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Academy Players of the Week for the Week of Dec. 21

U-15/16: Christian Duarte
Position: Midfielder
Club: Texas SC DTH

Duarte helped lift his team to 5-1-2 in the Texas division with two goals in Texas SC DTH’s 4-0 victory over Houston Dynamo last Wednesday. The goals were Duarte’s first of the season. The win will conclude the first half of Academy season for Texas SC DTH until the team picks back up in April with divisional matches. Duarte was also called into the 1993/94 Select Team at the Winter Showcase in Phoenix earlier this month.

U-17/18: Arturo Cruz
Position: Forward
Club: Concorde Fire

Despite the rainy weather in Atlanta, Concorde Fire’s Cruz scored two goals in their 3-2 victory over Atlanta Fire United this past weekend. The goals are Cruz’s sixth and seventh of the season. Last weekend’s victory will help Concorde sustain their first place standing in the Southeast division going into January when the team completes their divisional play in hopes of clinching a spot in the Academy Playoffs in June.