USA-Mexico:The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated archrival Mexico on April 15 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This game marked the very first time the senior team included four Development Academy alumni in the starting lineup. The USA’s goal scorers were none other than a pair of Academy alumni, as Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy) and Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls Academy) each tallied in the second half to give the U.S. the infamous #DosACero score line. It was Morris’ first start and first goal with the MNT senior team, while Agudelo notched his third career goal and his first since he last found the back of the net against Argentina on March 26, 2011.
Men's National Team
- USA Beats Mexico 2-0 in Front of Sold-Out Crowd in San Antonio
- Highlights: Morris, Agudelo and Co. Rack Up Another #DosACero vs. Mexico
- Klinsmann Names 22-Player Roster for USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T
Academy Alumni: Making Big Waves in the Pros and National Team: The journey from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to the National Team was once again on display when U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann called up six Development Academy alumni to be a part of the roster for the USA match against Mexico, presented by AT&T in San Antonio, Texas.
U-15 BNT to Participate in Delle Nazioni International Tournament: U.S Under-15 Boy’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has selected a 20-player roster that will travel to Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, from April 21-May 2, and compete in the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni. 18 players on this roster have ties to the Development Academy.
Brian Johnson Calls in 36 Players for Training Camp in California: U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Brian Johnson is gathering a 36-player group in Carson, California, for the team’s third camp of 2015.Twenty-five players on the roster are currently registered with Development Academy Clubs.
For the latest Development Academy results, information and more, visit academy.demosphere.com and the ussoccer Development Academy section. Follow the Academy on Twitter @ussoccer_acad, Instagram and Facebook.
ACADEMY QUICK HITS (April 11-12):
- Western Conference: It was a record-breaking weekend for Real Salt Lake AZ U-17/18s, as the team broke the season-scoring record with 108 goals in 29 games. The record was previously held by New York Red Bulls Academy, who had tallied 103 goals in 32 games during the 2012-13 Development Academy Season.
RSL AZ’s weekend began with a 5-0 win over Pateadores on Saturday. After a 1-0 lead heading into the locker room courtesy of Jose Hernandez, RSL AZ came back on fire on the second half to tally goals in the 52nd, 60th, 65th and 85th minute to secure the victory. Damian German finished with a hat trick, while Erik Holt added one more to the total.
Both RSL AZ and Pateadores have a hold on a playoffs spot, currently sitting in the second and 16th position, respectively. On Sunday, RSL AZ played a second game against Strikers FC, with the matchup proving to be a very competitive one as the teams finished in a 2-2 draw.
- Central Conference: Despite a late goal effort from Jared Sparacino for Sockers FC U-15/16s, SLSG Metro took home the 2-1 win after a brace from Hunter Mudd. Both teams seem to be in a solid position to partake in post-season play. Sockers FC sits fourth in the wildcard pool while SLSG Metro remains in the 18th position in the playoffs pool.
Also in the Central Conference, Colorado Rush U-15/16s remained in playoff contention with a 3-2 victory over Dallas Texans. Thomas deFaria opened up the scoring for Colorado in the 9th minute. Jesus Varela then found the equalizer for Dallas on the 26th, but Noah Bushey put Colorado up once more scoring in the 27th minute for the 2-1 lead heading into the break. Omar Beltran got things going again for Dallas, tying the match up 2-2 in the 65th, but Ryan Crowley sealed the match for Colorado with a third tally in the 80th minute.
- East Conference: On a rematch of last year’s U-17/18s Championship, Players Development Academy U-17/18s drew Bethesda Olney 1-1 on Saturday afternoon in a tight contest between Atlantic Division rivals. Despite the tie, PDA still stands in the 19th position of the playoffs pool, two spots ahead of the cut out margin of 21 teams. For its part, Bethesda-Olney still remains nine spots out from breaking into the wildcard pool.
Player of the Week: Charlotte Soccer Academy U-15/16 goalkeeper Andrew Pannenberg received high marks in his play-up performance with the CSA U-17/18s against Orlando City. Pannenburg played a crucial role in CSA’s 2-1 victory on Saturday making several outstanding saves to keep CSA in the match. As a result of his high performance over this season, Pannenberg has been invited to train with the U-17 MNT Residency Program at the end of the month.
Referee of the Week: Academy Referee of the Week: Jared Simons, a 30-year old Grade 6-ENY referee from New York was named Academy Referee of the Week for receiving high marks during the U-15/16 match between BW Gottschee and Empire Revolution. Simons has been working Academy matches since 2013 and has also worked W-League, PDL, Super-20 and NPSL games.
For all Development Academy results, standings and more visit academy.demosphere.com or click on the following links:
- Gallery: Matchday Minus One: MNT Trains at Alamodome
- Gallery: Monday MNT Training at Trinity University
- Gallery: #USMNT Arrives in Texas for Clash with Mexico, Presented by AT&T
U-23 MNT Set To Play Mexico in California: Andi Herzog's team will play Mexico U-23's in Carson, California, on Wednesday, April 22 as it continues preparations for Olympic qualifiers later this year. Tickets for the match available at ussoccer.com
U-20 MNT Travels to Austria: Tab Ramos' group will hold a training camp from April 18-26 in Linz, Austria, where it will be playing a pair of friendlies.
Academy Coaching Spotlight: Inspiring the Next Generation: PA Classics Director of Coaching Steve Klein spoke with ussoccer.com about how he uses his Youth National Team coaching experience and the success of its alumni to inspire the next generation of Academy players.
Four New Clubs Added for 2015-16 Season: Three east coast-based clubs and one west coast club will be joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to open the 2015-16 season. Baltimore Armour from Maryland and Sacramento Republic from California will field teams at all age groups, which include U-13/14s, U-15/16s and U-17/18s, to become full members beginning this fall. In addition, Florida-based club Boca United, who currently fields a team in the Academy at the U-13/14 age group, will play the 2015-16 Academy season at all three age groups adding teams to the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. New York City FC will be joining the U-13/14 age group at the beginning of next season and become part of the Academy for the first time.
- americansoccernow.com: Jordan Morris on Staying in School "It's Stanford"
- americansoccernow.com: Juan Agudelo prepares for USA vs Mexico
- FC Dallas: Academy Update (Video)
- Grande Sports World: RSL AZ U-17/18 Break Single Season Goalscoring Record
- New England Revolution: Academy Update
- San Jose Earthquakes: Academy Update
- socceroverthere.com: Luca de la Torre Scores for Fulham's U-18s (Video)
- socceroverthere.com: Aron Johannsson Started and Assisted for AZ Alkmaar (Video)
- socceroverthere.com: DeAndre Yedlin Earns Debut for Tottenham Hotspur (Video)
- socceroverthere.com: Junior Flores Started and Scored for Borussia Dortmund's U-19s (Video)
- socceroverthere.com: Cristian Pulisic Scores Two Goals and Assists for Borussia Dortmund's U-17s (Video)
- Toronto FC II: Alex Bono Speaks with GOLTV Canada (Video)
- Washington Post: Bill Hamid has D.C. United Off to its Best Start Since 2006