Any time two Cascadia Cup rivals meet – even in the Academy – it’s a big occasion.
And getting the chance to celebrate this weekend’s triumph were the Seattle Sounders, as both Academy teams scored four goals and defeated their rivals to the north, the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Jordan Morris starred for Seattle’s U18s on the day, scoring a hat trick in a 4-2 triumph to open the day. Isidro Prado-Huerta tallied the fourth Seattle goal on the day, while Liam Elbourne and Brody Huitema
On the same day D.C. United’s first team tied 1-1 against MLS rivals New York Red Bulls, D.C.’s Academy strolled to a pair of big victories.
With the Virginia Beach-based Virginia Rush making a visit, United steamrolled past their opponents, as the U18s won 7-1 and the U16s won 3-0.
In the U18 matchup, United found themselves up 3-0 at the half, thanks to a pair of goals from Denis Najar, and a strike by left back Patrick Foss doing the damage. After the break, D.C. picked up from where they left off, as Michael Seaton added another goal in the 46th minute. Foss got another goal, and Timothy Wilson scored twice in the game’s final three minutes to round out the scoring.
"Today's match showcased the number of quality attacking players on this team,” U18 head coach Nolan Sheldon said in a release. “Nigel Robinson and Denis Najar were dangerous throughout the match and forced VA Rush to respect their pace and creativity. We have placed a great emphasis on scoring first and the impact it has on the game. To the team's credit, they have successfully scored first in each of the past five matches and, as a result, have picked up some good results recently."
Gerson Umana, Jean-Christophe Koffi and Julian Cummings each tallied for D.C.’s U16 in their win.
Danny Jensen’s hat trick paced Weston FC to a big win against fellow Florida club Chargers SC, as the U18s demolished their counterparts by a 6-0 score. In fact, it was all Weston on the day, as their U16s also picked up a 1-0 win.
Action was frenetic in the Carolinas, as the Fusion U18s drew 3-3 against North Meck SC on the road. Warren Marshall scored a pair of goals, including the go ahead tally in the 81st minute. But Scout Monteith answered for North Meck to share the points.
Another pair of tight matches between Carolina clubs saw Charlotte Soccer Academy and CASL tie 0-0 at the U18 age group. CASL got the better of the two teams when the 16s squared off.
After the LA Galaxy U18s barely squeaked past Nomads 1-0, LA’s U16s scored a much more emphatic victory on the day, winning 6-0. Christian Chavez led the way with two goals, while Steve Martinez and Christian Onalfo
The Portland Timbers are still in the process of adjusting to life in the Development Academy, and the MLS side split a pair of games against a Seattle-based opponent. It wasn’t the Sounders, but Crossfire Premier that the Timbers matched up with on Saturday. After Portland’s U18s won 3-1, Crossfire’s U16s ensured the two sides ended the day with a split.
A trip to Southern California paid strong dividends for Real Salt Lake’s Arizona Academy. In four games, the U18s combined to go a strong 3-0-1 against Strikers FC and Pateadores. Jose Navarro was the man of the weekend for the U18s, scoring four goals across the two games. Damian German had a pair of goals for the U16s, which won both of their matchups – the lone blemish being a U18 draw against Strikers.
It’s been a great start to the season for Sporting KC’s Academy, but this weekend the club fell during their biggest test of the season. Traveling south to take on FC Dallas’ tremendously successful Academy, SKC left with a pair of losses. The U18s came up short in a 3-1 defeat, while FCD’s Santiago Agudelo scored four goals in a 6-0 win for the U16s.
There was little to separate both the U18 and the U16 teams of Indiana Fire and St. Louis Scott Gallagher’s Missouri club. Indiana Fire’s U18s won the first game, while the two U16 teams drew 2-2.
Crew Soccer Academy hosted Vardar over the weekend, only managing one point from the two games. The two U18 teams traded a goal each in a 1-1 draw, while the Michigan club secured full points with a 2-1 win.
The battle of two prominent Chicago clubs saw the Magic upend the Fire in both games. First, the Magic’s Xavier Gomez and Dzenan Nezirevic found the back of the net in a 2-0 win for the U18s, while Abuchi Obinwa scored in the 76th minute as the U16s also picked up the full three points against the Fire.