Across the Academy - April 26
LA Galaxy, RSL Meet in Key SoCal Matches: The LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake AZ Academy teams are jostling for position at the top of the table at both age levels in the SoCal Division this Sunday at Grande Sports World. RSLâ€™s U-15/16 team leads the SoCal Division at 9-3-0 (27 points), with the Galaxy close behind at 7-1-2 and 23 points. In the U-17/18 level, the Galaxy and Salt Lake are second and third, respectively, behind division-leading Chivas USA. But the LA Galaxy (8-1-1, 25 points) is just two points behind Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake AZ is five points behind at 6-2-4.
Red-Hot Chicago Fire Faces Indiana United: The Chicago Fire teams look to maintain their Great Lakes Division leads when they host the Indiana United Fire Academy on Saturday at the Toyota Park practice field. The Fire U-15/16 team is in a tie for first with the Crew Soccer Academy Wolves at 5-0-1 and the U-17/18 squad is solely in first at 6-0-0. Indiana United U-15/16 is on the heels of the Chicago Fire at 5-1-0.
LAST WEEKâ€™S HIGHLIGHTS:
- The FC Dallas U-17/18 team clinched the Texas Division and an automatic berth to the Academy Playoffs with a 2-0 victory against Solar Chelsea SC on Saturday. Daniel Garcia notched a 55th-minute goal and David Robledo put the match out of reach in second-half stoppage time. Garcia has scored 18 goals this season for FC Dallas, which moved to 17-1-1 in the division and 21-2-3 overall. FC Dallas also ended Solar Chelseaâ€™s impressive 10-game unbeaten streak (8-0-2) that dated back to mid-December.
- Zack Atwood scored two second-half goals and Yamann Sahlool added a first-half tally as the Great Lakes Division-leading Crew Soccer Academy Wolves U-15/16 team defeated Vardar SC Freiburg 3-0 in a local derby on Sunday. The Wolves are unbeaten on the season at 5-0-1 in the Great Lakes and 11-0-2 overall.
- For a second straight weekend, the Chicago Fireâ€™s Academy teams combined for a perfect four victories, this time sweeping Crew Soccer Academy and Internationals.
- D.C. United had strong results last weekend with the U-15/16 team posting 2-1 victories against FC Westchester and Albertson SC to improve to 9-5-2 â€“ a victory better than Mid-Atlantic Division rival Baltimore Bays Chelsea. Michael Seaton had a goal in each match. D.C. Unitedâ€™s U-17/18 team earned a 1-0 victory against Albertson SC and a 2-1 win against FC Westchester, with defender Patrick Foss scoring all three goals over the two games.
- Players Development Academyâ€™s U-15/16 team had a two-win weekend with a 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday and a 4-1 victory against FC Greater Boston on Sunday to up the teamâ€™s record to 14-1-1. Alec Neumann and Neil Guzman both scored a goal in each match to lead an offense that has 47 goals in 16 games (2.9 goals per game).
- Kyle James Parker scored two goals and the Charlotte Soccer Academy U-17/18 team jumped into second place in the Atlantic Division with a 2-0 victory against North Carolina Fusion on Saturday. Parkerâ€™s second-half goals came in the 47th minute and 75th minute as Charlotte Soccer Academy moved ahead of the Richmond Kickers in the division with a 6-0-2 record (8-4-5 overall). Charlotte Soccer Academy has allowed only three goals in eight Atlantic Division matches.
- The LA Galaxy U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams continue to hover in second place in the SoCal Division, and both groups are in striking distance at the division lead. The Galaxy posted dominant weekend sweeps against the San Diego Surf on Saturday. Jose Villarreal had two goals during the LA Galaxy U-17/18 teamâ€™s 5-0 victory against the San Diego Surf. Steve Martinez had two second-half goals for the LA Galaxy U-15/16 team en route to a 5-1 win. Chivas USA maintains its two-point lead over the Galaxy in the U-17/18 SoCal Division, while Real Salt Lakeâ€™s U-15/16 team holds a four-point advantage over the Galaxy.
- Vancouver Whitecaps FCâ€™s U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams both clinched a spot for the Academy Playoffs with a 4-0-0 weekend, sweeping De Anza Force and the Santa Cruz Breakers Academy. The U-17/18 team jumped two spots to take the Northwest Division lead ahead of De Anza Force and Seattle Sounders FC.
WeekÂ 30 Player of the Week: Patrick Foss, Defender, D.C. United
Patrick Foss started and played the full 90 minutes in both of D.C. Unitedâ€™s victories this past weekend, scoring all three of the teamâ€™s goals. He provided a two-goal effort in a 2-1 win against FC Westchester on Saturday, followed by the lone tally during a 1-0 victory against Albertson SC on Sunday. Foss is tied for the team lead with five goals this season as D.C. United is 8-5-3 overall. He has appeared in 14 of the teamâ€™s 16 matches.
Referee of the Week: Rebekah Friedrich
Rebekah Friedrich earns Referee of the Week honors for her performance during this past weekendâ€™s U-15/16 match between Potomac and Seacoast United. The 24-year-old grade 6 referee from Maryland has worked nearly 20 Academy matches. She attended the 2011 Winter Showcase and is looking to attend the 2012 Playoffs and Showcase in June.
ACADEMY AND ALUMNI NEWS AND NOTES:
Bruin Leads Charge for Dynamo: Former St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri player Will Bruin had a goal and a game-tying assist during the Houston Dynamoâ€™s 2-2 road draw against the Columbus Crew last Saturday. Also on the Academy alumni front, former Clearwater Chargers and U.S. U-17 Residency Program goalkeeper Zac MacMath of the Philadelphia Union made five saves to extend the teamâ€™s shutout streak to 332 minutes following a 1-0 win against Chivas USA.
Two Academy Teams to Face U.S. U-17s: The Houston Dynamo U-17/18 and FC Dallas U-17/18 Development Academy teams will face the U.S. U-17 Menâ€™s National Team in May. The Dynamo takes on the U-17s on May 10 at the newly built BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Then the U.S. U-17 squad faces FC Dallasâ€™ Academy side on May 12 at Houston Amateur Sports Park.
Sounders U-15/16s Face Big Test Before Playoffs: The Seattle Sounders U-15/16 team is the first Development Academy squad to qualify for the postseason over the April 14-15 weekend, but the major test for this team will be the upcoming four-game stretch before the Academy Playoffs.
ACADEMY IN THE NEWS:
- Grady Howe Delivers for LA Galaxy Academy â€“ ESPN RISE
- Development Academy Recap â€“ ESPN RISE
- D.C. United Academy Teams Grab Another Weekend Sweep â€“ Potomac Soccer Wire
- Four Things to Know About FC Dallasâ€™s Jonathan Top â€“ Soccer America
- D.C. Unitedâ€™s Collin Martin Ready for Next Step â€“ Top Drawer Soccer
- FC Dallas U-17/18 Clinches Texas Division â€“ Top Drawer Soccer
- Chicago Fire Academy Teams Earns Second Straight 4-0 Weekend â€“ Chicago-Fire.com
- New England Revolution Academy Teams Play First Home Matches â€“ RevolutionSoccer.net
- Kinnear: Houston Dynamoâ€™s Will Bruin Set to Have â€˜Big Yearâ€™ â€“ MLSSoccer.com