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U.S. Soccer Names Development Academy U-17/18 Conference Starting XI Teams for 2012-13

CHICAGO (July 9, 2013) – U.S. Soccer today honors 33 players in the Under-17/18 Academy Starting XI for all three conferences as part of its 2012-13 Development Academy End of Year awards.

The East Conference U-17/18 XI includes Weston FC forward Nicholas Pappacena who scored 28 regular-season goals and helped his squad to a Southeast Division title. Albertson SC, Georgia United and the New York Red Bulls each have two players on the East Starting XI – Albertson defender Dylan Greenberg and forward Miguel Polley; Georgia United goalkeeper Marius Heislitz and midfielder Daniel Johnson; and Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga and forward Alex Muyl.

The Central Conference XI features a trio of FC Dallas players. Forward Bobby Edet, midfielder Kellyn Acosta and defender Kris Reaves helped FC Dallas win the Central Conference. Acosta and Edet were also part of the FC Dallas team that won the U-17/18 Academy crown in 2012.

In the West Conference XI, three LA Galaxy players were represented in midfielders Drew Murphy and Raul Mendiola and defender Oscar Sorto. The LA Galaxy won the Southwest Division with a 20-7-4 record.

The Academy XI incorporates the 11 players among each conference who represent the Academy principles of dedication, effort and integrity. The starting XI includes one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.

Development Academy players and coaches have received postseason recognition since the Academy’s inaugural 2007-08 season, and the End of Year awards are voted upon by U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors.

U-17/18 East Conference Starting XI
GK – Marius Heislitz (Georgia United)
D – Dylan Greenberg (Albertson SC)
D – Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls)
D – Matias Fracchia (NJSA 04)
D – Matthew Mahoney (BW Gottschee Academy)
M – Dominik Machado (New England Revolution)
M – Daniel Johnson (Georgia United)
M – Jacori Hayes (Baltimore Bays Chelsea)
F – Miguel Polley (Albertson SC)
F – Nicholas Pappacena (Weston FC)
F – Alex Muyl (New York Red Bulls)

U-17/18 Central Conference Starting XI
GK – Andrew Putna (Chicago Magic PSG)
D – Kris Reaves (FC Dallas)
D – Trevor Haberkorn (Solar Chelsea SC)
D – Andrew Kendall-Moullin (Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy)
D – Bennett Kim (Indiana Fire Academy)
M – Justin Reyes (Texans SC Houston)
M – Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas)
M – Michael Bajza (Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy)
F – Jeffrey Farina (Chicago Fire)
F – Bobby Edet (FC Dallas)
F – Bryan Salazar (Houston Dynamo)

U-17/18 West Conference Starting XI
GK – Connor Adkisson (Seattle Sounders)
D – Ive Burnett (Real Salt Lake AZ)
D – Michael Amick (De Anza Force)
D – Garret Jackson (Crossfire Premier)
D – Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)
M – Drew Murphy (LA Galaxy)
M – Raul Mendiola (LA Galaxy)
M – Juan Samayoa (Real So Cal)
F – Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders)
F – Jason Romero (De Anza Force)
F – Jose Navarro (Real Salt Lake AZ)