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Gottschee and FC Dallas take No. 1 seeds into Development Academy playoffs

By Mike Woitalla

FC Dallas and BW Gottschee of Queens, New York, are the No. 1 seeds in the U-15/16 and U-17/18 divisions, respectively, of the 2016 U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs.

FC Dallas, the defending U-15/16 national champs, coached by Luchi Gonzalez, finished regular-season play with a 23-2-0 win-loss-tie while outscoring foes 77-16.

From the club that's celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, BW Gottschee's U-17/18s, whose head coach is Dennis McGowan, posted a 24-1-1 record while notching wins over five MLS club academy teams: D.C. United, Montreal, New England, Houston and San Jose.

"The results are good," said BW Gottschee director Paul McGlynn, who formed the team at U-7s. "I think it’s a little bit over-hyped. I wouldn’t quite say they’re like Leicester. But you could make that type of comparison."


BW Gottschee U-17/18.

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Sean McGowan, who has been with the club for six years, leads Gottschee with 15 goals. Jesus Ferreira (son of former FC Dallas star David Ferreira) leads the FC Dallas U-15/16s with 20 goals.

The 2015-16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs take place June 22-26 in Frisco, Texas. Twenty-two clubs are represented at both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups. Thirty-two teams at each level are vying for quarterfinal berths. Clubs will host quarterfinals July 6-7 and the semifinals and finals take place in Carson, California, July 14-16. DA U-13/14 teams do not have playoffs but will compete at a showcase in Frisco June 20-23.

Both U-15/16 and U-17/18 Development Academy age groups are comprised of 74 teams. Playoff qualifiers are the top three finishers in seven divisions plus 11 wild-card teams.

Last year, only one non-MLS team, Georgia United's U-15/16s, claimed a semifinal spot in either age group.

• Featured showcase and playoff games will be stream live U.S. Soccer's YouTube page HERE.

U17/U18 Development Academy Playoff Groups
Team (overall playoff seed)
Group A
Vancouver Whitecaps (7)
LA Galaxy (16)
Vardar (Mich.) (20)
Chargers SC (Fla.) (25)

Group B
Houston Dynamo (5)
Real Salt Lake AZ (14)
North Carolina Fusion (21)
Seattle Sounders (28)

Group C
New York Red Bulls (4)
Sockers FC (ill.) (10)
Sacramento Republic (22)
Pateadores (Calif.) (27)

Group D
Chicago Magic PSG (3)
Players Development Academy (N.J.) (15)
Montreal Impact FC (18)
Arsenal (Calif.) (31)

Group E
FC Dallas (2)
Orlando City (11)
D.C. United (17)
Shattuck-Saint Mary’s (Minn.) (30)

Group F
Crew Soccer Academy-Wolves (Mich.) (6)
Texas Rush (12)
Nomads SC (Calif.) (23)
Georgia United (26)

Group G
Philadelphia Union (8)
Kendall Soccer Coalition (Fla.) (13)
Chicago Fire (19)
Beachside SC (Conn.) (32)

Group H
BW Gottschee (N.Y.) (1)
Capital Area Railhawks-CASL (N.C.) (9)
Sporting Kansas City (24)
San Jose Earthquakes (29)

Italics:  clubs represented in both age groups.

U15/U16 Development Academy Playoff Groups
Team (overall playoff seed)
Group A
Vancouver Whitecaps (3)
Philadelphia Union (12)
Real Salt Lake AZ (24)
Kendall Soccer Coalition (Fla.) (31)

Group B
Sockers FC (5)
FC Golden State (Calif.) (11)
BW Gottschee (N.Y.) (20)
Seattle Sounders (25)

Group C
FC Dallas (1)
Capital Area Railhawks CASL (N.C.) (14)
Chicago Magic PSG (22)
D.C. United (28)

Group D
Crew Soccer Academy-Wolves (6)
Montreal Impact (13)
Real So Cal (17)
Sacramento Republic (26)

Group E
New York Red Bulls (2)
Chicago Fire (10)
Strikers FC (Calif.) (18)
IMG Academy (32)

Group F
Real Colorado (8)
San Jose Earthquakes (16)
Crew Soccer Academy (Ohio) (23)
Orlando City SC (30)

Group G
LA Galaxy (7)
New England Revoultion (15)
Georgia United (21)
Sporting Kansas City (29)

Group H
Weston FC (4)
Oakwood Soccer Club (9)
Crossfire Premier (19)
Pateadores (27)

Italics:  clubs represented in both age groups.

1 comment about "Gottschee and FC Dallas take No. 1 seeds into Development Academy playoffs".
  1. Richard Brown, June 22, 2016 at 11:32 p.m.

    BW Gottschee has a great soccer history here in NYC. My son now 43 played for them as a 9 yr old. He would travel by himself an hour and a half from Brooklyn to queens 3 times a week for practice. Homes games were also in Queens at Met Oval. Once the coaches showed up those kids were all business.

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