Development Academy side Real Salt Lake AZ U-17/18s are continuing to have a strong season so far and is atop the West Conference standings, while Vancouver Whitecaps follows close behind as the third-best team in the West.
A matchup of these two U-17/18s playoff contenders on Saturday will be one of the many highlights this weekend.
The game between two of the strongest teams in the West Conference is set to be one of much attention as the season dwindles down and playoff implications start to grow. RSL AZ U-17/18s are currently the highest scoring team in the Academy and have a chance to break the 100 goals scored mark this weekend. Vancouver will have a tough task ahead of them when trying to break down RSL’s defense. They have only let up 24 goals in their 26 games played this season. RSL currently have a goal differential of 74, also the highest in the Academy, and will be looking to improve that record against an in-form Vancouver side.
Also in the West, Seattle Sounders FC U-17/18s will take on Crossfire Premier for a Northwest Division showdown. Seattle’s Sean Bowman (21 goals) has helped team to a 17-4-2 record, good enough for first in the division and second in the conference. Uriel Herrera (20 goals) is leading the road to the playoffs for Crossfire who currently has the first spot in the Wildcard Pool and can look to climb into the playoff table if it nabs the win on Saturday.
In the Central Conference, Chicago Fire’s U-17/18s return to action for the first time in 2015 to face Crew SC on Saturday. Chicago’s record of 7-2-6 has them in 17th place in the playoff table and in second place in the Mid-American Division. Crew SC U-17/18s head coach Billy Thompson will be looking to spark a resurgence with three points against their MLS counterparts. With ground to make up in the table, a Crew victory could set the stage for a late run into Playoff contention.
In the East, the two two teams in the conference are set to clash on Sunday in New Jersey when top seed Montreal Impact FC U-17/18s visits the New York Red Bulls in a battle for the division. Montreal’s 2.5 points per game stand as the best at the moment, but NY is close behind with 2.4 and could flip the standings if they come out victorious. Both teams have strong holds on a playoff spot, with Montreal in the number one position overall.
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