Boys Development Academy East Conference Recap: Oct. 27-28, 2018
Team across the U.S. Soccer Boys Development Academy had their final opportunities to collect points in the month of October over the weekend, as the fall portion of the 2018-2019 season hits its critical stage. Continue reading for a look around the East Conference.
In the Atlantic Division, the Philadelphia Union (6-0-1, 19 points) remain unbeaten, having won both of their matches over the weekend. On Saturday, they traveled down to Virginia where they defeated Arlington Soccer Association (3-4-0, 9 points) 1-0. Quinn Sullivan provided the game-winning goal for the visitors. The clean sheet was the side’s third of the season.
On Sunday, Philadelphia made it a perfect two-for-two, earning the 3-1 win over Loudoun Soccer (2-4-0, 6 points). Anthony Derk gave the Union the lead late in the second half with his goal in the 64th minute. While a 1-0 advantage was enough for Philadelphia on Saturday, Sunday was a different story. Midfielder Tejas Vasudevan broke free of the Union defense and netted the equalizer in the 69th minute. With the match entering the final ten minutes and needing a goal the Union turned to their leading goal-scorer, Zion Scarlett. He didn’t disappoint, scoring twice to give Philadelphia the win. With his two goals, Scarlett now has six in the 2018-2019 season.
While Loudoun came up just short against the Union, they did come away from the weekend with a victory, downing Continental FC DELCO (3-6-0, 9 points) 5-1. Forward Xavier O’Neil’s three goals (24’, 30’, and 44’) led the charge for Loudoun, pushing his season total up to five. Midfielders Ryan Poplawski (29’) and Augustine Rubino (56’). Although DELCO did get a goal late in the first half from Harry Simpson (39’), the Loudoun defense held firm, giving their attack a chance to build on their lead. Goalkeepers Sharax Sadaat (57 minutes) and Bora Sagilir (23 minutes) combined with the back line to help Loudoun earn their second win.
The Montreal Impact (7-0-1, 22 points) remain undefeated in the Northeast Division having 5-1 win over Met Oval (4-3-1, 13 points) over the weekend. The Impact wasted little time getting on the board with both Jordan Therrien (5’) and Charles-Etienne Volcy (9’) scoring in the first ten minutes. Oval did cut their deficit to one in the first half with forward Massimo Murania Yankowitz’s goal in the 22nd minute. But the Impact proved to be too difficult to hold back in the second half with Nathan Saliba (56’) and Jean-Aniel Assi (74’ and 80’) each scoring for the MLS Academy side. Montreal have now scored more than five goals in five of their eight matches this season.
Empire United (2-6-1, 7 points) earned their first shutout of the season by defeating Seacoast United (0-5-1, 1 point) 1-0. Defenders Anthony Pratts, Henry Kuerbis, Liam Bayne and Ronald Bateman all logged the full 80 minutes, working with goalkeeper Matthew Gera to earn the clean sheet. Empire’s goal was scored by William Forbes in the 52nd minute.
D.C. United 1 : Richmond United 0
Loudoun Soccer 5: Continental FC DELCO 1
Arlington Soccer Association 0 : Philadelphia Union 1
PA Classics 0 : Virginia Development Academy 3
Baltimore Armour 3 : Players Development Academy 0
Arlington Soccer Association 1 : Continental FC DELCO 4
Loudoun Soccer 1 : Philadelphia Union 3
Empire United 1 : Seacoast United 0
BW Gottschee Academy 0 : FC Westchester 1
Montreal Impact 5 : Met Oval 1
United Futbol Academy 1: Concorde Fire 0
Atlanta United FC 1: Orlando City SC 1
Charlotte Soccer Academy 2 : Carolina Rapids 1
North Carolina FC Youth 4 : North Carolina Fusion 4
Armada FC Pro Academy 6 : IMG Academy 1
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1: Kendall SC 2
Chargers Soccer Club 2: South Florida Football Academy 0
Players Development Academy (3-4-0. 9 points) inched closer to a top four spot in the Atlantic Division after narrowly defeating Baltimore Armour (3-2-1, 10 points) 2-1. The two sides battled back-and-forth for the better part of an hour before Armour forward Jonathan Valladares scored in the 56th minute. But PDA stuck to their gameplan and were rewarded with two late goals from Christopher Fontanazza (77’) and Tyler Okin (90’). The win snaps a two-game losing streak for PDA.
D.C. United (6-1-1, 19 points) made short work of Richmond United (2-5-2, 8 points), getting the 5-1 win on Saturday. Kevin Paredes (14’, 27’, and 80’) and Griffiin Yow (47’ and 75’), who just came back from U.S. U-17 MNT duty, supplied the goals for United. Yow, who also returned from U.S. U-17 duty, has scored six goals this season which is tied for second most among all U-16/U-17 East Conference players.
Virginia Development Academy (3-4-0, 9 points) pulled off the upset on Sunday, defeating PA Classics (4-2-1, 13 points) 1-0. Forward Tyler Williams gave VDA the lead just before the end of the first half with his strike in the 43rd minute. In the second half, the VDA defense continued to hold strong, completing the clean sheet effort. Goalkeeper Ethan Russell notched the win in net, while VDA defenders William Wagner and Luke Farber each logged a full 90 minutes.
In the Northeast, the Montreal Impact (6-2-0, 18 points) remain at the top of the table after having defeated Met Oval (1-5-2, 5 points) 7-1. The Impact have been so successful early in the season in part due to their balanced scoring attack with eleven of their players already having scored a goal this season. Jeremie Omeonga (3’), Connor Manuel (6’), Matthew Catavolo (34’), Oscar Marshall (59’) and Abdul Binate (60’ and 69’) all scored for the Impact pushing their season to 25. Oval’s lone goal came from Balthazar Saunders in the 65th minute.
BW Gottschee Academy (3-2-3, 12 points) earned perhaps the upset of the weekend defeating third place FC Westchester (5-3-1, 16 points) 1-0 at Aviation Sports and Recreation Field. Nilton Gonzalez gave his side the early lead with his goal in the 25th minute, his first of the season. Their defense held on for the final 45, earning their third shutout of the season.
Empire United (3-3-2, 11 points) extended their unbeaten run to four matches with a 3-1 win over Seacoast United (0-4-0, 0 points). Forwards Francesco Pagano (24’ and 81’) and Michael Catanzarite (16’) each scored for Empire. Seacoast’s lone goal came from William Kemball-Cook in the 87th minute. It was the fourth consecutive game in which Empire has scored more than three goals in a match, coinciding with their recent run of positive form (2-0-2, 8 points).
In a battle of the top two sides in the Southeast, Atlanta United FC (4-1-2, 14 points) came out on top defeating Orlando City SC (3-1-1, 10 points) 4-1. Atlanta’s attack came out of the gates swinging with goals from defender Grant Howard (8’), midfielder Josh Francombe (25’), and forwards Brandon Clagette (27’) and Trace Umstead (50’). Orlando did get one back late with a goal from Memphis Parker in the 86th minute. But Atlanta’s defense contained The Purple Lions potent attack with goalkeeper Vicente Reyes making several key stops in the second half.
D.C. United 5 : Richmond United 1
PA Classics 0: Virginia Development Academy 1
Baltimore Armour 1: Players Development Academy 2
Empire United 3 : Seacoast United 1
BW Gottschee Academy 1: FC Westchester 0
Montreal Impact 7: Met Oval 1
United Futbol Academy 1 : Concorde Fire 2
Atlanta United FC 4: Orlando City SC 1
Charlotte Soccer Academy 2 : Carolina Rapids 1
North Carolina FC Youth 2 : North Carolina Fusion 2
Armada FC Pro Academy 1 : IMG Academy 1
Chargers Soccer Club 1: South Florida Football Academy 4
The Baltimore Armour (3-2-1, 10 points) held their top-four position, edging Players Development Academy (3-3-1, 10 points) by the score of 2-1. Defender Loch San put the Armour ahead at the half hour mark with his second goal of the season. PDA tied it up with Kyle Linhares scoring in the 44th. Armour took the lead again just before halftime with a goal from midfielder Mark Cantor. In the second half, Baltimore’s defense took over with San, Joshua Morgan, Daniel Osuji and Alex Stevenson each playing an important role at holding the scoreline.
Richmond United (5-0-4, 19 points) nearly got all three points on the road against D.C. United (3-2-3, 12 points) on Saturday, but instead had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Forward Key White put Richmond ahead with his goal in the 63rd minute. But D.C. found a goal of their own with forward Brennan Conger netting the equalizer in the 76th minute.
In the Northeast, Empire United (1-5-1, 4 points) earned their first win of the season in decisive fashion defeating Seacoast United (0-5-0, 0 points) 3-0. Midfielders Jameson Railey (37’), Owen Bauer (75’) and Samuel D’Amico (90’) supplied the goals for Empire while Braeden MeIveney earned his first clean sheet of the season.
BW Gottschee Academy (2-2-2, 8 points) continued their push up the standings with a 2-1 win over FC Westchester (0-7-0, 0 points). It looked like Westchester might get their first win of the season after midfielder Sean Traynor put them ahead with his goal in the 20th minute. But BW answered right back with goals from Diego Montes (39’) and Jack McGlynn (55’).
Finally in the Southeast Division, United Futbol Academy (3-2-1, 10 points) stayed in the top-three despite running into a difficult Concorde Fire (3-3-1, 10 points) side in a 3-2 win. It was a tale of two halves with UFA dominating in the first forty-five and Concorde coming in strong during the second. Forwards Gavin Green (7’) and Joao Gayola (36’) and midfielder Austen Carranza (34’) scored for UFA while Concorde’s came from forward Dennis Eddelman (47’) and Bryan Alcantar-Vazquez (89’).
D.C. United 1 : Richmond United 1
PA Classics 4 : Virginia Development Academy 1
Baltimore Armour 2 : Players Development Academy 1
Empire United 3 : Seacoast United 0
BW Gottschee Academy 2 : FC Westchester 1
United Futbol Academy 3: Concorde Fire 2
Atlanta United FC 3 : Orlando City SC 1
Charlotte Soccer Academy 6 : Carolina Rapids 2
North Carolina FC Youth 1 : North Carolina Fusion 1
Armada FC Pro Academy 2 : IMG Academy 4
Chargers Soccer Club 1: South Florida Football Academy 1