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Real So Cal Victorious Against Concorde Fire 5-1 to Close Out Group Play

CARSON, Calif. (July 15, 2010) – Real So Cal U-17/18 scored three goals in the first 20 minutes to eventually win 5-1 against Concorde Fire U-17/18 in their third match of the 2010 Development Academy Finals Week in Carson, Calif.

Victor Chavez and Emilio Orozco hit for two goals and Edwin Rivas added another for Real So Cal. Alex Sandland grabbed Concorde Fire’s tally 35 minutes into the first half.

Despite scoring five goals in their final group match, Real So Cal came up just short of the Finals Week championship match due to Vardar’s 3-0 win against Baltimore Bays Chelsea in the other Group 2 match. Both Real So Cal and Vardar finish on seven points but Vardar’s superior goal differential of +6 edged out the +5 goal differential of Real So Cal.

Real So Cal came into the match know they needed to win and win by at least two goals to give them a chance at finishing first in the group. If the first 18 minutes of the match were any indication of their intent, there was no questioning their commitment to attack and push for multiple goals.

Chavez and Orozco hit for two quick strikes before ten minutes to send Real So Cal off to a flying start, with Orozco’s finish the cap to an impressive combination of five passes across the top of the Concorde Fire penalty area. To pile the pressure on Vardar, Rivas made the match 3-0 before the midway point of the first half. His well taken strike from the left side of the area seemed to send Real So Cal on their way before either team had even found their footing.

Concorde, however, was yet to throw in the towel, putting together chances in the 22nd and 28th minute. On 35 minutes, the Atlanta club was starting to see the ball more and find a foothold in the match. Their breakthrough came from a free kick in the middle of the field nearly 35 yards from goal. The chipped delivery found its way to Alex Sandland who controlled the ball on his first touch and hit the side netting to draw a goal back.

By the halftime mark, Vardar had added a goal of their own and still held a one goal advantage in the goal differential column. Real So Cal’s hopes of winning the match were hanging by a thread when, in the 51st minute, Concorde was awarded a penalty. Benjamin Gold, who had entered the match in goal, got a fingertip to Kevin Rodriguez’s effort to deflect it onto the post and preserve Real So Cal’s two goal advantage.

The tempo of the game started to pick up and fouls were coming fast and furious as the emotionally charged match looked ready to set off at any point. The teams were flowing back and forth and traded a pair of gilt-edged chances in the 57th minute, but the smooth passing exhibited in the first half started to suffer under the emotional level of the match.

Real So Cal desperately needed two more goals to ensure winning the group and started to pile numbers forward as the game got progressively more physical. On 69 minutes they would find their fourth goal after midfielder Jeffrey Koval was crowded out by three defenders in the box but fouled in the process. Emilio Orozco stepped up to the spot to score the second of his two goals.

The Californians were not done however, and Chavez’s streaking run down the left was rewarded with a long, diagonal ball into his path. His first touch took him by his defender and was able to round the ‘keeper before finishing into an open net and set off celebrations on the Real So Cal bench. With results holding, the California club was set to win the group on the goals scored tie breaker as Vardar held a 2-0 advantage.

However, any potential celebrations were subdued by word that Vardar had scored a third goal in the 90th minute sending them through to the championship match.

Real So Cal advanced to the third place match against CASL Chelsea FC Academy on Saturday, July 17, at 5 p.m. PT on Field 2 at The Home Depot Center. Concorde Fire will contest the seventh place match against Derby County Wolves at 1 p.m. on Saturday on Field 2 as well.

Development Academy Finals Week Match Report

Match: Concorde Fire U-17/18 vs. Real So Cal U-17/18
Date: July 15, 2010
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. PT

Scoring Summary:  1   2   F
CON                         1   0   1
REAL                        3   2   5

REAL – Victor Chavez (Edwin Rivas)         5th minute
REAL – Moises Orozco (Carlos Benavidez)  7
REAL – Edwin Rivas                                18
CON – Alex Sandland (Carlos McCrary)     35
REAL – Moises Orozco (penalty)               69
REAL – Victor Chavez                             78

CON: 24-Brendan Moore; 23-Alex Sullivan, 15-Nolan Hemmer, 18-Nikos Papanikolopoulos, 11-Kevin Rodriguez; 25-John Davidson (12-Chris Duvall, 53), 6-Stephen McGill (capt.) (10-Greg MacKenzie, 46), 7-Alex Sandland (22-Sawyer Hemmer, 63), 29-Arturo Cruz (16-Sean King, 46, 4-Connor McWhorter, 71); 2-Malcolm Miller; 28-Carlos McCrary (21-Jordan Levine, 81)
Subs not used: 0-Simon Carter, 8-Mitchell Williams, 17-Tyler Daly, 32-Ehiosasele Aburime
Head Coach: Ken Kurilec

REAL: 1-Keon Parsa (14-Benjamin Gold, 46); 32-Emilio Orozco (8-Harrison Hanley, 82), 27-Ryan Malden, 15-Mynor Giron (capt.), 25-Jose Cabrera (12-Edgar Ramirez, 71); 22-Carlos Benavidez, 3-Jeffrey Koval, 31-Moises Orozco; 10-Jose Monteroza (7-Fabian Garcia, 46, 6-Nathan Jasperse, 87), 23-Edwin Rivas (13-Samuel Ball, 67), 11-Victor Chavez
Subs not used: 0-Oscar Hernandez, 2-Estanilao Arevalo, 9-Dylan Weening, 17-Cesar Rodriguez, 18-Tanner Snedigar, 20-Jesus Landeros, 21-Alexander Markes, 24-Craig Nitti, 33-Ricardo Argueta, 35-Marco Pineda, 58-Dennis Martinez
Head Coach: Julio Castillo

Stats Summary: CON / REAL
Shots: 12 / 19
Shots on Goal: 3 / 13
Saves: 8 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 5
Fouls: 20 / 15
Offside: 2 / 10

Misconduct Summary:
CON – Arturo Cruz (caution)                 42nd minute
CON – Sean King (caution)                48
REAL – Emilio Orozco (caution)         48
REAL – Edwin Rivas (caution)            63
REAL – Samuel Ball (caution)             72
CON – Carlos McCrary (caution)         79
CON – Connor McWhorter (caution)    87

Referee: Eric Weisbrod
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Nelson
Assistant Referee 2: Danny Thornberry
Fourth Official: Ismail Elfath