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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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CSA Wolves Look to Maintain Great Lakes Lead: The Crew Soccer Academy Wolves U-15/16 team jumped ahead of Indiana United Fire Academy into first place in the Great Lakes Division this past weekend with two wins over Crew Soccer Academy and Internationals. The Wolves now prepare for a local derby against Vardar SC Freiburg on Sunday at the University of Detroit Mercy. The Wolves (4-0-1 Great Lakes, 10-0-2 overall) are hanging onto a one-point lead in the division, while Vardar SC Freiburg looks to close the nine-point gap.

Revolution Gears Up for PDA, Red Bulls: Eastern Conference rivals New England Revolution U-15/16 and Players Development Academy have a challenging weekend ahead, facing each other on Saturday. Then the Revs face the New York Red Bulls on Sunday. The Revolution (7-3-0) has one of the East Conference’s top defenses, allowing only 11 goals in 10 games. The back line will be tested with PDA (12-1-1) averaging a conference-high 2.9 goals per game and the Red Bulls (10-3-1) offense ranked second at 2.7 goals per game.

Central Conference:

  • Strong results for the Chicago Fire catapulted the U-17/18 team into first place in the Great Lakes Division at 4-0-0 (12 points). The Fire teams netted a 4-0-0 weekend that included pair of local derby victories against Sockers FC and FC Milwaukee at both age groups.
  • Aaron Meyer, Alberto Galvan and Kellyn Acosta each had a goal for FC Dallas to help the team win both of its Sunday matches against Texans SC Houston. The U-15/16 match carried significant importance for FC Dallas as the 3-0 win helped the team move into a tie for second place in the Texas Division and pushed down Texans SC Houston to fourth place. The Development Academy’s top offensive team, FC Dallas U-17/18, is averaging more than three goals per game following a 6-0 win against Texans SC Houston. Jose de la Tejera and JiaJie Zhuang had two goals apiece.

East Conference:

  • Players Development Academy and Baltimore Bays Chelsea split their Saturday series, with PDA’s U-15/16 team grabbing a 2-1 victory and Baltimore Bays Chelsea’s U-17/18 squad hanging on for a 1-0 win. Kazari Trought’s 80th-minute go-ahead goal lifted PDA to 12-1-1. Christian Morales of Baltimore Bays Chelsea came through with the lone goal in the 89th minute of the U-17/18 match.
  • Two wins for Albertson SC’s U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams against the New York Cosmos Academy on Saturday and Met Oval on Sunday helped the team take an early lead in the Liberty Division. U-14/16 Albertson player Jeff Banastey scored the lone goal in the 1-0 win against the Cosmos and added a tally during Albertson’s 3-1 victory against Met Oval on Sunday. U-17/18 Albertson’s Edward Viscount scored the game-winning goal in its 1-0 win against the Cosmos, while Jake Freeman provided two goals Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Met Oval.

South Conference:

  • Weston FC posted a win and a draw against Charlotte Soccer Academy, with Weston’s U-17/18 team securing the 6-2 victory. Tomas Rojas had back-to-back goals in the 20th and 25th minutes for Weston. The U-15/16 teams played to a scoreless draw – not a surprising result considering Weston has allowed only 16 goals in 19 games and Charlotte has given up only 14 goals in 16 matches this season. On the second leg of the road trip, Weston FC’s U-15/16 team beat North Meck SC 4-0 and the U-17/18s topped North Meck SC 4-1. U-17/18 forward Danny Jensen had two goals – one each against Charlotte and North Meck – to move his season total to 16, tying him for seventh place among the Academy goal scoring leaders.

West Conference:

  • Seattle Sounders FC U-15/16 became the first team to qualify for the Development Academy Playoffs following its two-win weekend that included a 5-0 shutout against the San Jose Earthquakes and a 3-0 victory against Cal Odyssey. The Sounders improved to 10-2-1 in the Northwest Division and 15-5-2 overall. Denis Kalamar had two goals against San Jose and contributed a goal against Cal Odyssey.
  • Roberto Escudero’s second-half stoppage time goal completed a thrilling come-from-behind victory as the Pateadores U-17/18 team rallied past SoCal Division-leading Chivas USA for a 4-3 win. Trailing 3-2 in the closing minutes, Pateadores’ Samuel Nicanor netted an 87th-minute equalizer and Escudero had the winner in the second minute of stoppage time. Only four points separate fourth-place Pateadores (5-5-2, 17 points) and Chivas USA (7-2-3, 24 points) in a hotly contested division race.


Week 28 Player of the Week: Jordan Allen, Midfielder, Real Salt Lake AZ
Jordan Allen has regularly played up with Real Salt Lake AZ’s U-17/18 team, and he was a part of two more victories this past weekend. He started and played 75 minutes during Real Salt Lake’s 3-0 win against the San Diego Surf on Saturday, then came on as a halftime substitute to help RSL earn a 4-1 win against Nomads SC on Sunday. Allen now has 13 appearances with the U-17/18 team, which is 6-2-4 and in second place in the SoCal Division (10-7-5 overall). RSL’s U-15/16 team is 9-3-0 (15-5-2 overall) and leads its division. Allen played the full 90 minutes during Tuesday’s RSL Reserve League match against FC Dallas. He is the first repeat Player of the Week honoree this season, having also been recognized in Week 22 (Feb. 19-20).

Referee of the Week: Marcos DeOliveira
Marcos DeOliveira earns Referee of the Week honors for his performance during this past weekend’s U-17/18 match between Kendall SC and the Charlotte Soccer Academy. The 24-year-old grade 5 referee from Florida has worked approximately 40 games in the Academy and has been to the 2009 and 2010 Spring Showcases, 2011 Playoffs and 2011 Finals Week. As a result of his Finals Week performance, DeOliveira was assigned to referee the third-place game in the U-17/18 age group. He also has participated in two U.S. Soccer training events: the Armed Forces Men’s Soccer Championship (October 2011) and the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII (April 2012). DeOliveira has officiated USL, NASL, PDL and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches.


MacMath in Midst of Shutout Streak: Philadelphia Union second-year goalkeeper Zac MacMath, who was part of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program and played club ball with Academy member Clearwater Chargers, is in the midst of a 242-minute shutout streak following a 1-0 victory against Columbus. ussoccer.com caught up with MacMath as the team looks to keep the ball rolling against Chivas USA.

Pineda Nets Winner for U.S. U-20s: Development Academy product and Chicago Fire midfielder Victor Pineda scored an 89th-minute penalty kick goal to lead the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team to a 1-0 win against the University of Washington on Sunday in Beaverton, Ore. ( Highlights on ussoccer.com)


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