Tri-State area clubs open U.S. Soccer Boys DA season in strong form
Play kicked off this weekend in the 2018-2019 US Soccer Development Academy with multiple sides from the Tri-State region featuring prominently across the U-15, U-16/U-17, and U-18/U-19 age groups.
In the Atlantic Division the Players Development Academy (1-0-0, 3 points) got their 2018-2019 campaign off to a roaring start, dispatching Continental FC DELCO (0-1-0, 0 points) by the score of 8-0. PDA received three of their eight goals in the form of a hat trick from Colin Griffith (3’, 19’, and 70’). Additional goals were scored by forwards Jake Fish (36’ and 45’) and Jalen Moni (78’) and midfielders Andrew Araya (31’) and Evan Gomillion (45’).
Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth (0-0-1, 1 point) and the New York Red Bulls (0-0-1, 1 point) played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday to open their season. Monmouth took the lead in the 40th minute when Dylan Ayar found the back of the net. But early in the second half, the Red Bulls responded with a goal of their own, with Nicholas Rabiu netting the equalizer in the 42nd minute. Red Bulls gained the 2-1 advantage with a goal from Serge Ngoma (57’) 15 minutes later. But Monmouth did not give up and they were rewarded with a draw late thanks to a Ryan Kuldanek goal in the 77th minute.
In the Northeast Division, Oakwood Soccer Club (1-0-0, 3 points) defeated the New York Cosmos (0-1-0, 0 points) 6-2 on Saturday. Midfielder Pearse O’Brien (7’ and 12’) scored twice in the first quarter of the match to lead the charge for Oakwood. He was joined by forward Ali Taleb (6’) and Jack Polke (16’) who helped give their side a 4-0 lead heading into the half. Diego Zaffanella (49’) and Sam Sandler (75’) added two insurance goals in the second half to give Oakwood their first victory on the season. The Cosmos did get two goals of their own from Justin Weinstein (58’) and Morriken Kenneh (68’) in the second half.
Met Oval (1-0-0, 3 points) got a bit of a scare but in the end they were able to pull off a 2-1 result over Cedar Stars Academy-Bergen (0-1-0, 0 points) on Saturday. Forward Massimo Murania Yankowitz (21’ and 32’) scored twice to give Oval the 2-0 lead heading into the half. Bergen did cut the lead in half in the 42nd minute when Jack Scuro found the back of the net. But Oval goalkeepers Brian Urgilez Gonzalez (40 minutes) and Cole Nevins (40 minutes) paired with the back line to limit Cedar Stars to the lone goal, protecting the narrow lead.
Elsewhere in the division, Beachside Soccer Club (1-0-0, 3 points) earned an early three points with their 3-2 win over New York Soccer Club (0-1-0, 0 points). It looked like it might not be Beachside’s day after NYSC took a 2-0 lead off of goals from forwards Justin Domer (3’) and Benjamin Sidley (32’). But Beachside got some momentum back just before halftime with a goal from Dylan Medeiros in the 36th minute. That goal proved to be valuable as Beachside’s Marcos Ojeda Quintana (45’) leveled the score for the visitors. Both sides came close to taking the lead late, but in the end it would be Beachside that walked away with the win after Medeiros (75’) earned his second of the match.
Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth 2: New York Red Bulls 2 (09/01)
Players Development Academy 8 : Continental FC DELCO 0 (09/01)
New England Revolution 3 : Empire United 1 (09/01)
FC Westchester 0 : Montreal Impact 6 (09/01)
Oakwood Soccer Club 6 : New York Cosmos 2 (09/01)
Philadelphia Union 4 :New York City FC 1 (09/01)
Cedar Stars Academy-Bergen 1: Met Oval 2 (09/01)
New York Soccer Club 2 : Beachside Soccer Club 3 (09/01)
Boston Bolts 3 :Empire United 1 (09/02)
Cedar Stars Academy-Bergen 2: Montreal Impact 3 (09/02)
The New York Red Bulls (1-0-0, 3 points) kickstarted their 2018-2019 campaign in the Northeast Division with an emphatic 6-0 win over Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth (0-1-0, 0 points) on Saturday. After a closely contested first half, the Red Bulls attack put on the pressure in the second half, scoring six times in a span of a half hour. Roald Mitchell (61’), Jake Novoshelski (63’), Thomas Tulgar (65’ and 70’), Edwin Melendez (77’) and Hamza Shehata (90’) provided the goals for New York.
Players Development Academy (1-0-0, 3 points) also started their run in the Atlantic Division in fine form, downing Continental FC DELCO (0-1-0, 0 points) 4-1. Daniel Edelman (24’ and 42’) scored twice for PDA while Kyle Linares (32’) and Kenan Hot (78’) each added insurance goals. DELCO’s lone goal came courtesy of a William Leedy strike in the 57th minute.
In the Northeast Division, New York Soccer Club (1-0-0, 3 points) got their first win of the season defeating Beachside Soccer Club (0-1-0, 0 points) 2-0. Defender Alec Schwartzman got NYSC ahead early with his goal in the 15th minute. Despite going down a goal, Beachside showed their mettle putting immense pressure on the NYSC back line, but Samuel Sanchez (90 minutes) and Eoin Martin (90 minutes) and the rest of the defensive unit helped combine for the clean sheet. In the second half, the NYSC defense would get a bit of a respite as forward Sam McCann extended their lead in the 75th minute.
Empire United (1-0-0, 3 points) got an early statement victory on Sunday, coming back from a goal down to defeat the Boston Bolts (0-1-0, 0 points) 2-1. Joseph Buck put Boston up 1-0 with his goal in the 15th minute. But Empire never lost their confidence, getting level in the 28th minute with a goal from Nick Swanger. They took the lead in the 66th minute with a strike from Michael Catanzarite and never looked back, holding back a strong Boston side to earn the three points.
Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth 0: New York Red Bulls 6 (09/01)
Players Development Academy 4 : Continental FC DELCO 1 (09/01)
New England Revolution 4 : Empire United 0 (09/01)
FC Westchester 2 : Montreal Impact 3 (09/01)
Philadelphia Union 3 :New York City FC 2 (09/01)
Cedar Stars Academy-Bergen 2: Met Oval 2 (09/01)
New York Soccer Club 2 : Beachside Soccer Club 0 (09/01)
Boston Bolts 1 :Empire United 2 (09/02)
Cedar Stars Academy-Bergen 0: Montreal Impact 3 (09/02)
The New York Red Bulls (1-0-0, 3 points) took an early lead in the Atlantic Division on Saturday, defeating Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth (0-1-0, 0 points) 4-1. Aly Camara led the way for the Red Bulls, netting a brace (24’ and 48’) for the visitors. Jared Juleau (11’) and Salvatore Esposito (25’) also scored for New York, giving them the most goals from any Atlantic side on the weekend. Monmouth’s lone goal came from forward Vincent Lipka in the 49th minute.
In a Atlantic-Northeast divisional battle New York City FC (1-0-0, 3 points) earned the win for the Northeast, defeating the Philadelphia Union (0-1-0, 0 points) 2-1. Veljko Petkovic gave NYCFC the lead early with his goal in the 12th minute. Philadelphia got a little bit of luck though midway through the first half as an NYCFC player was sent off giving them the man advantage. They used that to their advantage with Tony Temple netting the equalizer in the 39th minute. In the second half, it would go ten versus ten as a Union player was sent off in the 71st minute. No longer having the odds stacked against them, NYCFC went on the attack. They found the go-ahead goal in the 76th minute courtesy of Sal Rasizzi.
Coming back from 3-1 might be difficult for some sides but it wasn’t for Empire United (0-1-1, 1 point) on Sunday. Despite facing some long odds to get a point in their second match of the season, Empire got two second half goals to earn a 3-3 draw with the Boston Bolts (0-0-1, 1 point). Empire actually held the lead thanks to a goal from midfielder Owen Bauer in the seventh minute. But Boston clawed their way back first with a penalty kick goal from Christian Pulselli (41’). Pulselli scored a second in the 45th minute and midfielder Nicholas Rosano added a third with a penalty kick chance of his own in the 50th minute. But Empire continued to fight, never playing themselves out of the match. Abdi Salam cut Boston’s lead to one with his goal in the 53nd minute. While Boston held Empire at bey for most of the second half midfielder Justin Hakizamana did find the equalizer, scoring in the 74th minute to help his side earn a point.
Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth 1: New York Red Bulls 4 (09/01)
Players Development Academy 0 : Continental FC DELCO 0 (09/01)
New England Revolution 2 : Empire United 0 (09/01)
FC Westchester 1 : Montreal Impact 3 (09/01)
Philadelphia Union 1 :New York City FC 2 (09/01)
Boston Bolts 3 :Empire United 3 (09/02)