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MLS teams book all Development Academy final spots

By Mike Woitalla

Georgia United U-15/16, the only non-MLS club to reach the semifinals of either age group in the 2015 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Championships, fell to New York Red Bulls, 2-1, on Thursday.

The Red Bulls, coached by Simon Nee, benefited from the second-half ejection of Patrick Okonkwo for violent conduct; Okonkwo's 11th-minute goal was his 33rd of the season. The Red Bulls have won their last 12 games.

In the final on Saturday, the Red Bulls meet FC Dallas, 3-0 winners over the Philadelphia Union. FC Dallas, coached by Luchi Gonzalez, has shut out its last seven opponents, outscoring them 22-0. Devin Vega scored his team-leading 21st goal of the season against Philly.

Real Salt Lake AZ and the Chicago Fire won their U-17/18 semifinals to set up a final date on Saturday.

The Anthony Bruce-coached Real Salt Lake downed San Jose Earthquakes as goals by Aaron Herrera and Amar Sejdic turned RSL’s midfield dominance into a 2-0 victory. Real Salt Lake is unbeaten in its last 21 games and is on a 14-game win streak.

The Chicago Fire twice gave up one-goal leads twice against the Montreal Impact, whose 79th-minute goal sent their semifinal into overtime with the score tied, 2-2. Michael Jimenez scored two minutes into overtime and Djordje Mihailovic scored his second goal of the game nine minutes later to give Chicago a 4-2 victory. The Fire is coached by Gonzalo Segares.

This year marks the first time since the Development Academy’s inaugural 2007-08 season that all four finalists in both age groups are MLS clubs. PDA, the 2014 U-17/18 champion, this season was knocked out in the quarterfinals by the San Jose Earthquakes.

U-17/18 Development Academy Championships
July 16 in Carson, Calif.
Semifinals
Real Salt Lake AZ 2 San Jose Earthquakes 0
Goals: Aaron Herrera 43, Amar Sejdic 61.
Chicago Fire 4 Montreal Impact 2
Goals: Cameron Lindley 61, Djordje Mihailovic 79, 101, Michael Jimenez 92; Jimmy Shammer Sanon 66, Thomas Meilleur Giguere 87

July 18
Final in Carson, Calif.
Real Salt Lake AZ-Chicago Fire
(10:30 p.m. ET, living streaming at USSoccer.com)

Third Place
Montreal Impact vs. San Jose Earthquakes

U-15/16 Development Academy Championships
July 16 in Carson, Calif.
Semifinals
Red Bulls 2 Georgia United 1
Goals: Brian Saramago 4, Noah Powder 8; Patrick Okonkwo 11.
FC Dallas 3 Philadelphia Union 0
Goals: Adrian Ramos 14, Devin Vega 39, Weston McKinnie 62.

July 18 in Carson, Calif.
Final
FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls
(8 p.m. ET, living streaming at USSoccer.com)

Third Place
Georgia United vs. Philadelphia Union

U.S. U-18 boys winless at NTC Invitational

The U.S. U-18 men's national team lost to Uruguay, 2-1, and tied the Czech Republic, 1-1, at the 2015 U-18 Men’s NTC Invitational in Carson, Calif. The U.S. goals came on an own goal and from Jackson Yueill, while Jonathan Klinsmann started in goal both games and captained the Javier Perez-coached team

Against the Czechs, Sebastian Elney stole the ball in midfield and after beating a Czech defender, hit a cross that bounced into the net off Czech keeper January Stejska to give the USA a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute. The Czechs got the equalizer in the 65th minute.

Against Uruguay, Yueill scored from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute for a consolation goal after La Celeste scored either side of halftime.

July 13 in Carson, Calif.
USA 1 Czech Republic 1. Goals: own goal 6; Kuchta 65.
USA -- Klinsmann; Jones, Pineda, Arellano, Pelaez; Murphy (Swanson, 46), Yueill (Lindley, 64), Akale; Elney (Lucatero, 87), Sabbi (Mansaray, 90), Wright (Craft, 64).
Czech Republic -- Stejska; Zarsky (Helebrand, 46), Brezina (Chlumecky, 87), Lischka, Cmelik; Prucha, Trubac, Januska (Wiesner, 64), Pulkrab (Klima, 46); Lanka (Kuchta, 46), Mihalik (Ladra, 84).
Referee: Adam Finney.


Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer.

July 11 in Carson, Calif.
USA 2 Uruguay 1. Goals: Jackson Yueill (pen.) 83; Amuz 36, Pereira 60.
USA -- Klinsmann; Duncan, Pineda, Arellano, Pelaez; Swanson, Lindley (Lucatero, 68), Akale (Yueill, 46); Mansaray (Elney, 46), Craft (Wright, 68), Saucedo (Sabbi, 68).
Uruguay -- Lopez; Sant’anna, Rodriguez, Amuz, Canti; Fernandez, De la Cruz, Waller (Canti, 68), Valverde, Pereira (Gentile, 81), Rossi (Ramirez, 68).
Referee: Karen Abt


Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer.

3 comments about "MLS teams book all Development Academy final spots".
  1. Soccer Madness, July 17, 2015 at 5:44 p.m.

    4 MLS teams in finals for 1st time and thats great news?? MLS should have been dominating since they started as only proffessional clubs. By now they should be dominating with younger rosters. Not oldest rosters. FC Dallas has 1 99 on entire team. New York Red Bulls 6 99's. For that to happen they would have to have better proffessional training and scouting. But that hasnt been enough and they are still having to use oldest players possible to compete with local non MLS Academies. How are MLS DA's ever really going to develop pro players if we celebrate them making top 4 for 1st time?? How will the develop pros if they are not willing to compensate the grass roots clubs that produce them locally. MLS DA's should be in an entire league on their own. Not celebrating this. They should be accounted for by the amount of pro players they have developed. Nothing else. Certainly not this. MLS collecting Training Compensation for Yedlin and not rightly distributing to all those involved?? Yep, that really goes with what they have barely achieved until now development wise. Almost nothing.

  2. Wesley Hunt, July 17, 2015 at 9:19 p.m.

    The number of players that a MLS academy scouts young, and trains to the point that they can turn pro should be the only criteria they should be judged on. Everything else is irrelevant. If the academies are scouting older players largely trained by somebody else that is not that is not development and they should change their name from academy to farm team like in baseball.

  3. Santiago 1314, July 20, 2015 at 9:15 a.m.

    I'm all for MLS/NASL Pro teams getting the best players, as long as they aren't charging... Takes the Politics out... They should have to pay "The Discovery Fee" back on down the Pyramid...

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