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U-16s top Potomac, 3-1

Posted on 18 December 2008 by ASN Staff

D.C. United’s Under-16 Academy teams beat Potomac at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md., this week by a 3-1 score.

The U-16s went up 2-0 in the first half after Luis Cartagena tallied in the 22nd minute (assisted by Dallas Aminzadeh) and Omar Kabba doubled the lead in the 32nd (assisted by Sam Bradley). Potomac got a goal back in the 68th minute, but Nick Smirniotopoulos iced the game with a goal in the 80th.

“Our U-166s progressed this weekend with a comprehensive 3-1 win over much-improved local rivals Potomac Academy,” said U-16 Head Coach Richie Burke. “More importantly, we produced a very satisfying performance, dominating possession and creating many good chances. We were glad of the tremendous form of our two young strikers, Marcus Selandy-Dufour and Luis Cartagena, both of whom are young enough to have another two seasons with us at U-16 level. Each was involved in most of our offensive work with Luis scoring his second Academy goal in as many starts. We received strong performances once again from team leaders Nicky Yin, Steve Mashinski and Sam Bradley – all were very significant to our team’s high level of play. We will go into the winter break with confidence high and will look to the re-start of our matches in February with renewed anticipation.”

U-18s settle for tie
The U-18s were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw after going up 2-0 in the game’s first 22 minutes. United’s William ‘Junior’ Bioh talled in the 20th minute (assisted by Chris Hegngi) and Shane Cooke struck just two minutes later (assisted by Travis Pittman) to give D.C. the early lead, but Potomac struck in the 34th minute and were awarded a penalty in the 70th, which was converted and proved to be the final goal of the match.

“It can be frustrating to lose a 2-0 lead., but we have to remember it is very early in season,” said U-18 Head Coach Judah Cooks. “We will see this style of play in many games throughout the year and the challenge for our boys and staff is to continue to play attractive soccer while breaking down teams that play a more defensive, counter-attack style. It was a game that we will learn and get better from.”

Next Up

The Academy teams will now turn its focus to the Disney Showcase in Orlando December 26-30 where it will play Chelsea in its first match. In preparation for the tournament, the team will play friendly matches versus local club Arlington and affiliate club Freestate.

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DCU youths impress at U.S. Soccer Academy Winter Showcase

Posted on 11 December 2008 by ASN Staff

D.C. United’s Academy teams kicked off the 2008-2009 US Soccer Development Academy season with a strong showing at the Academy Winter Showcase in Lancaster, Calif. In an event that was being called the biggest youth soccer event in US Soccer history, United’s youth looked impressive. The U-18 team dominated in all three of their games, winning by wide margins. The U-16’s also put on a good performance, tying in their first game and winning the final two.

“We were very pleased overall with our performances at the Winter Showcase,” said United’s Director of Youth Development John Maessner. “Both groups played well and impressed with their style of play and skill. It’s a great start to this 2008/2009 Academy year and we look forward to improving our teams and moving our players along in their development.”

The U-16 squad began their season with a 1-1 draw against Cal Odyssey. After going down a goal early in the game, Yam Amankwa found the equalizer in the 30th minute. The U-18 team dominated in their match, defeating Cal Odyssey 3-0 thanks to goals by Uwem Etuk, Jr Bioh and Eliseo Fraga. Goalkeeper Bill Hamid made a spectacular save in the 34th minute that kept the score even and preserved the shutout.

Sunday the teams faced Metro United. The U-16’s went down in the first half but eventually evened the score in the 78th minute, thanks to a goal by Steven Mashinski. In the game’s final minute, Myles McGinley scored the game winner to give the D.C. United youth a 2-1 victory. The U-18’s continued their excellent showing as they defeated Metro United 5-1. Fraga and Bioh each scored two while Chris Hegngi added a penalty kick.

The final games for United’s youth teams came on Monday, when they faced the Virginia Rush. The U-16’s won by a score of 3-1, thanks to a penalty kick by Sam Bradley and goals from Luiz Cartagena and Dallas Aminzadeh. The U-18’s capped off their dominating performance with a 3-0 win over the Rush. Sean Murnane found the back of the net for United while Hegngi added two more.

“It was a great first weekend the season for our young team, with three very strong performances from all players,” said U-16 head coach Richie Burke. “We were disappointed not to win all three games, but happy with the level of play in all of the contests, even in the match we tied. There were some nerves, understandably, in the first match, but we improved enormously over the weekend and our level of play was at its best in our final match.”

U18 Head Coach Judah Cooks also said it was a good way to start the season. “Our boys conducted themselves professionally on and off the field, while meeting our goal of nine points that was set before the trip,” Cooks said. “We are pleased with the group for the commitment that they showed and look forward to our next game.”

The Academy Winter Showcase was the biggest youth soccer event in US Soccer history, with 148 teams representing 74 clubs playing more than 250 games over the extended weekend. In addition, this year also featured the U17 Men’s National Team playing international friendlies against Brazil and Australia. Professional and college scouts were in attendance to the event, as well as US Soccer Youth National team coaches who looked at the top prospects in the Under 15/16 and Under 17/18 age groups. For more information and results, click here.

The D.C. United Academy teams will now face local rival Potomac on Sunday, December 14 at the Maryland SoccerPlex Field #19. The U-16’s will play at 1 p.m. followed by the U-18’s at 3 p.m.

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Dynakids to tour Europe

Posted on 08 December 2008 by ASN Staff

In just its third year of existence, the Dynamo Academy will get a chance to compare itself against the giants of European soccer next summer with an epic tour against six of the biggest clubs in the world.

In a 10-day span in August, the Dynamo will face Rangers, Celtic, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Barcelona. Serious competition that Dynamo Director of Youth Development James Clarkson said was influenced by the track record of the Dynamo organization.

“They usually stay clear of [American teams], but the fact that we are the youth team of the Houston Dynamo and how successful the first team has been – there is a great deal of interest there,” Clarkson said. “If it was a regular youth soccer club from America, they wouldn’t be playing these games.”

Dynamo Academy goalkeeper Pat Wall, a junior at Strake Jesuit High School, expects to make the trip and is excited about the opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to the great competition we will be faced in Europe,” Wall said. “It will be a great chance to test our skills against players in other parts of the world. It will also be a great experience to see how other players our age play and how they act on and off the field.”

Academy players will be competing against each other for the right to go on this rare trip, and Clarkson said only this year’s high school underclassmen will be eligible to go.

“The selection process will be based on ability, availability, and the standard of their play,” Clarkson said. “We are going to announce the preliminary list by the end of the year so we can get things planned and organized in case parents want to go. By the time we get back from Mexico [early spring], we will make a decision on the 20 players that will go.”

To help offset the cost of the trip, Academy players are selling the Dynamo’s holiday cards, and fans can also choose to join the team for all or part of the landmark trip.

“When we first started the Academy, I told everybody we didn’t want to just play local club teams,” Clarkson said. “Our standards are higher than that. We want to play the Boca Juniors, the Real Madrids, and the Manchester Uniteds of the world, and within two years we will have done that. We want to continue to do it because of the benefit it is going to have on the players’ development. It shows where we are and, thanks to the success of the Houston Dynamo first team, it opens up avenues for these sorts of opportunities.”

While the trip opens up opportunities for Dynamo youth players to be seen and scouted by foreign clubs, it will also provide immediate benefits to the players and the Dynamo Academy itself.

“I think the kids are going to get real insight into what it takes to be a professional soccer player and how hard it is and the level in the rest of the world,” Clarkson said. “They need to get themselves fully prepared, because the opportunity is also out there for them to get scouted by the big European teams.”

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Collegiate academy grads update

Posted on 30 September 2008 by ASN Staff

The latest news on Dynamo Academy graduates plying their trade in the collegiate ranks:

Sophomores:
Daniel Roberts (UNC-Wilmington / Fort Bend Clements / Texans) – Named Colonial Athletic Association co-Player of the Week after playing a major role in three of the Seahawks’ four goals in their come-from-behind, 4-3 overtime win over conference rival Drexel on Saturday. Roberts set up a first-half goal, then scored a 76th-minute penalty kick to tie the game and an overtime penalty for the win. Roberts is tied for the team lead with three goals, all from the penalty spot.

Josue Soto (Campbell / Monterrey, Mexico) – Started, played 102 minutes, and took two shots on goal in the Camels’ 3-2 overtime loss to William & Mary on Saturday.

Walberto (Pana) Vasquez (SMU / Cy Falls / Houstonians) – Has not played this season due to injury. No. 6 SMU lost to Tulsa 4-1.

Freshmen:
Alex Dixon (North Carolina / Humble Atascocita / Texans) – Played final 12 minutes as a sub and had a shot on goal in North Carolina’s 2-1 win over Elon last Wednesday. The game-winning goal came just two minutes after Dixon entered the game. He played 52 minutes and scored as a sub in the Tar Heels’ 8-0 victory over East Tennessee State Saturday. The shot came from 25 yards out and was Dixon’s third goal of the year.

Edward Estrada (San Jacinto / Northbrook / Houstonians) – No information available.

Josue Garcia (San Jacinto / Jersey Village / Houstonians) – No information available.

Clayton Holz (Stanford / St. John’s / Houstonians) – Played 25 minutes as a sub and took one shot in Stanford’s 1-0 overtime loss to Santa Clara on Saturday before a crowd of 1,116.

Matt Kirby (Denver / Bmnt. Msgr. Kelly / Texans) – Started and played the first portion of each half, totaling 35 minutes, in Denver’s 2-0 road loss to Creighton, which is ranked as high as No. 5 in the country, on Saturday.

Carlos Recinos (Coastal Carolina / Cy Ridge / Houstonians) – Started, played 46 minutes, and scored the game-winning goal in the Chanticleers’ 3-2 overtime victory over the Virginia Military Institute in the Big South Conference opener on Sunday. After Coastal Carolina rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second half to force overtime, and Recinos scored from 12 yards out in the 105th minute to decide the contest.

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Returning players

Posted on 20 August 2008 by ASN Staff

The D.C. United Academy youth teams will be able to count on several returning players for next season. The Under 16 squad will see Yaw Amankwa, Dallas Aminzadeh, Sam Bradley, Lester Dewee, Emile Doak, Tobi Iguade, Steve Mashinski, Myles McGinley, Mauricio Navarrete, Kennedy O’Shea, Eric Valladares and Dominick Yin all returning, while three players from the Under 15 Developmental Training Program – Nick Njuki, Phillip Nwosu and Joe Wilkins – were selected to join the team.

Returning to play with the Under 18 team are Stefan Berkeley, Junior Bioh, Michael Burgos, Ricky Burke, Stefone Coburn, Shane Cooke, Peabo Doue, Marcus Douglas, Michael Funes, Chris Hegngi, Kevin McBride, Sean Murnane, Daniel Rice, Ryan Runion, Paul Torres and Ethan White.

The D.C. United Academy pre-season will begin mid to late September with the official Academy match schedule slated to start on November 15. D.C. United will participate in the US Soccer Development Academy season while also competing in several showcases and tournaments throughout the year. This year the youth program will be fully funded and players who make the U16 and U18 Academy rosters will not have any fees associated with the Academy.

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Worthington United partnership

Posted on 21 May 2008 by ASN Staff

Crew Juniors, the Columbus Crew’s youth development club has created a partnership with Worthington United Soccer Club. The partnership begins with the 2008 tryouts that got underway Monday and run through June 6.

Worthington United is one of the Ohio South Youth Soccer Association’s most decorated clubs. This spring the club had four state cup semifinalists and two Ohio South State Champions at the U-13 and U-17 levels.

Worthington United’s Director of Coaching, former Crew midfielder Billy Thompson will remain in the new organization. The teams, which will train primarily in Worthington, will play under the Crew Juniors banner and wear the club’s familiar black & gold color scheme. At the U-12 age groups and above, one Crew Juniors Gold team will be formed on both the boys and girls sides in 2008. The Worthington Crew Juniors will field both boys and girls teams from the U-8/9 through U-18 age groups.

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U-16s lose both weekend games, U-18s romp

Posted on 22 April 2008 by ASN Staff

D.C. United’s U-16 squad experienced a loss at the hands of PA Classics on Saturday, 3-2. Marcus Douglas scored for DCU, and the second goal was PAC own goal. Sunday did not bring any much-needed luck to the 16s, in a 1-0 loss to FC Delco on Sunday.

Saturday, the U-18s let out a scoring explosion on the PA Classics, in the 7-1 win. Matt Oduaran netted two goals in the win, while Prince Lapnet, Michael Burgos, Ryan Gracia, Chris Hegngi and Yaw Amankwa also acquired tallys. Prince Lapnet was the only other DCU player to score over the weekend, in the 18s 1-0 win versus FC Delco on Sunday.

“Our 16’s played well but didn’t do enough to come out on top on either day,” said D.C. United’s Director of Youth Development, John Maessner. “We played decent soccer but just could not find a way to finish our chances. We lost 2-3 against PA Classics on Saturday and 0-1 against FC Delco on Sunday. Our 18’s had a great time finding the net on Saturday with a 7-1 victory against PA Classics and then won a hard fought battle to win 1-0 against a very physical FC Delco team.”

D.C. United’s youth Academy teams will enjoy home field advantage when they host Match Fit Academy on April 26.

Super Y-League Teams
U-20 boys tryouts: D.C. United’s SYL Youth Teams currently compete in United Soccer League’s Super Y-League, one of the most competitive leagues in the country. For the 2008 season we will have one team at the U-20 level. This team will be made up with the areas top players born on or after January 1, 1988. Tryout dates are set for April 25th, May 2nd and May 9th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the RFK Auxillary Turf field. All players must fill out the youth team’s waiver and registration form before they can try out.

D.C. United Academy summer program
D.C. United’s Academy summer camp will be limited to approximately 80 boys from ages 14-18 (invitation only), who will receive intensive instruction from the area’s top coaches. D.C. United has designed a curriculum that emphasizes the same coaching methods of United professional and Academy teams. They have designed specialized training sessions that focus on technical development, small-sided games that encourage creativity and match awareness, full-sided matches that give players an opportunity to apply what they have learned in real game situations and classroom discussions on game-related topics. In addition to top-class professional instruction, participants will receive a free ticket to any 2008 regular season home game, a D.C. United replica jersey and an Adidas soccer ball.

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U-16, U-18s have unbeaten weekend

Posted on 15 April 2008 by ASN Staff

D.C. United’s U-16 and U-18 Development Academy teams enjoyed home advantage last weekend, as they took on FC Delco and PA Classics. The teams continue to mirror each other in play and record, both logging a tie and a win over the weekend. Near-perfect weather at Maryland SoccerPlex on Saturday did not seem to give the U-16 and U-18 teams the edge they needed to pull out a win against FC Delco. Peabo Doue scored the only goal in the 1-1 draw for the 16s, and Prince Lapnet leveled the result at 1-1 for the 18s.

D.C. United’s U-16 squad unraveled a scoring frenzy on the PA Classics on Sunday, but was almost matched in the 4-3 victory. Hegngi scored a pair of goals, while Kevin McBride and Paul Torres rounded out the win.

“Both teams should have done better on Saturday, as we had most of the ball in both matches and played good enough soccer to win both games,” said the Director of Youth Development John Maessner. “Sunday’s performances were better, as we were able to create plenty of opportunities in front of the goal in both games, keep the ball for most of the match and finish enough of our chances to come out on top. There were lots of positives to take away from the games over the weekend and still many things that we will continue to work on to keep moving our program forward.”

US Soccer National Team Scout, Tony Lapore was on the sideline for all four of D.C. United’s matches this weekend and was impressed with what he saw.

“D.C. United’s teams are very talented and try to play good soccer,” Lapore said. “It is great to see that the players are being provided a professional environment where they are challenged and can grow week to week. This is exactly the environment that our players need and why the US Soccer Development Academy was formed.”

Both teams have a 5-2-3 record on the season and will travel to face PA Classics on Saturday and FC Delco on Sunday.

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Crew beats Michigan to gain first place

Posted on 09 April 2008 by ASN Staff

The Columbus Crew scored two goals off of set pieces to earn a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the Michigan Wolves and gain sole possession of first place in the U-17/18 Great Lakes Conference of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

Cirus Saydee put the Wolves ahead in the first half, combining with defender Winston Henderson before drawing a foul in the box. Saydee finished the play that he started, converting from the spot to give the Wolves the advantage heading into halftime.

The Crew turned up their attack in the second half, dominating the possession and earning a throw in deep in Wolves’ territory. Lucas Eichorn got on the end of the long throw into the box, and headed home the tying goal. With new life, the Crew continued their pressure and earned a foul down the right wing in the 87th minute. Thomas Schmitt headed home the ensuing free kick for the game winning goal just minutes from the final whistle.

The Crew have a break from Academy play on the weekend of April 12-13, but return to action the following week, hosting the Internationals on Saturday, April 19 and CASA on Sunday, April 20. The Wolves, who have played two fewer games than the Crew and currently stand in second place in the conference, take on Great Lakes foe Empire United on Sunday, April 13.

In the Northeast Conference, Met Oval U-15/16 continued their successful Academy season with two victories on the weekend.

On Saturday, goals from Sebastian Guenzatti in the first half and Brian Periera in the second half put Met Oval ahead, 2-0. But a defensive lapse late in the game allowed Westchester’s Jacobson to cut the lead in half, scoring on a long throw in.

Climbing back to within a goal, Westchester stepped up its pressure in the waning minutes, but Met Oval’s defense, led by goalkeeper Joe Rocco, was up to the task, holding on for the 2-1 win.

“It probably wasn’t our best overall performance, but we are happy with the result,” said Met Oval head coach Giovanni Savarese. “Our strength is definitely our team unity, and today we had a couple of lapses in concentration but the team came together and found a way to pull out a victory.”

Next up for Met Oval is an April 12 clash with Albertson, who they topped, 1-0, on Sunday. On April 13, Met Oval will take on BW Gottschee, who is currently in second place in the conference. FC Westchester will host BW Gottschee on April 12 and Albertson on April 13.

U-15/16 AGE GROUP

Saturday, April 5, 2008
Home vs. Away
Albertson Soccer Club 3 [Brown, Kupfer (2)] vs. B/W Gottschee 2 [Davis, Flores]
Baltimore Bays vs. Potomac – TBA
Cal Odyssey 3 [R.Garcia (2), Islas] vs. Real So Cal 4 [Montarozza (3), Ylauan]
Carmel United Soccer Club 1 [Petts] vs. CASA 0
Chicago Magic 0 vs. U.S. Youth National Team 2 [Arreola, Gutierrez]
Chivas USA 0 vs. Pateadores 3 [Estes, Olivas, Abolfathi]
Colorado Rapids 0 vs. Crossfire 3 [Bechtel (2), Ryan]
Colorado Rush 3 [Chapleski, Johnson, Seitz] vs. Nomads Soccer Club 2 [Delgado, Schipper]
De Anza Force 0 vs. Arsenal FC 4 [Alcaraz, DeLeon, Nolasco (2)]
Empire United 3 [Bailey (2), Hamill] vs. Internationals 0
FC Delco 1 [Makowski] vs. PDA 2 [Renna, OG]
FC Westchester 1 [Jacobson] vs. Met Oval 2 [Guenzatti, Periera]
LAFC 0 vs. Irvine Strikers 0
Miami FC Kendall 1 [Medina] vs. Clearwater Chargers SC 0
Michigan Wolves 3 [McCarthy, Tyler (2)] vs. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 0
New York Red Bulls 3 [Adjei (2), Gonzalez] vs. D.C. United 1 [Doue]
North Meck 2 [Egle (2)] vs. South Charlotte SA 0
PA Classics 2 [Bellis, Comiskey] vs. Match Fit Academy 1 [Correa]
Real Colorado 3 [Cargil, Hammett, Portillos] vs. San Diego Surf Soccer 2 [Danssaert, Wolfenzon]
Scott Gallagher 3 [McAnany (2), Robson] vs. Metro United 0
Vardar 1 [S.Sadd] vs. Crew 2 [Perez (2)]

Sunday, April 6, 2008
Home vs. Away
Baltimore Bays 1 [Beale] vs. D.C. United 3 [Funes (2), Dewee]
B/W Gottschee 0 vs. FC Westchester 1 [Pirc]
Cal Odyssey 3 [Hord, Islas (2)] vs. Arsenal FC 1 [DeLeon]
Chicago Fire 1 [Guttierez] vs. U.S. Youth National Team 1 [Caldwell]
Colorado Rush 1 [Foxhoven] vs. San Diego Surf Soccer 0
De Anza Force 1 [Nguyen] vs. Real So Cal 1 [Monterozza]
FC Delco 2 [Lowe, Snoh] vs. Match Fit Academy 2 [Correa, Hackett]
Michigan Wolves 0 vs. Crew 0
New York Red Bulls 3 [Aoki (2), Hot] vs. Potomac 0
Oakwood Soccer Club 0 vs. South Central Premier 0
PA Classics 0 vs. PDA 1 [McEnroe]
Real Colorado 2 [Ikard, Rossi] vs. Nomads Soccer Club 2 [Islamovic, Delgado]
Schulz Academy 3 [Sinclair (3)] vs. Clearwater Chargers SC 1 [Bauman]
Seacoast United 0 vs. FC Greater Boston 0
Sockers FC 3 [Pavlovic, Kreutz (2)] vs. FC Milwaukee 0
Vardar 5 [Tatt (3), H.Sadd (2)] vs. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 0

U-17/18 AGE GROUP

Saturday, April 5, 2008
Home vs. Away
Albertson Soccer Club 1 [Gabriele] vs. B/W Gottschee 2 [Rodney, Lambert]
Baltimore Bays 4 [Vidmar, Bulls, Agorsor (2)] vs. Potomac 1 [Stuebing]
Cal Odyssey 1 [Mayberry] vs. Real So Cal 0
Carmel United Soccer Club 0 vs. CASA 1 [Mancine]
Chicago Magic 1 [Lucianek] vs. U.S. Youth National Team 1 [Arreola]
Chivas USA 3 [V.Sanchez, Morales (2)] vs. Pateadores 0
Colorado Rapids 1 [Kawulok] vs. Crossfire 3 [Ryan, Rowe (2)]
Colorado Rush 2 [Reza, Shannon] vs. Nomads Soccer Club 1 [Godinez]
De Anza Force 0 vs. Arsenal FC 3 [Acoff, N.Ochoa, Ortega]
Empire United 0 vs. Internationals 1 [Toumert]
FC Delco 1 [OG] vs. PDA 1 [Duggan]
FC Westchester 0 vs. Met Oval 1 [Bega]
LAFC 4 [Mejia (3), Barajas] vs. Irvine Strikers 2 [Reyes-Zarate, Rodriguez]
Miami FC Kendall 5 [Punyad (2), Ramos, Angulo, Yamashita] vs. Clearwater Chargers SC 1 [Kamara]
Michigan Wolves 1 [Saydee] vs. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 1 [Clark]
New York Red Bulls 4 [Kassel, Spivack, Blacido, Exantus] vs. D.C. United 2 [Burke, Oduaran]
North Meck 0 vs. South Charlotte SA 4 [Kamin, Filter, Davis, Cardin]
PA Classics 1 [Arment] vs. Match Fit Academy 1 [Bathel]
Real Colorado 1 [Madigan] vs. San Diego Surf Soccer 0
Scott Gallagher 1 [Twellman] vs. Metro United 0
Vardar 2 [Kupe (2)] vs. Crew 2 [Catlett (2)]

Sunday, April 6, 2008
Home vs. Away
Baltimore Bays 1 [Agorsor] vs. D.C. United 2 [Oduaran, Lapnet]
B/W Gottschee 0 vs. FC Westchester 1 [Pourakis]
Cal Odyssey 0 vs. Arsenal FC 3 [Armenta, Valencia, N.Ochoa]
Chicago Fire 0 vs. U.S. Youth National Team 5 [Arreola (4), Jerome]
Colorado Rush 2 [Johnson, Meyer] vs. San Diego Surf 2 [Denny (2)]
De Anza Force 2 [Levine, Pridham] vs. Real So Cal 0
FC Delco 2 [Dundon, Fetrow] vs. Match Fit Academy 1 [Brandsdorfer]
Michigan Wolves 1 [Saydee] vs. Crew 2 [Eichhorn, Schmitt]
New York Red Bulls 5 [Lomtadze (2), Jack (2), Naumoski] vs. Potomac 1 [Melillo]
Oakwood Soccer Club 1 [Durr] vs. South Central Premier 2 [Ragaini, Rodriguez]
PA Classics 0 vs. PDA 2 [Crooks (2)]
Real Colorado 2 [Talbert, Velinor] vs. Nomads Soccer Club 2 [Garcia, Corona]
Schulz Academy vs. Clearwater Chargers SC – TBA
Seacoast United 3 [Coleman, S.Palumbo (2)] vs. FC Greater Boston 5 [Terris (2), Danesh, Ruffing, Masterman]
Sockers FC 4 [Lewis, Furio, Madison, Holbrook] vs. FC Milwaukee 1 [McAteer]
Vardar 1 [Bega] vs. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy 0

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U-18s bring home Dallas Cup

Posted on 25 March 2008 by ASN Staff

The Houston Dynamo U-18 team won the Dallas Cup U-19 bracket championship Sunday with a 1-0 win over IMG Soccer Academy at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.

One year after losing to IMG on penalty kicks in the final, the Dynamo got a second-half goal from Matt Kirby to take the title. Houston went 5-0-1 in the tournament and outscored opponents 15-2 during the week. The tie came in the semifinals, with Houston winning a shootout to advance.

Kirby (Beaumont Monsignor Kelly / Texans) scored in the 65th minute. The Dynakids could not add to their lead but held on to win the tournament title with the 1-0 triumph. The accomplishment is particularly impressive given the team’s youth: competing in a U-19 bracket, the Dynamo had five U-18 players, eight U-17 players, four U-16 players and one U-15 player.

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