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Home >Youth Soccer Reporter > Thursday, July 16, 2009
The Cal Odyssey, the No. 31 seed when the U-15/16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs began, advanced to Friday's final against the top-seed Derby County Wolves (TV: ESPN Classic, 7 pm PT/10 pm ET), earning a 1-1 tie with Washington Premier Thursday at the Home Depot Center to clinch the ... Read the whole story
A pair of Dallas area players -- FC Dallas Juniors forward Ruben Luna and Andromeda midfielder Dillon Powers -- earned top honors as the 2008-09 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Players of the Year in voting by Development Academy clubs and U.S. Soccer national staff coaches and technical advisors. Read the whole story
Lars Richters, head coach of the Derby County Wolves, was named  the U-15/16 Development Academy Coach of the Year. He led the Wolves -- part of the Michigan Wolves program -- to the top seed in the U-15/16 playoffs and into Friday's final against Cal Odyssey. Read the whole story
Four players on MLS academy teams -- Keith Cardona (New York Red Bulls), Bryan de la Fuente (Chivas USA), Riley Wolfe (Los Angeles Galaxy) and Ruben Luna (FC Dallas) -- head the 2008-09 U-15/16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Starting XI honorees. Read the whole story
Arsenal FC led all teams with four selections -- Adam Zepeda, Ricardo Hernandez, Alex Arbollo and Ricardo Gonzalez -- on the 2008-09 U-15/16 Development Academy Conference Starting XIs. The New York Red Bulls and CASL Chelsea FC Academy have three players apiece on the all-conference teams. For all the all-conference ... Read the whole story
The U.S. U-17 boys national team is in Brazil to participate in the Copa Macae from July 14-27. Coach Wilmer Cabrera's team will play three Brazilian clubs, beginning with Flamengo Saturday in group play. The knockout round will be held July 23-26. For the complete U.S. roster .... Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"We've been lucky to kids that have a commitment to always bring a high level, both in training and games. The nature of a competitive athlete is to want to win every time they step on the field. I think what we've tried to suggest to the kids is that winning is an important part of development. However, we've made it clear to them that we're not going to go into a win at all costs mentality." -- Derby County Wolves coach Lars Richters, the 2008-09 U-15/16 Development Academy Coach of the Year. ...More


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