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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.S. U-18s Bound for Portugal: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team is taking part in the Lisbon International Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal. U-18 head coach Javier Perez named a 20-player roster for the tournament, which kicks off Wednesday, May 23. The roster includes 15 current Development Academy players and three former Academy players. One current Academy attendee is Real Salt Lake AZ U-17/18 midfielder Jordan Allen, who caught up with ussoccer.com and talked about the Academy team, playing for RSL’s MLS Reserve League team and making a move to right back for the U.S. U-18s.

FC Greater Boston, Revs Set for Northeast Division Clash: The top two teams of the U-15/16’s Northeast Division will meet this weekend as first-place FC Greater Boston (4-0-0) faces the New England Revolution (3-1-0) in a local derby. Both teams have allowed only two goals in four division matches and FC Greater Boston touts an average of more than four per game with a total of 17 this season. At the older level, the New England Revolution and FC Greater Boston sit second and third, respectively.

Central Conference:

  • The Dallas Texans U-15/16 team became the sixth squad and third in its age level to qualify for the 2012 Development Academy Playoffs following its 6-1 victory against Andromeda FC last Saturday. Christian Soldat notched a hat trick and Brandon Aubrey added two goals as the Dallas Texans improved to 15-2-4 atop the Texas Division and 19-2-7 overall. The other Academy Playoff-bound teams include the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps U-15/16 teams and FC Dallas, De Anza Force and Vancouver Whitecaps among the U-17/18 teams.
  • Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy’s U-15/16 team is now in first place in the Frontier Division, joining the U-17/18 squad. Neal Usry and Geoffrey Dee provided the scoring for Shattuck’s 2-0 win against the Colorado Rush on Saturday, while Corey Cadeau and Heath Honold led Shattuck to a 2-1 victory against Real Colorado on Sunday. The team holds a 7-2-0 Frontier Division record and sits three points ahead of St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri.

East Conference:

  • Both Baltimore Bays Chelsea squads swept the double fixtures weekend and moved into first place in the Mid-Atlantic Division. Marlcolm Harris and the Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-17/18 team had a 2-0 shutout win against PA Classics on Saturday and a 2-1 win against FC DELCO to jump ahead for the top spot in the division. Harris had both goals against PA Classic. Patrick Kosher’s four goals (two in each game) led the Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-15/16 team to a 2-1 victory over PA Classics and a 3-2 win against FC DELCO to jump up four positions in the standings.
  • The New England Revolution topped South Central Premier and Oakwood Soccer Club for a combined 4-0-0 weekend. The younger team posted a 1-0 win against Oakwood Soccer Club and a 4-0 victory against South Central Premier; the older group posted a 6-4 victory against Oakwood and a 2-1 win against South Central Premier. Jack Hilger’s performance lifted the U-17/18 Revolution team from fourth to second place in the Northeast Division, tallying five of the team’s seven goals over the weekend. Hilger had four against Oakwood alone.

South Conference:

  • Luis Betancur provided the Weston FC U-17/18 team the only goal it needed to top Kendall SC 1-0 and move the team into third place in the Southeast Division. Weston sits only four points behind the first-place South Carolina United Battery. The Weston FC U-15/16 team garnered a 3-0 win against Kendall SC to improve to 6-1-4 in the Southeast Division, seven points behind South Carolina and maintaining second place in the division.

West Conference:

  • A resounding 4-0 victory against Cal Odyssey catapulted the De Anza Force U-17/18 team into first place in the Northwest Division ahead of the Vancouver Whitecaps. Edson Cardona had two goals for De Anza Force (9-4-1 in the Northwest Division, 15-9-2 overall).
  • Jose Navarro had two second-half goals to lead the Real Salt Lake AZ U-15/16 team to a 3-1 victory against Real So Cal on Sunday to jump one point ahead of the LA Galaxy for first in the SoCal Division. Real Salt Lake AZ is now 10-4-1 in the division and 16-6-4 overall.

Week 34 Player of the Week: Erick Bloom, Forward, Minnesota Thunder Academy
Erick Bloom has five goals over a two-win weekend for the Minnesota Thunder U-17/18 team. He had two goals on Saturday in a 3-1 victory against Real Colorado, followed by a three-goal effort on Sunday during a 4-2 win against the Colorado Rush.

Referee of the Week: Ken Henriques
Ken Henriques earns Referee of the Week honors for his performance during this past weekend’s U-17/18 match between FC Greater Boston and the Oakwood Soccer Club. The 25-year-old referee from Connecticut has worked approximately 30 Academy matches and has worked the 2010 and 2011 Development Academy Playoffs. He also works MLS Reserve League, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and PDL matches.


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