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Day Four in the Books at 2010 Development Academy Winter Showcase

DAY FOUR IN THE BOOKS AT 2010 WINTER SHOWCASE: Day Four of the Development Academy Winter Showcase saw 60 games across all 18 fields at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. With the Nike International Friendlies wrapping up Sunday night, the focus was solely on the non-Conference Academy games. With staggered off days on Saturday and Sunday, some teams wrapped up play on Monday while others play their third and final games on Tuesday .

• U-15/16 Schedule and Results
• U-17/18 Schedule and Results

Quick Hits:
• Thomas Sanner netted twice for Indiana United Academy U-15/16 in a 2-0 win against the New York Red Bulls Academy while Dayton Jennings was in goal for the shutout.
• In the lone matchup between U-15/16 MLS Academies on the day, the New England Revolution topped the Kansas City Wizards 2-0 behind a pair of goals from Diego Fagundez.
• The New England Revolution U-17/18 team also topped the Kansas City Wizards 3-1.
• Michael Bacarella scored a brace for Met Oval U-15/16 in a 3-1 victory against Colorado Rush AJ Auxerre.
• Akio Ohtake-Gordon scored twice in Colorado Rush AJ Auxerre U-17/18’s 5-1 win against Met Oval U-17/18.
• George Fradenburg of Birmingham United U-17/18 and Seth Casiple of California Development Academy U-17/18 both scored a brace in their teams’ 3-3 draw.
• Derby County Wolves U-17/18 had a pair of two-goal scorers in Dzenan Catic and Nermin Crnkic as they rolled to a 5-2 win against Seacoast United U-17/18.
• Kelmend Islami scored twice in 76 minutes of action as his FC Milwaukee U-17/18 beat D.C. United 3-1.
• Crew Soccer Academy U-17/18 used four different goal scorers to overcome Baltimore Bays Chelsea 4-2 with Michael Gamble scoring both of the Maryland club’s goals. Gamble also scored during the 1994/1995 Select Team game on Saturday.

RESPECT: U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna continues the Respect initiative at the Winter Showcase in order to create a better environment for players and coaches to grow. Reyna addressed the coaches and captains of all 156 Academy teams during the weekend and issued specially-made captain’s armbands.

STUDIO 90 IN PHOENIX: Studio 90 is with you in Phoenix to catch all the news from the Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendlies. The Dec. 6 episode brings you highlights from the U.S. U-17 MNT game against Turkey, post-game reaction and more information about the Respect initiative being highlighted at the Showcase.

GOALS GALORE: With 242 games taking place throughout the weekend, there are bound to be some excellent goals. We’ve compiled some of the best into a mini-highlight package available on the YNT Blog and at Check out which goals made it!

THUNDER WRAP UP FIRST SHOWCASE: The Minnesota Thunder Academy is one of three clubs in their first year with the Development Academy and just wrapped up its first Showcase event with a 1-0 win against CASL Chelsea FC Academy on Field 18 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex. The U-15/16 Thunder defeated the New England Revolution earlier on the weekend and drew with the New York Red Bulls – two impressive results for a first-year club playing against MLS Academies. The YNT Blog caught up with U-15/16 head coach Alex Bunbury to get his thoughts on his first Academy season and first Showcase.

REFEREE FITNESS: Along with player development, another integral part of the Development Academy is referee development. Academy matches, and Showcase matches in particular, provide up and coming referees a chance to call high profile matches in front of large crowds and their peers. Three U.S. Soccer full-time referees were in Phoenix to mentor the referees in attendance and act as the fourth official at the Nike International Friendlies. Ricardo Salazar, Baldomero Toledo and Terry Vaughn put on a clinic highlighting referee fitness and gave tips on how to stay in shape and keep the body prepared for the rigors of officiating.