Academy Alumni: Game Winners and Game Changers: Several Development Academy Alumni are currently making a strong impact in their respective teams. For example, abroad with the Men’s National Team are Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls Academy), Aron Johannsson (IMG Academy), DeAndre Yedlin (Crossfire Premier & Seattle Sounders Academy) and Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy Academy), who are all prepping to face a pair of elite opponents in No.6-ranked Netherlands and 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany. The teams played in their final group game in Brazil last summer, with the Germans earning a 1-0 win. It’s been nine years since the last meeting on German soil, when the hosts then led by former coach Jurgen Klinsmann, cruised to a 4-1 win in Dortmund. Also on the world stage, alumni Emerson Hyndman is (FC Dallas Academy) playing in the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, and has scored two goals in two matches. Also in MLS, the Academy continues to demonstrate its value as several players continue to contribute valuable minutes.
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U-23 MNT Advances to Placement Games at 2015 Toulon Tournament: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team needed a lot of help to advance past the group stage at the 2015 Toulon Tournament. Fortunately, a 1-1 Qatar-Costa Rica tie, and a 4-0 victory by France over the Netherlands were exactly the results the USA needed to stay alive in the competition. The U-23’s will find out their opponent tomorrow when Group B finalizes play.
U-20 MNT Punches Ticket to Knockout Stage: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team rolled to a second straight Group A victory at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, shutting out tournament host New Zealand 4-0 at North Harbor Stadium in Auckland. Academy alumni Bradford Jamieson IV (Chivas USA Academy and LA Galaxy Academy), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas Academy), and Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC) all scored goals in the match.
U-16 BNT Travels to Florida for Training Camp: The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team is set to hold its first domestic training camp of the year from June 7-14 at Sunrise in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A 36-player roster will make its way to South Florida for the seven-day camp. The U-16 camp will be dually coached by Shaun Tsakiris and Luchi Gonzalez. There are 32 current Development Academy players on the roster.
U-15 BNT Roster Named for Training Camp in Argentina: The U-15 BNT will play hold camp and play a trio of friendlies against South American National Teams in Buenos Aires, Argentina from June 4-14. U-15 Boys’ National Team head coach John Hackworth has called in 20 players for the U-15’s second training camp of 2015, fifteen of whom helped the USA win the Tournament delle Nazioni back in April. Additionally, 16 players currently play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (May 30-31):
East Conference: The top two teams in the Atlantic Division faced off on Saturday, as both teams battled for that number one and two spot in the playoffs pool. New York Red Bulls U-15/16s defeated Philadelphia Union 2-1 to retain its first place hold on the playoffs pool. The Union attacked early, scoring only two minutes into the match, as Raheem Taylor-Parkes gave his team the 1-0 lead. Jeanpaul Marin (23rd) and Ryan Mingachos (52nd) however, made sure to bring the Red Bulls back into the top, helping seal the team’s victory. With only one week left in the regular season, the Red Bulls have only lost one game, a 0-1 defeat to Continental FC DELCO back in Sept. 27, 2014.
Central Conference: Two playoffs-bound teams played on Saturday as Solar Chelsea SC U-17/18s defeated Colorado Rush 1-0. Solar Chelsea’s lead scorer, Julio Vargas (10 goals in the season) was the sole goal scorer in the match. Colorado is in the third position of the wildcard pool and Solar Chelsea is in the sixth and despite both of their regular seasons being done now, both teams continue preparations as the start of the post season is around the corner.
Colorado Rush U-15/16s finished its season strong with a 2-2 tie over FC Dallas, who currently holds the third position in the playoffs pool. Despite being out of post season contention, Colorado stayed strong in front of a powerful opponent, scoring two late goals in the 62nd minute with a goal from Matthew Kintzle and 80th thanks to Phillip Gustafson to tie things up and end its season on a positive note.
West Conference: In a high-scoring match between Northwest Division rivals Crossfire Premier U-17/18s defeated Seattle Sounders FC 5-3 to take second place in the division and the ninth position on the playoffs pool, two ahead of 11 seed Seattle. Simon Lekressner tallied a hat trick to lead Crossfire Premier, with goals in the 16th, 28th and 90th minute. His teammate Christian Soto-Gonzales also had a multi-goal game with two to help the team stay ahead of its division foe.
Behind the game-winning goal from Ashot Veisyan in the 77th minute, Real So Cal U-15/16s defeated playoff-bound Arsenal FC 2-1 on Saturday. Wilson Harris added the other score for Real So Cal, while Christian Gutierrez had the only goal for Arsenal in the 58th minute. Real So Cal currently sits in the ninth position of the wildcard pool.
Player of the Week: Crossfire Premier forward Simon Lekressner earned Academy Player of the Week honors for his outstanding goal-scoring display against Seattle Sounders FC. The forward, currently the leading goal-scorer at the U-15/16 age group with a sensational 31 goals in only 27 games, played up with Crossfire’s U-17/18 team with playoffs only two weeks away. In an exciting 5-3 home win, Lekressner managed to score three goals, sealing the hat-trick in the 90th minute. Entering the match, the in-state rivals had identical records. With the victory, Crossfire leads Sounders by three points in the Northwest Division with one match remaining. Both teams are playoffs-bound, ranked 9 and 11, respectively.
Academy Referee of the Week: Jesus Sosa, a 22-year old Grade 6 state referee from California, was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-13/14 Albion SC and Pateadores game. Sosa has worked Academy matches since 2014, in addition to National Teams, NPSL and United Soccer League games.
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Futures Camp: The very first Futures Camp came to a close on May 26th. Fifty eight players joined U.S. Soccer technical staff for a three-day camp that focused 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.
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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