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Day One in the Books for U-17/18 Teams, U-15/16s Ready to Hit the Field at Finals Week


FIRST DAY DONE, NOW U-15/16 TEAMS TURN: With the first four games in the books for the U-17/18 age group, the attention at Finals Week now turns towards the eight U-15/16 teams who will get underway later today (July 11) at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The early games will feature east vs. west as Washington Premier FC (Tacoma, Wash.) will take on PDA (Zarephath, N.J.) at 3 p.m. PT and Cal Odyssey (Clovis, Calif.) will go up against Greensboro Youth Soccer (Greensboro, N.C.) at 4 p.m. PT. The later matches feature two MLS clubs as the New York Red Bulls face Chicago Magic AS Monaco at 6 p.m. PT, and FC Dallas Juniors will take on the Derby County Wolves (Livonia, Mich.).

Schedule of Games for Friday, July 10 (All Times PT)
Age Group     Match-up                                                                              Time       Location
U-15/16          Washington Premier FC vs. PDA                                     3 p.m.     Vanole Field
U-15/16          Cal Odyssey vs. Greensboro Youth Soccer                   4 p.m.     Mooch Field
U-15/16          New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Magic AS Monaco    6 p.m.     Field 2
U-15/16          Derby County Wolves vs. FC Dallas Juniors                 7 p.m.     Mooch Field

U-15/16 TEAM BREAKDOWN: All eight teams in the U-15/16 age group fought through Playoffs Week in Greensboro, N.C. after a nine-month season that came down to the wire. For a full breakdown of all eight teams and how they got to Finals Week, click here.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: The 2008-09 Development Academy season was the first to implement a playoff system, as 32 teams from each age group converged on Greensboro, N.C., from June 26-29, to determine the final 16 teams who would advance to Finals Week. Broken up into groups of four, the teams played three games over the course of a long weekend at Bryan Park, with only the eight group winners advancing to Carson, Calif. For a full recap of Development Academy Playoffs, click here.

CARMEL UNITED AND D.C. UNITED TOP U-17/18 GROUPS: After the first four games in the U-17/18 age group, Carmel United and D.C. United have taken the early positions at the top of their respective groups. Carmel scored an early goal against FC Greater Boston to come away with a 1-0 victory, while D.C. United tallied the most goals on the day in a 3-1 win against CASL Chelsea FC. In the other two matches on the day, PDA overcame a two-goal deficit to draw with Real Colorado in Group 2 while IMG Academy and the Dallas Texans fought to a 1-1 draw in Group 1. Both groups are still wide open as each team still has two games left to play to determine the group winners. For a complete schedule of Finals Week, click here.

U-17/18 Group Standings
Group 1
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
CAR 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
DAL 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1
IMG 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1
FCGB 1 0 1 0 0 1 -1 0

Group 2
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
DCU 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3
PDA 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 1
RCO 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 1
CASL 1 0 1 0 1 3 -2 0


Group 1
Date        Result                                                 

July 10    Carmel United 1, FC Greater Boston 0
July 10    IMG Academy 1, Dallas Texans 1

Group 2
Date        Result                                                 

July 10    Real Colorado 2, PDA 2
July 10    D.C. United 3, CASL Chelsea Academy 1

WATCH U-17/18 GAMES FROM FRIDAY ON ussoccer.com TODAY: Catch all the action from the opening day of games from the U-17/18 age group today on as all four games will be replayed on ussoccer.com. Starting at 2 p.m. PT, each match will be played back-to-back giving fans the opportunity to watch some of the best youth players in the nation. The one-day delayed broadcasts will be available for every game played during Finals Week, with the exception of the two championship matches on July 16 and July 17, which will be shown live on ESPN Classic.

U-17/18 DELAYED BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Schedule for Broadcast of Games Played on July 10 (All Times PT)
Date          Age              Match-up                                                                 Stream Schedule

July 11      U-17/18       Real Colorado vs. PDA                                          2 p.m.
July 11      U-17/18       CASL Chelsea FC Academy vs. D.C. United     4 p.m.
July 11      U-17/18       FC Greater Boston vs. Carmel United SC         6 p.m.
July 11      U-17/18       Dallas Texans vs. IMG Soccer Academy            8 p.m.
Click here to watch streaming games on ussoccer.com

CHAMPIONS TO BE CROWNED LIVE ON ESPN CLASSIC: For the second consecutive year, during Finals Week with the championship match in both age groups being broadcast live on ESPN Classic. Both matches will be played at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., with the U-17/18 championship taking place on Thursday, July 16 at 7 p.m. PT and the U-15/16 championship a day later on Friday, July 17 at 7 p.m. PT.

CONFERENCE AWARDS UNVEILED: The 2008-09 Development Academy Conference Starting XI and Coaches of the Year for both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups have been unveiled just before the start of Finals Week. Development Academy Starting XI and Academy Players and Coaches of the Year will be announced next week. All awards were voted upon by Development Academy clubs and national staff coaches.

STUDIO 90 IS BACK IN ACTION: Once again, ussoccer.com will be on hand to provide complete coverage of Development Academy Finals Week with new episodes of its popular Studio 90 web show coming every day. Keep tabs on your favorite teams by checking out all the highlights, insights and interviews on ussoccer.com.

STAY IN TUNE WITH FINALS WEEK: Follow all the behind-the-scenes happenings at Finals Week, keep tabs on the YNT Blog, where you’ll find up to date information that you can’t get anywhere else. Keep up with the most up-to-date scoring information (in 140 characters or less!) by checking out U.S. Soccer’s official twitter page at twitter.com/ussoccer.

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