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Across the Academy - May 19, 2011

U-20 MNT to Round out France Trip Thursday: After a 3-3 draw against France on Tuesday evening, the U.S. U-20 MNT dropped a 2-1 decision in their second friendly against France on Thursday in Vichy. Dallas Texans alumnus Conor Doyle, Derby County product Josh Gatt and Real Salt Lake’s Luis Gil all scored for the Americans in the first match, and Doyle scored the lone U.S. goal in the loss. The U.S. team is made up of players born in 1991 through 1994 and is currently being led by NJSA 04 founder Tab Ramos.

U-18 MNT Roster Set for Lisbon International: New York Red Bulls forward Brandon Allen and Albertson defender Timothy Parker will replace Jordan McCrary and Chris Somerville for the upcoming U.S. U-18 Men's National Team trip to Lisbon, Portugal. The U.S. departs on May 19 and will play the Netherlands on May 25, Portugal on May 26 and Finland on May 28 as part of the 2011 Lisbon International tournament.

U-17 MNT to Open World Cup in Torreon: The U.S. has been drawn into Group D of the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Mexico. Wilmer Cabrera’s team, which was crowned CONCACAF U-17 Champion in February, will open Group D on June 19 at 7 p.m. ET against the Czech Republic and face Uzbekistan three days later on June 22 at 4 p.m. ET in Torreon before rounding out the group stage on June 25 against New Zealand at 6 p.m. ET in Pachuca. Fans can follow every U.S. match live on’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

CASL U-17/18 Playoffs Bound: By virtue of results in the U-17/18 Atlantic Division last weekend, CASL Chelsea FC has secured a top-two finish and an automatic berth in the Academy Playoffs. They are just the second team, after Concorde Fire U-15/16, to clinch a place in Frisco, Texas, where the playoff event will be held from June 24-28 at Pizza Hut Park.

Junior SuperClasico Set for Saturday: The Academy teams of Chivas USA and Los Angeles Galaxy will play just hours before their Major League Soccer counterparts play in the highly-anticipated SuperClasico on Saturday night. The battle for The Home Depot Center supremacy is just one of a handful of derby matches on tap this weekend.

Empire United, Revolution Battle for Top Spot: The New England Revolution and Empire United U-15/16 teams will square off on Saturday with the top place in the Northeast Division up for grabs. Empire United is currently 4-0-1 in the division and the Revolution is 3-1-1 heading into the weekend.


National Notes:

  • Crew Soccer Academy, New England Revolution and PA Classics each won all four games this weekend between both age groups.
  • Baltimore Bays Chelsea and Cosmos Academy West each posted 3-0-1 records on the weekend.
  • The 92 games played on the weekend of May 14-15 averaged 2.8 goals per game.

Central Conference:

  • Minnesota Thunder Academy U-15/16 edged Shattuck-St. Mary’s 1-0 to leapfrog over its rivals and into fourth place in the Frontier Division with a 4-3-2 record.
  • Real Colorado kept its stranglehold on the U-17/18 Frontier Division with two wins against Sporting Kansas City and Colorado Rapids. Real Colorado improved its division record to 6-0-2 on the season.
  • Chicago Fire U-17/18 stayed in the playoff picture with two wins against Vardar and Derby County Wolves.
  • Texas Rush AJ Auxerre U-15/16 forward Manneh Kekuta scored four goals in two games, helping his team to 3-0 and 2-1 wins against Andromeda and FC Dallas, respectively.

East Conference:

  • PA Classics’ four combined victories on the weekend included a sweep of D.C. United and Potomac that put the club in first place in the Mid-Atlantic Division in both age groups.
  • D.C. United U-17/18 striker Marcus Salandy-Defour scored all three of his teams goals in a 3-2 win against FC DELCO.
  • Baltimore Bays Chelsea’s four wins on the weekend came without allowing a single goal to Match Fit Chelsea or NJSA 04.

South Conference

  • North Carolina Fusion U-15/16 earned an impressive 4-0 win against North Meck SC to keep its undefeated Atlantic Division record of 6-0-4.

West Conference:

  • Cosmos Academy West scored nine goals on the weekend while allowing only three to post a 3-0-1 combined record in both age groups.
  • Irvine Strikers’ Christian Thierjung helped his U-15/16 team by scoring both goals in a 2-2 draw with Chivas USA.
  • Vilyan Bijev scored a brace for Cal Odyssey U-17/18 in a 3-2 win against the San Jose Earthquakes.

U-15/16 Performer of the Week: Scott Leven – Goalkeeper, FC Westchester
Levene, one of the younger players on FC Westchester, has been a key member of the squad currently in first place in the Liberty Division with a 5-1-0 record. He posted a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory against Albertson on Saturday, making several key saves to earn Player of the Week Honors. He has played in 17 of FC Westchester’s 22 games this season, making 11 starts.

U-17/18 Performer of the Week: Wil Trapp – Midfielder, Crew Soccer Academy
Trapp, a consistent participant in U-18 MNT training camps, has earned the second Player of the Week honor of his career. He started both games for the Crew last weekend, guiding them to a 1-0 win against Indiana United Academy and a 2-0 win against Classics Elite. Despite constant travel with the U-18s, Trapp has played in nine games so far this season.

Referee of the Week: Brandon Smith
Smith, a 19-year-old Grade 8 referee from Eastern Pennsylvania, earns Referee of the Week honors in his first-ever Academy assignment as a center referee. He officiated the U-15/16 game between the PA Classics and D.C. United, earning praise for his performance. Smith has worked Academy matches in the past as an assistant referee, and has served as a fourth official for PDL matches in his area.

Aaron Horton Signed as Homegrown Player:  
Former Chicago Magic and Crew Soccer Academy standout Aaron Horton has signed a contract to become first Homegrown Player in Crew history. A former member of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program, Horton spent a year at the University of Louisville and helped guide the Cardinals to the NCAA College Cup in 2010. The barely 19-year-old has been a lifelong Crew fan.

Cunningham Moving up the Ranks: Derby County Wolves alumnus Sean Cunningham made his debut with the U.S. U-20 MNT in France just a week after making his debut with Molde in a pair of friendlies. The outside defender has made big strides since moving to Norway and training under the legendary Ole Gunner Solskjaer.

McBean Making the Transition: Los Angeles Galaxy Homegrown signee Jack McBean is continuing his transition into a professional environment while also making a run for the U.S. roster for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. McBean trains daily with players like Landon Donovan and David Beckham, and was featured in the Orange County Register.



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  • Top Drawer Soccer recaps last weekend’s U-15/16 games –
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  • Texans SC Houston product Michael King verbally commits to SMU –
  • with a look at the evolution of player development in the United States -
  • Big Apple Soccer recaps the weekend for the local Academy teams - Big Apple Soccer