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Across the Academy - Feb. 9


WHAT’S AHEAD:
LA Galaxy, Pateadores Meet in Key SoCal Clash:
The LA Galaxy U-17/18 team faces Pateadores this Saturday in a matchup of two of the top SoCal Division teams in the West Conference. The Galaxy (4-1-0, 12 points in SoCal) and Pateadores (3-2-1, 10 points) are second and third, respectively, in the division behind Chivas USA (5-1-1, 16 points). But with both teams having played fewer matches than Chivas USA, Saturday’s game would put either team in a better position to nab the division’s top spot.

LAST WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS:
Central Conference:

  • Brandon Aubrey scored a 64th-minute goal and the Dallas Texans U-15/16 team defeated Texans SC Houston 1-0 on Sunday to maintain its unbeaten record this season. With the win, the Texans improve to 11-0-6.
  • Alonso Gallegos and David Robledo each had a goal as the FC Dallas U-17/18 team garnered its 13th win in 16 games with a 2-0 victory against the Texas Rush on Saturday. FC Dallas is in first place in the Texas Division with an 11-1-1 record, 13-1-2 overall.

South Conference:

  • The Richmond Kickers posted a two-game sweep of the Richmond Strikers on Saturday. Grayson Smith scored three goals to lead the Kickers U-15/16 team to a 4-2 win, while Zachary Harris scored the lone goal for the Kickers U-17/18 team during a 1-0 victory.
  • Eli Dent of the South Carolina United Battery U-17/18 team scored three goals for a 5-3 victory against the Richmond Strikers. South Carolina scored four goals in an 11-minute span from the 56th minute to the 66th minute, with Dent providing the final two goals during that stretch.
  • Nestor Jaramillo’s 59th-minute goal proved to be the difference as the South Carolina United Battery U-17/18 team shut out McLean Youth Soccer 1-0 on Saturday. South Carolina United Battery leads the Southeast Division, while McLean Youth Soccer is atop the Atlantic Division.

West Conference:

  • The De Anza Force U-17/18 team posted two 1-0 victories to move into first place in the Northwest Division. De Anza Force posted a 1-0 win against Crossfire Premier on Saturday, followed by a 1-0 win against previous division leader Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. Nicholas Lima had a goal against Crossfire Premier and Edson Cardona had the only tally against Seattle Sounders FC.
  • Led by John Chronopoulos’ two goals, the Santa Cruz Breakers Academy U-17/18 team defeated Seattle Sounders FC 4-0 on Saturday. Chronopoulos has 16 goals in 17 games this season, moving into a third-place tie with Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas U-17/18) among the Academy’s goal scoring leaders.
  • Dalton Pando scored three goals as the California Development Academy U-15/16 squad earned a 5-0 victory against Crossfire Premier on Thursday, Feb. 2. Pando is averaging more than a goal per game, tallying six in five matches this season.

PEAK PERFORMERS

Week 20 Player of the Week: Jorge Ruiz, Forward, Chivas USA

Jorge Ruiz of the Chivas USA U-15/16 team scored a goal to start a comeback that led to a 3-3 draw against Strikers FC on Saturday at Orange West College in West Conference action. Chivas USA trailed 3-1 in the second half before Ruiz netted a 70th-minute goal to cut the deficit to one, and teammate Ryo Fujii tied the score at 3-3 in the 82nd minute. Ruiz, a 1997 birth year playing up a level, is tied for fourth on Chivas USA with six goals in 13 matches played this season.

Referee of the Week: Bernhard Hosu

Bernhard Hosu earns Referee of the Week honors for his performance in the U-15/16 matchup between Real So Cal and Pateadores. Hosu, a referee from California-South, has worked during 19 Academy games over the past year. He also has officiated in MLS preseason matches, along with PDL, USL PRO and W-League games.

ACADEMY ALUMNI NEWS AND NOTES:

Colleges Turn to Academy Players on Signing Day: More than 360 Development Academy players announced their intent to play in college last week during National Signing Day. ussoccer.com pinpoints some other interesting numbers from its successful Development Academy class. For more news and information, also visit the U.S. Soccer YNT Blog.

Leitch Joins Earthquakes’ Youth Academy: Recently retired defender Chris Leitch was named the technical director for the San Jose Earthquakes’ youth development academy. He will oversee all technical aspects of the Earthquakes’ youth system, including the club’s U-15/16 and U-17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy squads.

ACADEMY IN THE NEWS:

  • Defense Carries De Anza Force to First Place – ESPN RISE
  • Four Things to Know About Lonestar SC Academy’s Kekuta Manneh – Soccer America
  • Sounders, Crew Send Off Big Academy Classes – Soccer America

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