YNT Jun 27, 2012
Concorde Fire U-15/16 players warm up for their first match on Tuesday
Players were at their best during Tuesday’s U-15/16 and U-17/18 group games at the Development Academy Playoffs in Frisco, Texas, scoring goals in bunches during several exciting matchups.
Both age groups played a full slate of 16 games, with the U-17/18 group finishing up their second-round of games and the younger age division playing their first matches of the tournament.
Take a look at some of these eye-popping offensive numbers from Tuesday’s session:
In the U-15/16 group, games only last 80 minutes so the breakdown has been augmented to account for that difference.
• 59 total goals
• 36 goals scored in the first half; 23 in the second half
• Shutout wins: 4
• Draws: 5
• Average total goals scored per game: 3.68
• Earliest goal scored: Nick Jones (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri) fourth minute
• Latest goal scored: Eric Morrison (Colorado Rush) 80 + 2 minute (second half stoppage time)
Nine players scored multiple goals, including six of the nine occurring in the same two games.
In a 4-2 win against the Clearwater Chargers, Chicago Fire duo Jeffrey Farina and Marcus Epps recorded braces while Clearwater’s Danny Lane II scored two goals of his own – with all of this happening in the first half.
Jose Navarro and Benjamin Lopez of Real Salt Lake AZ each bagged two goals in a 4-2 win against Seattle Sounders FC. Sounders FC’s James Nosack also scored two goals in the match.
Other players scoring twice in games during Tuesday’s U-15/16 opening matches:
• Brian Pacheco (Pateadores)
• Brody Huitema (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
• Jorge Calix (D.C. United)
Here’s a look at the scoring interval breakdown of Tuesday’s U-15/16 games:
Minute 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80
Goals 10 7 10 9 3 8 4 8
• 53 total goals
• 23 goals scored in the first half; 30 in the second half
• Shutout wins: 6
• Draws: 2
• Average total goals scored per game on Tuesday: 3.31
• Average total goals scored per game through two days: 3.25 (104 goals scored in 32 games)
• Earliest goal scored: New England Revolution Own Goal – second minute
• Latest goal scored: Five players recorded goals in the 90th minute: Jason Van Blerk (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Noah Bushaw* (Vardar SC Freiburg), David Galdo^ (McLean Youth Soccer), Dominik Machado (New England Revolution), Emmanuel Chavez* (Chicago Fire)
*= Game-winning goal
^= Game-tying goal
Hat-trick heroes: Christiano Francois (PDA) and Hamza Haddadi (Crossfire Premier ) recorded the first hat tricks in Development Academy Playoffs action.
Following Francois’ and Haddadi’s hat tricks, these players scored twice in their matches:
• Warren Marshall (North Carolina Fusion)
• TJ Casner (Pateadores)
• Geoffrey Hill (Dallas Texans)
• Peguy Ngatcha (New England Revolution)
The teams combined for two more total goals (53) than on their first day of competition (51). Here’s a breakdown of Tuesday’s scoring intervals:
Minute 1-15 16-30 31-45 46-60 61-75 76-90
Goals 5 10 8 8 8 14
Goals 5 10 8 8 8 14
On the defensive side, FC Dallas is the lone remaining team yet to concede a goal during the tournament.
The U-17/18s take a much deserved break on Wednesday before kicking off a high-pressure final day of competition on Thursday with all of the eight spots to Finals Week still up for grabs.