Cascadia youth weekend wrap: USSDA teams lose just once in 12 matches
By Liviu Bird
All four Cascadia U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams were in action last weekend, and the results were impressive. Crossfire Premier, Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps combined for a record of 6 wins, 1 loss and 5 ties.
• The Sounders Academy hosted the De Anza Force and Santa Cruz Breakers Academy, winning 3-2 and 3-1 in the under-18 division, respectively.
David Olsen scored two goals for the on Saturday against De Anza, including the game winner in second-half stoppage time. De Anza added an own goal to help push Seattle over the top. Kenny Sweet scored all three goals for the Sounders on Sunday.
Under-18 star and Stanford University signee Jordan Morris was called into the United States under-20 camp in California, leaving on Monday to join the team.
Seattle’s under-16 team drew 0-0 with De Anza before defeating Santa Cruz 1-0. Defender Garrett Barber scored the team’s only goal of the weekend, and goalkeeper Ben Willis recorded both shutouts.
• Crossfire Premier played just one game in each age group, facing off against San Juan SC on Saturday. Both the under-16s and under-18s brushed aside their opposition with relative ease, winning 3-0 and 2-0, respectively.
Five different goal scorers secured the victories for the Redmond side: Garret Jackson and James Molyneux-Elliot for the under-18s and Samuel Gomez, Luke Postma and Christian Soto-Gonzales for the under-16s.
• De Anza and Santa Cruz made their way down I-5 to play the Portland Timbers after meeting the Sounders. The results were even in Portland, as the four teams drew every match against one another.
The Timbers under-18 side played a scoreless draw against Santa Cruz and a 1-1 match against De Anza. The under-16s drew both matches 2-2.
• The Whitecaps split its matches this weekend, coming up against San Juan on Sunday after the visitors played Crossfire on Saturday.
The under-18 matchup was 1-0 after a Spencer DeBoice goal in the 11th minute put Vancouver up early, but two goals in second-half stoppage time gave the game its final 2-1 result. Marco Bustos scored the winner for the Whitecaps, keeping the team at the top of the Northwest Division standings.
The under-16s couldn’t muster a comeback after falling behind 1-0 in the 54th minute. Substitute Alfred Eusebio scored the only goal after coming on in the 41st minute.
• Staying in British Columbia, the finalists for the B.C. Coastal Cup are now set. The finals will be played on the weekend of May 4 and 5 in Richmond, after a weeklong break following last weekend’s semifinals. Here are the matchups:
Boys under-13: Coquitlam Metro-Ford Revolution vs. West Coast FC Selects; under-14: Richmond United vs. Coquitlam Metro-Ford United/CCB Pegasus (semifinal tonight); under-15: Richmond United vs. Saanich Fusion; under-16: Burnaby Selects vs. CCB Pegasus; under-18: Burnaby Royals vs. Richmond United.
Girls under-13: Richmond All-Star Selects vs. Harbour City FC; under-14: SFC Pegasus vs. Saanich Fusion; under-15: Richmond Synergy vs. CCB Elite; under-16: DSG ’97 vs. Upper Vancouver Island Storm; under-18: Port Moody Storm vs. Coquitlam Metro-Ford Threat.
• Crossfire Premier and Washington Premier played two matches each in the Elite Clubs National League under-14 through under-18 age groups last weekend. Here are the results:
Saturday: Crossfire Premier U14 2-7 De Anza Force U14, Washington Premier U14 0-0 Mustang SC U14, Crossfire Premier U15 0-2 De Anza Force U15, Washington Premier U15 0-1 Mustang SC U15, Crossfire Premier U16 2-0 De Anza Force U16, Washington Premier U16 2-0 Mustang SC U16, Crossfire Premier U17 0-0 De Anza Force U17, Washington Premier U17 1-1 Mustang SC U17, Crossfire Premier U18 3-0 De Anza Force U18, Washington Premier U18 0-1 Mustang SC U18.
Sunday: Crossfire Premier U14 1-1 Mustang SC U14, Washington Premier U14 0-6 De Anza Force U14, Crossfire Premier U15 2-1 Mustang SC U15, Washington Premier U15 1-2 De Anza Force U15, Crossfire Premier U16 1-0 Mustang SC U16, Washington Premier U16 2-0 De Anza Force U16, Crossfire Premier U17 2-1 Mustang SC U17, Washington Premier U17 1-0 De Anza Force U17, Crossfire Premier U18 0-1 Mustang SC U18, Washington Premier U18 1-0 De Anza Force U18.