Team of the week: Chicago Fire/Vardar
A couple of weeks ago it looked like Crew Soccer Academy would pull away with the Great Lakes Division but Chicago Fire and Vardar are making it tough on them. After beating fellow Chicago side Sockers FC, Chicago faced off against FC Milwaukee on Sunday. First half goals from Jesus Medina, Joel Salmeron and Francisco Sajuan ensured a perfect weekend for the Fire with a 3-0 win.
Down in Texas, Texas Rush played a rare non-division game whipping Indiana United behind two more goals from Academy leading scorer Kekuta Manneh as well as tallies from Osvaldo Chavez(2) and Marco Molina to win 5-0. Houston Dynamo completed a rough weekend in Texas for Indiana United with a 2-0 Sunday win on goals from Lorenzo Salazar and Jorge Andrade.
In a game with huge divisional implications, Dallas Texans rolled to a 3-0 win over Solar Chelsea behind goals from Brandon Aubrey, Jack Blanton and Sylvester Contreras.
Sporting Kansas City continued their dominance of the Frontier Division, beating St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro 4-1 behind two goals from Nate Opperman and one from Seo-In Kim and David Leichty.
Team of the week: FC Westchester
In what was arguably the biggest game of the weekend across the country, FC Westchester went into New York and blanked second-placed Cosmos Academy East 1-0 on a 70th minute goal from Lucas McBride. The fifth consecutive win earns FCW a little breathing room at the top of the division with three games to play. Albertson SC kept their slim divisional hopes alive beating Met Oval 2-1. Moriba Doumbia gave Met Oval an early lead, but goals from Richard Robinson and Dylan Greenberg sealed the three points.
Rivals FC Delco gave up no space to Classics, remaining three points behind. On Saturday, playing NJSA it was the Brett Campbell show as the forward scored a hat-trick to lead his side to a 4-1 victory. Sunday, Delco scored a 2-1 victory over Match Fit behind goals from Campbell and Benjamin Marks.
Team of the week: Real Salt Lake-AZ
Third-placed Arsenal FC doubled the pain on Real So Cal, beating the leaders 3-2 on Saturday behind two goals from Jose Garcia and a 61st minute winner by Abraham Placito.
Up in the Northwest Division, Cal Odyssey took over first place from Seattle Sounders after their 2-0 defeat of California Development Academy. Luis Najera and Michael Escamilla provided the goals in the victory as Odyssey sits a point ahead of the Sounders, though the Seattle side has three games in hand.
Concorde Fire have locked up the Southeast Division, but IMG took a huge step in securing a playoff spot beating Weston FC on Saturday 2-1 behind Pablo Aguilar and Gabriel Nunez goals. They would build on that effort Sunday, drawing 3-3 with Kendall SC. Luis Diego scored twice while Nahuel Medina added the third for Kendall while Kevin Maguire, Max Brashear and Omar Ontiveros scored to share the points for IMG.
In the Atlantic Division, Charlotte Soccer Academy boast a remarkable 9-0-1 record and they defeated Birmingham United 5-0. Alex Givens, Hans Honer, Benjamin Burdon, Brandon Kardos and Roland Minogue scored to dominate the Alabama team and move their side to the brink of a divisional championship