Christian Pulisic, U-17 MNT Riding Yearlong Wave of Success: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team midfielder Christian Pulisic, a product of PA Classics, sat down with ussoccer.com to discuss his path, experience with the U-17 Residency Program and the team’s success over the past year. Pulisic also delves into his role as a player and looks ahead toward this group’s qualification process for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of Oct. 11-12):
- West Conference: Arsenal FC’s U-15/16 team moved ahead of FC Golden State into third place in the Southwest Division with a 2-0 win on Saturday. It marked Arsenal’s fourth shutout in its past five games. Offensively, Christian Gutierrez scored in the eighth minute and Jesus Jaime put the match out of reach with an 80th-minute tally. Arsenal improves to 4-2-1.
- Central Conference: The Texas Rush U-15/16s earned their biggest victory of the season thus far, edging the Dallas Texans 1-0 on Sunday to hand the Texans (3-1-0) their first loss of the campaign. Roberto Hernandez scored the game-winner in the 78th minute for the Rush (2-3-0). At the older age group, the Dallas Texans U-17/18s were on the verge of a victory thanks to Cooper Whitfield’s first-half goal. But in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, Texas Rush forward Brandon Guhl tallied the equalizer for a 1-1 draw.
- East Conference: Concorde Fire’s U-17/18 team extended its unbeaten streak to seven games with a pair of victories, including a key 1-0 win against the Carolina Rapids on Saturday. Tyler Chiu’s 13th-minute goal held up for the Concorde Fire against Carolina. The next day, Concorde Fire’s Andre Deas scored two goals and Chiu provided the game’s first tally en route to a 3-1 win against Charlotte Soccer Academy. Concorde Fire is atop the Southeast Division at 6-0-1.
Stat of the Week: The New York Red Bulls and Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-17/18 teams are tied for the top goal differential (plus-19) through six weeks of Academy play in 2014-15. The Red Bulls U-17/18s have outscored their opponents 23-4 and lead the Atlantic Division with a 5-0-0 record, and Vancouver has a 22-3 scoring margin and a 5-0-0 record in first place in the Northwest Division.
Academy Referee of the Week: Marisela Flores, a Grade 6 referee from California-South, was named Referee of the Week for her work during the U-17/18 match between Real Colorado and the Colorado Rush on Sunday. It marked the 24-year-old’s third Academy match as she has just started working in this 2014-15 Academy season.
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Academy Alumni: Kemp, Tyrpak Net First MLS Goals: Two alumni scored their first MLS goals this past weekend as the Academy was well-represented in league play. Defender Taylor Kemp, formerly of Real Colorado, scored his first MLS goal during D.C. United’s 3-1 victory against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday. Also netting his first goal was Lonestar product Kris Tyrpak, as he helped Chivas USA to a 2-1 comeback win against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.
U-23 MNT Falls to Brazil U-23s in Brasilia: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team, in the midst of its preparation for the 2016 Olympics, capped off its trip to Brasilia with a 3-0 loss to Brazil’s U-23s. Though the score line did not quite tell the entire story, the USA had its share of opportunities, including close-range chances from Academy alumni Jordan Morris and Mario Rodriguez that did not quite pan out. Eight Academy alumni represented the U.S. U-23 MNT’s starting lineup. (Highlights)
UPCOMING ACADEMY SCHEDULE:
- The Oct. 18-19 Academy weekend, the seventh of the 2014-15 season, features 122 games – 44 at the U-13/14 age group and a combined 78 games at the U-15/16 and U-17 age groups.
- 2014-15 Academy Schedule page