Several Development Academy teams see themselves in the middle of their respective standings and have an opportunity to climb up the ladder this weekend.
In the East, Bethesda-Olney has had a string of draws at both age groups and faces a difficult challenge against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday. Bethesda-Olney’s U-16s (4-2-4) have drawn their past three games and face a Red Bulls side that is 6-0-1, in second place in the Atlantic Division behind the Philadelphia Union (8-0-0). Bethesda-Olney’s U-18 team (4-3-3) has posted back-to-back 1-1 ties and takes on a New York Red Bulls team that is 6-0-1 and in first place in the division.
In the West, De Anza Force’s fourth-place U-16s (3-3-2) face the third-place Portland Timbers (3-2-2) on Saturday, and the De Anza Force U-18 team (4-4-0) has its sights on the third-place Seattle Sounders FC (6-2-1) on Sunday. De Anza Force’s U-18s are looking to turn around a tough stretch over the past month after opening the season at 4-1-0.
In the Central Conference, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro has enjoyed one of its stronger starts to the Academy season at both the U-18 and U-16 levels. The U-16s are in third place in the Mid-America Division, while the U-18s are sixth. The U-18 team (3-1-5) has a chance to move up a spot into fifth place if it can find the win column against the Chicago Fire (3-1-5) on Saturday.