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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-23s Announce 23-Player Roster: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team head coach Caleb Porter announced his 23-player roster for a training camp that opens Feb. 19 in Frisco, Texas. The camp concludes with a Feb. 29 match against Mexico’s U-23 team. Among the roster are Development Academy alumni Juan Agudelo, Joe Corona, Bill Hamid, Jack McInerney and Zarek Valentin. Agudelo was the first Academy alum to earn a cap with the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Chivas USA, LA Galaxy Meet in SoCal Play: The Chivas USA U-17/18 team is clinging to its SoCal Division lead in the West Conference. The team on its heels, the LA Galaxy, plays host this Saturday when the two meet at The Home Depot Center. Chivas USA is 5-1-1 (16 points) in the SoCal Division, with its lone defeat coming against the LA Galaxy on Oct. 1, 2011. The Galaxy is 5-1-0 (15 points) in division action. When the two sides last met, the LA Galaxy’s John McBean tallied the game-winning goal in the 80th minute for a 2-1 victory.

Central Conference:

  • Leobardo Vazquez scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 87th minute, to lead the Texans SC Houston U-17/18 team to a 4-3 win against Lonestar SC Academy on Saturday. Christian Andrews Duarte also had two goals for Texans SC Houston, and Vazquez’s tallies were his 15th and 16th of the season. Development Academy leading goalscorer Kekuta Manneh of Lonestar SC Academy had two goals, and he has 23 goals in 17 games.
  • Jason Machado’s two first-half goals held up as the Dallas Texans U-15/16 team continued its unbeaten season with a 2-1 win against the Texas Rush on Sunday at the University of Texas at Dallas. Machado has eight goals in 14 games, and the Dallas Texans improved to 12-0-6 overall and 10-0-3 in the Texas Division.
  • Daniel Garcia scored his 17th goal of the season in the 19th minute as the FC Dallas U-17/18 team (14-1-12 overall, 12-1-1 Texas Division) topped the Houston Dynamo 1-0 on Saturday. The FC Dallas U-15/16 team rolled past the Houston Dynamo 5-1 on Saturday, with Vernon Bailey, Kellyn Acosta, Rodrigo Rodriguez, Alex Radilla and Troy Reeves each scoring a goal.

South Conference:

  • The North Carolina Fusion U-17/18 team scored three goals in the final 11 minutes and rallied to defeat the Virginia Rush 3-1 on Sunday. The Fusion’s Marco Sunol (80th minute), Erik Casterline (83rd minute) and Adam Storm (86th minute) scored three unanswered goals.

West Conference:

  • The LA Galaxy posted a weekend sweep against Pateadores. Justin Dhillon netted three goals as the LA Galaxy U-15/16 team shut out Pateadores 4-0 on Saturday to move into a second-place tie with the San Diego Surf in the SoCal Division. The LA Galaxy U-17/18 team earned a 2-1 win against Pateadores and narrowed Chivas USA’s SoCal Division lead to one point with a game in hand. Sebastian Velasquez tallied the game-winning goal in the 71st minute for the Galaxy (10-1-2 overall, 5-1-0 in SoCal Division).
  • Daniel “Lucas” Reilly scored a goal in second-half stoppage time as the Real So Cal U-17/18 team defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Saturday. The hectic ending to the match included a 90th-minute goal from San Jose’s Oliver Chew to tie the score at 1-1.


Week 21 Player of the Week: Eric O’Brien, Forward, CASL Chelsea FC

Eric O’Brien of the CASL Chelsea FC Academy U-15/16 team scored two goals to lead his team to a 3-2 victory against the Virginia Rush on Saturday. He scored game-tying goals on both occasions in the 53rd and 70th minutes. O’Brien leads CASL Chelsea with seven goals in nine games this season as the team improved to 5-1-3 overall and holds a 2-0-0 record in the Atlantic Division of the South Conference.

Referee of the Week: Matthew Foerster

Matthew Foerster earns Referee of the Week honors for his performance in the U-15/16 matchup between Lonestar SC Academy and Texans SC Houston. Foerster, a referee from South Texas, recently worked the U-17 Men’s National Team game against Brazil at the Nike International Friendlies in December 2011 . Last year, Foerster was both a referee’s assistant and fourth official in Major League Soccer regular-season, as well as the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.


Academy Moves to 10-Month Season: The U.S. Soccer Development Academy announced last Friday that it is moving to a 10-month season starting in 2012-13. “If we want our players to someday compete against the best in the world, it is critical for their development that they train and play as much as possible and in the right environment,” U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.

Frequently Asked Questions | Quote Sheet: Academy and National Team Coaches | Video: Academy Clubs Move to a 10-Month Season

Huezo, Orozco on Trial with Toronto FC: Former Development Academy midfielders Kevin Huezo and Moises Orozco are getting a look from Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC. The team confirmed on Wednesday that Huezo (Real So Cal, 2009-10) and Orozco (Strikers, 2009-10) are with the team as trialists.


  • FC Dallas to Host Manchester United on April 1 – ESPN Dallas
  • Hot Chivas Ready for Rematch with Galaxy – ESPN RISE
  • Academy Alum Bill Hamid Set for Increased Responsibility with Club, Country – MLSSoccer.com
  • U.S. Soccer Development Academy Shifts to International Calendar – MLSSoccer.com
  • Four Things to Know About Real Salt Lake AZ’s Jordan Allen – Soccer America
  • Klinsmann and Co. Make Case for 10-Month Club Season – Soccer America
  • U.S. Development Academy Switches to 10-Month Format – Soccer By Ives
  • Academy Changes Are All About Training – Top Drawer Soccer

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