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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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