Development Academy Playoffs: Day 3
U.S. Soccer Development Academy
2010-11 Playoffs and Showcase
Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas
June 26, 2011
BOTH AGE GROUPS TAKE THE FIELD: A full day of games at Pizza Hut Park brought some clarity to the U-17/18 Playoff picture, while the U-15/16 age groups got their first touches on the grass here in Frisco. Including the Showcase games, 61 total matches were played on Saturday (62 if you count the FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers game in the stadium).
U-15/16s KICKED OFF: Some notes to take away from the first day of games:
- Six of the eight groups have two teams tied for the lead on points after winning their first game, illustrating how important some of these matches will be in the coming days.Â
- In Group 2, the 29th seeded Dallas Texans lead the group after an upset of No. 2 seeded Concorde Fire, putting them in the driverâ€™s seat heading into the second round of games.Â
- In Group 5, the 28th seeded New England Revolution put on a similar display, upsetting No. 7 seeded North Carolina Fusion to put them in control of their own fate.Â
- For all other results, check the U-15/16 Academy schedule and results page here.
U-15/16 STANDINGS AFTER DAY ONE: After 16 games, group standings have started to take shape, with several looking incredibly close. Four groups saw all their games decided by one goal, meaning the next set of matches has the potential to turn the standings upside down. Find out where your club stands on the Academy standings page at ussoccer.com.
U-17/18s CONTINUED PLAY: Under the bright Texas sun, the U-17/18 teams took to the field for the second day in a row for group play. Some highlights from today:
- Two teams, Real Salt Lake AZ and Players Development Academy kept their shutout streak alive through their second game on their way to two wins.Â
- Pateadores stretched their winning streak to six, continuing the run of good form that got them into Playoffs in the last few weeks of the season.
PATH TO FINALS WEEK BECOMES CLEAR: With two games down for each team in the U-17/18 age group, the path to Finals Week became clearer for a few teams. Groups 2 and 6 each have two leaders that have yet to play each other, meaning their clashes on Monday will be for a trip to Finals Week. The berths for three other groups are still up for grabs among three teams, leaving their Monday matches as nervy encounters where each goal will have an effect on the standings. See how the big picture looks at the standings page.
WATCHING YOUR TEAMMATES ON THE BIG STAGE: Fifteen players on the U-17 Menâ€™s National Team currently in the FIFA U-17 World Cup play on Academy clubs, proving the Development Academyâ€™s worth to the national team program just four years in. Find out how their teammates adapt to their absence, and how they learn by the example these players set when they return to their clubs.
SHAKING OFF THE RUST: When Concorde Fire U-15/16 played against Clearwater Chargers on June 5, 2011, it was the first time the team had played together since the 2010 Winter Showcase in December. Since qualifying back in February, Concordeâ€™s wait was finally over with their first Playoff game Saturday. Read about how they prepared after such a long break.
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWNS: Along with the battles for Finals Week, Academy clubs that didnâ€™t qualify for the postseason will still get the chance to play competitive matches this weekend in the form of a round-robin style tournament. With two days of matches in the book, games will continue today where teams will continue to test themselves against rarely-played opponents whenever possible.
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM SCOUTS IN ATTENDANCE: Nearly 30 U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors and scouts will be watching games throughout the weekend. They will take this opportunity to look at players from all around the country play in competitive matches during the next five days, while Technical Advisors will review and discuss the match with coaches immediately following their games.
SOCIAL BUTTERFLY: The U.S. Soccer Development Academy is all over the Internet. Follow the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, including all the news and updates from Pizza Hut Park on U.S. Soccerâ€™s Development Academy Facebook page, on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and check out photos and updates from throughout the day on the YNT Blog.