September 7, 2012
80 teams kick off sixth season Saturday
CHICAGO - The 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season kicks off this weekend with 40 matches on the docket on Saturday and Sunday.
The Development Academy's sixth season features 80 teams playing among seven divisions and three conferences. This season features the first across-the-board implementation of the 10-month season format, which puts a greater emphasis on the Academy philosophy of increased training, while competing in fewer but more meaningful matches.
After receiving overwhelming support from the Development Academy membership, the Academy made the decision to move to a 10-month season that runs from September through June (or July based on postseason play).
Northeast Division (12): Albertson SC, BW Gottschee Academy, FC Bolts Celtic, FC Westchester, Met Oval, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Oakwood Soccer Club, Revolution Empire, Seacoast United, South Central Premier
Atlantic Division (12): Baltimore Bays Chelsea, D.C. United, FC DELCO, Match Fit Chelsea, McLean Youth Soccer, NJSA 04, PA Classics, Players Development Academy, Potomac, Richmond Kickers, Richmond Strikers, Virginia Rush
Southeast Division (12): CASL Chelsea FC Academy, Chargers Soccer Club, Charlotte Soccer Academy, Concorde Fire, Georgia United, IMG Academy, Kendall SC, North Carolina Fusion, North Meck SC, Orlando City, South Carolina United Battery, Weston FC
Frontier Division (13): Andromeda FC, Classics Elite, Colorado Rapids, Colorado Rush, Dallas Texans, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Lonestar SC Academy, Real Colorado, Solar Chelsea SC, Sporting Kansas City, Texans SC Houston, Texas Rush
Mid-America Division (13): Chicago Fire, Chicago Magic PSG, Crew Soccer Academy, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves, FC Milwaukee, Indiana Fire Academy, Internationals, Minnesota Thunder Academy, Shattuck-Saint Marys Soccer Academy, Sockers FC, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri, Vardar SC Freiburg
Northwest Division (9): Cal Odyssey, Crossfire Premier, De Anza Force, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, San Juan Soccer Club, Santa Cruz Breakers Academy, Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Southwest Division (9): Arsenal FC, Chivas USA, LA Galaxy, Nomads SC, Pateadores, Real Salt Lake AZ, Real So Cal, San Diego Surf, Strikers FC