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Across the Academy - Nov. 18, 2010


ACROSS THE ACADEMY
A Weekly Summary of Development Academy News – Nov. 18, 2010


AGUDELO NETS GAME WINNER FOR U.S. MNT: After becoming the first Development Academy player to appear for the Men’s National Team, Juan Agudelo netted the game-winning goal [video] as the U.S. topped South Africa 1-0 in Cape Town. The New York Red Bulls Academy product and current member of the Red Bulls first team, Agudelo became the youngest goal scorer for the U.S. MNT in the modern era at just 17 years, 359 days old. Former IMG Academy standout Gale Agbossoumonde also came into the game as a substitute, the 19 year old becoming the second Academy alumnus to take the field.

WHAT’S AHEAD THIS WEEK:
Academy Alumni Set for Kennesaw:
The U.S. U-20 roster for the upcoming Torneo de las Americas in Kennesaw, Ga., features nine players who were part of various Development Academy teams –half of the 18-man roster. In addition to goalkeeper Eduardo Fernandez (Real Salt Lake AZ), defenders Gale Agbossoumonde (IMG Academy), Bryan de la Fuente (Chivas USA) and Korey Veeder (Clearwater Chargers), midfielders Moises Orozco (Real So Cal) and Conor Shanosky (D.C. United) and Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA), and forwards Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls) and Tristan Bowen (LA Galaxy) are all former Academy players. With the exception of Fernandez, who is still part of the Real Salt Lake Academy team, all are now professional players. There will also be a Coaching Symposium in conjunction with the event.

Academy Sends 31 to Carson with U-18 MNT: The U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team regroups in Carson, Calif., this weekend with 36 players set to train at The Home Depot Center. The roster includes 31 players who are currently part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, plus a former Academy player in Victor Pineda who signed a Homegrown Player contract with the Chicago Fire earlier this year. Five players – Vlad Lekarev (Internationals), Miguel Lopez (Classics Elite), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls), Jalen Robinson (D.C. United) and Will Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy) – earned U-15/16 Development Academy Starting XI honors last season.

Northwest Clash: Crossfire Premier and the Seattle Sounders will play their first derby games on Saturday afternoon at the Starfire Sports Complex. In both age groups the two teams currently sit first and second in the Northwest Division. Crossfire Premier is coming off a 1-1-2 weekend while Sounders FC had three wins and a draw against the San Jose Earthquakes and Cal Odyssey.

Busiest Weekend to Date: There are 76 games scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 20-21, the most of the 2010-11 season to date. The first home games for teams in New York, Newark and St. Louis areas are slated for Saturday along with 11 other areas that will see action from Sacramento to Washington, D.C. U-15/16 Schedule | U-17/18 Schedule

Big Debuts: There will be 14 clubs opening their 2010-11 season this weekend: Albertson SC, Colorado Rush AJ Auxerre, Crew Soccer Academy, Empire United, Internationals, FC Greater Boston, FC Milwaukee, FC Westchester, New England Revolution, PDA, Seacoast United, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri and Sockers FC.

LAST WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS:
National Notes Complete U-15/16 Results | Complete U-17/18 Results
• The 62 games played during the weekend of Nov. 13-14 averaged nearly three goals per game, but only seven games were won by more than a two-goal margin.
• Visiting teams earned a 26-19-17 record on the weekend, to bring the overall season record to 101-91-64.

Central Conference
• Vardar took a big win in their opener against the Dallas Texans in the U-15/16 age group. The Texans came into the weekend 4-1-3, but fell to Vardar by a 4-3 margin.
• In the older age group, the Dallas Texans topped the reigning U-17/18 champion Vardar 1-0 behind a goal from Eduardo Aranda.
• FC Dallas put up two victories against Indiana United Academy in the Indianapolis club’s first game on the weekend. FC Dallas sits in third place in the Texas Division in the older age group and fifth in the younger.
• Minnesota Thunder kicked off their Academy program with combined 2-1-1 record on the weekend, picking up a win in each age group against the Chicago Magic.

East Conference
• Opening their respective seasons with a rivalry game, D.C. United took a win and a tie at home against the New York Red Bulls. The younger age group saw D.C. take a 4-2 win, while the two older teams played to a 1-1 draw.
• The two PDA teams opened their seasons with a combined 2-1-1 road record against D.C. United and Potomac.

South Conference
• Concorde Fire, who have scored 56 goals between its two teams this season, were held to a pair of 1-0 wins against IMG Academy. IMG was on the losing end of three 1-0 games on the weekend, but picked up a 4-3 win against Birmingham United in the U-15/16 age group.

West Conference
• Both Crossfire Premier teams earned wins against DeAnza Force on Saturday and ties against Santa Cruz County Breakers on Sunday.
• San Diego Surf picked up two wins on the weekend against California Development Academy, including the first win of the season for the younger age group.


WEEK EIGHT PEAK PERFORMERS
U-15/16 Performer of the Week – Alec Dockser, D.C. United (Headshot available here)
Dockser put in two impressive performances in goal for D.C. United this weekend in a win and a tie against the New York Red Bulls and PDA. He made several key saves as D.C. United took control of the Mid-Atlantic Division early in the season, setting the tone for the upcoming Winter Showcase, when the club will return to action.

U-17/18 Performer of the Week – Reed McKenna, San Diego Surf (Headshot available here)
McKenna’s two goals lifted San Diego Surf to a 2-1 win against West Conference rival California Development Academy on Sunday and brought his total to six goals in 10 games. He has played a key role in all 10 of Surf’s games this season as they have built an overall record of 3-2-5. Surf will take a break this weekend before a pair of home games on Nov. 26-27 against Real So Cal and Pateadores.

Referee of the Week – Dean Fairweather
Fairweather earned Referee of the Week honors for his officiating in the U-17/18 game between D.C. United and New York Red Bulls on Nov. 13. Fairweather a Grade 5 referee and 2011 national candidate, was in total control of the rivalry game between two MLS Academies. An assistant referee at 2010 Finals Week, he has refereed Women’s Professional Soccer games along with NCAA games in the D.C./Maryland area.
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ACADEMY ALUMNI NEWS AND NOTES
Bowen Checks In:
Tristan Bowen, who came through the Los Angeles Galaxy Academy, was the first Homegrown Player signed in Major League Soccer. After his second season with the Galaxy’s first team, Bowen talked to ussoccer.com about his rise through the Academy and his return to the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team.

Fagundez Latest Homegrown Signee: The New England Revolution have made 15-year-old Diego Fagundez the most recent Development Academy player to sign a Homegrown Player contract with Major League Soccer. Fagundez, a member of the U-15 Boy’s National Team player pool, earned U-15/16 Development Academy Starting XI honors last season.

Saad, Rowe and Mares Earn Freshman Honors: University of Michigan freshman Soony Saad (Derby County Wolves), who was the 2008-09 U-15/16 Development Academy Player of the Year, earned the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year award. Saad’s 18 goals during the regular season helped lead the Wolverines to the Big Ten Tournament championship. UCLA’s Kelyn Rowe (Crossfire Premier) earned Freshman of the Year honors in the PAC-10 after leading the Bruins in assists with eight. He was the only freshman named to the All PAC-10 First Team.Dylan Mares (Indiana United Academy) earned Rookie of the Year honors in the Big East. Mares led the No. 1-ranked Cardinals with 18 points on the season.

Bruin, Finley, Nagbe and Christianson Win Conference Honors: Duke’s Ryan Finley (PDA) and Indiana’s Will Bruin (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri) earned Offensive Player of the Year honors in the ACC and Big Ten, respectively. Finley scored 17 goals during the regular season for the Blue Devils while Bruin netted 15 for the Hoosiers. Akron’s Darlington Nagbe (Internationals) earned Player of the Year honors in the MAC Conference after staring every game for the Zips while netting six goals and nine assists in the regular season. Ian Christianson (Chicago Fire) earned the Big East Midfielder of the Year award while manning Georgetown’s midfield and setting up 15 goals in the regular season.

ACADEMY IN THE NEWS:
• The MNT Blog checks in with Agbossoumonde and Agudelo in Cape Town – MNT Blog | all_access video
• Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder/forward Tristan Bowen checks in with ussoccer.com to discuss his rise through the Academy system ahead of his return to the U.S. U-20 MNT – ussoccer.com
• Agbossoumonde and Agudelo speak to media following Wedneday’s game against South Africa – ussoccer.com | all_access video
• Agudelo Scores As U.S. Wins – ESPN Soccernet
• AOL Fanhouse Previews Agudelo and Agbossoumonde’s Debuts with the MNT – AOL Fanhouse
• The Bergen County Record sees Agudelo’s success as “proof the Academy is working” – NorthJersey.com
• U.S. Take Youthful Squad to South Africa - Reuters
• Check out the Revolution’s official press release that welcomes Diego Fagundez to the first team – New England Revolution
• The KC Wizards Juniors blog looks back at the team’s first Academy weekend of the season – KCWJuniors.Blogspot.com
• Inside Minnesota Soccer checks in on the Minnesota Thunder Academy’s first games as part of the Development Academy – Inside Minnesota Soccer
• Potomac Soccer Wire Checks in on D.C. United Academy’s Opening Weekend – Potomac Soccer Wire
• Goal.com looks in depth at the Chicago Fire Academy, who last season were the first MLS club to claim a Development Academy championship – Goal.com
• MLSSoccer.com and Top Drawer Soccer Profile FC DELCO’s Zach Pfeffer, who is training with the Philadelphia Union – MLSSoccer.com

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