Four New Clubs Added for 2015-16 Season : Three east coast-based clubs and one west coast club will be joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to open the 2015-16 season. Baltimore Armour from Maryland and Sacramento Republic from California will field teams at all age groups, which include U-13/14s, U-15/16s and U-17/18s, to become full members beginning this fall. In addition, Florida-based club Boca United, who currently fields a team in the Academy at the U-13/14 age group, will play the 2015-16 Academy season at all three age groups adding teams to the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. New York City FC will be joining the U-13/14 age group at the beginning of next season and become part of the Academy for the first time.
Building the U.S. Men's National Team Pyramid : U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will use the March friendlies at Denmark and Switzerland as prep for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup, while also wearing his other hat as Technical Director as he helps oversee a busy time for the U.S. Under-20 and U-23 MNT sides that will hold simultaneous European camps at the end of the month.
Men's National Team
- U.S. MNT Roster for Denmark and Switzerland Friendlies
- Q&A: Jurgen Klinsmann Breaks Down Thinking Behind Current MNT Squad
- Aron Johannsson: Going back to Aarhus
- Gallery: MNT Hits the Training Pitch in Zurich
U-23 Men's National Team
- Herzog Calls 18 Players for U-23's First Training Camp of 2015
- Herzog Adds Two Players to U-23 MNT Roster in Bosnia
- Q&A: U-23 MNT Head Coach Andi Herzog Gears Up for First Training Camp of 2015
U-20 Men's National Team
- Tab Ramos Names U-20 MNT Roster for March Camp in England
- Q&A: Tab Ramos Outlines Road to 2015 U-20 World Cup
- U-20 MNT Set to Play Two Games in Austria Prior to World Cup
For the latest Development Academy results, information and more, visit academy.demosphere.com and the ussoccer Development Academy section. Follow the Academy on Twitter @ussoccer_acad, Instagram and Facebook.
ACADEMY QUICK HITS (March 21-22):
- West Conference: Damian German led the way for Real Salt Lake U-17/18s this past Saturday with two goals in the 3-0 victory over Western Conference opponent Vancouver Whitecaps.German scored in the 46th and 65th minute to up his season total to 17 goals. Team-leading scorer Brooks Lennon (19) added a third tally to the game in the 70th minute to guarantee the victory. RSL's 2.44 points per game as well its Academy-leading 101 goals has it with a strong hold of first place in the playoffs pool. Vancouver is currently still very much in playoff contention as they sit in the eighth spot.
- Central Conference: Two late goals by the Chicago Fire U-17/18s lifted the team past Crew SC Academy in a matchup of division rivals. Crew's Omar Mohamed opened up the score sheet with a goal in the 55th minute to give his team the lead. Despite holding onto the 1-0 advantage for most of the game, Chicago's leading-scorer Ryan Sierakowski stormed back in the 70th minute and nabbed the equalizer for his team, making it his 14th goal this season. His efforts were aided minutes later when Peter Schropp who tallied the second goal for the Fire in the 83rd minute and sealed the victory for the team currently sitting atop the Mid-America division. The Fire is in the middle of the playoffs pool standings, while Crew SC is still trying to fight its way into a wildcard spot.
In another Mid-America Division game, Minnesota Thunder Academy U-17/18s scored a late-game winner to soar past FC Wisconsin Nationals in a tight game that saw four second half goals being scored. Academy Player of the Week Jackson Yueill was the hero for Minnesota as he notched the game-winner in the 84th minute, to record his 12th goal this season. Luis Castanon struck first with a goal in the first half to take Minnesota to the locker room with a 1-0 lead. FC Wisconsin's Abdul Kooistra however, came out strong and found the back of the net in the 47th minute for the tie. Castanon scored again in the 63rd to give Minnesota the lead, but Sal Gloria once more equalized for Wisconsin a minute later. Finally, it was Yueill who closed out the match with his late-game heroics and gave his team the victory to keep them amongst the mix in the wildcard pool.
- East Conference: The two highest performing teams in the East Conference met this past weekend for a highly competitive match. New York Red Bulls U-17/18's defeated Montreal Impact 4-2 behind a brace from leading scorer Juan Sebastian Sanchez. Sanchez got his team on the board quickly scoring in the 21st minute and again on the 44th. Kyle Zajec added one in the 27th and Ethan Lochner finished it off with the fourth score in the 57th minute to keep the Red Bulls in complete control of the Atlantic Division, in second place in the playoffs pool, and remain atop the Eastern Conference standings. Despite the loss, Montreal still has the best points per game average in the Northeast Division and is sitting in the third spot in the playoff pool. Montreal's leading scorer Alexander Kulic tallied his 10th goal of the year.
- Academy Player of the Week: Minnesota Thunder Academy U-17/18 and U-18 MNT midfielder Jackson Yueill earned Academy Player of the Week during his three-goal performance at home against Sockers FC. Yueill has played and started in all 17 games for Minnesota this season, amassing 12 goals.
- Academy Referee of the Week: Kelly Ruckstuhl, a 19-year old Grade 8-CAN referee from California, was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 match between San Juan Soccer and LA Galaxy. Ruckstuhl has been working Academy matches since 2014.
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Academy Coaching Spotlight: Molding the Elite Player: LA Galaxy U-15/16 head coach Mike Munoz spoke with ussoccer.com about how U.S. Soccer and the LA Galaxy are working together to provide an effective development model for players from the youth level all the way up to the first team.
U-17 MNT Qualifies for 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup : The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is headed to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup after taking down Jamaica 5-4 in a penalty-kick shootout in the final playoff match of the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship at Estadio Francisco Morazán in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Tournament rules indicated that no extra time would be played if the teams remained tied at the end of regulation, thus the game was decided by penalty kicks following 90 minutes of scoreless play against the Caribbean nation. Next, the U-17 MNT awaits the official U-17 World Cup draw which will be announced at a later date.
- U-17 MNT's Christian Pulisic Living His Soccer Dream : U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team midfielder and PA Classics alum Christian Pulisic chatted with ussoccer.com about embarking on a road not often traveled by most 16 year-olds, one that includes training in Europe alongside German stars Mats Hummels and Marco Reus at Borussia Dortmund.
- Luca de la Torre Making His Way at Fulham : ussoccer.com spoke with Nomads and San Diego Surf alum Luca de La Torre about signing with Fulham and his development as a player at the London club.
- Rejuvenated Gallardo : ussoccer.com caught up with Nomads alum Joe Gallardo who discussed his leg injury in August and how that has strengthened him, both physically and mentally, during his return. Gallardo also sat down with ussoccer.com for a Q&A in Spanish .
- Chicago Fire: Announce the Signing of Kingsley Bryce
- ESPN: U.S. 's Aron Johannsson Returns to His Old Stomping Ground in Denmark
- FC Dallas: March 23rd Academy Update
- Galway United: Kevin Garcia Signs for United
- LA Galaxy: Keeping it Villarreal: Brother Jose and Jaime Dream of Playing Together in MLS
- LA Galaxy: Four Players Called Up to U.S. National Team Duty
- New York Red Bulls: NYRB II Sign Academy Product Tyler Adams as First USL Player
- northernpitch.com: Minnesotan Mukwelle Akale, Felling at Home at Villarreal CF
- NYCFC: Khiry Shelton Named to United States Under-23 National Team
- Real Salt Lake: U.S. U-23 National Team Calls In RSL defender Boyd Okwuonu
- Sacramento Republic: Launching U.S. Soccer Designated Academy Program
- San Jose Earthquakes: Getting to know Fatai Alashe (Video)
- soccerwire.com: New kid on the Development Academy block: Who is Baltimore Armour?
- Sporting KC: Erik Palmer-Brown Joins U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team
- Aztex Forward Shams Eager For Texas Return