Around the U.S. Soccer Development Academy: Week 21
See below for a look at some of the top headlines from around the U.S. Soccer Development Academy this week, along with an update on the league leaders and top match-ups coming up this weekend.
A few weeks after the U.S. U-17 MNT won the 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu Tournament title with a 3-2 victory over France, it picked up two 3-1 victories against Canada in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Andrew Carleton (Georgia United) and Ayomide Akinola (Toronto) paced the offense, combining to account for four goals and one assist.
The 20-player roster will compete in Italy next week at the 2016 Tournament Delle Nazioni. Goalkeeper Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen, defender Sebastian Serpa and forward Jose Rivas will represent Weston FC, which features more players competing in the tournament than any other academy. NYCFC, LA Galaxy and RSL-Arizona each have two players on the squad. Its first match comes against Croatia on April 25 at 10 a.m.
The Revolution are adding U-12 and U-13 Academy teams for the fall of 2016. The U-13 team will join the U14, U16 and U18 squads in the Development Academy, while the U-12 squad will form an alliance with Valeo FC, NEFC and Bayside FC.
Last week, Jacksonville Armada FC and Jacksonville FC joined together to become Jacksonville Armada Football Club Youth Academy. Now, Ponte Vedra Soccer Club are joining this group on both the boys’ and girls’ sides.
Game of the Weekend
New York Red Bulls U-15/16 (13-1-4) @ Montreal Impact U-15/16 (11-2-4) – Sunday at 2 p.m.
Two of the top six teams in the Development Academy’s U-15/16 age group will battle on Sunday afternoon North of the border. The No. 3 ranked Red Bulls haven’t lost since Nov. 8 when Baltimore Armour handed them a 2-0 defeat. They’ve gone 6-0-2 in their past eight matches, outscoring opponents 29-7 in that span. The team’s 1-2 punch up top of Omir Fernandez and Zachary Ryan have combined for 26 goals already this season.
Montreal Impact FC, meanwhile, has posted an unbeaten 5-0-1 record in its last six games and has not lost since Dec. 4. Olujimi Joshua Aribido and Protais Mutambala pace the squad with six goals each, while Jean Arnaud Tano has scored five times. The Red Bulls have a remarkable overall goal differential of +42 (56 goals for and 14 goals allowed) compared to +13 for Montreal Impact FC, which leads the Northeast Division and holds the No. 6 overall playoff position entering the weekend.
Other Top Match-Ups (U15/16)
Real Salt Late AZ (15-8-5) @ Pateadores (15-8-8) – Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
New England Revolution (10-3-6) @ BW Gottschee Academy (10-5-4) – Saturday at 1 p.m.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (18-4-3) @ Crossfire Premier (11-6-6) – Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Georgia United (13-10-2) @ Capital Area Railhawks (16-8-3) – Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake AZ (15-8-5) @ Strikers FC (16-8-5) – Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Other Top Match-Ups (U17/18)
Real Salt Lake AZ (17-5-6) @ Pateadores (17-8-6) – Saturday at 10 a.m.
Chargers Soccer Club (14-8-5) @ Orlando SC (16-2-7) – Saturday at 11 a.m.
Georgia United (13-9-3) @ North Carolina Fusion (15-7-3) – Saturday at 12 p.m.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (13-1-11) @ Crossfire Premier (10-6-7) – Saturday at 1 p.m.
Georgia United (13-9-3) @ Capital Area Railhawks (19-6-2) – Sunday at 10 a.m.
New York Red Bulls (12-3-3) @ Montreal Impact FC (10-2-5) – Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
Playoff Picture (U-15/16)
|1||FC Dallas U-15/16||Central U-15/16||Frontier||20||18||2||0||54||57||15||42||2.7|
|2||Weston FC U-15/16||East U-15/16||Southeast||24||18||2||4||58||64||18||46||2.4167|
|3||New York Red Bulls U-15/16||East U-15/16||Atlantic||18||13||1||4||43||56||14||42||2.3889|
|4||Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-15/16||West U-15/16||Northwest||25||18||4||3||57||66||24||42||2.28|
|5||Sockers FC U-15/16||Central U-15/16||Mid-America||18||11||0||7||40||41||11||30||2.2222|
|6||Montreal Impact FC U-15/16||East U-15/16||Northeast||17||11||2||4||37||35||22||13||2.1765|
|7||FC Golden State U-15/16||West U-15/16||Southwest||29||19||4||6||63||67||32||35||2.1724|
|8||LA Galaxy U-15/16||West U-15/16||Southwest||28||19||6||3||60||77||33||44||2.1429|
|9||Crew SC Academy Wolves U-15/16||Central U-15/16||Mid-America||16||10||3||3||33||32||20||12||2.0625|
|10||Real Colorado U-15/16||Central U-15/16||Frontier||19||11||2||6||39||45||20||25||2.0526|
|11||Philadelphia Union U-15/16||East U-15/16||Atlantic||20||12||3||5||41||46||19||27||2.05|
|12||Oakwood Soccer Club U-15/16||East U-15/16||Northeast||21||12||3||6||42||39||22||17||2|
|13||New England Revolution U-15/16||East U-15/16||Northeast||19||10||3||6||36||28||18||10||1.8947|
|14||Capital Area Railhawks – CASL U-15/16||East U-15/16||Southeast||27||16||8||3||51||44||24||20||1.8889|
|15||Chicago Fire U-15/16||Central U-15/16||Mid-America||15||9||5||1||28||23||20||3||1.8667|
|16||Strikers FC U-15/16||West U-15/16||Southwest||29||16||8||5||53||61||41||20||1.8276|
|17||Orlando City SC U-15/16||East U-15/16||Southeast||25||14||8||3||45||45||28||17||1.8|
|18||San Jose Earthquakes U-15/16||West U-15/16||Northwest||25||13||8||4||43||50||31||19||1.72|
|19||Sporting Kansas City U-15/16||Central U-15/16||Frontier||21||11||7||3||36||52||37||15||1.7143|
|20||Crossfire Premier U-15/16||West U-15/16||Northwest||23||11||6||6||39||43||27||16||1.6957|
|21||PA Classics U-15/16||East U-15/16||Atlantic||19||9||7||3||30||26||27||-1||1.5789|