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Across the Academy - May 26, 2011


WHAT’S AHEAD:
U-18 MNT Draws Netherlands, Loses to Portugal: In the first two games of the Lisbon International Tournament in Portugal, the U.S. U-18 MNT played to an impressive draw against the Netherlands on Wednesday, with Chicago Fire midfielder Victor Pineda scoring the lone U.S. goal. A day later, the American team dropped a hard-fought 1-0 loss to host Portugal. The U.S. will round out its tournament on Saturday against Finland.

Georgia United to Join Academy for 2011-12: Following an extensive application and review process, Georgia United will join the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program to begin Southeast Division play in the 2011-12 season. The fully-funded program will bring together four established clubs in the Atlanta area – North Atlanta SA, Norcross SA, United Futbol Academy and AFC Lightning. Georgia United will blend the technical staff and player pools from those four clubs to form Academy teams in the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups.

Northeast Division Battles for Position: Just four points separate the top four teams in the U-17/18 Northeast Division standings with three games left for teams to clinch the division’s two automatic playoff spots. This weekend will see the New England Revolution looking to gain ground on FC Greater Boston while current leader Empire United plays host to Oakwood SC and South Central Premier.

All Eyes on Texas U-15/16s: The U-15/16 Texas Division is coming down to the wire, with Texas Rush AJ Auxerre holding a slight lead in the standings ahead of the Houston Dynamo with a game in hand. Those two teams will battle on Saturday in Houston as the Dynamo finish out their regular season. Texas Rush will still have one more game to play before final playoff berths are determined.

LAST WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS:
National Notes:

  • The 88 games last weekend averaged 3.3 goals per game.
  • There were 32 players who scored multiple goals in a game.
  • As a club, PA Classics and FC DELCO both went 4-0-0 last weekend and D.C. United and Chicago Fire posted 3-0-1 records.

Central Conference:

  • Derby matches between the Chicago Fire and Sockers FC ended in a 2-2 draw at the U-17/18 level and with a 2-0 Fire victory in the younger age group.
  • That win jumped the Chicago Fire U-15/16 team up three places in the Great Lakes standings. The Fire is now within two points of second-place Vardar with two fewer games played.
  • Internationals U-17/18 striker Nicholas Parianos had a hat trick in a 3-0 win against Vardar on Sunday.

East Conference:

  • PDA U-17/18 took over the top place in the Liberty Division after a 3-0 win against New York Red Bulls, dropping the Red Bulls down to second place.
  • Empire United U-15/16 held onto the top place in the Northeast Division after a 3-2 win against the New England Revolution.
  • FC DELCO U-15/16 forward Brett Campbell scored three goals in his team’s 4-1 win against NJSA 04.

South Conference

  • U-17/18 IMG Academy’s Jacob Kaye scored all three of his team’s goals in a 3-1 win against Kendall SC.

West Conference:

  • Hours before the two MLS teams squared off, the Chivas USA and Los Angeles Galaxy Academy teams played to a 2-2 draw in the younger age group and Chivas USA took a 3-2 win in the older age group.
  • The top two teams in the U-17/18 Northwest Division, Cal Odyssey and California Development Academy played to a 1-1 draw last weekend.

PEAK PERFORMERS:
U-15/16 Performer of the Week: Bryce Cregan – Defender, PA Classics
Cregan, one of the youngest players in the Academy as a 1996 birth year, has been a key contributor to the PA Classics defense that has conceded a division-best 14 goals in 21 games this season. He has played in seven games this season, including both matches this weekend against NJSA 04 and Match Fit Chelsea, both 2-1 wins. A member of the U-15 BNT player pool, Cregan has helped PA Classics to the top place in the Mid-Atlantic Division.

U-17/18 Performer of the Week: James McLaughlin – Midfielder, FC DELCO
McLaughin has been influential in guiding his FC DELCO U-17/18 team to a 5-3-0 divisional record on the season and second place in the Mid-Atlantic Division. His goal in a 3-1 win against NJSA 04 on Saturday was the game-winner, and two goals on Sunday against Match Fit Chelsea brought his season total to 10.

Referee of the Week: Mark Allatin
Allatin, a Grade 5 referee from Connecticut, earned praise for his performance in the U-17/18 game between the New England Revolution and Empire United. Just 24 years old, Allatin has more than 30 Academy games under his belt, including games at the 2009 Spring Showcase and 2010 Playoffs. In addition to Academy matches, Allatin also works WPS, W-League and USL-PRO games.


ACADEMY ALUMNI NEWS AND NOTES:
Agudelo Named to Gold Cup Roster:
New York Red Bulls Academy product Juan Agudelo was named to the U.S. roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup, and with that, a high-profile friendly against No. 1-ranked Spain. Agudelo has made four appearances for the Men’s National Team since late last year and has scored two goals, including the lone American goal in the 1-1 draw against Argentina in March.

Gatt Scores Two, Cunningham Goes 90: Derby County Wolves products Josh Gatt and Sean Cunningham both started and played all 90 minutes of Molde FK’s 7-1 victory against Tiller IL in Norwegian Cup action. Gatt scored Molde’s second and third goals while Cunningham manned the left back position to help the team to the cup’s Round of 16.

ACADEMY IN THE NEWS:

  • The Washington Post examines the state of high school soccer and the Academy – Washington Post
  • Soccer America with an update on MLS Homegrown players this season – Soccer America
  • Goal.com with a recap of last weekend’s mini-SuperClasico between the Chivas USA and Los Angeles Galaxy Academy teams – Goal.com
  • The Milford Daily News features the New England Revolution’s David Hepp – Milford Daily News
  • The Bleacher Report on the first Academy alumnus to play for the Men’s National Team, Juan Agudelo – The Bleacher Report

 

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