Commentary

California clubs shine at Development Academy playoffs

By Mike Woitalla
@MikeWoitalla

FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake-Arizona were the only clubs to qualify for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy quarterfinals in both age groups. Five of the clubs that reached the knockout stage hail from California -- LA Galaxy, Real So Cal, FC Golden State, Sacramento Republic and Nomads SC.

Thirty-two teams at both U-15/16 and U-17/18 divisions completed group play in Frisco, Texas, on Sunday. Quarterfinals take place July 6-7. The semifinals and finals take place in Carson, California, July 14-16.

U-15/16 Quarterfinal Matchups (July 6)
FC Dallas-Real Salt Lake AZ
Weston FC (Fla.)-Chicago Fire
LA Galaxy-Real So Cal
Real Colorado-FC Golden State (Calif.)

U-17/18 Quarterfinal Matchups (July 7)
FC Dallas-Sporting Kansas City
Vancouver Whitecaps-Sacramento Republic
Philadelphia Union-PDA (N.J.)
Real Salt Lake AZ-Nomads SC (Calif.)

Last year, FC Dallas won the U-15/16 national title while Real Salt Lake AZ finished U-17/18 runner-up to the Chicago Fire.

Both of FC Dallas’ teams won all three of their games. The U-15/16s downed D.C. United (3-0), Chicago Magic PSG (4-0) and Capital Area Railhawks (3-1). Bryan Reynolds, who turned 15 on June 28 and had spent most of the season with FC Dallas' U-13/14s, scored in each game. FC Dallas’ U-17/18s beat Shattuck-Saint Mary’s (4-0), D.C. United (3-2) and Orlando City (5-0).

FC Dallas’ U-15/16s are aiming to become the first repeat champions in Development Academy history.

Development Academy Champions U-15/16
2015 FC Dallas
2014 LA Galaxy
2013 Real Salt Lake AZ
2012 New York Red Bulls
2011 LA Galaxy
2010 Chicago Fire
2009 Derby County Wolves
2008 Carmel United

Development Academy Champions U-17/18
2015 Chicago Fire
2014 PDA
2013 New York Red Bulls
2012 FC Dallas
2011 Pateadores
2010 Vardar SC
2009 Carmel United
2008 Baltimore Bays

U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoff Standings & Results


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U.S. U-20 men's team set for NTC Invitational

U.S. men’s U-20 national team coach Tab Ramos  has named a 21-player roster for the 2016 U-20 Men’s NTC Invitational June 26-July 4 in Carson, California.

The USA, which is preparing for qualifying play for the 2017 U-20 World Cup, will face Costa Rica (June 29), Panama ( July 1) Japan (July 3). The U.S. roster is comprised of nine collegians, five MLS players, four foreign-based players, two Development Academy players and one USL player.

U.S. U-20 men’s national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Univ. of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown Univ.; Alamo, Calif.).
DEFENDERS (9): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Marcello Borges (Univ. of Michigan; Kearny, N.J.), Marlon Fossey (Fulham/ENG; Surbiton, Great Britain), Aaron Herrera (Univ. of New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Andrew Lombard (Northeastern Univ.; Montclair, N.J.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Miles Robinson (Syracuse Univ.; Arlington, Mass.), Auston Trusty (Bethlehem Steel; Media, Pa.).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal/ESP; Minneapolis, Minn.), Luca De La Torre (Fulham/ENG; San Diego, Calif.), Weston McKinnie (FC Dallas academy; Little Elm, Texas), Eryk Williamson (Univ. of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.), Jackson Yueill (UCLA; Bloomington, Minn.).
FORWARDS (5): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Jeremy Ebobisse (Duke Univ.; Bethesda, Md.), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC; Des Moines, Wash.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic, Libertyville, Ill.), Sebastian Saucedo (Veracruz/MEX; Casa Grande, Ariz.).

1 comment about "California clubs shine at Development Academy playoffs ".
  1. Ginger Peeler, June 29, 2016 at 1:14 a.m.

    So glad to see the San Diego Nomads are still the juggernaught they were when I left California over 25 years ago!

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