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U-14 camp underway in California

Posted on 29 July 2008 by ASN Staff

The U-14 Girls Identification Camp is underway in Pomona, Calif., and Mike Dickey has selected more than 100 girls from all four regions to participate in the camp. Now in it’s 11th year, U.S. Under-14 Development Program introduces young players to a level of soccer they would not otherwise see at such a young age and allows the country’s top youths the chance to experience soccer at its highest level. The camp takes place at Cal Poly Pomona from July 27 to August 2.

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Carmel United (Ind.), Baltimore Bays win U-15/16, U-17/18 titles

Posted on 21 July 2008 by ASN Staff

The Development Academy Finals Week ended on a high note late Saturday evening as the historic inaugural season came to a close at The Home Depot Center. Carmel United took home the U-15/16 championship behind a goal from A.J. Corrodo, just one day after 2008 Gatorade Player of the Year Chris Agorsor came off the bench to lead the Baltimore Bays to a thrilling 4-2 overtime victory against LAFC in the U-17/18 final.

The Development Academy is designed to provide a closer connection to the U.S. national team programs, with the specific goal of identifying talent to bring into the national player pools. In the first year alone, 98 players from Development Academy teams were identified by U.S. Soccer scouts and brought into participate in camps and games at the U-17, U-18, and U-20 Men’s National Teams.

ON THE FIELD

U-15/16 Champions
Carmel United exuded class in their 1-0 victory against PDA, claiming the 2008 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week U-15/16 Championship on Saturday night. The Indiana club was unbeaten for 16 games coming into Finals Week, and with four strong games in Carson rode the streak into a victory under the lights on Saturday. After a scoreless first half, Carmel took the game to their opponents early in the second period, and in the 52nd minute A.J. Corrodo’s perfectly placed shot proved to be the difference.

“It’s something you look forward to all year,” said Corrodo. “We believed that we should be in L.A. and that we could win. It seems like it always happens to somebody else. It’s an unbelievable feeling. I feel like I haven’t even woken up yet.”

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U-17/18 Champions
The Baltimore Bays twice overcame deficits en route to a thrilling 4-2 overtime victory over LAFC to win the 2008 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week U-17/18 Championship on Friday night. Development Academy U-17/18 Player of the Year Chris Agorsor started the match on the bench for the Bays, nursing a knee injury that was thought to keep him out of the title bout, but, after LAFC took a quick lead on a seventh-minute goal by Kevin Mejia, he came on and was the catalyst for his team’s victory – earning Man of the Match honors. He also drew the penalty kick that was converted by Andrew Bulls to send the game to overtime. Bulls scored the game winner in the 97th minute on a 35 yard rocket that dipped into the top corner of the net.

“We worked really hard to get here, and it was a total team effort,” said Agorsor. “LAFC were a strong team. You have to keep believing in a tight game. The entire game we had the mentality that if we got chances we were going to score. We’re really proud of ourselves. We have been together for three years, and we went out on a high. Nothing else I can say other than we are proud the Baltimore Bays are national champions. There’s no feeling like this.”

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Academy Awards Announced
U-17/18 Baltimore Bays forward Chris Agorsor and U-15/16 Vardar forward Soony Saad were named the Academy Player of the Year for their respective divisions as the end of year awards were announced this week for the 2007-08 season. Each player headlined a Starting XI team from each division, as well as a Starting XI from each conference. U-15/16 Met Oval’s Giovanni Savarese and U-17/18 LAFC’s Rafa Moran were named Academy Coaches of the Year, while Conference Coach of the Year awards were also announced.

OFF THE FIELD


Connecting to the full Men’s National Team
Before the opening eight games were played during the first two days of the Finals, all 16 teams took part in an orientation on Friday night that included an appearance by Landon Donovan. The all-time leading scorer for the U.S. Men talked to the Development Academy players for an hour about a wide range of topics, including the process of becoming a professional player, how to consider options about your career, and some of the successes and failures in his personal journey.

Media Training
With numerous media outlets covering Finals Week and ESPNU conducting live interviews after matches, the U.S. Soccer Communications staff conducted media training sessions during the first two days of Finals Week to help prepare players for the increased exposure. Providing positive and negative real-life situations that have occurred with players from the Men’s and Women’s National Teams, the staff members explained the best ways to handle a myriad of different situations and conduct themselves in the most professional manner.

College Experience
With the majority of U-17/18 players preparing to take the next step towards the college level, Wake Forest head coach Jay Vidovich talked to all 160 players about the recruiting process for universities, how to position themselves in order to get recognized and what to expect in the fall when they enter their college season.

Player Scouting

Development Academy Director of Scouting Dave Sarachan and numerous other National Team scouts were on hand during the week to serve as a liaison between the National Team program and the Academy clubs. Individual scouts worked with specific teams, speaking with coaches before and after games, and during training session, to create a instant connection to provide feedback directly on the field. The connection also allowed the scouts to focus on development over winning and continue to locate possible players for the Youth National Teams.

Referee Development
Continuing to train elite referees was a key component to at Finals Week. Paul Tamberino (Director of Referee Development), Brian Hall (Manager of Assessment and Training) and Alfred Kleinaitis (Manager of Referee Training and Development), along with U.S. Soccer’s Full-Time referee Terry Vaughn, were on site working with top young referees. Considered some of the best young referees in the United States, the referees at Finals Week were hand-picked to gain valuable experience while overseeing competitive games in a tournament setting. During the week, each referee worked directly with a member of the U.S. Soccer Referee Department for critical analysis and evaluation to help them develop and improve their future performances.

ProZone Analysis
ProZone continued to be a vital video analysis tool for the coaching staffs of each Development Academy club during Finals Week. During the inaugural season, ProZone provided individual sessions to clubs to help them analyze individual player and team performances and at the Finals teams were able to learn new ways to critically and objectively evaluate their performances in order to improve.

Hydration and Nutrition
Gatorade was once again an essential partner, providing an unlimited amount of Gatorade bottles to teams and educational programs about hydration to allow Academy players to perform at their optimum level. Working with the Men’s National Team nutritionists, the players were also provided with information on the correct diet for pre and post-match.

Nike PreCool Vests
At halftime of Finals Week matches teams got the opportunity to experience one of Nike’s latest innovations, the Nike PreCool Vest. Designed to keep athletes cool specifically for the Beijing Olympics, the vest has multiple triangular cavities filled with frozen water inside. Acting as a thermos, the vest prevents the cold from escaping and keeps the body cool while lowering the core body temperature of the athlete.

At a Glance

Development Academy Finals Week

U-17/18 Final Results
1st Place Baltimore Bays 4, LAFC 2
3rd Place Columbus Crew 4, Colorado Rush 0
5th Place Concorde Fire 3, Chicago Fire 2
7th Place FC Westchester 1, CASL 1 (FC Westchester wins 5-4 on penalty kicks)

U-15/16 Final Results
1st Place Carmel United 1, PDA 0
3rd Place Schulz Academy 2, Real Colorado 0
5th Place Chicago Magic 0, LAFC (Magic win 4-2 on penalty kicks)
7th Place Albertson 2, CASL 0

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Development Academy Starting XI named

Posted on 18 July 2008 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Soccer Development Academy announced the 2007-08 Academy Starting XI as well as the Academy Player and Coach of the Year for the Under 15/16 and Under 17/18 age groups as group play at the Development Academy Finals Week concluded at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The U-17/18 Player of the Year is Chris Agorsor from the Baltimore Bays. Agorsor, a forward who earned call-ups to the U.S. U-20 and U-18 Men’s National Teams, led his team to the best record in the Academy heading into Friday’s Finals Week title match vs. LAFC, who is led by U-17/18 Coach of the Year Rafa Moran. The match airs on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET.

The U-15/16 Player of the Year is Soony Saad from Vardar. Saad has parlayed his impressive performance into call-ups to the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team. The U-15/16 Coach of the Year is Giovanni Savarese from Met Oval, who coached three players on the U-15/16 Northeast Starting XI.

Agorsor headlines the U-17/18 Starting XI, and his Baltimore Bays will face off on Friday against LAFC and two members of the Starting XI, Richard Menjivar and Kevin Mejia. In addition to LAFC, the IMG Academy, with Larry Jackson and Gabe Agbossoumonde, and New York Red Bulls, with Matt Kassel and Cesar Blacido, each placed two players in the Starting XI.

The U-15/16 Starting XI features three players from New Jersey’s PDA – Rafael Diaz, Jossimar Sanchez and Jonathan Aguirre – who face off against fellow Starting XI honorees Harrison Petts and Austin Oldham from Carmel United in the U-15/16 Finals Week title match on Saturday at 8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET.

The recipients of the honors were voted upon by U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy coaches and National Team scouts. Already, 13 of the 22 players on the Starting XI have been in camp with a U.S. Youth National Team, and the 10 players from the Starting XI have one more chance to impress the National Team scouts.

In the Under-18’s Group A, the Baltimore Bays challenged the Colorado Rush on Wednesday for a spot in the U-18 final to be broadcast live Friday, July 18 on ESPN2, 8 p.m. PT. The Bays entered the match with six points and the Rush trailed behind with four points, looking to clinch a spot in the final with a victory. The first half ended deadlocked at 1-1, with goals from the Bays’ Neil Vranis and Rush’s Zack Foxhoven. In the 81st minute, the Bays proved their prowess on the field with a final goal from Andrew Bulls, securing a spot in the live broadcast final match opposite the U-18 Group B winner, LAFC.

LAFC and the Columbus Crew entered the final day of Group play tied atop U-18 Group B with four points, but LAFC had a significant four-goal advantage in goal differential. The Crew were able to secure a 2-1 win vs. Concord Fire with two goals from Travis Wall, but could never catch up as LAFC’s built a massive +9 goal differential with a 5-2 win over CASL. Two goals from Menjivar led the way along with goals from Christian Alvisar, Cesar Barajas and Carlos Alvarez.

Thursday kicked off in Under-16 Group C with the potential for a three-way tie with Carmel United leading the group with six points and Schulz Academy and LAFC tied with three each. In a highly contested match, LAFC tied Carmel United 2-2 while Albertson FC and Schulz finished the day’s competition with a 0-0 draw. With all teams gaining one point from the draws, Carmel advanced to the Under-16 final with seven points.

Under-15/16 Real Colorado and CASL competed for top spots from Group D in Saturday’s placement matches to be broadcast on ESPNU. Real Colorado was able to come away with a 2-1 victory with two goals in the action-packed first half. PDA and Chicago Magic tied 1-1 in their competition, after PDA clinched a spot in the Under-15/16 final by the end of day Tuesday, securing a spot opposite Carmel United in the Under-16 final broadcast live on ESPNU on Friday, 8 p.m. local time.

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley lead hour-long educational sessions for all 16 Academy teams on Wednesday and Thursday. Bradley addressed the state of soccer in the U.S. as it relates to the American player, referencing areas of development including crossing, passing, heading, fitness, mentality, and heart. Referring to real-world examples of the best players and teams in the world and the country, Bradley evaluated soccer in the U.S. opposite the rest of the world. Q&A sessions followed Bradley’s educational portion, providing Academy players with an opportunity to seek advice on how to progress to the next level of competitive soccer in the U.S.

U-15/16 Academy Starting XI

GK: Rafael Diaz – PDA
D: Zarek Valentin – IMG Soccer Academy
D: Jossimar Sanchez – PDA
D: Ryan Metts – CASL
D: Reginald Phelps – Schulz Academy
M: Johnathan Aguirre – PDA
M: Harrison Petts – Carmel United
M: Eduardo Alvarez – Greensboro
M: Paul Torres – DC United
F: Soony Saad – Vardar
F: Austin Oldham – Carmel United

U-15/16 Academy Player of the Year: Soony Saad – Vardar
U-15/16 Coach of the Year: Giovanni Savarese – Met Oval

U-17/18 Academy Starting XI

GK: Larry Jackson – IMG Soccer Academy
D: Anthony Arena – Crossfire
D: Taylor Kemp – Real Colorado
D: Gale Agbossoumonde – IMG Soccer Academy
M: James Andrew Wengner – PA Classics
M: Cesar Blacido – NYRB
M: Richard Menjivar – LAFC
M: Matt Kassel – NYRB
F: Chris Agorsor – Baltimore Bays
F: Kevin Mejia – LAFC
F: Kevin Bick – Chicago Magic

U-17/18 Player of the Year: Chris Agorsor – Baltimore Bays
U-17/18 Coach of the Year: Rafa Moran – LAFC

Development Academy Finals Week Placement Match Schedule

U-17/18 Placement Matches
Friday, July 18
Match Home vs. Away Time / TV
7th Place FC Westchester vs. CASL 12:30 p.m. PT / ESPNU
5th Place Chicago Fire vs. Concorde Fire 3 p.m. PT / ESPNU
3rd Place Colorado Rush vs. Columbus Crew 5:30 p.m. PT / ESPN U
1st Place Baltimore Bays vs. LAFC 8 p.m. PT / ESPN2

U-15/16 Placement Matches
Saturday, July 19
Match Home vs. Away Time / TV
7th Place Albertson vs. CASL 12:30 p.m. PT / ESPNU
5th Place LAFC vs. Chicago Magic 3 p.m. PT / ESPNU
3rd Place Schulz Academy vs. Real Colorado 5:30 p.m. PT / ESPNU
1st Place Carmel United vs. PDA 8 p.m. PT / ESPNU

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Dev Academy Finals Week underway

Posted on 15 July 2008 by ASN Staff

U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy Finals Week kicked off this weekend at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., with all 16 conference champions from the regular season playing their opening matches in group play. Finals Week is the culmination of the inaugural season of the nine-month Development Academy and will crown the overall champions in the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups.

Before the opening eight games were played during the first two days of the Finals, the 320 players took part in an orientation on Friday night that included an appearance by U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Landon Donovan. The all-time leading scorer for the U.S. Men talked to the Development Academy players for an hour about a wide range of topics, including the process of becoming a professional player, how to consider options about your career, and some of the successes and failures in his personal journey.

The conference winners from each age group have been divided into two groups of four and participate in a round-robin format during the first six days of Finals Week. The teams will then crossover and play placement matches on Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19. All eight placement matches will be broadcast live during the two days on the ESPN family of networks, highlighted by the U-17/18 championship match that will be live on ESPN 2 on Friday, July 18, at 8 p.m. PT. The seven other matches, including the U-15/16 championship match, will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

Development Academy Finals Week Draw

Group A (U-17/18)
A1: Chicago Fire (Mid-America Champion)
A2: Baltimore Bays (Mid-Atlantic Champion)
A3: Colorado Rush (West Champion)
A4: Westchester FC (Northeast Champion)

Group B (U-17/18)
B1: CASL (Atlantic Champion)
B2: Columbus Crew (Great Lakes Champion)
B3: Concorde Fire (Southeast Champion)
B4: LAFC (So Cal Champion)

Group C (U-15/16)
C1: Albertson (Northeast Champion)
C2: LAFC (So Cal Champion)
C3: Carmel United (Great Lakes Champion)
C4: Schulz Academy (Southeast Champion)

Group D (U-15/16)
D1: Chicago Magic (Mid-America Champion)
D2: CASL (Atlantic Champion)
D3: Real Colorado (West Champion)
D4: PDA (Mid-Atlantic Champion)

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U-15s break camp

Posted on 24 June 2008 by ASN Staff

The U-15 Boy’s National Team closed out a week-long training camp in St. Louis in conjunction with an Under-17 Men’s National Team mini-camp. Head coach Jim Barlow trained with 29 players on the complex of local Development Academy club Scott Gallagher, and scrimmaged the U-15 and U-16 teams from the club throughout the week. The U.S. picked up two scoreless ties and one loss to the U-16 squad, 2-1, with a goal from Cole Iverson.

U-15 BNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Max Kurtzman (FC DELCO), Spencer LaCivita (CASL), William Whiddon (San Diego Surf), Adam Zapeda (Corona, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (9): Michael Ambrose (El Paso, Texas), David Caban (Kenosha, Wis.), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Gabriel Rivera (La Mirada, Calif.), Kevin Shafer (Albuquerque, N.M.), Scott Thomsen (PDA), Zachary Wenger (Baltimore Bays), Jacob Wieser (Scott Gallagher), Walker Zimmerman (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Angel Ayala (Guadalajara, Mex.), Robert Botchway (Concorde Fire), Nate Bruccoleri (PDA), Samuel Coleman (Norman, Okla.), Sean Davis (Match Fit Academy), Darvin Ebanks (Macon, Ga.), Nathanael Eggleston (Chevy Chase, Md.), Miguel Lopez (Austin, Texas), Jon-Paul Medina (Cal Odyssey), Luis Medina (Chicago Fire Academy), Kevin Pahl (Lakeland, Fla.), James Petruccelli (Seacoast United), Keegan Smith (Arsenal SC), William Trapp (Gahanna, Ohio), Lucas Winter (Baltimore Bays)
FORWARDS (10): Brandon Allen (PDA), Scott Cohen (Studio City, Calif.), Zachary Deville (San Diego Surf), Oscar Gonzalez (Red Bulls Academy), Cole Iverson (Decatur, Ala.), Marcus Lacroix (New Egypt, N.J.), McAmos Paye (Wendell, N.C.), Henry Rios (Norwalk, Calif.), Chris Sommerville (FC DELCO), Jason Stacy (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

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U-15s to convene in St. Louis

Posted on 10 June 2008 by ASN Staff

U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Jim Barlow has named 35 players to a week-long training camp in St. Louis, Mo., from June 14-21, with one additional player to be called in later this week. More than half of the players will join the squad from Development Academy teams throughout the country, including a pair each from the Baltimore Bays (Zachary Wenger and Lucas Winter), FC DELCO (Max Kurtzman and Chris Sommerville), PDA (Nate Bruccoleri and Scott Thomsen) and the San Diego Surf (Zachary Deville and William Whiddon). Local club Scott Gallagher will be represented by Jacob Weiser. Barlow’s team will be gathering for the first time since their training camp in Spain, where the team picked up a 1-1-2 record against youth team from Spanish professional sides.

U.S. U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Max Kurtzman (FC DELCO), Spencer LaCivita (New Egypt, N.J.), William Whiddon (San Diego Surf), Adam Zepeda (Corona, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (9): Michael Ambrose (El Paso, Texas), David Caban (Kenosha, Wis.), Boyd Okuwonu (Edmond, Okla.), Gabriel Rivera (La Miranda, Calif.), Kevin Shafter (Albuquerque, N.M.), Scott Thomsen (PDA), Zachary Wenger (Scott Gallagher), Jacob Weiser (Scott Gallagher), Walker Zimmerman (Lawrenceville, Ga.);
MIDFIELDERS (14): Robert Botchway (Concord Fire), Nate Bruccoleri (PDA), Samuel Coleman (Norman, Okla.), Sean Davis (Matchfit Academy), Darvin Ebanks (Macon, Ga.), Nathanael Eggleston (Chevy Chase, Md.), Miguel Lopez (Austin, Texas), Jon-Paul Medina (California Odyssey), Luis Medina (Chicago Fire), Kevin Pahl (Lakeland, Fla.), James Petruccelli (Seacoast United), Keegan Smith (Arsenal SC), William Trapp (Gahanna, Ohio), Lucas Winter (Baltimore Bays);
FORWARDS (8): Zachary Deville (San Diego Surf), Oscar Gonzalez (N.Y. Red Bulls Academy), Cole Iverson (Decatur, Ala.), Marcus LaCroix (New Egypt, N.J.), McAmos Paye (Wendell, N.C.), Henry Rios (Norwalk, Calif.), Chris Sommerville (FC DELCO), Jason Stacy (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

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U-14s in Calif. training camp

Posted on 06 May 2008 by ASN Staff

U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Manny Schellscheidt has called 38 players into an eight-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The team, made up exclusively of boys born in 1994, is training from May 3-10, and scrimmaging local club teams throughout the week. In August of 1997, U.S. Soccer started the U.S. Under-14 National Development Program, knowing that to continue to compete with the elite countries on the international level, the U.S. would have to build a base of soccer players from the youth level up. The Under-14 program introduces young players to a level of soccer they would not otherwise see at such a young age and allows the country’s top youths the chance to experience soccer at its highest level and in an international setting.

U.S. U-14 BNT Roster

GOALKEEPERS (5): Alexander Bello (Madrid, Spain), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Rosa, Calif.), Josh McNeely (Hidden Hills, Calif.), Dakota Niedermeier (Arnold, Md.), Fernando Pina (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (10): Astouh Ayah (Tampa, Fla.), Andrew Chang (Chicago, Ill.), Jerome Cristobal (Sterling Heights, Mich.), Alfred Edmonds (San Jose, Calif.), Malcolm Harris (Damascus, Md.), Gabriel Lock (Antelope, Calif.), Josh Miller (Portland, Ore.), Marc Pelosi (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Jalen Robinson (Catonsville, Md.), Bennett Yort (Augusta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (17): Yaw Amankwa (Damascus, Md.), TJ Casner (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Mikhail Doholis (Vancouver, Wash.), Matthew Dunn (Dallas, Texas), Eric Gonzales (Corona, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Chula Vista, Calif.), Leonard Kusina (Fairbanks, Alaska), Aldo Magana (Ontario, Calif.), Collin Martin (Chevy Chase, Md.), Ryan Masch (San Jose, Calif.), Alexander Olofson (Raleigh, N.C.), Oscar Ortega (San Ysidro, Calif.), Travis Pillon (Oakland, Calif.), Joel Salmeron (Cicero, Ill.), Derek Sanchez (Midland Texas), Ross Tetro (Marlboro, N.J.), Todd Wharton (Glen Allen, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): Devin Devoy (North Attleboro, Mass.), Desmond Gonzalez (Miami, Fla.), Esteban Rodriguez (Bell Gardens, Calif.), Erick Sanchez (Edinburgh, Texas), Sebastian Velasquez (Los Angeles, Calif.), Victor Zamora (Rockford, Ill.)

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U-15s prepare for Spain training camp

Posted on 06 May 2008 by ASN Staff

U.S. Under-15 Boy’s National Team head coach Jim Barlow has named 20 players who will travel to Madrid, Spain from May 9-19. The team will take on youth squads from La Liga’s Real Madrid (May 13) and Athletico Madrid (May 14), third-division club Rayo Majadahonda on May 16 and second-division club Rayo Vallecano on May 18. In addition to a pair of U-17 Residency players – Luis Gil and Alex Shinsky – 10 players are part of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy. Concorde Fire (Atlanta, Ga.) is the only Academy club to send two players as the club’s U-15/16 team will be represented by midfielders Robert Botchway and Jordan McCrary.

U.S. U-15 BNT Roster

GOALKEEPERS (2): Max Kurtzman (FC DELCO), Wil Whiddon (San Diego Surf)
DEFENDERS (5): David Caban (Kenosha, Wis.), George Fradenburg (Belden, Miss.), Jon-Paul Medina (Cal Odyssey), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Scott Thomsen (PDA)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Robert Botchway (Concorde Fire), Jack Coleman (Norman, Okla.), Darvin Ebanks (Macon, Ga.), Nathanael Eggleston (Potomac), Luis Gil (Pateadores), Jordan McCrary (Marietta, Ga.), James Petruccelli (Seacoast United), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire Academy), Alex Shinksy (York, Pa.), Wil Trapp (Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (3): Cole Iverson (Decatur, Ala.), Uly Mosqueda (Arsenal SC), Henry Rios (Nowalk, Calif.)
U.S. Under-15 Boy’s National Team head coach Jim Barlow has named 20 players who will travel to Madrid, Spain from May 9-19. The team will take on youth squads from La Liga’s Real Madrid (May 13) and Athletico Madrid (May 14), third-division club Rayo Majadahonda on May 16 and second-division club Rayo Vallecano on May 18. In addition to a pair of U-17 Residency players – Luis Gil and Alex Shinsky – 10 players are part of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy. Concorde Fire (Atlanta, Ga.) is the only Academy club to send two players as the club’s U-15/16 team will be represented by midfielders Robert Botchway and Jordan McCrary.

U.S. U-15 BNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Max Kurtzman (FC DELCO), Wil Whiddon (San Diego Surf)
DEFENDERS (5): David Caban (Kenosha, Wis.), George Fradenburg (Belden, Miss.), Jon-Paul Medina (Cal Odyssey), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Scott Thomsen (PDA)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Robert Botchway (Concorde Fire), Jack Coleman (Norman, Okla.), Darvin Ebanks (Macon, Ga.), Nathanael Eggleston (Potomac), Luis Gil (Pateadores), Jordan McCrary (Marietta, Ga.), James Petruccelli (Seacoast United), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire Academy), Alex Shinksy (York, Pa.), Wil Trapp (Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (3): Cole Iverson (Decatur, Ala.), Uly Mosqueda (Arsenal SC), Henry Rios (Nowalk, Calif.)

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Dev Academy showcase set for Greensboro, N.C.

Posted on 21 April 2008 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Soccer Development Academy will host its Summer Showcase from June 27-30 in Greensboro, N.C. All 62 clubs and a split squad from the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will play in their final matches before Development Academy Finals Week, which takes place from July 12-19 at The Home Depot Center.

Similar to the Spring Showcase, all 126 teams will play three games over the course of the four days at Bryan Park, one of the most renowned soccer complexes in the country. The two-time host of the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division III Final Four boasts 17 Bermuda grass fields, including the five-year-old Macpherson Soccer Stadium, which is set to host selected games during the Showcase.

“The Summer Showcase in Greensboro will be an excellent opportunity to highlight every team for the final time in our first Academy season,” said Development Academy Technical Director John Hackworth. “The Bryan Park facility allows us to bring our fourth and final Showcase of the year to the East Coast, and should be an excellent host for all 189 matches as well as our educational resources.”

Each team will play three games across four days of the long weekend, with a rest day on either Saturday or Sunday. The rest day will provide teams an opportunity to take advantage of the Academy’s various educational resources in player development, coaching, administration and refereeing. The games will be officiated by the area’s top referees, who will be joined by members of U.S. Soccer’s Full-Time Referee Program as selected by U.S. Soccer’s Professional Referee Assignors.

Also in attendance will be a full complement of National Team scouts, including U.S. Soccer’s Scouting Manager Dave Sarachan and full-time Development Academy Scouts Raul Diaz-Arce and Tony Lepore. All three have had a hands-on role in evaluating, educating and scouting players, while also training and evaluating club coaches in the Development Academy since February. In addition, over a dozen national team scouts, professional scouts and over 100 college coaches are expected to attend.

Last fall, U.S. Soccer staged the inaugural Showcase event at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The marquee event featured 36 teams from 18 clubs and two teams from the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program. In February, 88 teams representing 44 clubs descended on Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, for the Winter Showcase, and for the first time in history all 126 teams will come together in Rockford, Ill., for the Spring Showcase, from May 23-26.

With full coverage of all the Showcase events, ussoccer.com will once again be on hand to provide Studio 90 shows, all_access videos, match highlights and behind-the-scenes scoop featured on the YNT Blog. U.S. Soccer will continue to tape all Showcase games in high definition to make available to scouts and to be analyzed by Pro Zone.

The U.S. Soccer Federation has taken the initiative in formalizing the nationwide Development Academy as part of a broad move designed to improve the development environment for players throughout the country. Created to provide players with the best possible opportunity to develop, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy is being initiated after a comprehensive review of player development systems in the United States and around the world.

The showcase matches are the fourth such weekend of a nine-month season in which 126 teams will compete in over 1,800 matches in conference play. With 3,000 players, 500 coaches and more than 400 referees, the Academy boasts the most comprehensive platform for youth competition in U.S. Soccer history.

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U-15s conclude training camp with quartet of matches

Posted on 21 April 2008 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-15 Girl’s National Team ended its week-long camp in Palo Alto, Calif. on April 19 after playing four matches against collegiate sides during the week. On April 16, the U.S. U-15s lost to Stanford, 2-0, after the Cardinal scored on its first two shots of the game from Kristin Stanndard and Hillary Heath. The U.S. did hold Stanford at bay for the rest of the match although the Cardinal did fire 24 more shots. On April 18, the U-15s fell 2-1 to the University of Oregon as forward Cate Parchinski scored the USA’s lone goal. Both of those matches were 80 minutes long. On April 19, the U-15s played a pair of 50-minute mini-games back-to-back, defeating the University of Washington, 1-0, before drawing 1-1 with the University of San Francisco. Against the Huskies, Shelby Payne scored after a nice through pass from Olivia Schultz. Against the Lady Dons, Morgan Brian scored from the penalty spot after Caprice Dydasco was taken down in the box just eight minutes into the game.

U.S. U-15 GNT Results
Date         Opponent        Result    U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
April 16    Stanford             0-2 L      —
April 18    Oregon              1-2 L      Parchinski
April 19    Washington      1-0 W    Payne
April 19    San Francisco  1-1 T     Brian

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