U.S. U-17 Menâ€™s National Team Heads to Spain with 17 Players from Academy Clubs: U.S. Under-17 Menâ€™s National Team head coach Wilmer CabreraÂ traveled with a 22-player roster on Monday, Oct. 10, to Lâ€™Aflas Del Pi, Spain, where the team will face off against Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Russia and Spain in the 2011 Albir Garden Sports Cup. A total of 17 players on the roster hail from Development Academy clubs. It is the first international trip for the group which kicked off the fall 2011 semester in September. The U.S. begins tournament play Oct. 15 when the squad takes on familiar foe Mexico. Two days later, the U.S. faces U.A.E., followed by Russia on Oct. 19. The team wraps up the event Oct. 20 against host Spain.
U.S. U-15 Boysâ€™ National Team Calls in 18 players from Academy Clubs: Under the direction of U.S. Soccer Director of Scouting Tony Lepore, the U.S. Under-15 Boysâ€™ National Team will hold a week-long training camp from Oct. 16-23 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Lepore has called 36 players into camp, 18 of which are from Development Academy clubs. New York Red Bulls send three players to Carson, while San Jose Earthquakes and Minnesota Thunder Academy send two each.
Featured Fixtures: Georgia United has started its first Academy season in strong from, compiling a 3-0-2 record in the U-17/18 age group and a 3-1-1 record in the U-15/16 age group. This weekend the team faces a strong test against the Concorde Fire in a cross-town derby between the two Atlanta-based clubs. Houston will also witness a derby as Texans SC Houston faces the Houston Dynamo. In the Northwest, Vancouver Whitecaps will play its first home match, hosting Crossfire Premier from Seattle. Kendall SC U-17/18, which has a 2-1-1 record, will face undefeated McLean Youth Soccer, who has a 3-0-3 record so far this season. Lastly, in a battle of two undefeated teams, FC Dallas U-17/18 (4-0-0) will face off against Solar Chelsea SC (3-0-1).
LAST WEEKâ€™S HIGHLIGHTS:
- Almost 80 goals were scored in 20 games, bringing the weekend average to 3.9 goals per game.Â
- Two players registered a hat trick, both in the Under-17/18 age group, with James Huffer scoring three times in De Anza Forceâ€™s 5-1 win against California Development Academy and Leobardo Vazquez tallying all three in Texans SC Houstonâ€™s 3-1 win against Andromeda FC.
- Only six games took place in the Western Conference, with De Anza Force, Chivas USA and the LA Galaxy coming away undefeated in both age groups.Â
- Chivas USA had seven players play up with an older team. Ben Spencer and Marco Delgado also saw time with the MLS Reserves team.
- Texas saw eight games, including two derbies in which with Solar Chelsea SC came away undefeated in both age groups against the Houston Dynamo. FC Dallas U-17/18 defeated Dallas Texans, but Dallas Texans U-15/16 prevailed 3-2 against FC Dallas.
- It was a light weekend with only four matches in the South Conference. Georgia United tied South Carolina United Battery 1-1 in the U-17/18 age group and 2-2 in the U-15/16 age group. McLean Youth Soccer came away undefeated with wins against the Richmond Strikers in both age groups.
Week 5 Player of the Week: James Huffer â€“ Forward, De Anza Force
James Huffer was influential in De Anza Forceâ€™s 5-1 win against California Development Academy, with the forward scoring three of the teamâ€™s goals in his 68 minutes on the field. The victory placed the team at the top of the Northwest Division. Last season, Huffer scored 11 goals for his club, and started 27 of 28 games that he played in. Huffer has carried the work ethic into the 2011-12 season, having appeared in all five of De Anzaâ€™s games so far, including four as a starter.
Referee of the Week: Jeffrey Greeson
A grade 5 referee from Texas â€“ North, Jeffrey Greeson earned Referee of the Week honors for his performance during the FC Dallas U-15/16 game against the Dallas Texans. Greeson as has worked 41 Development Academy matches in the past three years, including games at the 2010 and 2011 Academy Playoffs.
ACADEMY ALUMNI NEWS AND NOTES:
Agudelo Earns Two More Caps: Former New York Red Bulls Academy forward Juan Agudelo earned two more caps with the full U.S. Menâ€™s National Team, coming on as a sub in the U.S. MNTâ€™sÂ 1-0 win against Honduras and 1-0 loss to Ecuador. Agudelo now has 15 caps under his belt, including several at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup over the summer.
Maryland Senior Casey Townsend Thriving: Former Vardar SC Freiburg forward Casey Townsend decided to stay in college rather than become a professional. So far, the decision has paid off for the senior, who is second in the ACC and third in the country in scoring with 11 goals.
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