It was a successful trip to Northern California for Seattle Sounders when considering how often the team has to hop on a plane. Four games against a pair of clubs in the region saw the Sounders emerge undefeated. On Saturday, Seattle’s U18s drew Santa Cruz Breakers 1-1, while prolific goal scorer Denis Kalamar added another goal to his tally in a 2-1 win for the Sounders’ U16s. The U18s rolled to a 5-1 win over De Anza Force on Sunday, while the two U16 sides drew 1-1.
Seattle was far from the only team making a trip from the Pacific Northwest to California, as Crossfire Premier and the Vancouver Whitecaps made similar trips. Crossfire dropped its first game of the weekend, as the U18s lost 2-0 against San Jose Earthquakes, before drawing 1-1 in the U16 match. Crossfire then picked up a two wins on Sunday, defeating Cal Odyssey 7-0 (U18) and 2-0 (U16).
The Whitecaps faced the same opposition as Crossfire, starting the weekend with the U18s winning 2-1 – Yassin Essa scoring both goals – and then the U16s lost 3-0 against Cal Odyssey. Sunday’s matchup against the Earthquakes featured a split result, with Brody Huitema leading Vancouver’s U18s to a 3-0 win, before the U16s lost 3-2 to wrap up the weekend’s trip.
The trip south for Portland Timbers yielded mixed results. Following a parallel itinerary to the Sounders, the Timbers dropped a pair of games against De Anza Force on Saturday, losing both games by a 1-0 score line. Sunday’s games against the Santa Cruz Breakers saw the Timbers U18s lose 4-2, before the U16s bagged a 1-1 draw with Jacob Kempf’s goal in the 65th minute.
Picking up a pair of wins on the weekend was FC Dallas, besting the Texas Rush by the score of 2-0 and 4-0 respectively. Bobby Edet and Christian De Luna each scored for the U18s, while Sebastian Gordillo bagged a brace for the U16s, while Coy Craft and Christian Ramirez each got on the score sheet.
It was a productive day on Saturday for Houston Dynamo’s Academy, winning big in its games against Classics Elite. Manuel Chavez scored a hat trick for the U18s in a 4-1 win, while five different players found the back of the net for the U16s in an even bigger 5-0 victory.
Solar Chelsea was another team to win big on its weekend, winning 4-0 (U18) and 1-0 (U16) over Lonestar SC.
Action in the southeast corner of the country continues to progress, with Carolina and Florida teams all quite busy. CASL Chelsea enjoyed productive results against a pair of visiting Florida clubs. The U18s opened up the weekend with a 2-0 defeat of IMG Academy, Yanni Hachem and Michael Hinkson accounting for the goals. CASL’s U16s made it two wins on the day with a 1-0 victory. Sunday saw the Chargers come to town and take down CASL’s U18s by a 1-0 score, although CASL’s U16s powered to a 3-0 win.
Charlotte Soccer Academy’s Roland Minogue and Georgia United’s Cooper Gaypia scored back-to-back goals in the 79th and 80th minute respectively as the two U18 sides drew 1-1. An Aidan Peterson tally in the 70th minute earned Charlotte’s U16s a come from behind, 2-1 victory against Georgia in the other match of the day.