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Development Academy: Only FC Dallas has a chance to return to final four

By Mike Woitalla

Only one team that reached the semifinals of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy national championship in 2016 has a chance to return 2017 semifinals.

FC Dallas, which is aiming for a third straight U-15/16 U.S. national title, will host the Colorado Rapids in a July 6 quarterfinal.

No other 2016 semifinalist reached the 2017 quarterfinals at either the U-15/16 or U-17/18 age group after the Development Academy playoffs in Westfield, Indiana, where 32 teams competed at each age level and the eight group winners advanced.

Three clubs advanced to both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 quarterfinals: Colorado Rapids, Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake AZ.

U-15/16 Quarterfinals (July 6)
FC Dallas (1)-Colorado Rapids (21)
Atlanta United (3)-Bethesda SC (10)
Sporting Kansas City (5)-Real Salt Lake AZ (9)
Vancouver Whitecaps (8)-Seattle Sounders (18)

U-17/18 Quarterfinals (July 7)
Orlando City SC (2)-Colorado Rapids (30)
Real Salt Lake AZ (4)-LA Galaxy (32)
Seattle Sounders (18)-Crossfire Premier (27)
Texans SC Houston (20)-Real So Cal (28)
Host team listed first
Parentheses = seed

The semifinals and third-place games and finals take place July 14-16 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

• Full-game video of the Development Academy 2017 playoff games can found HERE.

2017 Development Academy playoff results

2017 Development Academy playoff final group standings

Development Academy Champions U-15/16
2016 FC Dallas
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
2016 FC Dallas
2015 Chicago Fire
2014 PDA
2013 New York Red Bulls
2012 FC Dallas
2011 Pateadores
2010 Vardar SC
2009 Carmel United
2008 Baltimore Bays

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U.S. U-20 women head to England & Germany

Coach Jitka Klimkova  is taking a U.S. U-20 women’s national team squad of 24 on a four-game European tour June 30-July 13 for a pair of games against both England and Germany. Her roster includes 11 players who have played in the U-20 or U-17 Women’s World Cup last year, and five players who have trained with the senior U.S. national team.

Midfielders Tierna Davidson, Brianna Pinto and Jaelin Howell, and forwards Ashley Sanchez and Sophia Smith have already been called up to a full national team training camp with Coach Jill Ellis.


Sophia Smith

Eleven players of the players were born in 1998 (the cutoff year for the 2018 U-20 World Cup), 10 are 1999-born, and two, Pinto and Smith, were born in 2000.

“These are great opportunities for us to have more international games against strong opponents, which is exactly what we need to get better as a team and individuals,” said Klimkova. “We’re still in the beginning of the cycle so every experience we get to really test ourselves overseas is going to help the growth of the team.”

The USA faces England July 5 and July 7 and Germany July 10 and July 12.

U.S. U-20 women’s national team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brooke Heinsohn (Duke; Norfolk, Mass.), Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside, Fla.), Mandy McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.).
DEFENDERS (8): Emily Fox (North Carolina; Chapel Hill, N.C), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Samantha Hiatt (Crossfire SC; Newcastle, Wash.), Tara McKeown (San Diego Surf; Newbury Park, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich), Karlie Paschall (Tenessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Sophia Serafin (West Coast FC; Glendora, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Arlie Jones (San Diego Surf; Las Vegas, Nev.), Taylor Kornieck (Colorado; Henderson, Nev.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Viviana Villacorta (Beach FC; Lawndale, Calif.).
FORWARDS (6): Parker Goins (TSC Hurricane: Broken Arrow, Okla.), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.), Civiana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Kelsey Turnbow (SC Del Sol; Scottsdale; Ariz.).

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