While several U14 Development Academy squads made the trip to Carmel, Indiana for the regional event, there was plenty of action to take in elsewhere. Here’s a look at some of the biggest results of the weekend:
A 90th minute equalizer from Elijah Evans provided a 2-2 draw for South Carolina United Battery U18s against Charlotte Soccer Academy. Nathan Marder’s 81st minute strike looked to be the difference, but Evans stepped up and provided the tying goal. South Carolina managed to win the U16 matchup on the back of Marcelo Malpartida’s 22nd minute winner.
Bethesda Olney U18s exploded in the final third against the Virginia Rush. A five-goal haul for Sam Schmidt and a hat trick for Matthew Ledder paved the way for Bethesda in a 9-0 victory. The two U16 sides drew 1-1 in the other game of the day.
Checking in for its only game of October, New York Red Bulls made relatively easy work of the Montreal Impact in the U18 matchup. Derrick Etienne fired home a brace, while Amando Moreno and Alexander Tejera also tallied in a 4-1 win for New York.
A third minute opener from Yoav Barkai provided the start that FC Bolts Celtic needed against Seacoast United U18s. Mohamed Kenawy put the game out of reach early in the second half, scoring two goals within two minutes of each other in a 3-0 victory. Jonas Taenzer provided revenge for Seacoast’s U16s, finding the back of the net twice in a 2-0 win.
Cristhyan Najar scored a late equalizer for D.C. United U18s, snatching a point against the Philadelphia Union. Behind Abu Winter’s two goals, Philadelphia triumphed in the U16 matchup by a 3-1 score line.
Crossfire Premier’s Christian Soto-Gonzales 55th minute goal was good enough to secure full points for the U18s in a 1-0 win over Portland Timbers. The Seattle-based side also won the U16 meeting by the same score, Hassani Dotson prodding home a second half winner.
It was quite the comeback for LA Galaxy U16s. Pegged back 3-0 against Pateadores by a Cesar Murillo hat trick – his third goal coming in the 66th minute – LA roared back. Dylan Smith hit a quick fire brace in the 67th and 74th minute, setting the table for a dramatic Jorge Ruiz equalizer in the final minute of the game.
Real Salt Lake AZ U18s had more than Real So Cal could handle, as four different players found the back of the net in a 4-1 victory. Sebastian Saucedo provide the perfect start for RSL in the U16 match, scoring in third minute, on the way to a 3-0 win. Miles Stray provided the insurance tallies in the second half.
Colorado Rush had a busy weekend, hosting North Texas clubs Solar Chelsea and FC Dallas. The Rush’s U18s won one and lost one, topping Solar 2-1 and losing to FCD by the same score. The U16 matchups featured a 0-0 draw with Solar and a 2-0 victory for FC Dallas.
A trio of second half goals for the Houston Dynamo U18s – from Thomas Barboza, Mac Reyes and Brad Spencer – were key in a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. Isaac Martinez scored the consolation. Neither U16 side managed to find the back of the net, as the two ground out a 0-0 draw.
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