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October 26, 2012
Development Academy expansion; Academy roundup; High School Players of the Week

U.S. Soccer is accepting applications from clubs to enter a team into the Under-13/14 Development Academy program starting in the Fall of 2013.

The deadline for interested clubs to submit the online application is Dec. 1, 2012.

New clubs will join existing Academy clubs in a 10-month program for U-13/14 teams. The program will consist of fall and spring outdoor leagues run by U.S. Soccer, a winter futsal program and a limited number of regional and national events aimed to provide more training, meaningful games and less overall travel for the country’s best Under-13 and Under-14 players.

“The U-13/14 Development Academy program introduces younger players to meaningful competition on a consistent basis without placing unreasonable travel demands on them,” said Development Academy Director of Scouting Tony Lepore. “At these younger ages, it’s critical for players to spend as much time as possible in training and free play environments instead of airplanes, cars and hotel rooms, so we are designing a program with a more local format than the older ages in the Academy program.”

The U13/14 programs will be similar to the older Academy age groups, in that games will be primarily on the weekends, allowing coaches to have four or five training sessions during the week.

“For the past five years in the Development Academy, we have been stressing how important training is for player development, so it was no surprise to see the two teams with the most intensive training schedules in the Academy met in last season’s U-17/18 Final,” Lepore said, referencing the FC Dallas and Vancouver Whitecaps training schedules of five days per week for 10 months during the 2011-12 season. “Training is even more important at younger ages and our goal is for the U-13/14 program to be a valuable model for other elite youth organizations to follow.”

Development Academy Roundup
Sounders FC Academy U18s (1-1-4, 7 points) came away from a road game with San Juan FC with a 2-2 draw on goals by Ike and Cody Crook, while the U16's (3-1-2, 11 points) picked up their third straight win thanks to two second half goals and a Jose Ramos brace.

Justin Dhillon scored three second-half goals as the LA Galaxy U-17/18 team routed Strikers FC on Saturday. Oscar Sorto scored twice in a span of three minutes in the first half for the Galaxy (4-0-1, 13 points) who lead the Southwest Division with 18 goals and are trying to keep up with first-place Real Salt Lake AZ (5-0-1, 16 points).

Both San Jose Earthquakes teams earned a victory against Santa Cruz Breakers Academy. Nicholas Perez had the lone goal in the Earthquakes’ 1-0 victory at the U-15/16s, and Jesus Garcia scored two goals as the U-17/18 team posted a 3-1 win. The San Jose Earthquakes U-17/18 team leads the Northwest Division at 4-0-0 and 3.00 points per game and the U-15/16 team is second at 2.25 points per game.

The De Anza Force U-15/16 team is off to a 6-0-0 start to the 2012-13 Academy season. The De Anza Force U-17/18 team is currently 3-2-1 (10 points) and second in total points (third in points per game at 1.67) in the Northwest Division. The San Jose Earthquakes lead the division at 4-0-0 (12 points; three points per game) and Crossfire Premier (2-1-1, 7 points) is second in points per game at 1.75.

The Chicago Fire U-18 played to a 1-1 draw with Indiana Fire Academy On Sunday, while the U-16 team won 5-0.

The Fire U-18s match remained scoreless until the Fire's Jeffrey Farina scored his ninth goal of the season in the 75th minute. A 90th minute goal by Indiana Fire's Joey Bastian leveled the match as the game ended 1-1.

In the second match of the day, Luca Giovine put the Fire U-16s up 1-0 just two minutes in. Daniel Hayes doubled the Fire's lead in the 16th minute for a 2-0 halftime lead. In the second half, the Fire got goals from Oscar Gonzalez in 67th minute, Martin Alba in the 75th minute and Shannon Seymour in the 78th minute to give the Fire a 5-0 victory.

The U-18s (3-2-2) sit in sixth place in the Mid-America Division of the Central Conference. The Fire have scored the most goals in the division with 16 goals thus far. The U-16s (3-1-3) remained fourth in the Mid-America Division of the Central Conference.

Crew Soccer Academy Wolves swept its Michigan-based counterpart Crew Soccer Academy with a pair of 2-1 victories on Saturday at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Hunter Barone scored the winning goal in the game’s final minute of regulation as the CSA Wolves U-15/16 team improved to 6-0-1 to lead the Mid-America Division. The U-17/18 team overcame a one-goal deficit as Oliver Harris and Ali Cheaib tallied back-to-back goals in the second half for CSA Wolves (3-2-2).

The Colorado Rapids U-15/16 team notched its fourth shutout victory of the year and Victor Rolph and Gustavo Montes each scored a goal during its 2-0 win against Andromeda FC. The Rapids have outscored their opponents 16-2 this season and improved to 5-1-0 in the competitive Frontier Division, where nine of the 13 teams have a .500 record or better.

The Timbers U-18 Academy had their unbeaten streak ended in a 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake-AZ, while the Timbers U-16 Academy extended their unbeaten streak to six games with a 1-1 draw.

The Timbers U-18 Academy (1-3-2, 5pts) entered their match against Real Salt Lake-AZ on a three-game unbeaten streak. In a closely contested match, Real Salt Lake-AZ claimed all three points on Benjamin Lopez’s game-winning goal in the 86th minute. Timbers U-18 midfielder Foster Langsdorf, forward James Nosack and goalkeeper Collin Partee turned in notable performances in the loss.

In a matchup of unbeaten teams, the Timbers U-16 Academy (2-0-4, 10pts) played Real Salt Lake-AZ to a 1-1 draw, stretching their season-opening unbeaten run. The Timbers U-16s received standout play from defender Elijah Kilmer and midfielder Jesse Garcia-Aguila, who tallied his team-leading third goal of the season in the 37th minute. However, the Southwest Division-leading Real Salt Lake-AZ U-16s leveled in the 57th minute when midfielder Brooks Lennon delivered the equalizer, scoring his second goal in three games.

Georgia United’s U-15/16 team (4-0-1, 13 points) posted two shutout victories this past weekend. Jad Arslan scored four goals during a 4-0 win against Kendall SC on Saturday and Kevin Barajas had the lone goal in a 1-0 victory against Weston FC on Sunday. Georgia United has outscored its opponents 12-1 this season and is second in the Southeast Division in points per game (2.6), trailing only Orlando City (3-0-0, 9 points, 3.0 points per game).

New York Red Bulls U18s defeated the New England Revolution 5-2, while the club's U16 teams played to a 0-0 draw. The Revs U14s won 2-1.

IMG Soccer Academy’s U-17/18 team swept its weekend set with a 5-0 victory against North Meck SC and a 2-0 win against Charlotte Soccer Academy. Brett Gravatt and Yussuf Olajde each scored two goals against North Meck SC. IMG Soccer Academy’s Pablo Aguilar and Raul Gonzalez scored in the 88th and 89th minutes, respectively, to gain three points against Charlotte Soccer Academy to move into a third-place tie in the Southeast Division with 1.8 points per game.

Junior midfielder Lauren Macke from Campbell County High School (Alexandria, Ky.) and senior forward Alex Davidson from Chicopee High School (Chicopee, Mass.) have been named NSCAA High School Players of the Week.

Macke scored five of the team's eight goals in the KHSAA Regional Tournament. She scored back-to-back goals in the Camels’ 4-1 win in the first round of the tournament, then followed up with two goals in the first nine minutes of the semifinal game en route to a 3-0 win.

In the regional championship game, Macke scored the lone goal for the Camels in a game that ended in regulation at 1-1. Macke did tally a penalty kick; however the Camels lost 6-5. The junior’s efforts this season earned her First Team All-Region and she finished the year with a team-leading 20 goals. Macke and the Camels are coached by Dave Morris.

Davidson had a strong week for Chicopee. He scored two goals in the Pacers’ 2-0 victory last Monday and then connected on the game-tying goal in a 1-1 draw last Thursday. The tying goal kept the Pacers tied for first place in the Churchill-Morian Division.

Davidson is a four-year member of the varsity soccer program. He and the Chicopee boys’ team are coached by Tom Rivet.

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