Final Group Matches for U-17/18 Set for Today
Development Academy Finals Week
July 13, 2011
FINAL GROUP MATCHES FOR U-17/18 SET FOR TODAY: The U-17/18 age group concludes group play today with six teams still in the running to qualify for the championship final, which will be broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com at 12 p.m. CT. Pateadores and Dallas Texans both have four points sitting atop Group 1, while CASL Chelsea FC Academy and FC Dallas also share four points in the lead for Group 2. For a complete list of the scenarios for each team to reach the U-17/18 final, click here.
|July 13Â||Pateadores vs. PDAÂ||3 p.m.Â||Time Warner Cable Field; Uihlein Soccer ParkÂ|
|July 13Â||New York Red BullsÂ vs. Dallas TexansÂ||3 p.m.Â||Pat Jones Field; Uihlein Soccer ParkÂ|
|July 13Â||FC Dallas vs. Weston FCÂ||6 p.m.Â||Quad Park; Marquette High SchoolÂ|
|July 13Â||Baltimore Bays Chelsea vs. CASL Chelsea FC AcademyÂ||6 p.m.Â||Valley Fields; Marquette UniversityÂ|
SECOND GROUP GAMES FOR U-15/16s COMPLETE: Each of the eight teams in the Under-15/16 division of the 2011 Development Academy Finals Week now has two games under their belt and a clear picture of what they need to accomplish in their third match. LA Galaxy is on top Group 1 after a convincing 4-0 win against the Dallas Texans. The Seattle Sounders are level points but are behind on goal differential. PA Classics is tied for the lead with North Carolina Fusion after drawing Real Salt Lake AZ. The Fusion earned their place at the top spot after defeating CASL Chelsea FC Academy. The U-15/16 division will round out group play on July 14, the featured match pitting the two group leaders in a bout that can guarantee a team a place in the championship match if either emerges with a win.
LA GALAXY ROUTS DALLAS TEXANS: The LA Galaxy played their way into the driverâ€™s seat of Group 1 with a convincing 4-0 win against Dallas Texans. The LA Galaxy faces West Conference foe Seattle Sounders in the third group game needing only a win or a draw to secure a berth in the title match.
SOUNDERS TAKE THE WIN: Goals from Austin Sweeney and Ian Lange negated a Real So Cal lead and lifted Seattle Sounders FC to a 2-1 victory. Seattle is even with the LA Galaxy at the summit of Group 1 on four points, but sit in second place because they are three behind in goal differential. The top teams will square off July 14 at 3 p.m. CT with a spot in the championship game on the line, the Sounders needing a victory in order to have a chance to play for the national title.
U-15/16 Group 1 Standings
GROUP 1 SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
|July 10Â||Seattle Sounders FC 1, Dallas Texans 1||--||Turf Field; Marquette UniversityÂ|
|July 10Â||LA Galaxy 1, Real So Cal 1||--||Stadium Field; Uihlein Soccer ParkÂ|
|July 12Â||Dallas Texans 0, LA Galaxy 4||--Â||Quad Park; Marquette High SchoolÂ|
|July 12Â||Real So Cal 1, Seattle Sounders FC 2||--||Valley Fields; Marquette UniversityÂ|
|July 14Â||Seattle Sounders FC vs. LA GalaxyÂ||3 p.m.Â||Uihlein Soccer ParkÂ|
|July 14Â||Dallas Texans vs. Real So CalÂ||3 p.m.Â||Pat Jones Field; Uihlein Soccer ParkÂ Â|
TWO RALLIES EQUAL A DRAW: PA Classics and Real Salt Lake AZ played to an exciting draw in the second group match for both teams. Each side was forced to come from behind in the game, which when all was said and done gave PA Classics four points and a share of the Group 2 lead.
FUSION TAKES THREE POINTS AGAINST CASL: North Carolina Fusion defeated Atlantic division rival CASL Chelsea FC Academy 1-0 thanks to Warren Marshallâ€™s lone goal in the 66th minute.Â The three points position Fusion well for the Group 2 finale, as a win against PA Classics would solidify a place in the national championship game. CASL will be looking to earn their first points of the tournament against Real Salt Lake AZ, who have tied their first two matches and remain in the hunt for a place in the championship match.
U-15/16 Group 2 Standings
GROUPÂ 2 SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
|July 10Â||North Carolina Fusion 1, Real Salt Lake AZ 1||--Â||Quad Park; Marquette High School|
|July 10Â||PA Classics 1, CASL Chelsea FC 0||--||Valley Fields; Marquette University|
|July 12Â||Real Salt Lake AZ 2, PA Classics 2||--||Uihlein Soccer ParkÂ|
|July 12Â||CASL Chelsea FC 0, North Carolina Fusion 1Â||--||Pat Jones Field; Uihlein Soccer ParkÂ|
|July 14Â||FC Dallas vs. Weston FC||6Â p.m.Â||Quad Park; Marquette High School|
|July 14Â||Baltimore Bays Chelsea vs. CASL Chelsea FCÂ||6Â p.m.Â||Valley Fields; Marquette UniversityÂ|
MEET LA GALAXY: In this team profile, ussoccer.com sits down with the LA Galaxy to discuss their focus on player development and the importance of Finals Week in that process.
ACADEMY LIFE:Â ussoccer.com debuts Academy Life, a new behind-the-scenes series covering the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. In the first episode, we learn of the tragedy that united Real So Cal U-15/16 in their quest for a national championship.
STAY TUNED: Studio 90 will have you covered from Milwaukee with daily updates on Finals Week as the 16 teams compete for the national championship. Youâ€™ll see goals from every game and post-match reaction as well as the scores and standings from the tournament.
ALL THE GOALS: In addition to Studio 90 updates, we've got all the goals from Finals Week available on ussoccer.com. You can also vote for your favorite goal of the day on the official U.S. Soccer Development Academy Facebook page.
ALL ON THE YNT BLOG: The YNT Blog on ussoccer.com keeps you updated on the interesting happenings on and off the field in Milwaukee. From things like background info on all the participating teams to a summary of an impromptu Watch Party for the USA-Brazil game, the YNT Blog is your source for the goods on Finals Week.
KEEPING UP IN REAL TIME: Thereâ€™s only one way you can get real-time updates for all 32 games at Development Academy Finals Week: by following us on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.Â Be the first to know scores, standings and scenarios for teams to reach the championship matches during 2011 Finals Week.