[DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY]The LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake AZ will face off in Saturday's U-15/16 final of the 2013-14 Development Academy, while it's an East Coast matchup -- New Jersey's PDA against Maryland's Bethesda-Olney -- in the U-17/18 final.
U-15/16 SEMIFINALS.Rey Ortiz's penalty kick in stoppage time completed a hat trick as the LA Galaxy edged Chicago Magic PSG, 3-2, in Thursday's semifinals. Luke Prpa and Kendall Stock scored for Magic to erase a 1-0 deficit, but it could not hold on as Ortiz scored twice. Ortiz, who joined the Galaxy academy this season from Carlsbad Elite, also had the tying and goal-ahead goals in the 5-3 win over Vardar in the quarterfinals for the Galaxy (23-3-6 overall).
Defending champion Real Salt Lake AZ earned a decisive 5-1 victory over Irvine (Calif.) Strikers FC. RSL AZ star Sebastian Saucedo scored two late goals to clinch the win after the Arizona-based team got goals from Josh Doughty, Tate Schmitt and Chilean Adolfo Ovalle. Saucedo now has 31 goals, the most of any player in the U-15/16 age group.
RSL AZ and the Galaxy were 1-2 in the Southwest Division. They split their two meetings during the regular season.
U-17/18 SEMIFINALS.Matthew Ledder broke a scoreless stalemate with a game-winning goal in the 84th minute to give Bethesda-Olney a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact. Ghanaian midfielder Anderson Asiedu's 26th-minute goal stood up for PDA's 1-0 win over FC Dallas.
Bethesda-Olney, a first-year USSDA program, is led by Jeremy Ebobisse Ebolo, the top scorer in the U-17/18 age group with 38 goals, andSam Schmidt, who has 22. Brian White leads PDA with 27 goals. Bethesda-Olney, the club that produced Arsenal protege Gideon Zelalem, and PDA finished 1-2 in the Atlantic Division this season. They split their two meetings, both winning, 2-1, at home.
The U-15/16 title game takes place at 7 p.m. ET followed by the U-17/18 championship at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday at StubHub Center (both live on usssoccer.com).