Development Academy: LA Galaxy and Atlanta United reach finals again

Finals on Tuesday in Kansas City will crown the champions of the 11th U.S. Soccer Development Academy season. In the younger age group, Atlanta United will defend the title it won in 2017 when its team included Andrew Carleton, who's appeared in four MLS games this year. The LA Galaxy, runner-up in the older age group last season, returns to the final again led by Efrain Alvarez, the 16-year-old who scored his eighth goal for the Galaxy's USL team between the DA quarterfinals and semis.

U-16/17s Semifinals
Sunday, July 8
Seattle Sounders 4 Barca Academy 1
Atlanta United 3 Montreal Impact 2

U-16/17s Final
Tuesday, July 10
Seattle Sounders-Atlanta United

U-18/19s Semifinals
Sunday, July 8
New York City FC 1 Columbus Crew 0
LA Galaxy 2 Vancouver Whitecaps 0 (OT)

U-18/19s Final
Tuesday, July 10
New York City FC-LA Galaxy

Alvarez scored a late goal in the Galaxy's semifinal win over the Vancouver Whitecaps after 17-year-old Alex Mendez opened the scoring in overtime. The Galaxy will face New York City FC, which beat the Columbus Crew, 1-0, on a goal by Justin Haak.

In the U-16/17 semis, Atlanta United's Jordan Matthews scored a stoppage-time penalty kick after he was fouled to edge the Montreal Impact, 1-0. The Seattle Sounders' 4-1 win over Barca Academy included goals by Marlon Vargas and Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, who also play for Seattle's USL team.

Barca Academy was the only non-MLS club that reached the final four at either age group.

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All-time Development Academy Champions

U-15/16
2017 Atlanta United
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*

U-17/18
2017 Texans SC Houston
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
* Now Indiana Fire. ** Now Crew Soccer Academy Wolves.

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