With teams in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy mostly on their winter break, focus in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area shifts to the Elite Clubs National League, which continues unabated.
For the Potomac teams in the USSDA, the midweek saw them play their final games at the Winter Showcase, while those in the ECNL prepare for a weekend of doubleheaders.
Baltimore Bays Chelsea
Under-15/16s 1-4 Lonestar SC Academy (12/1)
Under-17/18s 3-3 Internationals SC (12/2)
Under-15/16s 3-3 San Juan Soccer Club (12/3)
Baltimore Bays Chelsea drew their Winter Showcase campaign to a close with two draws and a defeat, with all three of their games featuring plenty of goals.
Bays’ Under-17s wrapped up with a 3-3 tie against Internationals SC, but they made things difficult for themselves as they went 1-0 down early on an own goal from Hunter Jarmon. However, Jarmon made up for his mistake by scoring the equalizer, then Lorenzo Janeka put Bays 2-1 up. In response, Internationals scored twice in five minutes through Michah Griffin, but Bays equalized once again thanks to Matthew Carey.
In the Under-15/16s age group, Bays lost 4-1 to Lonestar SC Academy, with only Matthew Bailey managing to find the net while Clayton Ford, Nick Marcin and a brace from Zachary Johnson scored for Lonestar. To finish their time in Florida, Bailey, Matthew Hammons and previous SoccerWire USSDA Atlantic Division Best 11 nominee Dominic Fullano scored for Bays against San Juan Soccer Club.
However, San Juan also scored three times through Samuel Dadzie, Colm McCullaugh and Christopher Revelese, meaning the game finished in a 3-3 draw.
Under-15/16s 5-1 Colorado Rush (12/1)
Under-17/18s 2-2 Dallas Texans (12/2)
Under-15/16s 0-2 FC Dallas (12/3)
Bethesda-Olney concluded their time in Florida with a win, a loss and a draw across the Under-15/16s and Under-17/18s age groups.
Their Under-17/18s took a 2-2 draw against the Dallas Texans, but were cruelly denied a win as Pierce Pomykal equalized late on for the Texans. Pomykal had put his side ahead early in the game, but Bethesda-Olney went 2-1 up thanks to goals from Max Graham and Stephen Harlan IV.
Meanwhile, Bethesda-Olney’s Under-15/16s beat the Colorado Rush 5-1 but lost 2-0 to the FC Dallas MLS academy side.
Under-15/16s 1-3 Seattle Sounders FC (12/1)
Under-17/18s 6-3 Indiana Fire Academy (12/2)
Under-15/16s 2-1 Real So Cal (12/3)
D.C. United’s Under-15/16s had a mixed finish to the USSDA Winter Showcase, as they lost to Seattle Sounders FC but beat Real So Cal. Alexander Bradbury, Johnny Reynolds and Sam Rogers scored for the Sounders in their victory over United, with only Folasanmi Adetola finding the net for D.C. However, in response United beat Real So Cal 2-1 thanks to goals from Miles Robinson and previous SoccerWire USSDA Atlantic Division Best 11 nominee Raheem Lawal.
In the Under-17/18s age group, United won a pulsating game 6-3 over the Indiana Fire Academy, with all nine goals coming in the second half. Indiana Fire went 2-0 up, but were then pegged back by goals from Gerson Umana and Lucas Mendes to tie the score at 2-2. Mendes scored again with 11 minutes left, but Indiana equalized to make the score 3-3 with just under 10 minutes left. However, in those final stages, United pulled away thanks to strikes from Antonio Bustamante, Jean-Christophe Koffi and Mendes, who completed his hat-trick.
Under-15/16s 2-1 FC Wisconsin Nationals (12/1)
Under-17/18s 0-4 Vardar (12/2)
Under-15/16s 3-4 Sockers FC (12/3)
Richmond United finished off their fixtures in the Winter Showcase with two defeats and a win across the Under-15/16s and Under-17/18s age groups.
United’s Under-17/18s went down to a heavy 4-0 defeat against Vardar, while their Under-15/16s took a 2-1 victory over FC Wisconsin Nationals and lost 4-3 to Sockers FC in their final game of the showcase.
With the end of those fixtures, teams in the Potomac region now take a break in the USSDA until March.
Under-14s vs. NC Fusion (12/6, 10 a.m. KO)
Under-15s vs. NC Fusion (12/6, 10 a.m. KO)
Under-16s vs. NC Fusion (12/6, noon KO)
Under-17s vs. NC Fusion (12/6, 2 p.m. KO)
Under-18s vs. NC Fusion (12/6, noon KO)
Under-14s vs. CASL (12/7, 11 a.m. KO)
Under-15s vs. CASL (12/7, 9 a.m. KO)
Under-16s vs. CASL (12/7, 1 p.m. KO)
Under-17s vs. CASL (12/7, 11 a.m. KO)
Under-18s vs. CASL (12/7, 1 p.m. KO)
Bethesda SC’s Under-15s to Under-18s kick off their season in the ECNL with a doubleheader at home to North Carolina sides NC Fusion and CASL. Their Under-14s are also in action, currently top of the Ohio Valley Division and still unbeaten.
Under-14s vs. CASL (12/6, 11 a.m. KO)
Under-15s vs. CASL (12/6, 10 a.m. KO)
Under-16s vs. CASL (12/6, 1 p.m. KO)
Under-17s vs. CASL (12/6, noon KO)
Under-18s vs. CASL (12/6, 2 p.m. KO)
Under-14s vs. NC Fusion (12/7, 9 a.m. KO)
Under-15s vs. NC Fusion (12/7, 9 a.m. KO)
Under-16s vs. NC Fusion (12/7, 11 a.m. KO)
Under-17s vs. NC Fusion (12/7, 11 a.m. KO)
Under-18s vs. NC Fusion (12/7, 1 p.m. KO)
NC Fusion and CASL stay in the state of Maryland to face Maryland United, for whom this is their first fixtures in the Under-15s to Under-18s age groups. United’s Under-14s have already played five games in the league this season, and currently sit third in the Ohio Valley Division.
Under-15s @ Internationals SC (12/6, 9 a.m. KO)
Under-16s @ Internationals SC (12/6, 10:30 a.m. KO)
Under-17s @ Internationals SC (12/6, 12:15 p.m. KO)
Under-18s @ Internationals SC (12/6, 2:15 p.m. KO)
Under-15s @ Ohio Premier (12/7, 9 a.m. KO)
Under-16s @ Ohio Premier (12/7, 9 a.m. KO)
Under-17s @ Ohio Premier (12/7, 11 a.m. KO)
Under-18s @ Ohio Premier (12/7, 11 a.m. KO)
McLean YSA return to action after a weekend off with a trip to Ohio, where they will face Internationals SC and Ohio Premier in an Under-15s to Under-18s doubleheader. McLean are in the top two of each Chesapeake Division in three of the four age groups in action, with their Under-16s bottom having failed to win a game.
Under-15s @ Ohio Premier (12/6, 9:30 a.m. KO)
Under-16s @ Ohio Premier (12/6, 10 a.m. KO)
Under-17s @ Ohio Premier (12/6, 11:30 a.m. KO)
Under-18s @ Ohio Premier (12/6, 12 p.m. KO)
Under-15s @ Internationals SC (12/7, 8 a.m. KO)
Under-16s @ Internationals SC (12/7, 8 a.m. KO)
Under-17s @ Internationals SC (12/7, 9:45 a.m. KO)
Under-18s @ Internationals SC (12/7, 11:30 a.m. KO)
Richmond United join McLean in the Midwest for games away to Ohio Premier and Internationals SC in the Under-15s to Under-18s age groups. It has been a solid ECNL season so far for United, who find themselves in third place in the Chesapeake Division in every age group in action except the Under-18s, who sit in fourth.
With plenty of players having been nominated to SoccerWire’s ECNL Mid Atlantic Division Best 11 in the past, United will likely be very confident heading into these fixtures.