Across the Academy - April 12
East Conferenceâ€™s PDA Hosts Baltimore Bays: Players Development Academy and Baltimore Bays Chelsea are atop their respective divisions in the East Conference. That sets the stage for a highly anticipated matchup between the clubs at both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups this Saturday at the PDA Facility in Zarephath, N.J. PDAâ€™s U-15/16 team leads the way with an 11-1-1 record and 34 points. The team averages nearly three goals per game (38 goals in 13 matches) and allows fewer than one goal per game (12 goals overall).
Top Great Lakes Teams Converge: The top two teams from the Great Lakes Division meet up in a local derby as the Chicago Fire host Sockers FC at Toyota Park on Saturday. Sockers FCâ€™s U-17/18 team (3-0-0 Great Lakes, 7-0-3 overall) has the early points lead in the Great Lakes, but the Fire (2-0-0 division, 7-2-0) are close behind, and they tout the divisionâ€™s top goal differential in all matches with a 28-6 scoring advantage this season. The Sockers are outscoring their opponents 20-7.
Former Academy Finalists Meet: The 2010-11 Development Academy Finalists at the U-17/18 age group meet this weekend as CASL Chelsea FC Academy faces Weston FC in Weston, Fla. The U-17/18 CASL Chelsea FC Academy is off to another strong start in 2011-12 with a 9-2-2 record, while Weston FC is fighting for a playoff spot at 8-7-2. Both U-15/16 teams are still unbeaten in divisional play as CASL Chelsea is 4-0-0 in the Atlantic Division and Weston FC is 4-0-4 in the Southeast Division.
Pateadores, Chivas USA Renew Rivalry: Chivas USA and Pateadores square off on Saturday in one of many LA derbys. The Chivas USA U-17/18 team is atop its division with a 7-1-3 record, while the Chivas USA and Pateadores U-15/16 teams are tied for fourth with 4-4-3 division records. Both teams met earlier this year, when Chivas USA swept both age groups on Oct. 29.
The Academy has 110 games scheduled from Thursday through Sunday, and pending any cancellations, it will mark the busiest weekend to date. Earlier this year, 106 Academy matches were played March 17-18.
LAST WEEKâ€™S HIGHLIGHTS:
The Development Academy was on hiatus from regular-season play this past weekend.
ACADEMY ALUMNI NEWS AND NOTES:
Wenger, Impact Net First MLS Win: PA Classics product Andrew Wenger scored his first professional goal as the expansion Montreal Impact defeated Toronto FC 2-1 on Saturday for the organizationâ€™s first Major League Soccer victory. â€œI am very happy to have scored my first goal, to get the monkey off my back,â€ Wenger said. â€œBut itâ€™s even more satisfying to get the win.â€
Corona Tallies Winner for Tijuana: Former San Diego Surf product and U.S. U-23 Menâ€™s National Team standout Joe Corona scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal during Club Tijuanaâ€™s 2-1 victory over Atlante on Saturday in Mexicoâ€™s Primera Division. Corona logged 70 minutes, and his 20th-minute tally gave Tijuana a 2-0 lead. Corona scored a team-leading four goals for the U-23 Men during CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in Nashville, Tenn. He had a hat trick in the U-23 teamâ€™s 6-0 win against Cuba to open qualifying.
25 Academy Players Log Minutes in MLS Reserve League: During the April 7-11 slate of Major League Soccer Reserve League matches, 25 current Development Academy players logged a combined 904 minutes. Additionally, 14 former Academy players saw the pitch. Among the noteworthy efforts, the Philadelphia Unionâ€™s Zach Pfeffer played the full 90 minutes and had an assist during a 4-2 win against the New England Revolution on April 9. Sporting Kansas Cityâ€™s Soony Saad (2008 Development Academy Player of the Year at Vardar SC) tallied a goal during a 1-0 win against the Chicago Fire on April 10.
ACADEMY IN THE NEWS:
- Red Bulls Academyâ€™s Wade, U-17 MNT Take Fifth at Mondial Minimes â€“ ussoccer.com
- U.S. U-17 MNT Advances to Fifth-Place Match of Mondial Minimes â€“ ussoccer.com
- Former Cal Odyssey Forward Bijev Debuts For Fortuna Dusseldorf â€“ Yanks Abroad
- U.S. YNT standout Villyan Bijev Debuts â€“ TopDrawerSoccer.com
- Wenger Learning Quickly with Impact â€“ Montreal Gazette
- MLS Quintet Read to Break Out (Nagbe Highlighted) â€“ Daily Breeze
- Nagbe Wins Another MLS Goal of the Week â€“ MLSSoccer.com
- Orozco Cousins, Ibarra Among NASL Field â€“ ESPNLA.com