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2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs: Day 4


U.S. Soccer Development Academy
2011-12 Playoffs and Showcase
FC Dallas Stadium Complex; Frisco, Texas
June 28, 2012

U-15/16 TEAMS TAKE CENTER STAGE: The third day of the 2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs on Wednesday featured the U-15/16 age group taking the spotlight as teams competed to inch closer toward a spot in Finals Week.

Similar to Tuesday’s U-17/18 slate of matches, three U-15/16 teams had an opportunity to clinch a spot, but the results did not pan out in the long run.

D.C. United, PA Classics and the San Diego Surf all entered Wednesday’s games with three points and a two-point lead over the rest of their group, but as their older counterparts did the day before, no teams could finalize a group win.

Some interesting shuffling took place in Group 8 as St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri took over the San Diego Surf’s initial group lead with a 2-1 victory, scoring two unanswered goals in the second half to overcome a first-half deficit. St. Louis now holds a one-point lead over San Diego and Friday’s final opponent, Players Development Academy.

In Group 7, PA Classics is now hanging on to a one-point lead over Arsenal FC and wraps up the group stage against third-place Chicago Magic PSG on Friday. PA Classics played Weston FC to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday, while Arsenal snatched a late game-winner against the Magic.

D.C. United maintains a one-point lead in Group 7 following its 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy. D.C. has four points, followed by the Concorde Fire (three points) and Galaxy (two points). The Concorde Fire posted a dominating 5-2 win against the last-place Colorado Rush to leapfrog into second place.

STANDOUT PERFORMANCES: Arsenal FC and Chicago Magic PSG battled in a back-and-forth Group 7 showdown Wednesday, with Arsenal eventually coming out on top with a 3-2 win. Mason Klerks was the prime performer for Arsenal with two goals, including his dramatic 80th-minute game-winner in the closing moments of the match … Concorde Fire’s Cameron Moseley scored two of the team’s first three goals en route to a strong 5-2 win against the Colorado Rush … The Chicago Fire’s Jeffrey Farina carried his team with the game’s first two goals during a 3-0 win against Seattle Sounders FC in Group 4, where Chicago and Real Salt Lake AZ are level with two victories and six points.

U-17/18 TEAMS LOOKING TO BOOK FINALS WEEK TRIP: The U-17/18 age group had Wednesday off as the teams prepare for what should be a thrilling Thursday with all eight group leaders and Finals Week qualifiers to be determined. Five of the group leaders have won their first two games and are in a strong position to advance to Houston: Pateadores (Group 2), FC Dallas (Group 5), Chivas USA (Group 6), Solar Chelsea SC (Group 7) and Baltimore Bays Chelsea (Group 8). ussoccer.com breaks down the full U-17/18 clinching scenarios for Finals Week.

Be sure to follow the Development Academy Playoffs at ussoccer.com, with real-time updates through Twitter @ussoccer_ynt with the hashtag #AcademyPlayoffs.

U-17/18 GAMES TO WATCH ON DAY 4: It’s the final day of competition in the U-17/18 division and everything is on the line. Heading into the day, no team has clinched a spot to Finals Week, which means there are several high-pressure, all-or-nothing matchups to watch.

North Carolina Fusion vs. Crossfire Premier, 9 a.m.: Crossfire Premier is in the driver’s seat heading into the final day. The club based out of Kirkland, Wash., can clinch a spot to Finals Week with a win or a draw against the North Carolina Fusion. A win for the Fusion would give the team the group win and a trip to Houston.

Dallas Texans vs. Colorado Rapids, 9 a.m.: The Texans and Rapids sit atop Group 4 with identical 1-0-1 records and face a winner-take-all pairing. A draw would create an opening for Empire United, which enters Thursday two points behind the group leaders.

Chivas USA vs. New York Red Bulls, 11 a.m.: In a matchup of two MLS-affiliated clubs, Group 6 leader Chivas USA needs either a win or a draw against New York Red Bulls to move on to Finals Week by virtue of their two straight victories in group play. New York (1-0-1) would book a trip to Houston with a victory against their West Coast counterparts.

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE:
2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs:
All times Central

U-17/18 age group:
9 a.m.: Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy vs. FC DELCO (Field 5) 
9 a.m.: North Carolina Fusion vs. Crossfire Premier (Field 7) 
9 a.m.: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Texans SC Houston (Field 9) 
9 a.m.: Weston FC vs. Pateadores (Field 11) 
9 a.m.: LA Galaxy vs. CASL Chelsea FC Academy (Field 12) 
9 a.m.: De Anza Force vs. Vardar SC Freiburg (Field 13) 
9 a.m.: Empire United vs. South Carolina United Battery (Field 15) 
9 a.m.: Colorado Rapids vs. Dallas Texans (Field 17) 
11 a.m.: FC Dallas vs. Sockers FC (Field 5) 
11 a.m.: Real Salt Lake AZ vs. McLean Youth Soccer (Field 7) 
11 a.m.: New York Red Bulls vs. Chivas USA (Field 9) 
11 a.m.: Charlotte Soccer Academy vs. New England Revolution (Field 11) 
11 a.m.: Chicago Fire vs. Solar Chelsea SC (Field 12) 
11 a.m.: Albertson SC vs. Concorde Fire (Field 13) 
11 a.m.: Baltimore Bays Chelsea vs. Players Development Academy (Field 15) 
11 a.m.: Crew Soccer Academy vs. Lonestar SC (Field 17)

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS:
U-15/16 age group: 
CASL Chelsea FC Academy 2, FC Dallas 0 
New York Red Bulls 2, Georgia United 0 
Dallas Texans 1, Albertson SC 0 
Pateadores 3, New England Revolution 0 
South Carolina United Battery 3, FC Greater Boston 2 
Charlotte Soccer Academy 0, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 
Chicago Fire 3, Seattle Sounders FC 0 
Real Salt Lake AZ 4, Clearwater Chargers 1 
Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy 2, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves 2 
NJSA 04 1, Texans SC Houston 1 
D.C. United 1, LA Galaxy 1 
Concorde Fire 5, Colorado Rush 2
Arsenal FC 3, Chicago Magic PSG 2 
Weston FC 2, PA Classics 2 
Players Development Academy 3, Solar Chelsea SC 0 
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri 2, San Diego Surf 1

FOLLOWING THE RESULTS: Academy Playoffs results will be posted shortly HERE after the conclusion of each day’s matches. As the week progresses, ussoccer.com will provide clinching scenarios for the teams heading into their final games.

SOCIAL CONNECTION: Follow the U.S. Soccer Development Academy throughout the week as information, photos and links will be provided on the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Facebook page, Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and The YNT Blog.

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