoffs, held off the New England Revolution down the stretch for the top spot in the Northeast Division. The club finished with a record of 8-1-1 while tallying 31 goals in just 10 division games. Forward Nathan Pomeroy led FC Greater Boston with 13 goals in 19 games and Alex Ainscough added 11 goals. (Group 3 of Development Academy Playoffs)
New England Revolution:
The Revolution is making its third straight Academy Playoffs appearance after locking up the second berth from the Northeast Division with a 7-1-2 record. New England capped off the regular season with a 10-game unbeaten streak. Forward Mawolo Gissie has shouldered the scoring load, bagging 15 goals in 23 games for the Revolution. (Group 2 of Development Academy Playoffs)

South Conference
Atlantic Division

CASL Chelsea FC Academy:
The only team in the U-15/16 age group to not lose a division match, CASL Chelsea FC claimed the No. 1 spot in the Atlantic Division with a 12-0-2 record and an overall mark of 17-2-6. The club has kept a clean sheet in its last four matches and the offensive attack is headed by Evan Deycaza’s 21 goals in 25 games. This marks CASL Chelsea FC’s fourth straight appearance in the Academy Playoffs. (No. 1 seed in Group 1 of Development Academy Playoffs)
Charlotte Soccer Academy:
Runner-up in the Atlantic Division, Charlotte Soccer Academy allowed just six goals in 14 division matches for a 9-2-3 record. Making its fourth straight Academy Playoffs appearance, CSA is led by forward Hans Honer’s 10 goals this season. (Group 3 of Development Academy Playoffs)

Southeast Division
South Carolina United Battery:
Winner of the Southeast Division with a 10-2-2 division record and an overall mark of 17-5-3, South Carolina United Battery makes its second straight appearance at the Academy Playoffs. James Carlin, who is headed to the University of South Carolina, led the team in scoring with 22 goals in 21 games. South Carolina United Battery scored 64 overall goals in 25 games – the most among the Southeast Division teams this season. (No. 1 seed in Group 3 of Development Academy Playoffs)
Clearwater Chargers:
The second of five teams from the strong Southeast Division to qualify for the Academy Playoffs, the Clearwater Chargers racked up 40 goals in division play while posting an 8-3-3 record and capturing their first berth in the tournament. Seven players scored five or more goals for the Chargers this season, including a team-high 11 goals from midfielder Cameron Thomas. (Group 4 of the Development Academy Playoffs)

West Conference
Northwest Division

Vancouver Whitecaps FC:
Backed by a strong defensive back line that allowed just nine goals in 14 division games, Whitecaps FC clinched the top spot from the Northwest Division (just as the club’s U-17/18 team did this season). On the offensive side of the ball, Stanford commitment Brody Huitema tallied 20 goals in 22 games to help the Whitecaps to a 12-1-1 division record. This is Vancouver’s first trip to the Academy Playoffs. (Group 3 of Development Academy Playoffs)
Seattle Sounders FC:
The fifth-place finishers from the 2010-11 Academy Playoffs, Seattle Sounders FC makes its second straight trip to the tournament after recording a 10-3-1 mark during Northwest Division play. The runner-up in its division, Sounders FC saw both Duncan McCormick and David Olsen score 10 goals apiece this season. (Group 4 of the Development Academy Playoffs)

SoCal Division
LA Galaxy:
The 2010-11 U-15/16 Development Academy Playoff champion is back to defend its title after winning the SoCal Division with an 11-1-4 record and an overall mark of 17-3-7. Offensively, the Galaxy are headed by Justin Dhillon (20 goals in 26 games) and Jaime Villarreal (18 goals in 25 games). Last season, the Galaxy defeated PA Classics in the title game 4-1. (No. 1 seed in Group 6 of Development Academy Playoffs)
Real Salt Lake AZ:
Unbeaten in four straight contests entering the playoffs, Real Salt Lake AZ finished just three points behind the Galaxy in the SoCal Division for the second berth. The 2010-11 third-place finishers in the Academy Playoffs, Real Salt Lake AZ is making its second straight trip to the tournament. The club is led by forward Jose Navarro’s 15 goals in 26 games this season. (Group 4 of Development Academy Playoffs)

Wild Card (12 teams listed in alphabetical order):
Albertson SC:
Albertson SC (3-1-6) settled for a wild card berth after the New York Red Bulls claimed the second Liberty Division spot based on divisional goal differential. Albertson has had 19 different players score a goal this season as the team earns its second straight tournament berth. (Group 2)
Arsenal FC:
Third-place finishers in the SoCal Division with an 8-3-5 record, Arsenal FC qualified for the Academy Playoffs for the third time in four years and features two double-digit goal scorers – Paul Arriola (14 goals) and Jose Garcia (13 goals). (Group 7)
Chicago Magic PSG:
Unbeaten in five straight contests entering the tournament, Chicago Magic PSG (10-3-3, Great Lakes Division) features leading goal scorer Erik Rodriguez, who had 12 regular-season tallies. (Group 7)
Colorado Rush:
The Rush (5-5-4) went 3-2-2 over its final seven regular season matches to qualify for the Academy Playoffs as the fourth-place team from the Frontier Division. Spencer Goldstein pitched in eight goals during the campaign. (Group 6)
Concorde Fire:
Making its third straight Academy Playoffs appearance, Atlanta-based Concorde Fire finished fifth in the Southeast Division and was led by Duke commitment Cameron Moseley’s 18 goals. (Group 6)
FC Dallas:
Another Texas Division representative, FC Dallas (12-4-8) makes its fourth straight berth in the Academy Playoffs on the back of five players with five or more goals scored this season, including former U.S. U-17 National Team member Kellyn Acosta. (Group 1)
Georgia United:
Making its first appearance in the Academy Playoffs, Georgia United (6-4-4) made it through the tough Southern Division with balanced scoring, with both Eli Carrasco and Sebastian Ille scoring nine goals during the regular season (Group 1)
NJSA 04:
NJSA 04 (6-4-2, Mid-Atlantic Division) got contributions from several players including, Conor Nichols with eight goals in 24 games, to help the team qualify for its first trip to the Academy Playoffs. (Group 5)
Pateadores:
Pateadores (5-5-6, SoCal Division) squeezed in as the final wild card team, appearing in the tournament for a second straight season. Brian Pacheco contributed 17 goals in 23 games. (Group 2)
San Diego Surf:
The San Diego Surf is making its inaugural appearance at the Academy Playoffs after finishing fourth in the SoCal Division with a 6-6-4 record. (Group 8)
Solar Chelsea SC:
The third-place finisher from the Texas Division, Solar Chelsea SC (13-4-7) has qualified for its second straight Academy Playoffs. Midfielder Alan Winn leads the team with 23 goals. (Group 8)
Weston FC:
After missing out on the Academy Playoffs last season, Weston FC returns with a team that features five players with five or more goals scored, including team leader Nicholas Pappacena with 18. (Group 7)

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