Across the Academy - March 8
East Conference Play Heats Up: Several big divisional crossover matches are shaping up among the East Conference squads this weekend. D.C. Unitedâ€™s U-15/16 and U-17/18 sides face the New England Revolution, and FC DELCOâ€™s U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams face Empire United. D.C. Unitedâ€™s U-15/16 team in particular is off to the best start among this group with a 4-0-1 record, an average of 3.2 goals per game and a defense that has allowed only three goals in five matches.
Academy Teams at FC Dallas College Showcase: Eight Development Academy teams square off on Saturday and Sunday in the FC Dallas College Showcase at the FC Dallas Complex. Saturday features two matches between the Dallas Texans U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams and Lonestar SC Academy. Sundayâ€™s slate includes the two FC Dallas age groups going up against Classics Elite, Texans SC Houston against Andromeda FC and Solar Chelsea against the Texas Rush. The event is a prelude to the Major League Soccer season opener between FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls at 2 p.m. CT Sunday at FC Dallas Stadium.
U.S. U-14, U-15 Boys Teams in Midst of March Camp: On March 3, the U.S. U-14 and U-15 Boys National Teams convened for a weeklong training camp through Saturday, March 10, in Carson, Calif. U-14 head coach Hugo Perez called in 36 players â€“ 20 with Development Academy ties. On the U-15 side, head coach Tony Lepore also called in a group of 36 players, with 21 players tied to the Development Academy. The week has included four scrimmages; the U-15 BNT challenged the U-15/16 LA Galaxy and Chivas USA Academy teams, while the U-14 BNT scrimmaged a younger LA Galaxy team and local ODP teams. The camp will end with a scrimmage between the two age groups on Friday, March 9.
LAST WEEKâ€™S HIGHLIGHTS:
- Texans SC Houstonâ€™s U-15/16 team handed the Texas Division-leading Dallas Texans their first loss of the season en route to a 2-0 victory on Sunday, March 4. Bryan Estrada and Emmanuel Usen netted goals for Texans SC Houston (8-5-3 in the division, 11-6-4 overall), which in recent weeks has jumped from fourth to second in the Texas Division and now sits seven points behind the Dallas Texans (10-1-4 in division, 12-1-7 overall).
- Two of the stronger Development Academy offenses tangled in a defensive battle on Sunday as the host Crew Soccer Academy U-17/18 team played to a scoreless draw against Solar Chelsea SC. Heading into the match, Crew Soccer Academy (3-0-1) had scored 12 goals in three games, while Solar Chelsea (12-4-4) of the Central Conference had tallied 48 goals in 19 matches.
- In a back-and-forth match from start to finish, Brian Charles had the final say with two goals, including the 79th-minute game-winner, to lead the Arsenal FC U-15/16 team to a 4-3 win against Chivas USA. Arsenal has 48 goals in 17 games to lead all SoCal Division teams, and the win against Chivas USA was its second in the division as the team tries to fight its way back into the middle of the pack. Caleb Calvert had a hat trick for Chivas, with all three tallies serving as equalizers against Arsenal.
- A four-goal effort from Maikon Orrellara carried the Real Salt Lake AZ U-17/18 team to a 5-0 victory against Crossfire Premier, a team that had allowed only 22 goals in 17 previous games. Real Salt Lake AZâ€™s Ricardo Velasco had what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the second minute en route to the teamâ€™s sixth five-goal effort of the season.
- Chivas USAâ€™s U-17/18 team leapfrogged the idle LA Galaxy to move into first place in the SoCal Division with a 3-2 win against Arsenal FC. Chivas USA built a 3-0 lead with Rene Santosâ€™ 70th-minute goal, and it proved to be necessary as Arsenal scored two late tallies to cut the deficit to one.
Week 24 Player of the Week: Carter Richardson, Goalkeeper, Crew Soccer Academy
Carter Richardson of the Crew Soccer Academy U-15/16 team posted two shutouts last weekend â€“ a 2-0 victory against Andromeda FC on Saturday and a scoreless draw against Solar Chelsea SC on Sunday. Richardson has started four games this season for a 3-0-1 record and zero goals allowed. Crew Soccer Academy is 4-0-1 so far this season, posting a shutout in every match.
Referee of the Week: Kyle Phillips
Kyle Phillips earns Referee of the Week honors for his performance in the U-17/18 matchup between the Texas Rush and Houston Dynamo. Phillips is a grade 5 referee from South Texas. He has worked 34 Development Academy games over the past three years and officiates in the Premier Development League in his area. Phillips had a strong performance at the 2011 Winter Showcase in Sarasota, Fla. He will be attending the Dallas Cup from April 1-8 as part of the U.S. Soccer Referee Training event.
ACADEMY ALUMNI NEWS AND NOTES:
Christhian Hernandez Signs with Union: The Philadelphia Union signed former Players Development Academy forward Christhian Hernandez on Monday as the clubâ€™s third Homegrown player. Hernandez was the 2011 U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-17/18 Player of the Year, netting 16 goals in 26 appearances last season for PDA.
Bijev, U.S. U-20s Draw FC Dallas Reserves: Former Cal Odyssey player Villyan Bijev gave the U.S. U-20 Menâ€™s National Team a 2-0 lead in the 24th minute before the FC Dallas Reserves scored two unanswered goals en route to a 2-2 draw last Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla. On last Wednesday, the U-20s also played the Montreal Impact Reserves in a 60-minute match, dropping a 2-1 decision. Later that day, the U.S. U-20 team organized a 45-minute match with the Houston Dynamo for a 1-0 victory.
ACADEMY IN THE NEWS:
- Expanded Soccer Academy Decision is a Win-Win â€“ Los Angeles Times
- High School Players Choose in Soccerâ€™s New Way â€“ New York Times
- Ramos Keeps Option Open for U-20 Talent â€“ TopDrawerSoccer.com
- Development Academy Recap: Maikon Orrellana Nets Four for Real Salt Lake AZ â€“ TopDrawerSoccer.com
- New training academy, Grand Sports Academy, gives players a leg up â€“ TopDrawerSoccer.com
- Real Salt Lake AZ 16s Use Defense to Spark Offense â€“ ESPN RISE
- Virginia Rushâ€™s U-15/16 Team Growing Together â€“ Potomac Soccer Wire