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Best of the Development Academy
by Paul Kennedy, May 22nd, 2009 9:15PM



The Derby County Wolves (Michigan) and Crossfire Premier (Washington) are the only clubs averaging 2.00 or more points per game in both age groups of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, which moved into the final month of the regular season with the Spring Showcase kicking off on Friday and continuing through Tuesday at the Sarasota Polo Grounds in Sarasota, Fla.

The Wolves -- part of the Michigan Wolves' program whose academy are sponsored by English club Derby County -- has the No. 1 U-17/18 team in the overall standings, while their U-15/16 ranks No. 4 in points per game.

The Wolves' U-17/18 team is led by Shane Lyons, who has scored 25 goals in 25 games and will play for Oakland in the fall.

The Crossfire's rank fifth and seventh, respectively, in the overall U-17/18 and U-15/16 standings, respectively. The U-17/18s feature Wake Forest recruit Anthony Arena and Kelyn Rowe, who has verbally committed to UCLA in 2010.

Spring Showcase U-17/18 Schedule
Spring Showcase U-15/16 Schedule

(As of May 21.)

Under-17/18 Age Group

Derby County Wolves 22-2-1  2.68
CASL Chelsea FC Academy 19-1-4  2.54
Albertson 17-4-4 2.20
FC Delco 17-4-4  2.20
Crossfire Premier 14-4-2 2.20
Colorado Rush AS Monaco 14-3-4  2.19
Carmel United SC 15-5-2  2.14
D.C. United 16-4-5  2.12
Real Colorado 13-4-3 2.10
LAFC Chelsea 16-6-2 2.08
Miami FC Kendall 15-4-5   2.08
Andromeda 13-2-8 2.04

Under-15/16 Age Group
Chicago Fire 14-2-3 2.37
Greensboro Youth Soccer 16-3-3  2.32
New York Red Bulls 16-2-5  2.30
Derby County Wolves 18-4-3 2.28
FC Dallas 16-2-6 2.25
Sockers FC 12-3-2  2.24
Crossfire Premier 13-2-5 2.20
Arsenal FC 16-2-7 2.20
Chicago Magic AS Monaco 12-3-4 2.11
South Charlotte SA 15-6-3 2.00

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