Rivalry Week Ahead with Divisional Matchups: The busiest weekend of the 2011-12 season features 102 divisional games from coast to coast. Within those divisional matchups are a handful of derby games, including the Chicago Fire against Chicago Magic and FC Greater Boston taking on the New England Revolution. The Dallas Texans will host FC Dallas on Saturday and, on the West Coast, the Los Angeles Galaxy will take on Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center.
Battle in the Atlantic:Â CASL Chelsea FC hosts Charlotte Soccer Academy on Sunday afternoon in a game that could impact the automatic playoff berths in the Atlantic Division. In the U-15/16 age group, just three points separate first-place Charlotte from second-place CASL. In the older age group, CASL holds the top spot with a four-point edge over Charlotte with two more games played.
U.S. U-17 MNT Continue Training in Mexico: The U.S. U-17 MNT dropped a 2-0 result against Mexico in Queretaro, Mexico on Wednesday evening as part of its preparation for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup. The home team scored in each half to top the young Americans in front of nearly 20,000 fans at Estadio Corregidor, one of seven venues to be used for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. The U.S. will continue training through the weekend and will round out the camp with another match against Mexico on May 1.
U.S. U-14 BNT to Convene in Carson, Calif.: The U.S. Under-14 Boysâ€™ National Team will convene for a training camp from May 1-8 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Head coach Manny Schellscheidt has called upon 38 players as the team comes together for the first time since a trip to Mexico in January. The group includes 20 players from Development Academy clubs, with seven who are on their Academy U-15/16 teamsâ€™ rosters.
LAST WEEKâ€™S HIGHLIGHTS:
Due to the holiday weekend, there were only 10 league matches and no team played more than one game.
All but one of the 10 games were decided by one goal or ended in a draw.
No club won in both age groups. Subsequently, no team lost in both age groups.
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri U-17/18 was the only team to win by more than a two-goal margin on Saturday, taking a 3-1 victory against Sporting Kansas City.
Arsenal U-15/16 midfielder Jose Garcia scored both of his teamâ€™s goals in a 2-0 victory against Pateadores.
ACADEMY ALUMNI NEWS AND NOTES:
Fagundez Makes First Appearance for the Revs: New England Revolution 16-year-old Homegrown Player Diego Fagundez made his first-team debut on Tuesday night in a U.S. Open Cup qualifier against D.C. United. Fagundez impressed in his first appearance, showing flashes of skill and nearly scoring during his 14 minutes. The Revolution won 3-2 and will next play Sporting Kansas City for a place in the tournament.
Major League Soccerâ€™s Rookie Revolution: The cover story this week in the current Philadelphia Weekly magazine features Philadelphia Union rookie and former FC DELCO standout Zach Pfeffer. Going in-depth on Pfefferâ€™s road to Major League Soccer, Philadelphia Weekly also takes a look at the development of other MLS rookies, highlighting Homegrown Players and the growing impact of the Academy system.
ACADEMY IN THE NEWS:
CASL Chelsea FC Academy returned from Madrid, Spain, after a week of training at Ciudad Real Madrid â€“ YNT Blog
The Houston Dynamo have big plans to expand their player development program â€“ HoustonDynamo.com
Derby County manager discusses his plans for former Dallas Texans striker Conor Doyle â€“ thisisderbyshire.com
ESPN Insider with a glimpse at Doyleâ€™s development before and after he made the move to England â€“ ESPN Insider
IMG Academy alumnus Gale Agbossoumonde earned his second start for Swedenâ€™s Djurgardens â€“ Yanks-Abroad.com