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U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week Kicks Off Friday Afternoon at The Home Depot Center


GETTING UNDERWAY IN CARSON, CALIF.: The first games of the 2008-09 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week kick off this afternoon at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as the U-17/18 competition gets underway at 3 p.m. PT.  All 16 teams have arrived into Carson, Calif. for the eight-day event that will see eight teams in two age groups play four games each over the next eight days on the same fields used by the U.S. National Team Programs, including the Men's National Team, including the Mooch Myernick and David Vanole Fields. The second annual Finals Week will conclude with placement matches and crown champions on Thursday, July 16, for the U-17/18 age group and Friday, July 17, for the U-15/16 age group. Championship games from both age groups will be televised live on ESPN Classic at 7 p.m. PT.

U-17/18S UP FIRST: The U-17/18 age group will kick off finals week, where two groups of four teams will play in a round-robin format. The U-15/16 age teams begin group play on Saturday, July 11, alternating days with their older counterparts during the rest of the week. At the culmination of group play, the winners of each U-17/18 group will square off in the championship game on Thursday, July 16, with the remaining six teams battling in placement games. For a complete schedule of Finals Week, click here.

U-17/18 Group 1                                                              U-17/18 Group 2
Carmel United SC                                                          CASL Chelsea FC Academy
Dallas Texans                                                                 D.C. United Academy
FC Greater Boston                                                          PDA
IMG Soccer Academy                                                      Real Colorado

Schedule of Games for Friday, July 10 (All Times PT)
Age Group Match-up Time Location
U-17/18 Real Colorado vs. PDA 3 p.m. Mooch Field
U-17/18 CASL Chelsea FC vs D.C. United Academy 4 p.m. Field 2
U-17/18 FC Greater Boston vs. Carmel United SC 6 p.m. Vanole Field
U-17/18 Dallas Texans vs. IMG Soccer Academy 7 p.m. Mooch Field
Click here for a complete schedule of Finals Week

U-17/18 TEAM BREAKDOWN: All eight teams in the U-17/18 age group fought through Playoffs Week in Greensboro, N.C., after a nine-month season that came down to the wire. For a breakdown of all eight teams and how they got here, click here.

WATCH STREAMING GAMES ON USSOCCER.COM:
Less than 24 hours after the conclusion of each game, you can watch all 90 minutes through streaming video at scheduled times on ussoccer.com. Every game, with the exception of the two championship matches on July 16 and July 17, will be shown the following day.

Streaming Video Schedule for Games Played on July 10 (All Times PT)
Date Age Group Match-up Stream Schedule
July 11 U-17/18 Real Colorado vs. PDA 2 p.m.
July 11 U-17/18 CASL Chelsea FC vs. D.C. United Academy 4 p.m.
July 11 U-17/18 FC Greater Boston vs. Carmel United SC 6 p.m.
July 11 U-17/18 IMG Soccer Academy 8 p.m.
Click here to view the games on streaming video

CONFERENCE AWARDS UNVEILED:
The 2008-09 Development Academy Conference Starting XI and Coaches of the Year for both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups have been unveiled just before the start of Finals Week. Development Academy Starting XI and Academy Players and Coaches of the Year will be announced next week. All awards were voted upon by Development Academy clubs and national staff coaches.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: The 2008-09 Development Academy season was the first to implement a playoff system, as 32 teams from each age group converged on Greensboro, N.C., from June 26-29, to determine the final 16 teams who would advance to Finals Week. Broken up into groups of four, the teams played three games over the course of a long weekend at Bryan Park, with only the eight group winners advancing to Carson, Calif. For a full recap of Development Academy Playoffs, click here.

STUDIO 90 IS BACK IN ACTION: Once again, ussoccer.com 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 ussoccer.com.

STAY IN TUNE WITH FINALS WEEK: Follow all the behind-the-scenes happenings at Finals Week, keep tabs on the YNT Blog, where you’ll find up to date information that you can’t get anywhere else. Keep up with the most up-to-date scoring information (in 140 characters or less!) by checking out U.S. Soccer’s official twitter page at twitter.com/ussoccer.


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