Academy Alumni: Setting New Milestones: The U.S. Soccer Development Academy reached two milestones last week in the U.S. Men’s National Team matchup against archrival Mexico on April 15 in San Antonio, Texas. For the very first time since the Development Academy was established back in 2007, four of its alumni (Joe Corona (Nomads SC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounder Academy), DeAndre Yedlin (Crossfire Premier and Seattle Sounders Academy), and Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy Academy) were all part of the starting lineup for the senior team. In addition, this was also the first time two Development Academy alumni scored in the same game at the senior level. Morris and Agudelo were the heroes of the infamous Dos a Cero score line that gave the United States another victory over its CONCACAF foe.
Continuing the Rivalry: U-23 MNT vs. Mexico: For the first time in 2015, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team is set to play on American soil, this time facing off with archrival Mexico on Wednesday, April 22 at StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The team has been in Carson since Sunday preparing for the matchup, one the team hopes can serve as strong preparation for Olympic qualifiers beginning in October in the United States.
Full Circle: In addition, while the U-23s have been in camp, the U-14s have also been in Carson, running camps simultaneously. Early this week, both teams were able to come together for a lunch break and share experiences, anecdotes, and a few laughs, as the oldest group and the youngest group in the Youth National Teams system discussed the journey to make it for the USA.
As World Cup Approaches, U-20 MNT is in Austria: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team is currently in Austria in its second foreign training camp of the year. On Tuesday, the team faced fellow World Cup side Qatar in a friendly that resulted in a 2-2 draw after the USA was able to find the late equalizer.
U-18 MNT in Bosnia: U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has selected a 20-player roster that will travel to Medugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina, for the team’s first training camp of 2015, running from April 22-May 1. During camp, the U-18 MNT will match up against Siroki Brijeg on April 25, followed by a contest against Bosnia U-18’s on April 28. A second game against Bosnia will take place two days later on April 30.
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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (April 18-19):
Western Conference: Portland Timbers U-15/16s took down Real Salt Lake AZ 2-1 on Saturday to continue vying for a playoffs pool spot. Eric Diaz scored the game-winner for the Timbers in the second half, after both teams had been able to tally in the first 45 minutes of play. It was Diaz’s fourth goal of the season.
Central Conference: Malik Shaheed scored a hat trick, Dwight Williams Jr. had a brace and Javier Leija added a tally for Solar Chelsea SC U-15/16s as the team defeated FC Dallas 6-3 over the weekend to own the number one position in the wildcard pool and remain in strong contention to break into the playoffs pool. Even with the loss, FC Dallas’ 2.4 points per game average remains the fourth best in Academy and has the team in the fourth spot of the playoffs pool.
East Conference: New York Red Bulls U-15/16s saw the end of the team’s unbeaten streak when they fell to the New England Revolution 3-1 in an important matchup in the East Conference on Sunday. The Revs got a 1-0 lead early in the game thanks to Justin Rennicks. Despite a 60th minute goal by Red Bulls' Omir Fernandez, the Revolution got two more in the 51st and then on the 67th to end its East Conference opponent’s perfect season. Both teams are still in great shape heading into post season play however, as the Red Bulls sit comfortably in the second spot and the Revolution has the 16th place in the playoffs pool.
Player of the Week: Georgia United U-15/16 and U-16 BNT midfielder Juan Torres received high marks for his standout performance in Georgia United’s 2-0 victory over South Carolina United Battery on Sunday. Torres controlled the rhythm and tempo of the game distributing the ball from a supportive role in the midfield and proved to be the essential link between the defensive line and the attacking forwards.
Referee of the Week: Philip Guthrie, a 25-year old Grade 6 referee from Maryland was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 and U-17/18 Bethesda Olney and Everton FC Westchester match. Guthrie has been working Academy games since 2011.
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2014-15 Schedule: Combined U-13/14 through U-17/18
U.S. Soccer Coaching Department Launches Academy Director Course: The U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department announced that it will launch its first Academy Director course starting on April 21. The 16-month course will run from April 2015 until July 2016, becoming the highest level course offered for youth coaches. The 20 participating candidates have been carefully selected by a committee comprised of U.S. Soccer personnel and are all U.S. Soccer Development Academy coaches holding an “A” License.
- USA Beats Mexico 2-0 in Front of Sold-Out Crowd in San Antonio
- Highlights: Morris, Agudelo and Co. Rack Up Another #DosACero vs. Mexico
- Klinsmann Discusses Takeaways from Mexico Game, Looks to Build for Gold Cup
- Klinsmann Names 22-Player Roster for USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T
U-15 BNT to Participate in Delle Nazioni International Tournament: U.S Under-15 Boy’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has selected a 20-player roster that will travel to Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, from April 21-May 2, and compete in the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni. 18 players on this roster have ties to the Development Academy. In addition, U.S. Soccer announced that the U-15 BNT will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in June for a series of three friendlies against South American nations.
Brian Johnson Calls in 36 Players for Training Camp in California: U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Brian Johnson is gathering a 36-player group in Carson, California, for the team’s third camp of 2015. Twenty-five players on the roster are currently registered with Development Academy Clubs.
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.
- D.C. United: Academy Update: April 21, 2015
- Houston Dynamo: Academy Midfielders Christian Lucatero, Marcelo Palomino Called Up for U.S. U-18, U-14 National Team Camps
- LA Galaxy: Home-field Advantage? Jose Villarreal and Oscar Sorto Excited for "Special" Match against Mexico
- New England Revolution: Two Year in the Making: London Woodberry Shines in Long-Awaited MLS Return
- New York Red Bulls: Academy Update: Return to Action on the Road
- New York Red Bulls: Matt Miazga Enjoys Best Game of Young Career vs. San Jose
- Real Salt Lake: RSL Duo Earns U-18 MNT Call-ups for European Friendlies
- Real Salt Lake: Allen's Comeback Story Brings Him to Austria with U-20 MNT
- San Jose Earthquakes: Academy Update- April 21, 2015
- Seattle Sounders: Victor Mansaray Called-up to U-18 MNT