In the final set of regular-season games before the 2014 Academy Winter Showcase in Florida, some interesting derby matchups are on the horizon among each region this Nov. 22-23 weekend.
In the Central Conference, the biggest derby clash is between St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri and SLSG Metro on Sunday at the U-16 age group. SLSG Missouri is second in the Mid-America Division (7-2-2, 2.09 points per game) and SLSG Metro is fourth (5-3-2, 1.70 points per game). Clayton Pearson leads Metro with eight goals in 10 games, most notably posting a hat trick during the team’s 3-0 victory against Vardar on Nov. 1. He will go up against SLSG Missouri’s defense, which has allowed only 10 goals in 11 games, which is tied for the best ratio in the division with first-place Crew Soccer Academy Wolves.
In the West, a good Los Angeles-area matchup is on tap at both of the older age groups with the LA Galaxy hosting Real So Cal on Saturday at StubHub Center. At the U-18s, the LA Galaxy is atop the Southwest Division at 7-1-2 (2.30 points per game) and Real So Cal is in third at 7-4-2 (1.77 points per game). Adrian Vera leads the Galaxy with 12 goals, tied for third in the Academy at the U-18 age group. Real So Cal’s Spencer Held is coming off a two-goal game against FC Golden State to up his season total to nine goals. The picture is eerily similar at the U-16 age group with the Galaxy atop the division (6-1-3, 2.10 points per game) and Real So Cal in third (7-4-2, 1.77 points per game).
In the East, a North Carolina derby this Sunday features a pair of U-18 sides currently duking it out in the middle of the Southeast Division standings. The North Carolina Fusion, which is sixth with a 5-6-2 record and 1.31 points per game, hosts seventh-place Charlotte Soccer Academy (3-4-4, 1.18 points per game). The Fusion had a strong October with four wins, but November has been a tough month with two one-goal losses, two draws and a win. Charlotte Soccer Academy, on the other hand, has had a good November with back-to-back shutout victories over the Nov. 15-16 weekend.
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