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Across the Academy - April 21, 2011

Player Development Summit Wraps up Thursday:
U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna presented the new U.S. Soccer Coaching Curriculum to more than 150 of the top youth leaders in the U.S. Soccer community on Wednesday. Reyna outlined key concepts of the new curriculum designed to improve development of players in the United States. The curriculum concentrates on improving the youngest players by creating more organized, age-appropriate training sessions, developing coaching practices and creating an environment that is fun for players. Watch Studio 90 News from Nike Headquarters.
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• Video 1: New Curriculum | Video 2: Importance of Training

SoCal Division Clubs Moving to 10-Month Academy Season: As the U.S. Soccer Development Academy continues to evolve, clubs in Southern California have come together to raise the bar like never before in terms of player development. The division is the first in the Academy to commit to 10-month programming in the 2011-12 season.

U-18 MNT Drops Friendly, Wraps Camp Saturday: The U.S. U-18 MNT dropped a scrimmage against the Portland Timbers Reserves 4-1 at Nike international Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. coinciding with the U.S. Soccer + SPARQ Player Development Summit. Despite an opening goal from Luis Rendon, the professional side eventually out matched the U.S. team. Darlington Nagbe, Ryan Pore, Chris Taylor and Spencer Thompson netted for the Timbers.

U-17 MNT ‘94s Off to Queretaro: The U.S. U-17 MNT is set to travel to Queretaro, Mexico, to continue preparations for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup this summer. Head coach Wilmer Cabrera has called on 24 players, including 16 Academy players, to travel for one of the team’s final international training camps before the World Cup begins June 19 in Mexico. The U.S. will play the Mexico U-17 MNT on April 27 and May 1.

U-17 MNT ‘95s Continue Montaigu Tournament: After an opening loss to Portugal, the U.S. U-17 MNT ‘95s, the younger group of players for the current Under-17 World Cup cycle, continue play at the Mondial Minimes Tournament in France against the hosts on Thursday. The young U.S. side will face Japan on Saturday, April 23, and play a placement game on Sunday or Monday. The group includes 11 current Development Academy players, and three former players in Russell Canouse, Nicholas Gaitan and Zach Pfeffer.

FC Dallas Academy Wins Super Group Bracket B: By virtue of three wins against FC Barcelona (Spain), and CS Cartagines (Costa Rica) and the Japan U-18 MNT, FC Dallas Academy took the top place in Bracket B of the Dallas Cup Super Group and will face Tigres (Mexico) in the tournament’s semifinal on Friday. Current Development Academy clubs went undefeated on the final match day as Real Salt Lake-Arizona topped Vancouver Whitecaps, the Houston Dynamo defeated LD Alajuelense and Dallas Texans tied Chorillo FC before FC Dallas’ win against Japan.

Light Weekend of League Play Ahead: With the holiday weekend approaching, only 10 league games are scheduled for April 23-24, with exclusively local Division matches taking place on Saturday. The top two teams in the U-17/18 Liberty Division will meet when Cosmos Academy East travels to FC Westchester while across the country, Pateadores and Arsenal will meet with second place in the U-17/18 SoCal Division on the line.

National Notes:
• The 92 games during Week 32 averaged just 1.8 goals per game, just more than half of the Week 31 average of 3.3 goals per game.
• For the season, there are just more than three goals per game in the league.
• There were 34 shutouts on the weekend, including seven scoreless draws

Central Conference:
• Colorado Rapids U-15/16 picked up two 2-1 victories against St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro and St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri.
• Sockers FC U-15/16 stayed undefeated in the difficult Great Lakes Division with a win against Vardar and a draw with Derby County Wolves.
• Vardar U-17/18 kept a tight grip on the top place of the Great Lakes Division with a victory against FC Milwaukee and a scoreless draw with Sockers FC.

East Conference:
• Empire United was the only Academy club to pick up four wins on the weekend, with both age groups topping FC Greater Boston and the New England Revolution.
• U-15/16 Empire United’s Stefanos Stamoulacatos scored all three of his team’s goals in a 3-2 win against the Revolution.
• Two goals from Zachary Herstek helped the PA Classics to a 2-0 win against NJSA 04 on Saturday.

West Conference:
• Cal Odyssey and California Development Academy each earned 2-0-0 overall records this weekend with a win in each age group.
• Nomads SC and San Diego Surf were the only other West Conference teams to go undefeated on the weekend as the U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams for both clubs earned ties.
• U-17/18 Irvine Strikers’ Tyler Simkins scored a hat trick against Arsenal FC, but it was a losing cause as his team fell 4-3.

U-15/16 Performer of the Week: Stefanos Stamoulacatos – Forward, Empire United
Stamoulacatos scored all three of Empire United’s goals in a 3-2 win against the New England Revolution on Sunday, after helping earn a 1-0 win against FC Greater Boston on Saturday. The striker has now scored 11 goals while seeing time in all 18 of his team’s games this season, contributing to a 9-6-3 record. Empire United currently sits in first place in the Northeast Division.

U-17/18 Performer of the Week: Xavier Silva – Forward, Weston FC
Silva was part of Weston FC team that claimed a victory in its only fixture last weekend, scoring three goals in a 5-2 win against Kendall SC. He upped his goal total to 14 in 17 games played this season, while also helping improve his team’s record to 10-4-3. This is the second Performer of the Week honor for Silva this season.

Referee of the Week: Brandon Rinkenberger
Rinkenberger has been named Referee of the Week after officiating the U-15/16 match between the Chicago Fire and Indiana United Academy. A 34-year-old, Grade 5 referee from Indiana, he has worked more than 20 Academy matches during the past two years, including games at the 2009 Winter Showcase and 2010 Playoffs. In addition to his Academy assigments, Rinkenberger also referees PDL and W-League matches.

Agbossoumonde Makes First Start in Sweden:
Gale Agbossoumonde made his first start since moving to Djurgarden, playing 90 minutes for the Swedish side on Saturday against Malmo. The U.S. U-20 MNT central defender was effective for his team after they went down to 10 men, but an injury-time goal from Malmo was enough for the 1-0 final.

Rowe on Trial in Europe: Following the U.S. team’s run at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, midfielder Kelyn Rowe has traveled to Europe and will go on a series of trials. First up is France’s Rennes, former club of U.S. MNT captain Carlos Bocanegra. The former Crossfire Premier standout has kept his college eligibility – he has three years of eligibility remaining at UCLA – while testing the waters in Europe.

Chavez to Participate in Miami Cup 2011: Former Real So Cal striker and current UCLA Bruin Victor Chavez will join the U.S. Beach Soccer National Team at the upcoming Miami Cup. One of 10 players named to the U.S., Chavez and his teammates will face Mexico on April 29, Brazil on April 30 and Spain on May 1 in Miami, Fla.

• More about FC Dallas advancing to the Super Group Semifinals –
• Soccer America recaps FC Dallas Academy’s win against FC Barcelona on April 17 –
• Top Drawer Soccer looks at RSL-AZ’s performance at the Dallas Cup –
• D.C. United Academy set for a tournament in Ajax, their third international trip in the past 12 months –
• Just 20, Bill Hamid wants to lead D.C. United – The Washington Times
• Beach Carolina Magazine with an update on the relationship between the Charleston Battery (USL PRO) and South Carolina United – Beach Carolina Magazine
• Sounder at Heart updates on the club’s two Development Academy squads –
• New York Red Bulls U-17/18 extended their unbeaten streak to 11 with a draw against PDA -
• English Premier League side Arsenal FC looks to expand its relationship with the Richmond Strikers –