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Academy Recap: Undefeated no more

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: April 23, 2013

The undefeated dream is no more.

New York Red Bulls U18s lost for the first time in the 2012-13 Academy season, a 4-2 defeat at the hands of MLS counterparts New England Revolution.

An early barrage from Federico Ferre and Leandro Alves put the Revolution out in front 2-0 in the 10th minute of the game. New York’s Adam Najem cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 73rd minute, but Alves scored his second four minutes later to restore New England’s two-goal lead. Alex Muyl scored again to make it 3-2, but Dominik Machado struck in the 89th minute to put the game away for the Revolution.

New York’s U18s remain 11 points ahead of the Revolution in the standings, while New England has three games in hand. 

The Red Bulls U16s won the other matchup on the day, as Kevin Politz scored in the 22nd minute to pick up a 1-0 win over the Revolution.

East Conference

An early strike from Leandro Lemache was enough for Players Development Academy U18s to pick up all three points in a 1-0 defeat of the Richmond Kickers. Five different scorers found the back of the net for PDA U16s, as they eased past the Kickers 5-1.

PDA also received a visit from the Richmond Strikers, winning both of those matchups as well, the U18s with a 3-0 result and the U16s with a 5-0 win.

It was a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair between D.C. United and FC Delco U18s, with the two sides combining for seven goals as the MLS side picked up a 4-3 win. Nigel Robinson provided a pair for D.C., while Colin O’Neil did the same for FC Delco. Meanwhile, D.C.’s U16s scored five, coming away with the full points in a 5-3 victory.

U.S. U18 international Jacori Hayes provided the offense for Baltimore Bays Chelsea, as his goal stood up in a 1-0 win over the Virginia Rush. Baltimore U16s also took care of business, winning 3-0.

Central Conference 

Chicago Fire U18 forward Jeffrey Farina and Chicago Magic’s Dzenan Nezirevic exchanged goals at the two U18 sides drew 1-1 over the weekend. Alex Underwood and Brian Werchek provided the offense for the Fire in a 2-0 win for the U16s.

It wasn’t a bad trip to Colorado for Sporting KC. The U18s opened up the trip with a 3-1 defeat of the Colorado Rush, with a brace from Isai Gutierrez helping the offense. The U16s secured the full points as well with a 2-1 margin over the Rush. Sunday’s matches against Real Colorado weren’t quite the same, as the U18s fell 5-0, and the U16s drew 1-1.

FC Dallas put together two comprehensive performances, defeating in-state counterparts Lonestar SC 7-1 (U18s) and 4-0 (U16s) as the chase for a first place finish continues.

West Conference

Santa Cruz Breakers and De Anza Force both hopped up to the Pacific Northwest for a slate of games against Cascadia rivals Seattle and Portland. Sounders U18s opened up the weekend with a 3-2 win against De Anza, as David Olsen scored a dramatic 90th minute winner. Seattle and De Anza U16s drew 0-0. Sunday saw Seattle host Santa Cruz. The Sounders U18s won 3-1, with Kenneth Sweet providing a hat trick, while Garrett Barber nipped the winner in a 1-0 victory for Seattle’s U16s.

Meanwhile, matchups with the Timbers also took place, with Portland and Santa Cruz both drawing – the U18s 0-0 and the U16s 2-2. More ties took place when the Timbers lined up against De Anza, as the U18s tied 1-1.

From a results standpoint, it was a great weekend for Chivas USA. UC Santa Barbara commit Caleb Calvert scored a hat trick in a 6-0 victory for the U18s against Arsenal FC, while the U16s also picked up three points by winning 3-2.

 
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