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Across the Academy is a weekly summary of news related to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, highlighting Academy clubs, current and former players, youth national team activity and media coverage of the Academy. Across the Academy will be available for the duration of the 2011-12 season.

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U-14 Boys National Team training camp:
The U.S. Under-14 Boys National Team will hold a domestic training camp as part of the 2011 Thanksgiving Interregional from Nov. 23-28 in Chula Vista, Calif . The event is composed of the U-14 BNT players born in in 1998 and all four United States Youth Soccer regions with players born in 1997 and 1998. The U.S. will bring a total of 36 players to the camp and will split the roster into two teams. A total of 18 of the 36 players hail from 16 different Development Academy clubs and 23 players were identified via a U.S. Soccer Training Center. The U.S. will play six games over three match days on Nov. 25, 26 and 27. Each of the U.S. Under-14 squads will play one game per match day.

Season Debut: Several teams will kick off for the first time this season as the Central and East Conferences join the fray. Minnesota Thunder Academy and Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy will start their sophomore year in the Academy, while the New England Revolution begins its fourth Academy season. Twenty-one other teams begin Academy play for the fifth year.

Midwest Kicking Off Season: Some of the teams in the Central Conference will see their first action of the season this weekend. Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy and Chicago Magic will face off on Nov. 19, while St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro will take on FC Milwaukee on the same day at both age levels. St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri will host Sockers FC on Nov. 19, and in the last bit of Midwest action on the day, the Chicago Fire travels to Minnesota Thunder Academy.

Featured Fixtures: Atlanta will be the site of an intense derby featuring Concorde Fire and Georgia United. The U-17/18 teams are ranked first and second, respectively, in the Southeast Division. Concorde boasts a 7-2-5 record while first-year Academy club Georgia sits at 6-3-5. The Northwest Division will also see its first and second place teams face off at the U-17/18 age group as Seattle Sounders (4-1-2) takes on De Anza Force (4-4-0).


National Notes:

  • More than 110 goals were scored in 32 Development Academy matches last weekend. 
  • A total of 15 players scored multiple goals this weekend, with Vancouver Whitecaps U-17/18 player Spencer Deboise and Georgia United U-17/18 player Nicholas Sibert eached registering hat tricks. Crew Soccer Academy Wolves player Ahinga Selemani scored two goals in two different matches.

West Conference:

  • De Anza Force and Real Salt Lake AZ remain undefeated at the U-15/16 age group, leading the Northwest and SoCal Divisions, respectively. De Anza has a 2-0-0 division record and a 5-0-3 record, overall, while Real Salt Lake AZ is 4-0-0 in the division and 7-0-0 overall. 
  • In the U-17/18 age group, three West Conference teams remain undefeated: LA Galaxy leads the SoCal Division with a 4-0-0 record and 6-0-0 overall, Arsenal FC is 0-0-2 in the division and 3-0-4 overall, while Vancouver Whitecaps are 1-0-1 in the Northwest Conference and 5-0-1 overall.

Central Conference:

  • Four Central Conference teams kicked off their Academy season this past weekend: Sporting Kansas City, Real Colorado, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves and Vardar SC Freiburg. 
  • Dallas Texans U-15/16 team leads the Texas Division with a 6-0-2 record, and all of their games have been divisional matches. FC Dallas leads the division in the U-17/18 age group, also with an undefeated 7-0-1 record. 
  • Lonestar SC Academy went 4-0-0 on the weekend, earning wins against Real Colorado and Sporting Kansas City in both age groups.

South Conference:

  • Only four South Conference teams took the field this weekend: Birmingham United, Concorde Fire, Georgia United and South Carolina United Battery, playing one match in each age group. 
  • South Carolina United Battery U-15/16 retained first place in the Southeast Division with a 2-1 win against Georgia United. 
  • A 2-2 tie against Birmingham United U-17/18 was enough to keep Concorde Fire in first place in the Southeast Division.

Week 10 Player of the Week: Bryce Alderson – Midfielder, Vancouver Whitecaps
Bryce Alderson was involved in Vancouver’s two victories last weekend during their road trip to Southern California. Alderson started and went the full 90 minutes in the 3-1 win against San Diego Surf on Saturday, Nov. 12. The following day, he started and played 45 minutes in the team’s 6-0 win against Nomads SC. Alderson is a key contributor to the team that is now 5-0-1, starting all six of the team’s matches and scoring twice so far in the 2011-12 season. The young Canadian was signed today by the Vancouver Whitecaps as a Home Grown player.

Referee of the Week: Hayden Edwards
Hayden Edwards earns Referee of the Week honors for his performance in the cross-conference, U-17/18 match between Classics Elite and Real Colorado. Edwards is a grade 5 referee and 2012 National Referee Candidate from Texas South. He has officiated more than 60 Development Academy matches in the past three years and has attended seven Academy showcase and playoffs events. He just recently demonstrated his officiating skills as a member of the U.S. Soccer Referee Academy at the 2011 Armed Forces Championship event at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

Darlington Nagbe wins Goal of the Year:
Former Internationals midfielder was awarded MLS Goal of the Year for his juggling volley scored against Sporting Kansas City on July 2. Though the Portland Timbers lost 2-1, Nagbe’s wonder strike collected 42 percent of the votes in this year’s contest.

Juan Agudelo to Train Overseas: Development Academy alumnus Juan Agudelo is spending part of the MLS offseason away from the New York Red Bulls and with German Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart . Agudelo went to Stuttgart following the Under-23 Men’s National Team that took place from Nov. 7-16 in Duisburg, Germany.

Former De Anza Midfielder Marc Pelosi on the Bench for Liverpool FC Youth Squad: Marc Pelosi, who recently signed for Liverpool , was available as a substitute when a Liverpool youth team played Sporting Club de Portugal in the NextGen Series tournament. Pelosi traveled with the team to Portugal but did not feature in the 5-1 loss.

Caleb Stanko Adapting in Germany: Michigan native and former Vardar midfielder Caleb Stanko has been playing for FC Freiburg in Germany for nearly eight months, after an initial three-month trial. While Stanko was at the Under-23 Men’s National Team camp in Duisburg, Germany, he spoke to ussoccer.com about adjusting to the German playing style and culture .


  • Week 10 Player of the Bryce Alderson was signed by the Vancouver Whitecaps as a Home Grown player – WhitecapsFC.com 
  • ESPN RISE previews the Concorde Fire U-17/18’s upcoming matches against Georgia United and South Carolina United Battery – ESPN RISE 
  • North Carolina Fusion player Marco Sunol verbally committed to North Carolina – ESPN RISE 
  • DeAnza Force defender Kody Wakasa verbally committed to Cal Poly – ESPN RISE 
  • Big Apple Soccer highlights the Red Bulls Academy U-15/16 team’s win against the Philadelphia Union – Big Apple Soccer 
  • Chivas USA provides an update on its Academy – CDChivasUSA.com 
  • Vancouver Whitecaps recap the team’s trip to Southern California for Academy games – WhitecapsFC.com


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