Across the Academy - March 10, 2011
ACROSS THE ACADEMY
A Weekly Summary of Development Academy News â€“ March 10, 2011
U.S. U-15 BNT to Hold First Camp of 2011 at The Home Depot Center: The U-15 Boysâ€™ National Team will convene for its first camp of 2011 from March 13-20 at The Home Depot Center. Of the 36 players heading into training camp, 20 come from Development Academy clubs, including Tyler Turner, who was the first player born in 1996 to earn U-15/16 Performer of the Week honors in early March, and four New York Red Bulls Academy players. The U.S. team will train about twice per day while also playing friendly matches against local Development Academy teams throughout the week.
Great Lakes Rivalries Renewed: Chicago Fire, Derby County Wolves, Indiana United Academy and Vardar have all won Finals Week championships and will now be competing in one of the most competitive divisions in Academy history. Last weekend, Derby County, Vardar and Indiana United kicked off their quest for one of the divisionâ€™s two automatic playoff berths, and this weekend the two Michigan clubs will host Crew Soccer Academy and Internationals. Read more about the developing rivalries at ussoccer.com.
East Conference Play Continues: Teams up and down the East Coast will continue their mostly non-divisional schedule this weekend, with clubs from the Northeast playing host to teams from the Mid-Atlantic. This weekendâ€™s fixtures include PA Classics and FC DELCO traveling to face the New England Revolution and FC Greater Boston, and MatchFit Chelsea and NJSA 04 taking on Seacoast United and Empire United.
Carolina Clash: One of the few divisional matchups this weekend will see CASL Chelsea FC face Charlotte Soccer Academy on Sunday afternoon in a key Atlantic Division clash. At the U-15/16 level, CASL (5-1-1 in the division) is looking to gain ground on Charlotteâ€™s 6-0-0 record. In the U-17/18 age group, both teams will be looking to keep their undefeated Atlantic Division records intact.
LAST WEEKâ€™S HIGHLIGHTS:Â Â Â Â Â Â
- The 40 games played on the weekend featured 138 goals for an average of nearly 3.5 goals per game.
- No fewer than seven players scored hat tricks on the weekend, including two Indiana United players: Maxwell Lachowecki (U-17/18) and Travis Wannemuehler (U-15/16).
- There were also 18 shutouts last weekend, but only one 0-0 draw, that between Richmond Strikers and North Carolina Fusion U-15/16.
- MatchFit Chelsea U-17/18 topped FC Greater Boston on Saturday and followed that up with a 4-3 win against New England Revolution on Sunday.
- Empire United U-15/16 used two goals from Charlie Cosentino (a 1995 birth year) in a 3-1 win against Cosmos Academy East.
- Seacoast United U-15/16 picked up their first two wins of the season against Cosmos Academy East and Met Oval
- CASL Chelsea FC was the only club to pick up four total wins last weekend, taking two victories in each age group.
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- San Jose Earthquakes topped Arsenal FC in both age groups and split the two games against Real Salt Lake AZ to go 3-1-0 on the weekend.
- Three different goal scorers â€“ Jesse Gallardo, Richard Martinez and Luis Perez â€“ scored for Real So Cal U-15/16 in a 3-1 win against Cosmos Academy West.
U-15/16 Performer of the Week: Cameron Lindley â€“ Midfielder, Indiana United Academy
Lindley becomes the first player born in 1997 to earn Academy Performer of the Week honors after solid showings against Derby County Wolves and Vardar. A member of the U-14 BNT pool, Lindley started both matches on the weekend and helped anchor the Indiana United Academy midfield that contributed to five goals scored and only one allowed. Â
U-17/18 Performer of the Week: Nermin Crnkic â€“ Forward, Derby County Wolves
Crnkic scored three goals on Saturday to help Derby County Wolves to an important 4-1 win against division rival Indiana United Academy. The forward has started five of Derby Countyâ€™s six games so far on the season and has netted six times.
Referee of the Week: Robert Sibiga
Sibiga is an experienced referee of the Development Academy program and has officiated matches in the past two Winter Showcases. Last weekend he earned praise for his performance in the U-17/18 game between Empire United and Cosmos Academy East. Sibiga recently moved from Grade 6 to Grade 5, and attended a preseason camp for Womenâ€™s Professional Soccer referees earlier this year.
ACADEMY ALUMNI NEWS AND NOTES
Agorsor Progressing with Philadelphia Union: A devastating knee injury put his soccer career on hold, but 2007-08 Development Academy U-17/18 Player of the Year Chris Agorsor is returning to form for the Philadelphia Union. Still just 21 years old, Agorsor scored twice for the MLS side during a preseason trip to Greece. Agorsor landed in Philadelphia through a weighted lottery in February.
Role of MLS Homegrown Players Growing: With the start of Major League Soccer just days away, the role of Homegrown Players on their respective clubs continues to grow. With 32 Homegrown players entering the 2011 season, Soccer by Ives takes a look at which young players might have an impact on their clubâ€™s first teams this year.
ACADEMY IN THE NEWS:
- Big Apple Soccer with a run down of area players who will travel to Carson for the U-15 BNT camp â€“ Big Apple Soccer
- Chicago Fire claims Carolina Academy Challenge Cup championship â€“ chicago-fire.com
- MLSSoccer.com takes a peek at CASL Chelsea FC, which has produced a number of current MLS players â€“ MLSSoccer.com
- Soccer America interviews NJSA founder Tab Ramos â€“ SoccerAmerica.com
- The New England Revolution Academy opened their spring schedule with two wins and two losses â€“ RevolutionSoccer.net
- Meanwhile, the Revolutionâ€™s first team signed SuperDraft pick and South Central Premier product Ryan Kinne â€“ RevolutionSoccer.net
- The NSC Minnesota Stars will play Shattuck-St. Maryâ€™s and the Minnesota Thunder in preparation for their NASL season â€“ Inside Minnesota Soccer
- Philadelphia Union partner with local Academy clubs to form unique development model â€“ MLSSoccer.com