November 24, 2012
Compiled by Soccer News Net staff
YOUTH SOCCER INFORMER
Dallas Cup moves, US Development Academy, NSCAA High School Players of the Week
Dallas Cup makes a move
The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup will have a new home in 2013, moving its marquee games to the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park in Dallas. The Dallas Cup has been played at the FC Dallas Facility in Frisco since 2006.
Beginning in 2013, the Cotton Bowl will host select matches of the elite Gordon Jago Super Group, which feature a selection of 12 U19 teams. In recent years, the Super Group has featured youth squads from Manchester United, Chelsea, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, Sao Paulo, AC Milan, Club America, and other top global soccer powers.
The Dallas Cup draws approximately 180 teams in the U13 to U19 age groups from across the country and around the world to the Metroplex.
U.S. Soccer Development Academy Roundup
Timbers Academy teams earned three wins out of four games during a weekend trip to California, where they played against Cal Odyssey and San Jose Earthquakes Academy.
Forward Christian Desir and midfielder James Nosack each scored two goals over the weekend to help the Timbers U-18 Academy (3-4-2, 11pts) split their matches against Cal Odyssey and first-place San Jose Earthquakes U-18 Academy.
Led by a brace from Desir, the Timbers U-18s defeated Cal Odyssey 4-3 on Saturday. After going down a goal, the Timbers U-18s responded with three consecutive goals by Desir, defender Abdiel Morfin and Nosack to take a 3-1 lead in the 46th minute. Cal Odyssey scored twice in the second half, including a goal in the 89th minute, but Desir scored the game-winner in the 59th minute, lifting the Timbers U-18s to their third victory of the season.
Nosack scored his second goal of the weekend in a 2-1 loss to the Earthquakes U-18s on Sunday. The Timbers U-18s were able to level the score in the 49th minute on Nosackís second goal of the season, but Roberto Mendoza delivered the game-winner for San Jose in the 60th minute. In the first half, Timbers U-18s goalkeeper Mitch North saved a penalty kick attempt shortly after the Earthquakes U-18sí go-ahead goal in the 33rd minute. Portland finished the match with 10 players after midfielder Foster Langdorf was sent off around the 60th minute.
The Timbers U-16 Academy (4-1-4, 16pts) swept their two matches over the weekend, defeating the U-16 sides for both Cal Odyssey and San Jose Earthquakes, to move into sole possession of third place in the U.S. Soccer Development Academyís Northwest Division. Forward Rolando Velazquez scored in both matches Ė his first two goals of the season.
The Timbers U-16s picked up their first shutout of the season, defeating Cal Odyssey 4-0 on Saturday at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif. Forward Alejandro Segovia opened the scoring in the 30th minute and midfielder Jesse Garcia-Aguilar notched his team-leading fourth goal in the 42nd minute to give the Timbers U-16s a 2-0 lead at halftime. Following an own goal by Cal Odyssey in the 68th minute, Velazquez tallied the final goal in the 74th minute to seal the teamís largest win of the season.
The Timbers U-16s capped the weekend with a 2-0 victory over the Earthquakes U-16s at the Nutrilite Training Facility in San Jose, Calif. After a scoreless first half, the Timbers U-16s scored twice in the second half on goals by Velazquez and midfielder Octavio Hermosillo to capture the win. Goalkeeper Joseph Martin recorded both clean sheets on the weekend to help the Timbers U-16s remain unbeaten (3-0-3) on the road this season.
Chivas U16s got on the scoreboard early against the San Diego Surf, off a corner kick when Andrew Benitez rose above the defense and knocked home a header from six yards out, starting the Baby Goats on their way to a 2-1 win. Two minutes into the second half, Jorge Ruiz made one of his many penetrating runs behind the Surf defense and found Caleb Calvert for an easy tap in to give the U16s their fifth straight win. Chivas sits in second place in the So Cal Conference and just four points behind first place Real Salt Lake, with a game in hand.
Chivas USA U18s tied with the Surf 1-1. The Surf U18s jumped out on top early in the second half with a long throw-in. Miscommunication by the Chivas defense led to a Surf player being left unmarked and able to head in a score. Chivas controlled the ball most of the second half as the Surf sat back and put numbers behind the ball and waited to counter. In the 70th minute Adam Arana sent a curling free-kick into the top left-hand corner of the net to tie the game 1-1.
Crossfire Premierís U-15/16 team moved up to the middle of the pack in the Northwest Division with 3-1 victories against the Santa Cruz Breakers Academy last Saturday and the previously unbeaten De Anza Force on Sunday. Mohamed Dukuly had two goals against Santa Cruz and Ibrahima Drame had two goals on the road against De Anza Force. Crossfire Premier has won three straight to improve to 3-2-2 and tied for fourth place in the division.
Bryan Guzman scored the game-winning goal in the 90th minute to lead the LA Galaxy U-17/18 team to a 3-2 victory against Real Salt Lake AZ last Saturday in a matchup of the top two teams in the Southwest Division. Sebastian Velasquez had two goals for the LA Galaxy (6-0-1, 19 points) and Benjamin Lopez had both goals for Real Salt Lake AZ (6-1-2, 20 points). The LA Galaxy U-15/16 teamís Steve Martinez scored two goals, including an equalizer in the 80th minute, to earn a 2-2 draw against Real Salt Lake AZ.
The Houston Dynamo U-15/16s won their fourth straight match as Giovanni Pacheco scored the gameís lone goal in the 70th minute for a 1-0 local derby victory against Texans SC Houston. The Dynamo (5-1-1) hasve outscored their opponents 7-0 over the four-game winning streak.
Indiana Fire Academyís U-17/18 team blanked the Crew Soccer Academy Wolves 2-0 on the strength of Joey Bastianís 85th-minute goal and Brian Martinís clinching tally two minutes into stoppage time. Indiana Fire Academy leads the Central Conference at 7-1-3 and 2.18 points per game.
Max Kroschwitz and Players Development Academyís U-17/18 squad moved to 6-0-0 on the season with a 1-0 victory against D.C. United in Atlantic Division play. Kroschwitz scored the game-winner in the 48th minute and Players Development Academy posted its fourth shutout of the season.
The New York Red Bulls U-15/16 team is the lone unbeaten squad in the Northeast Division following its 3-1 road victory against the Oakwood Soccer Club last Saturday. Oakwood (6-1-0). Anthony Viteri, Derrick Etienne and Steven Echevarria each scored a goal within a 10-minute span in an action-packed first half for the Red Bulls (7-0-1). Matthew Vasquenza had the lone goal for Oakwood Soccer Club.
The New England Revolution Under-14s suffered a 1-0 loss to BW Gottschee in Brooklyn, N.Y. Though the Under-18 and Under-16 teams were also set to play BW Gottschee on Saturday, an unexpected scheduling conflict caused the games to be postponed until the spring.
NSCAA High School Player of the Week
Senior midfielder Morgan Santoro from Islip High School (Islip, N.Y.) and senior forward Jeff Tryon from Montville High School (Oakdale, Conn.) have been named NSCAA High School Players of the Week.
Santoro is finalizing a stellar high school career, aiding the Buccaneers in two sectional wins last week for the Section 11 Championship title. She is a four-year starter who, after wading through several offers from Top 25 college programs, has committed to play at Central Connecticut State next season.
In the last six playoff games in which Islip has appeared in the last two seasons, Santoro either scored or assisted on every goal and leads Long Island, N.Y. in both points and assists. Off the field, Santoro led the team in fundraising for the Kicks for Cancer campaign.
The other girls' nominees included senior forward Laura Hill (Pike View HS, Princeton, W.V.) and junior midfielder Sydney Sladek (Pahrump Valley HS, Pahrump, Nevada)
Tryon helped the Montville High boysí team to three big wins last week, improving the team to 18-1-0 overall. The first two wins were in the Eastern Connecticut Conference Tournament, and resulted in the program's first ECC Tournament Championship.
In an overtime win against Waterford, Tryon converted his penalty kick, which lead to the win for the Indians 5-4 on PKís. In the conference final against Bacon Academy, he scored two of the teamís three second-half goals to propel Montville to the tournament title. The win also avenged Montvilleís lone loss during the regular season to Bacon.
Tryon also scored the game-winning goal in Montvilleís debut in the CIAC State Tournament second round in the 3-1 win against Granby. The senior forward finished his season with 36 goals and 17 assists.
Tyron and the Montville Indians are coached by Colin Delaney.
The other boys' nominees this week were senior forward Jordan Stewart (The Geneva School, Winter Park, Fla.), senior goalkeeper Christian Espinoza (Battle Mountain HS, Edwards, Colo.), junior midfielder Enrique Galan (San Marcos Academy, San Marcos, Texas), and senior forward Frankie Wyatt (Hickory HS, Hickory, N.C.).