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December 8, 2012
Winter Showcase, Super Y Finals, Dallas Cup

Compiled by Soccer News Net staff

U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase
The Under-15/16 Development Academy Red Select squad defeated the Academy Blue Select team 4-1 on Saturday at Premier Sports Campus. The Academy Select U-17/18 Blue team defeated the Red team 1-0.

The rosters were selected by technical advisors and youth national team coaches to bring together many of the top Academy players.

The U15/16 Red Select, coached by Carson Porter, struck first as Christian Chavez of the LA Galaxy crossed the ball in from the right and his delivery found Nomads SC’s Joe Gallardo at the far left post for a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute.

Red Select’s Kevin Politz of the New York Red Bulls headed home a Brooks Lennon corner kick from the left side to push the lead to 2-0 in the 19th minute.

Crew Soccer Academy forward William Bayemi got the Blue team – under the direction of U-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Hugo Perez – back into the match with his team’s first goal in the 49th minute.

Red Select had an immediate answer when Alex Radilla of FC Dallas tapped in a cross from Steve Martinez of the LA Galaxy to restore the two-goal lead at 3-1 in the 52nd minute. Radilla returned the favor as he assisted Martinez from the left side to boost the lead to 4-1 in the 66th minute.

In the U17/18 game, De Anza Force forward Jason Romero scored the lone goal of the game for the Blue Select team in front of 300 boisterous fans.

After a scoreless first half, Romero broke the deadlock in the 71st minute. Kevin de la Torre carried the ball up the middle of the field and drew in his defender, slipping it forward and to the right behind the defense. Romero checked to make sure he was onside, then faced Red team goalkeeper Avery Miller one-on-one, slamming it to the right of Miller and into the net. Miller had come in for goalkeeper Randall Black at halftime.

United puts in a stellar performance, Timbers falter
D.C United’s U1-8 team put in a dominating performance with a 5-1 win over the North Carolina Fusion U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase.

Nigel Robinson notched a brace, with Ian Harkes, Kennedy O’Shea and David Warburton also adding goals.

D.C. United’s U-16s went undefeated at the Showcase, opening with a 6-1 rout of the North Carolina Fusion. Despite going down 1-0 in the 21st minute, United regrouped and responded with six unanswered strikes. Graydon Hester and Gerson Umana led the charge with a brace apiece, with goals also coming from Milton Juarez – who played up by two years in his first game as a U-16 – and Julian Cummings.

The second match, against FC Dallas, was a much closer and action-packed affair, with the Black-and-Red eking out a 1-0 victory. In the 31st minute, Hester finished a corner kick from Umana to take the lead.

With the results from the Showcase, the DC United U16s boast the best points-per-game average (2.69) in the nation, and the side is the only divisional leader that has yet to lose a match. Additionally, Umana’s 11 goals lead all players from all academies.

The Portland Timbers U-18 Academy finished the Winter Showcase with a 1-2-0 record, capping the trip with a 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire U-18 Academy on Monday. Forward Anthony Macchione delivered the game-winning goal in the 75th minute and goalkeeper Mitch North recorded the shutout in the win over the Fire.

The Timbers U-16 Academy lost all three of its matches during the Winter Showcase. Entering the competition, the team had just one loss in its first nine matches of the season.

“We played against three of the top teams in the country,” said Timbers U-16 Academy head coach Mike Smith. “We are disappointed with the results, but we played some good football in each game and will be a better team as a result of our experiences.”

Super Y Finals kick off
The 2012 Super Y-League North American Finals kicked off Friday morning at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, with 130 teams set to compete for 12 championships.

After Group play, the tournament’s championship games are set for Tuesday morning. Among the teams returning to defend their titles are the TSF Academy U17 Boys team, who open the tournament against regional rival Ironbound SC. The Atlanta Fire’s U14 Girls will also try for back-to-back titles, with their defense beginning against Force Football Club.

International entries for Dallas Cup
Mexican power Club América and Danish Superliga Club Aalborg BK will participate in the Dallas Cup XXXIV in 2013.

Club América will participate in the 2013 Gordon Jago Super Group. The Aguilas’ U-20 squad has won the last three3 league titles. After a 13-year absence from the Dallas Cup, Club América’s U-20 Squad joins Fulham FC (England), Fluminense (Brazil); Coritiba FC (Brazil), Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany); Aalborg BK (Denmark) and Tigres UANL (Mexico) in the Group, with more announcements expected.

Aalborg BK is the first club from Ddenmark to compete in the Dallas Cup in 12 years. Aalborg BK U19 team will compete in the Gordon Jago Super Group and a second team in the U17 age group.

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