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Development Academy honors include best 'style of play'

Unique in postseason awards, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy recognizes teams for best "style of play" in addition to the player and coach of the year honors, among others. The style winners include U-15/16 FC Dallas and U-17/18 Chicago Fire, who won the 2015 national titles.

2014-15 U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY AWARDS
Under-13/14 Style of Play
East: New England Revolution
Central: Crew SC Academy
West: Chivas USA

Under-15/16 Style of Play
East: Orlando City SC
Central: FC Dallas
West: Portland Timbers


U-15/16 FC Dallas 2015 Development Academy national champions. (Courtesy FC Dallas).

Under-17/18 Style of Play
East: Kendall SC
Central: Chicago Fire
West: Real Salt Lake AZ


U-17/18 Chicago Fire 2015 Development Academy national champions. (Courtesy U.S. Soccer).

Under-13/14 (2000-01)
East Conference
COACH OF THE YEAR:  Jeff Zaun (New York Red Bulls)
Central Conference
COACH OF THE YEAR:  James Field (Crew SC Academy)
West Conference
COACH OF THE YEAR: Andrew Ziemer (Ballistic United Soccer Club)

Overall Team Awards
East Conference
MOST COMPREHENSIVE CLUB: Philadelphia Union
MOST IMPROVED CLUB: Orlando City SC
BEST REGULAR MATCH FACILITY: IMG Academy
BEST TRAINING FACILITY: IMG Academy
RESPECT AWARD: PA Classics
COMMUNITY AWARD: D.C. United
BEST ADMINISTRATOR: Stephen Enriquez (Weston FC)

Central Conference
MOST COMPREHENSIVE CLUB: FC Dallas
MOST IMPROVED CLUB: St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri
BEST REGULAR MATCH FACILITY: Dallas Texans
BEST TRAINING FACILITY: Sporting KC
RESPECT AWARD: Real Colorado
COMMUNITY AWARD: Sporting Kansas City
BEST ADMINISTRATOR: Lynn Jeskey (Sockers FC)

West Conference
MOST COMPREHENSIVE CLUB: LA Galaxy
MOST IMPROVED CLUB: Real So Cal
BEST REGULAR MATCH FACILITY: Real Salt Lake AZ
BEST TRAINING FACILITY: Real Salt Lake AZ
RESPECT AWARD: Pateadores
COMMUNITY AWARD: Pateadores
BEST ADMINISTRATOR: Tiffiny Gillingham (De Anza Force)

Under-15/16 (1998-99)
East Conference
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alexander Rose (Capital Area RailHawks Academy-CASL)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Bryan Scales (New England Revolution)

Central Conference
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Devin Vega (FC Dallas)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Chris Martinez (Real Colorado)

West Conference
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Simon Lekressner (Crossfire Premier)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Andrew Gregor (Portland Timbers)

Development Academy U-15/16 All-Conference Teams

Under-17/18 (1996-97)
East Conference
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Eryk Williamson (D.C. United)
COACH OF THE YEAR: John Ramos (Kendall SC)

Central Conference
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Tim Carter (Shattuck-St. Mary's)

West Conference
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jose Hernandez (Real Salt Lake AZ)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Martin Vasquez (Real Salt Lake AZ)

Development Academy U-17/18 All-Conference Teams

ECNL National Finals: Three champs decided in Richmond

The girls Elite Club National League (ECNL) national championship titles for U-15, U-16 and U-17 were decided in Richmond, Va. (The U-14 and U-18 champions were crowned in Seattle in June.)

U-14 Final
Slammers FC (Calif.) 2 San Diego Surf 0
U-15 Final
So Cal Blues 3 Michigan Hawks 1
U-16 Final
West Coast FC (Calif.) 3 FC Stars (Mass.) 2
U-17 Final
PDA (N.J.) 1, Crossfire Premier (Wash.) 1 (PDA won, 4-2, on PKS)
U-18 Final
Michigan Hawks 2 West Coast FC (Calif.) 0

U.S. Club Soccer: 31 champions crowned in Indiana

Thirty-one U.S. Club Soccer champions were crowned at the National Premier Leagues (NPL) and the National Cup XIV finals in Westfield, Ind.

U.S. Youth Futsal names 10 teams for international play

U.S. Youth Futsal has named rosters for five boys and five girls teams, U-12 through U-18, for a series of friendlies in Costa Rica July 30-Aug. 30. Players were selected from regional I.D. camps throughout the country last fall and winter and the  National I.D. Camp earlier this month attended by more than 400 players. The coaching staff is led by Keith Tozer, Director of Goalkeeping Mark Litton and Director of Futsal I.D. Soorena Farboodmanesh. The staff includes Craig Canavan, Jason Miller, Otto Orf and Ty Stauffer.

U.S. Youth Futsal Costa Rica tour rosters.

U.S. U-20 women convene in California

Coach Michelle French has gathered a 24-player U-20 women's national team squad for a training camp that began Wednesday at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. French is preparing for qualifying for the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

The Concacaf qualifying tournament is scheduled for the end of 2015. The tournament has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996 . The players in the current squad range from 1996 to 1999 birth years.

U.S. U-20 women’s national team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Samantha Leshnak (UNC; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.).
DEFENDERS (8): Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Ally Haran (Wake Forest; Linden, Mich.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Penn State; Coventry, Conn.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.), Jessica Udovich (Washington; Puyallup, Wash.), Alexis Warner (Michigan State; Ypsilanti, Mich.).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Dibiasi (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.).
FORWARDS (6): Colby Ciarrocca (Rutgers; Mattawan, Mich.), Sunny Dunphy (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.)

2 comments about "Development Academy honors include best 'style of play'".
  1. BJ Genovese, July 23, 2015 at 7:57 p.m.

    This has recieved quite a hilarious response on social media. Lets give ourselves an award and legitimize our institution.

  2. Soccer Madness, July 24, 2015 at 12:27 a.m.

    What is deemed "best style of play" in Ussda and who is nnmaking that call? Posession style with low attack for low risk? Too much focus on defensive shape so therefore limited on creative or risky runs and dribbles? More side to side mindless play than filtered more direct passes? Mindlessly insist on playing out of the back even though opposing Team Is pressing high and long ball for 1v1 is better option?? How about smartest team award? Or most creative and risky team award?

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