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De Anza Force Overcomes the Chicago Fire 2-0 to Round Out Group 1

CARSON, Calif. (July 14, 2010) – De Anza Force U-15/16 overcame Chicago Fire U-15/16 in their final Group 1 game at the 2010 Development Academy Finals Week in Carson, Calif.

De Anza came into the match facing the undefeated Fire knowing that only a win could guarantee them a spot in Friday’s third-place match after the Fire had secured first place in Group 1 on Monday with six points. Their other two opponents, D.C. United and Sockers FC, were facing off at the same time also with a chance to take the second spot in the group.

The Northern California club got the win they were looking for behind two goals late in the first half sealed a positive start to the match and power them to a 2-0 victory. Stefano Bonomo scored penalty in the 37th minute after Matthew Escobar had been fouled in the area. Alfred Edmonds then doubled the lead in first half stoppage time to make it 2-0 and De Anza never looked back.

The match started with much promise and positive soccer. The Force were working the wings and attacking the Chicago flanks regularly while the Fire’s Luis Medina and Victor Pineda were pulling the strings in the midfield. With both teams playing to their strengths, the match evolved into an entertaining affair with fluid passing and quick counters.

On 26 minutes, each team exchanged chances with Bonomo volleying over from inside the area and Patryk Ruta setting up Henrik Egly on the other end.

As soon as the match started to lose some of its sheen, De Anza struck with an early ball over the top from midfield in the 37th minute. Chicago ‘keeper Zak Allen arrived late to the challenge and tripped Escobar in the area leaving no chance for the referee but to point to the spot. Bonomo coolly finished to the ‘keeper’s left to put one foot in the third-place match for De Anza.

The Force stole the second in first half stoppage time when a corner from the left was left bouncing on the six yard box and Edmonds charged in to finish emphatically from short range.

With the momentum from finishing the first half on the front foot, De Anza was content to protect their lead in the second and look to hit on the counter. After a host of changes from Chicago at half, the complexion of the match changed to more defensive affair. Chicago searched for a way back in but the De Anza defense remained solid throughout the match to preserve the win and the three points.

The Force will join Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-15/16 in the third-place match on July 16 on Field 2 at The Home Depot Center at 5 p.m. ET. The Chicago Fire will feature in the championship match of the 2010 Development Academy Finals Week against last year finalists Cal Odyssey on Field 1 at 7 p.m. ET.

Development Academy Finals Week Match Report

Match: Chicago Fire U-15/16 vs. De Anza Force U-15/16
Date: July 14, 2010
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT

Scoring Summary:   1   2   F
FIRE                          0   0   0
DEA                          2   0   2

DEA – Stefano Bonomo (penalty)   37th minute
DEA – Alfred Edmonds                 41

FIRE: 00-Zak Allen; 60-Keaton Albert (51-Eduardo Cuautle, 41), 57-Johnny Contreras, 46-Anthony Torres (58-Peter Beasley, 41), 42-Francisco Sajuan; 56-Elliott Borge (43-Manuel Rios, 65), 55-Victor Pineda (53-David Caban, 41), 49-Luis Medina (88-Jesus Medina, 41), 44-Henrik Egly; 48-Giovanni Sanchez (62-Henok Russell,79), 45-Patryk Ruta (59-Luis Barajas, 41)
Subs not used: 1-Robert Euler, 41-Joel Salmeron, 47-Horacio Sanchez, 52-Andrew Connor, 54-Mitch Reavis
Head Coach: Larry Sunderland

DEA: 42-Sean Lyons; 20-Alfred Edmonds (capt.), 8-Anthony Panayides, 7-Matthew Escobar (3-Jorge Herrera, 79), 14-Kazuya Otani (16-James Huffer, 49); 43-Michael Madding (22-Brendan Ruiz, 61), 10-Stefano Bonomo, 18-Evan Filipcyzk (23-Colby Trah, 41); 58-Hector Joya (6-Nick Marechal, 41), 32-Hector Herrera (5-Christopher Pace, 65), 33-Christian Dean
Subs not used: 2-Emmanuel Espinoza, 9-Paul Blanchette, 12-Marc Pelosi, 21-Ryan Masch, 24-Henry Cullen, 26-Michael Amick, 36-Luc Brubaker, 40-Brian Kelleher, 44-Aaron Ho, 93-Masatoshi Nishizaki
Head Coach: Chris Dangerfield

Stats Summary: FIRE / DEA
Shots: 6 / 6
Shots on Goal: 1 / 2
Saves: 0 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5
Fouls: 10 / 4
Offside: 3 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
FIRE – David Caban (caution) 48th minute
FIRE – Giovanni Sanchez (caution) 53

Referee: Fatos Bazakos
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Nelson
Assistant Referee 2: Dean Fairweather
Fourth Official: Cedric Adams