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February 22, 2013
New Youth partnership for Quakes

Quakes for Youth Alliance
The San Jose Earthquakes have created a partnership with Diablo Futbol Club of Concord, Calif., establishing the Earthquakes’ first Youth Development Alliance.

Through the partnership, Diablo FC – the club where current Earthquakes star and MLS MVP Chris Wondolowski played his final years of youth soccer – will work closely with the Earthquakes’ Youth Development Academy while implementing recreation leagues and development schools for girls and boys in the U5-U10 age groups. The Earthquakes will provide financial and curricular support as well as additional resources.

On the competitive side, Diablo FC will field U12, U14, U16 and U18 teams donning an official San Jose Earthquakes Youth Development Alliance patch. Coaches in the program will report to Earthquakes Youth Academy technical director Chris Leitch and head coach Marquis White, who has coached for more than a dozen years with Diablo FC and is the club’s technical director. Each roster will serve as a player pool for the club’s Academy. The club also will have access to the services of Henry Foulk, a goalkeeper coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team and 12-year veteran at DFC.

The Earthquakes will also provide a registration platform that Diablo FC can utilize.

In addition to competitive teams and recreation leagues, the partnership will allow for a series of eight-week Regional Development Schools at four different levels: Elite, Junior U12-U14, Recreational U5-U10 and Developmental U5-U10. RDS programs focus on developing fundamental skills in a fun, engaging environment.

Finally, the partnership will include camps and clinics offered exclusively to Diablo FC members in conjunction with the Earthquakes.

id2 Selection Headed to Spain
The 2013 id2 National Selection International Tour to Spain will take place from Feb. 28-March 11. The 18-player roster will take on youth academy squads from Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, as well as play in scrimmages, conduct training sessions and gain the unique educational and cultural experience of life in another country.

“We are thrilled at the chance to test our skills against FC Barcelona and Real Madrid,” said Gerry McKeown, US Club Soccer’s id2 Boys’ Program Director. “We have selected a roster of elite American talent, and there’s no better challenge than taking on two of the biggest clubs in the world. This will be an invaluable experience for these young players.”

The players will convene Feb. 28 in Miami, and conduct a pair of training sessions before flying to Madrid. They arrive in the Spanish capital on Saturday, March 2, and will have a chance to enjoy the city’s atmosphere as Real Madrid hosts FC Barcelona in El Clásico that night.

After a scrimmage on Sunday, the team will face Real Madrid’s Infantil A squad at 6:45 p.m. (12:45 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, March 5, followed by a meeting with FC Barcelona at 7 p.m. (1 p.m. ET) on Thursday, March 7. Both matches will take place at the clubs’ official training grounds, Cuidad Real Madrid and Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

The team will also tour stadiums, visit training grounds and play a final game on Saturday, March 9 before attending FC Barcelona’s match against Deportivo de La Coruña at the famous L'Estadi Camp Nou that evening.

Seventeen clubs and 10 states are represented on the team, which consists of boys born in 1999 selected from id2 Program events held in 2012.

Dallas Cup Gordon Jago Super Group Bracket Set
Gordon Jago Super Group brackets are set for the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup. Group play starts on Sunday, March 24, and runs through Wednesday, March 27 at the Cotton Bowl Stadium, CLSC Richland College Complex, and The University of Texas-Dallas Complex.

Three continents are represented in each group , and Group B features two previous super group champions in Coritiba FC and Eintracht Frankfurt.

The first place team from each group, along with the second place team with the most points, will advance to the semi-finals which take place at the Cotton Bowl on Friday March 29. The semifinal winners advance to the Dallas Cup Championship game on Sunday, March 31.

Bracket A: Manchester United (England), Kashiwa Reysol (Japan), Club America (Mexico) , Dallas Texans (USA)

Bracket B: Coritiba FC (Brazil), Fulham FC (England) , Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany), LA Galaxy Academy (USA)

Bracket C: Fluminense (Brazil), Aalborg BK (Denmark), Tigres (Mexico), Toronto FC (Canada)

For the complete Dallas Cup Cotton Bowl Stadium schedule click here .

Georgia Rush joins Next Generation Series
The Georgia Rush, an affiliate of the largest youth soccer club in the world, has been accepted into the United Soccer League’s Next Generation Series.

“I believe that if the [U.S.] is going to compete on the world stage in the next 10 years then its focus cannot be on the U16 and U18 age groups, it needs to be on the younger players,” Georgia Rush Technical Director Russell Finch said. “Other leagues are focusing on initiating elite development leagues for 15, 16, 17 year olds when in Europe and South America they are signing professional contracts at this age. USL obviously understands the importance and has taken the initiative to implement NGS and its programs to ultimately educate and engrain good habits at an earlier age so that the final product is a complete one.”

The 2013 Next Gen Series format will consist of U12 and U14 boys and girls teams participating in an eight-month season beginning in August and culminating in April that will feature two evaluation/competition events at IMG.

U.S. Development Academy Roundup
Chivas USA U-17/18 edged Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-17/18 3-2 in one of the higher scoring games of the weekend. Four of the game’s five goals were scored after the 74th minute, with Player of the Week Caleb Calvert slotting home the game-winner in the 87th minute.

Houston Dynamo U-15/16 won their sixth consecutive game to stay atop the Frontier Division, defeating Lonestar SC Academy 5-1. Elochukwu Ozumba led the Dynamo, scoring back-to-back goals in the 79th and 80th minutes of the match.

Concorde Fire U-17/18 posted the highest goal total in the country in week 21, with a 6-1 win against Orlando City U-17/18. Concorde scored three goals on both sides of halftime led by Tyler Dowse, who notched two goals after coming in as a sub in the 55th minute.

NSCAA High School Players of the Week
Taylor Eller, a junior midfielder from Melbourne High School (Melbourne, Fla.), and Chris Nichols, a senior goalkeeper from Vista Ridge High School (Ceder Park, Texas), have been selected as the NSCAA High School Players of the Week.

Eller scored a goal and contributed an assist in the state championship game won by Melbourne, 4-2, the school’s third title in five years and fourth overall. The junior midfielder played a key role in helping Melbourne finish the season with a 25-0-1 record.

Nichols, a 2012 All-District goalkeeper, had three saves in Vista Ridge’s last district game, a 2-0 victory over Leander High School. This was the senior goalkeeper’s fifth shutout. Nichols has 41 saves this season through 13 games. The two-year starter will play his next match this Friday against Vandergrift High School.

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