Across the Academy - Jan. 19
U.S. U-23 MNT Faces Costa Rican Clubs: The U.S. Under-23 Menâ€™s National Team has traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica, to continue its January camp in preparation of the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March. The U-23s, who had been in Carson, Calif., are gearing up for matches against Saprissa Reserves (Saturday, Jan. 21) and Alajuela (Tuesday, Jan. 24). The U-23 roster includes five players with Development Academy ties: defender Zarek Valentin, midfielders Joe Corona and Kelyn Rowe, and forwards Joshua Gatt and Jack McInerney.
LAST WEEKâ€™S HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Texas Rush swept its matches over the weekend, with the U-15/16 side defeating Classics Elite 3-0, and the U-17/18 club posting a 1-0 win over Classics Elite at Bear Branch Soccer Complex on Saturday.
- The U-15/16 Dallas Texans played FC Dallas to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. The Texans remain unbeaten on the season with a 9-0-6 overall record in 2011-2012.
ACADEMY ALUMNI NEWS AND NOTES:
15 Academy Alumni Picked in MLS Supplemental Draft: New Mexicoâ€™s Michael Green, a Development Academy alum from the Crew Soccer Academy program, was the No. 4 overall pick overall by Toronto FC in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft on Tuesday. Fifteen Academy alumni were selected in the draft (six in the first round alone). Other first-rounders included Brian Ownby (No. 7, Houston Dynamo; Richmond Strikers), Ryan Kawulok (No. 8, Portland Timbers; Colorado Rapids), Kirk Urso (No. 9, Columbus Crew; Sockers FC), Karo Okiomah (No. 10, Houston Dynamo; Lonestar SC Academy) and Tom Brandt (No. 11, Philadelphia Union; Baltimore Bays Chelsea).
Corona Crowned Newcomer of Year: Joe Benny Corona was named the top newcomer of Mexicoâ€™s First Division on Monday. The 21-year-old Development Academy alum is currently playing for the U.S. Under-23 Menâ€™s National Team.
ACADEMY IN THE NEWS:
- Development Academy referees moving up the ladder â€“ USSoccer.com
- The Texas hotbed of Academy clubs, including the unbeaten Dallas Texans, are featured â€“ TopDrawerSoccer.com
- Top Drawer Soccer wraps up its three-part series on the Development Academy â€“ TopDrawerSoccer.com
- Four things to know about â€¦ Guyllain Kabala â€“ Soccer America
- Joe Corona crowned Mexico First Division Newcomer of the Year â€“ Soccer America
- Development Academy roundup: Virginia Rush on the rebound â€“ ESPN RISE