Development Academy Playoffs: Day 4
U.S. Soccer Development Academy
2010-11 Playoffs & Showcase
Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas
June 27, 2011
WIN AND YOUâ€™RE IN: The U-17/18 teams end their 2010-11 Development Academy Playoffs matches today and eight teams will secure their spot at the 2011 Finals Week in Milwaukee, Wis. There are a number of tight groups as players will fight for their berth at either 9 a.m. CT or 11 a.m. CT at Pizza Hut Park.
SCENARIOS: The scenarios are set for the U-17/18 groups to advance to Finals Week. For a complete list of the scenarios for advancement, visit ussoccer.com.
- In Group 1, Pateadores is in the driverâ€™s seat and will advance with a win, tie and possibly even a loss.
- In Group 2, Real Salt Lake AZ holds the advantage as a win or tie will see them advance as they earn the tiebreaker on goal differential. The New York Red Bulls can only move on to Finals Week with a victory.
- Group 3 looks promising for Players Development Academy. The only way they will not advance is with a loss and a PA Classics win by four goals.
- Group 4 is up for grabs with Dallas Texans and Arsenal FC tied for first.
- Group 5 is wide open with Cosmos Academy West and FC Dallas fighting to remain at the top.
- The winner of the Seattle Sounders FC and Baltimore Bays Chelsea game in Group 6 will advance, with the Sounders advancing on a tie.
- Group 7 is a toss-up with Weston FC and Chivas USA hoping to remain at the top.
- The winner of the Albertson SC and CASL Chelsea FC Academy game determines Group 8, with a tie going to Albertson SC.
U-15/16 REST DAY: The U-15/16 group completed their second day of group games yesterday and will have a much needed rest day. For a complete list of the standings, visit ussoccer.com. Some highlights from the matches:
- Chicago Fire, last yearâ€™s champion, won their game against North Meck SC 1-0.
- Twelve teams continued their unbeaten streak, with five teams posting a perfect 2-0-0 record.
ACADEMY PROFESSIONALISM: Academy athletes arenâ€™t just playing for a national title each season as many hope to eventually play at the professional level. Clubs are helping these athletes by creating a professional atmosphere and providing the most competitive youth environment possible. Find out what FC Dallas and Indiana United Academy had to say about their efforts and what it means to their players at ussoccer.com.
DONâ€™T FORGET THE REFS: The players arenâ€™t the only ones honing their skills at the Playoffs as referees also take advantage of the opportunities to develop as officials. ussoccer.com asked referees how the Academy helps further their careers.Â
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWNS: Along with the battles for Finals Week, Academy clubs that didnâ€™t qualify for the postseason will still get the chance to play competitive matches this weekend in the form of a round-robin style tournament. With two days of matches in the book, games will continue today where teams will continue to test themselves against rarely-played opponents.
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM SCOUTS IN ATTENDANCE: Nearly 30 U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors and scouts will be watching games throughout the weekend. They will take this opportunity to look at players from all around the country play in competitive matches during the next five days, while Technical Advisors will review and discuss the match with coaches immediately following their games.
SOCIAL BUTTERFLY: The U.S. Soccer Development Academy is all over the Internet. Follow the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, including all the news and updates from Pizza Hut Park on U.S. Soccerâ€™s Development Academy Facebook page, on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and check out photos and updates from throughout the day on the YNT Blog.