Across the Academy is a weekly summary of news that highlights the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, its clubs and players, as well as alumni and Youth National Team activity. Across the Academy will be available for the duration of the 2014-15 season.
Futures Camp: U.S. Soccer announced the 58-player roster that will gather in Carson, California for the first Boys’ National Team Futures training camp of 2015. The camp, which consists of players who were born in 2000 and 2001, runs from May 23-26 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson.
In pursuit of improving U.S. Soccer’s longer term objectives for talent identification and individual development of young players, Director of Scouting Tony Lepore called-in players for a three-day camp that will focus on identifying the most talented players in the ’00 and ’01 birth year that appear to be on a later physical development growth path and/or are born in the second half of the year, to reduce the impact of physical maturity and relative age effect on identification and evaluation of talent.
Academy Director Course: The U.S. Soccer Coaching Department launched its first Academy Director Course last month to much success. The 16-month course that began on April 21 will run from April 2015 until July 2016, becoming the highest-level course offered for youth coaches.
A committee comprised of U.S. Soccer personnel carefully selected 20 participating candidates, all of whom are U.S. Soccer Development Academy coaches holding an “A” License.
Academy Alumni: Aron Johannsson Leads AZ to Europa League Berth: Aron Johannsson and his Dutch club AZ Alkmaar entered the weekend tied with Feyenoord for the Eredivisie’s third-place position and the Europa League spot that goes along with it. Johansson was clearly set on AZ taking that position as he scored a pair of goals, including a full bicycle. Johannsson also added an assist in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-1 win over Excelsior. With Feyenoord losing, AZ are officially in the Europa League for next season.
London Woodberry (FC Dallas Academy) and Will Bruin (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri) were both named to the MLS Team of the Week. Several other Academy alumni had notable performances around MLS last week.
Emerson Hyndman Named U-20 MNT Captain for World Cup: FC Dallas Academy alum Emerson Hyndman was named U-20 MNT Captain for the 2015 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand. Hyndman is one of six U-20 players that appeared in all six matches for the U-20 MNT at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica in January, where he scored once and led the team with three assists. The 19-year-old has also earned a cap with the senior U.S. Men’s National Team, debuting on September 3, 2014 as a second-half sub in the USA’s 1-0 win against the Czech Republic. He also played a friendly with the U.S. U-23 MNT on October 14, 2014 when he started against Brazil in Brasilia.
The U.S. was drawn into Group A with host New Zealand, Ukraine and Myanmar. The team opens group play against Myanmar at 12 a.m. ET on May 30 in Whangarei, followed by matches with New Zealand on June 2 and Ukraine on June 5, both of which will be played in Auckland. All of the U.S.'s group matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo.
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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (May 16-17):
Western Conference :
Pateadores U-17/18’s won its win fourth-straight game on Saturday with its 2-1 win over Nomads SC. Kevin Okuda led the way for Pateadores with a double and was the goalscorer for Nomads. The Seattle Sounders FC U-15/16’s upset the Northwest Divisions No. 2 team the Portland Timbers, 2-1, playing their way into the Wildcard Pool picture. The win was the third-straight for the Sounders and came off of goals from Habib Barry and Joseph Hafferty. Blake Bodily was the lone scorer for the Timbers. The Real So Cal U-15/16’s drew even with Strikers FC. Kenneth Higgins scored for the Strikers in the 52nd minute and five minutes later Jason Manning leveled for Real So Cal.
The Mid-America Division No. 3-ranked Indiana Fire Academy U-17/18’s defeated the division’s No. 2-ranked Chicago Fire 3-2. Mauricio Pineda scored a brace for Chicago, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the trio of Indiana goals from Alan Aguilar, Rece Buckmaster, and Zachary Tom. In a match between two teams battling for position in the Wildcard Pool the Sockers FC U-17/18’s tied the Chicago Magic 2-2. Frank Bak and Adrian Herrera scored for the Sockers, while Emmanual Sabbi and Kendall Stok scored late goals to save the draw for the Magic. The Chicago Fire U-15/16’s picked up their first win since March, defeating Indiana Fire Academy 1-0 on a goal from Djordje Mihalovic. In a rivalry matchup, Crew SC Academy Wolves U17/18’s defeated Crew SC Academy 4-3. Dean Bloembergen’s pair of goals in the last ten minutes proved to make the difference. Alexander Lasinski and Benjamin Snider also scored goals for the Wolves. William Bayemi tallied a double for and Omar Mohamed scored for the Crew SC Academy.
In a battle of two of the top three teams from the Southeast Division. The Orlando City SC U-17/18’s defeated Kendall SC 3-2 on goals from Chandler Maynes, Benjamin Michel and Aidan Wixted. Andree Costa and Inigo Agarduy scored for Kendall. In the Atlantic Division, the No. 2-ranked D.C. United U-17/18’s were victorious in their match with the top-ranked New York Red Bulls.
Academy Referee of the Week: Patrick Rosas, a 26-year old Grade 5 referee from Washington D.C., was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 and U-17/18 match between D.C. United and New York Red Bulls. Rosas has worked Academy matches since 2011, in addition to Premier Development League, United Soccer League, and Open Cup games.
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U-20 Men’s National Team:
- U-20 MNT Defeats Australia in World Cup Tuneup: The Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Australia’s Under-20 team 2-1 Tuesday evening at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia. After conceding a goal just 15 minutes into the match, the USA used second-half goals from Joel Soñora and Maki Tall to defeat the hosts in a pre-World Cup tuneup.
- Experience Will Play Big Role on U-20 World Cup: They say experience is the teacher of all things, and that could prove to be a key factor for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team as it approaches the final weeks of preparation leading up to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
U-14 BNT Defeats Croatian Club NK Bravo Ljubjana 2-1: The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team scored a pair of late goals to defeat U-15 Croatian Club NK Bravo Ljubljana 2-1 on Wednesday in Zagreb, Croatia.After a scoreless first half, NK Bravo came out in the second frame and delivered the game’s first goal. Despite creating more chances, with five minutes left in the 70-minute match, the U.S. still trailed 1-0.Finally in the 66th minute, the USA converted on a long Ulysses Llanez strike from outside of the box. One minute later, Llanez would make another great play where he faked a shot to get by his defender and then slotted the game-winning goal into the corner of the net.
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.
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- HITC: Hyndman hailed as a “professional” by Tab Ramos
- Houston Dynamo: Will Bruin thriving on an island
- mlssoccer.com: Juan Agudelo's best moments in MLS
- mlssoccer.com: American Exports Goal of the Year? Aron Johannsson’s bicycle kick
- New York Red Bulls: Academy Update: Seven More Wins on the Weekend
- NYCFC: NYCFC vs. Chicago Fire: Spotlight on Khiry Shelton
- Philadelphia Union: Pfeffer hits gamewinner in first game back
- Real Salt Lake: Gil assists on Real Salt Lake’s only goal