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Final U-15/16 Championship Berth Up For Grabs on Day Six of Finals Week

Development Academy Finals Week Update
The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
July 15, 2009

LUNA AND POWERS NAMED PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: On the last day of group play at Finals Week, the U.S. Soccer has unveiled FC Dallas Juniors forward Ruben Luna and Andromeda midfielder Dillon Powers as Development Academy Players of the Year. The awards were voted upon by Development Academy clubs and U.S. Soccer National Staff Coaches and technical advisors. Both players were instrumental in their team’s successful seasons, but each plays a different role. Luna is a true striker, who scored 48 percent of his teams goals on the year, while Powers is Andromeda’s engine in the midfield, working hard on both sides of the ball to lead his team to a top finish in the Texas division.

D.C.UNITED ACADEMY AND CARMEL UNITED SET FOR TITLE MATCH: It came down to the wire in Tuesday night’s match between U-17/18 Carmel United and IMG Academy, but in the end, a 3-3 draw was all Carmel United needed to clinch a place in the championship game for the second straight year. They are set to face Group 2 winner D.C. United Academy, who were 5-1 winners against PDA in the afternoon games and also got the result they needed from Group 2’s other match to advance to the title game, which will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 16, on ESPN Classic. For more information, see the U-17/18 section below.

ONE SPOT LEFT: The U-15/16 Derby County Wolves have already clinched a place in the championship match, which will be shown live at 7 p.m. PT on Friday, July 17, on ESPN Classic. With one game left to play, however, Group 2 is still up for grabs. Cal Odyssey is in the driver’s seat with two wins, but Washington Premier FC or PDA still has a chance to leapfrog the California-based club and book a place in Friday’s championship match.

Group 2

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
CAL 2 2 0 0 1 0 +2 6
WAP 2 1 1 0 2 2 0 3
PDA 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 3
GYS 2 0 2 0 1 3 -2 0

U-15/16 Results – Group 2
Saturday, July 11
PDA 1, Washington Premier FC 0
Cal Odyssey 1, Greensboro Youth Soccer 0

Monday, July 13
Washington Premier FC 2, Greensboro Youth Soccer 1
Cal Odyssey 1, PDA 0

Wednesday, July 15
Cal Odyssey vs. Washington Premier FC (4 p.m. PT)
PDA vs. Greensboro Youth Soccer (4 p.m. PT)

HOW THE WOLVES GOT THERE: The U-15/16 Derby County Wolves were the first team from either age group to clinch a place in the Development Academy championship match. The Wolves used wins against FC Dallas and Chicago Magic AS Monaco to take six points from their two opening games. Though it is still possible for either FC Dallas or Chicago Magic to end up with six points, the Wolves also hold the first tiebreaker, which is head-to-head, having defeated both clubs in their first two games. For more information, read the U-15/16 sections below.

U-15/16 Group Standings
Group 1

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
DCW 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 6
MAG 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 3
FCD 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 3
NYRB 2 0 2 0 1 7 -6 0

U-15/16 Results – Group 1
Saturday, July 11
Chicago Magic AS Monaco 4, New York Red Bulls 1
Derby County Wolves 3, FC Dallas 1

Monday, July 13
FC Dallas 3, New York Red Bulls 0
Derby County Wolves 1, Chicago Magic AS Monaco 0

Wednesday, July 15
Derby County Wolves vs. New York Red Bulls (7 p.m. PT)
Chicago Magic AS Monaco vs. FC Dallas (7 p.m. PT)

QUICK HITS (U-15/16):

  • The Derby County Wolves haven’t lost in 13 matches (11-0-3), the longest undefeated streak of any team at Finals Week. During that span, the Wolves have scored 33 goals while only allowing eight.
  • Cal Odyssey is on a six-game winning streak, during which they’ve only allowed two goals while scoring 16.
  • Cal Odyssey also has yet to concede a goal during Finals Week, during which, goalkeeper Matt Dishno stopped what would have been a game-tying penalty.
  • Bryan Leyva leads scorers in his age group as the only person to tally three through two games.
  • Three other players – Aaron Horton (Chicago Magic AS Monaco), Jamael Cox (Washington Premier FC) and Reed Losee (Derby County Wolves) – have two goals apiece.
  • There have been six shutouts in eight U-15/16 games so far during Finals Week, with three coming on Monday afternoon.

U-17/18 Group Standings
Group 1

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
CAR 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 6
IMG 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 4
DAL 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1
FCGB 2 0 2 0 1 3 -2 0

U-17/18 Schedule/Results – Group 1
Friday, July 10
Carmel United SC 1, FC Greater Boston 0
Dallas Texans 1, IMG Soccer Academy 1

Sunday, July 12
IMG Soccer Academy 2, FC Greater Boston 1
Carmel United SC 1, Dallas Texans 0

Tuesday, July 14
Carmel United SC 3, IMG Soccer Academy 3
FC Greater Boston 4, Dallas Texans 2

Group 2

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
DCU 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 6
RCO 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1 4
PDA 3 1 1 1 5 8 -3 4
CASL 3 1 2 0 4 6 -2 3

U-17/18 Results – Group 2
Friday, July 10
Real Colorado 2, PDA 2
D.C. United 3, CASL Chelsea FC Academy 1

Sunday, July 12
Real Colorado 1, D.C. United 0
PDA 3, CASL Chelsea FC Academy 1

Tuesday, July 14
CASL Chelsea FC Academy 2, Real Colorado 0
D.C. United 5, PDA 1

QUICK HITS (U-17/18):

  • CASL Chelsea FC Academy’s Martin Murphy joined the exclusive two-goal club with a brace against Real Colorado on Tuesday afternoon, helping his team to a 2-0 win.
  • Overall, there are 10 players that tallied multiple goals across the three group games, with D.C. United’s Andy Najar leading both age groups with four goals at Finals Week. Najar netted a hat trick in their opening match against CASL Chelsea FC.
  • Charlie Rugg of FC Greater Boston holds down the second spot in the U-17/18 age group with three goals. Eight other players have two goals during group play. See the full list of goal scorers here.
  • After group play, a total of 40 goals were scored, coming from 27 different goal scorers.
  • Carmel United SC has yet to lose a match in six games played during the DA Finals Week at both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age levels, cumulating a 5-0-2 overall record over the past two years. Last year, Carmel United went 3-0-1 in route to winning the inaugural 2007-08 Under-15/16 Development Academy Championship. At the U-17/18 age group this year, they’ve continued their winning ways so far with a perfect 2-0-1 record.
  • A total of 10 out of the 20 players on this year’s U-17/18 Carmel United squad were on the team that won the inaugural U-15/16 championship last year.

WATCH U-15/16 GAMES ON USSOCCER.COM: Catch all the action from the fourth day of games from The Home Depot Center between the U-15/16 age group today as all four games will be replayed on Starting at 2 p.m. PT, each match will be played back-to-back giving fans the opportunity to watch some of the best youth players in the nation. The one-day delayed broadcasts will be available for every game played during Finals Week, with the exception of the two championship matches on July 16 and July 17, which will be shown live on ESPN Classic.

Schedule for Broadcast of Games Played on July 14 (All Times PT)

Date Age Group Match Stream Schedule
July 15 U-17/18 CASL FC Chelsea vs. Real Colorado 2 p.m.
July 15 U-17/18 PDA vs. D.C. United Academy 4 p.m.
July 15 U-17/18 Carmel United vs. IMG Soccer Academy 6 p.m.
July 15 U-17/18 Dallas Texans vs. FC Greater Boston 8 p.m.
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CHAMPIONS TO BE CROWNED LIVE ON ESPN CLASSIC: For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy season will finish on a high note during Finals Week with the championship match in both age groups being broadcast live on ESPN Classic. Both matches will be played at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., with the U-17/18 championship taking place on Thursday, July 16 at 7 p.m. PT and the U-15/16 championship a day later on Friday, July 17 at 7 p.m. PT.

STUDIO 90 IS BACK IN ACTION: Once again, will be on hand to provide complete coverage of Development Academy Finals Week with new episodes of its popular Studio 90 web show coming every day. Keep tabs on your favorite teams by checking out all the highlights, insights and interviews on

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