November 16, 2012
YOUTH SOCCER INFORMER
National Cup schedule, US Development Academy, NSCAA High School Players of the Week
National Cup XII Dates, Locations Set
Dates and locations have been finalized for the National Cup XII, US Club Soccerís premier cup-based national championship competition.
Open to all member teams in the U-11 through U-18/19 boys and girls age groups, National Cup XII Regionals will be held in six cities across the country between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July in 2013.
Winning teams from National Cup XII Regionals and qualifying state cups in the U-13 through U-17 age groups will advance to the National Cup XII Finals, slated for July 18-21 at Aurora Sports Park in suburban Denver.
For the second consecutive year, the National Cup Finals will be held alongside the NPL Champions Cup, US Club Soccerís premier league-based national championship.
National Cup XII Regionals include a mixture of familiar sites and new destinations. For the 11th consecutive year, LaGrangeville, N.Y., will play host to the Northeast Regional (May 25-27) at Stringham Park. Other familiar venues include 60 Acres Soccer Complex in Seattle (Northwest Regional June 22-25), which has hosted the Northwest Regional since 2010, and Tuckahoe Turf Complex in Hammonton, N.J., which will mark its third straight year as the Mid-Atlantic Regional (June 29-July 2) site.
New venues that will host National Cup XII Regionals include Davis Legacy Soccer Complex in Davis, Calif. (West Regional- June 15-18/Boys & June 22-25/Girls ); Bryan Park Soccer Complex in Greensboro, N.C. (Southeast Regional- June 22-25); and Waukegan Sports Park in Waukegan, Ill. (Midwest Regional- June 28 Ė July 1), which hosted the National Cup XI Finals and 2012 NPL Champions Cup this past July.
U.S. Soccer Development Academy Roundup
This past weekend, the New England Revolutionís three youth teams went unbeaten Ė with a combined record of 3-0-1 Ė against regional rival Seacoast United and league newcomer Montreal Impact. The Under-18s posted a pair of wins (2-1 over Seacoast and 1-0 over Montreal), while the Under-16s went 1-0-1 with a 2-1 win over Seacoast and a 0-0 draw against Montreal. The Revsí U-16s are 2-1-4 (10 pts.), while the U-14s are 4-1-0 (12 pts.).
D.C. Unitedís U-18 and U-16 Academy teams saw their winning streaks end this past Saturday with a 1-0 loss to, and a 2-2 draw with, FC Delcoís U-18ís and U-16ís, respectively, in Radnor, Pa.
A missed penalty kick by the U-18ís in the opening minute of the match and a converted FC Delco penalty kick in the 72nd proved to be the difference between the squads. A handball inside the box in the first minute of the match gave Patrick Foss an opportunity to put United up 1-0, but the FC Delco goalkeeper saved the ball to keep the scoreline even. FC Delco sealed the win with a 76th minute pk by George Tsirukis.
After taking an early 2-0 lead, D.C. Unitedís U-16 squad ended its match against FC Delco even at 2-2. In the 19th minute, Gerson Umana bent in a corner kick that Julian Cummings put away. Another Umana corner kick, ten minutes later, found Graydon Hester who made the score 2-0 within the first 30 minutes of the match. But FC Delcoís Tyler Skwara and Grant Yu scored in the 38th and 69th minutes, respectively, to earn a point.
Led by second-half goals from Matthew Vasquenza and Alexander Wrona, Oakwood Soccer Clubís U-15/16 team improved to 6-0-0 with a 2-0 victory against BW Gottschee Academy last Saturday. The win sets up an intriguing Northeast Division matchup against the New York Red Bulls (6-0-1) on Saturday, Nov. 17.
FC Dallasí U-18 Development Academy team notched a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids prior to the U-16 team defeating the MLS sideís U-16 team, 2-1, on Saturday, Nov. 10.
FC Dallasí Under-18s kicked off the day with a shutout victory over the Rapids U-18s on Field 8 at Dickís Sporting Goods Park. Following a scoreless first half, forward Bobby Edet broke the deadlock in the 65th minute. The goal was set up by FC Dallas Homegrown Player Kellyn Acosta. The goal was Edetís team-leading sixth of the season.
FC Dallasí Victor Portillo added an insurance goal via counterattack in the 85th minute. Goalkeepers Caleb Underwood and Jesse Gonzalez each played 45 minutes as the team secured its third shutout to improve to 5-2-0 on the season. The team is currently in second place (15 points) in U.S. Soccer Development Academyís Central Conference, Frontier Division. FC Dallas trails only Sporting Kansas City (6-2-0, 18 points), which the U-18s defeated, 3-1, on Nov. 4. Both of FC Dallas U-18s losses were suffered in Colorado in late October.
In the U16 game, FCD forward Santiago Agudelo scored the game-winner in the 42nd minute, just two minutes after Coloradoís Edward Venta-Yepes tied the score, 1-1. The goal was Agudeloís ninth goal this season. Aaron Meyer scored FC Dallasí first goal in the seventh minute.
The win keeps FC Dallas on top of the Development Academyís Central Conference, Frontier Division, three points ahead of Solar Chelsea SC (19 points). FC Dallas defeated Solar Chelsea SC in head-to-head competition, 3-2, on Oct. 13.
The Rapids U16s, now 5-3-1 (W-L-T) and 16 points, are third in points in the Frontier Division.
The Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-18ís kept their unbeaten record intact with a win and a draw against a pair of Southern California rivals.
The RSL U-18ís drew their first match, tying Irvine Strikers FC 3-3 in Southern California on Saturday, Nov. 3. The team picked up a win the next day, getting a goal at the death to beat Pateadores FC 2-1 on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Jose Navarro was the star for the U-18ís, scoring four goals Ė including a first half hat trick against Irvine Ė in the two matches to move his season total to seven. Riggs Lennon also played well, picking up two assists to help the U-18ís stay unbeaten.
The RSL U-18ís are now 6-0-2 in the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy season, good enough for first place in the West Conferenceís Southwest Division.
Real So Calís U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams each picked up their first win of the season with a sweep against Pateadores last Sunday. The Real So Cal U-15/16 team rallied from a first-half deficit with Chester Castellaw scoring a 47th-minute equalizer and Carlos Gonzalez the game-winner in the 76th minute for a 2-1 victory. In the U-17/18 game, Real So Calís Kevin Martinez tallied the lone goal in the 32nd minute and the defense posted its first shutout of the year.
Chivas USAís -18s defeated Arsenal FC 2-1 over the weekend , led by Ben Spencerís two-goal performance.
The Chicago Fire U-18 and U-16 Academy teams went 2-0-1 over the weekend. The U-18s match against the Crew Soccer Academy Wolves, originally scheduled to take place Saturday, Nov. 10, was postponed due to severe weather. The 18s defeated Vardar SC Freiburg 1-0 Sunday morning. The U-16s won their first match of the weekend 1-0 against the No. 1 ranked Crew Soccer Academy Wolves Saturday before dropping a 1-0 decision to Vardar SC Freiburg Sunday.
The Fireís Luca Giovine scored the only goal of the game in the 61st minute as the Fire U-16s defeated the previously undefeated Crew Soccer Academy Wolves 1-0 Saturday afternoon on the Toyota Park Turf Field. This was the first loss suffered by the Wolves, who entered the match with a 9-0-1 record.
The Fire U-18s kicked off first on Sunday, Nov. 11. Jeffrey Farina scored in the 50th minute as the Fire defeated Vardar 1-0. Farinaís goal in Sundayís match was his 11th goal of the season. Farina leads the U-18s and has scored 11 of the teamís 21 goals this season.
In the second match of the day, Vardarís Robert Cort scored the only goal of the match in the 42nd minute to give the visitors a 1-0 win.
The U-18s (5-3-2) sit in seventh place in the Central Conferenceís Mid-America Division. The U-16s (5-3-3) currently hold third place in the Mid-America Division.
Samuel Hayward and Jesse Miralrio Toledo each scored two goals and the Solar Chelsea SC U-17/18 team shut out Frontier Division-leading Sporting Kansas City 4-0 last Saturday. All five of Solar Chelsea SCís victories this season have been shutouts, as the team improved to 5-2-1. Sporting Kansas City dropped to 6-2-0 (2.25 points per game), but is still clinging onto a first-place lead over FC Dallas (5-2-0; 2.14 points per game).
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouriís Mark Segbers scored three goals during the U-15/16 teamís 5-1 victory against FC Milwaukee and SLSG Missouri U-17/18ís Austin Panchot also notched three goals as his side rebounded from an early one-goal deficit for a 3-1 win last Saturday against FC Milwaukee.
NSCAA High School Players of the Week
Senior midfielders Morgan Andrews from Milford High School (Milford, N.H.) and Mike Rood from Susquehanna Valley High School (Conklin, N.Y.) have been named NSCAA High School Players of the Week.
Andrews finished her season on a high note. As team captain she led the Spartans to victory by scoring both goals in the teamís 2-1 win over last yearís state champion Souhegan High School. That win earned Milford High its first-ever New Hampshire state soccer championship.
Andrews led the team in goals and assists all four years of her high school career and will graduate with school records in goals (114) and assists (53). Andrews and the Spartans are coached by John Valchos.
Rood turned in a clutch performance last week, scoring three goals (including the game-winner) in a 5-2 victory in the sectional championship game. He followed that performance with an assist on the lone goal in the state quarterfinal game to help advance the Crusaders to the state semifinals for the first time in school history.
Rood, in his third year as captain, has led the Sabers in goals and assists, and has earned two All-State awards and two All-Region nods. Rood and the Crusaders are coached by Ted Hudock.
Other female nominees were Hailey Williams from Calvert High School (Prince Fredrick, Md.) and Kaitlin Saulter from Hermon High School (Herman, Maine).
Other male nominees were Jordan Stewart from The Geneva School (Winter Park, Fla.), Owen Ryan from Durham School of Arts (Durham, N.C.), and Connor Smith from Gonzaga College High School (Washington, D.C.).