Nike Friendlies and Academy Winter Showcase Kick off Starting Nov. 28: The 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase, which runs in conjunction with the Nike International Friendlies, begins the day after Thanksgiving, starting with the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team’s Nike Friendlies match against England on Friday, Nov. 28 (6 p.m. ET, live on ussoccer.com). The next day, the Academy’s U-18 age group opens up the Academy Winter Showcase event. The Nike Friendlies and Winter Showcase take place at Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
All six games for the Nike International Friendlies will be shown live on ussoccer.com, with the U.S. U-17 MNT’s match serving as the night cap at 6 p.m. ET.
U-17 MNT Closes Out Trip to Chile: The U.S. U-17 MNT drew Qatar 1-1 on Saturday to wrap up the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins in Talca, Chile. Haji Wright scored the USA’s 61st-minute equalizer. The LA Galaxy Academy product leads the U-17s with 18 goals in 19 games this year. On Nov. 22, the USA dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to Brazil after rallying from a two-goal deficit. Wright scored twice and PA Classics product Christian Pulisic scored a game-tying goal in the 85th minute.
For the latest Development Academy results, information and more, visit academy.demosphere.com and ussoccer.com’s Academy section. Follow the Academy on Twitter @ussoccer_acad, Instagram and Facebook. At the 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendlies, use the #AcademyShowcase, #OneNationOneTeam and #1N1T hashtags.
ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of Nov. 22-23):
- West Conference: The Portland Timbers U-16 team earned its fourth win over its past five games with a 3-2 win against Crossfire Premier on Saturday in Northwest Division action. Carlos Anguiano scored the game-winning goal in the 77th minute and Jose Perez tallied two goals for the Timbers (5-3-2, 1.70 points per game).
- Central Conference: The Dallas Texans U-16s earned their sixth shutout of the season, posting a 1-0 victory against the Texas Rush on Saturday. Nicky Hernandez scored a goal in the 55th minute to improve to 7-1-3 (2.18 points per game). The Dallas Texans have extended their unbeaten streak to seven games.
- East Conference: In the Southeast Division, Charlotte Soccer Academy’s U-18s moved ahead of North Carolina Fusion into sixth place with a 1-0 victory on Sunday. Aidan Peterson scored the game’s lone goal in the 76th minute as Charlotte Soccer Academy posted its third straight shutout victory to move to 4-4-4 (1.33 points per game).
For all Development Academy results, standings and more, visit academy.demosphere.com or click on the following links:
Five Nominees up for Young Male Athlete of the Year: The nominees were announced for the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year. All five have former ties to the Development Academy. They include U-17 MNT midfielder Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder Academy); U-20, U-23 and MNT midfielder Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas Academy); U-17 MNT midfielder Christian Pulisic (PA Classics); U-17 and U-18 forward Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy) and MNT defender DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC Academy) who is age-eligible for the U-23s for Olympic qualifying.
Academy Product Morris Makes National Team Leap: Forward Jordan Morris, the 2012-13 Development Academy U-18 Player of the Year while playing for Seattle Sounders FC’s Academy side, made his Men’s National Team debut against the Republic of Ireland on Nov. 18. Morris relished the opportunity when he was brought into the 76th minute. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming about since I was a little kid, so it was an unbelievable honor and a great experience.”
UPCOMING ACADEMY SCHEDULE:
- Chicago Fire: Being Homegrown, Ep. 3: Harry Shipp (video)
- Colorado Rapids: Calvert Selected in Dispersal Draft
- New York Red Bulls: Academy Sides Earn Road Wins in Baltimore
- Philadelphia Union: Academy Teams in Prime Position as Fall Season Comes to Close
- Portland Timbers: Academy Teams go Unbeaten against Crossfire Premier
- Sporting Kansas City: Academy Sides Post Unbeaten Weekend vs. Solar Chelsea
- mlssoccer.com: MLS on Campus: Possible Options for 2015 MLS SuperDraft
- mlssoccer.com: Former IMG Forward Johannsson Scores First Goal Since Injury