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Dallas Texans Put Unbeaten Record on Line:
The U-15/16 Dallas Texans team tries to maintain its unbeaten record when it visits Texans SC Houston on Saturday at Elizabeth Meyer Park in Spring, Texas. The Dallas Texans have a comfortable lead in the Texas Division of the Central Conference and have posted a 10-0-6 overall record this season – the only team within both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels to still carry an unbeaten overall record. Texans SC Houston (8-4-4) touts a defense that has matched the Dallas Texans stride for stride as both teams are allowing only one goal per game (16 goals in 16 matches played).

Central Conference:

  • Daniel Garcia of the FC Dallas U-17/18 team tallied three goals during a 6-0 victory on Sunday against Classics Elite to improve to 12-1-2 on the season. Garcia is averaging more than one goal per game, tallying 16 goals in 14 matches this season. David Robledo added two goals for FC Dallas.
  • The Solar Chelsea SC U-17/18 team overcame a 1-0 second-half deficit and scored three unanswered goals for a 3-1 comeback victory against Lonestar SC Academy on Saturday. Zachary Mathers, Samuel Hayward and Alfred Koroma each had goals for Solar Chelsea SC, which improved to 10-4-3 and moved into second place in the Texas Division ahead of Texans SC Houston.

South Conference:

  • Ben Burdon had five goals in two games as the Charlotte Soccer Academy U-17/18 team posted a weekend sweep with a 5-1 victory against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday and a 4-0 win against the Virginia Rush on Sunday. The Charlotte Soccer Academy U-15/16 team also went 2-0-0 over the weekend, with Khalil Abderahman netting a goal in each match – a 3-0 win against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday and a 1-0 victory against the Virginia Rush on Sunday.

West Conference:

  • Lynden Gooch had two goals for the Santa Cruz Breakers Academy U-15/16, which topped the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 on Sunday.
  • Gregory Antognoli II scored two goals, including the 65th-minute game-winner, to lead the Cal Odyssey U-17/18 team to a 3-2 win against California Development Academy. Cal Odyssey had a 2-0 lead before Tyler Thompson tallied back-to-back goals for California Development Academy to tie the score early in the second half.


Week 19 Player of the Week: Ben Burdon, Forward, Charlotte Soccer Academy

Ben Burdon scored five goals in a two-game span to lead the Charlotte Soccer Academy U-17/18 team to two victories against the Richmond Kickers and Virginia Rush. Burdon had three goals, including the game-winner in the 16th minute, against Virginia and netted two goals, including the 77th-minute game-winner, against Richmond. He has played and started in all seven Charlotte Soccer Academy games this season as the U-17/18 team sports a 2-2-3 record. Burdon was the Development Academy Player of the Week for the U-15/16 age group last season on March 24, 2011.

Referee of the Week: Matthew Sternheim

Matthew Sternheim earns Referee of the Week honors for his performance in the U-17/18 Real Salt Lake AZ matchup against De Anza Force. Sternheim is an up-and-coming grade 6 referee from Arizona. His first experience as an Academy official was the 2010 Winter Showcase in Phoenix. Sternheim has worked 16 Academy matches in a little more than a year, and he also has been an assistant referee for MLS preseason scrimmages held in Casa Grande, Ariz.


Tracking Signing Day: Athletes from across the country signed their letters of intent to take their game to the collegiate ranks. ussoccer.com is tracking the players who have been a part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and the various announcements made following Wednesday’s signing day. For the latest, visit the U.S. Soccer YNT Blog.


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