With MLS clubs taking a break from the Academy schedule to compete in the Generation adidas Cup games, and some of the top clubs players in France with the U18 MNT, last weekend’s Academy action had a different look.
Here’s a rundown of some of the results.
De Anza Force’s U16s got two goals in the first half from Keanu Mendoza, helping the NorCal side secure a 3-0 win over San Juan Soccer Club. The Force U18s also edged San Juan 2-1 on Saturday.
Dennis Zapata scored twice within six minutes early in the second half, paving the way for Orlando City U18s in a 2-1 defeat of Kendall SC. Orland erased a 1-0 deficit after Sergio Lujan opened the scoring. Kendall U16s cruised to a 4-0 win in the other fixture between the two clubs.
There was little separating PA Classics and the Baltimore Bays as the two East Conference foes squared off. The two U18 sides traded goals, as PA’s Joey Julius’ first half tally was cancelled out by Matthew Bragg’s 75th minute strike. Classics edged the U16 encounter, as Austin Maloney provided the winner in the 23rd minute.
Ben Derleth broke a 1-1 tie in the 53rd minute, and Revolution Empire U18s hung on to win 2-1 against FC Bolts Celtic.
PDA U16 forward Cameron Harr scored a hat trick as the New Jersey club defeated the visiting Virginia Rush 4-0 on Saturday. PDA also emerged from the U18 meeting victorious by a 3-1 score.
Two second half goals prodded Minnesota Thunder Academy U18 to a 2-0 win over St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro. Rahim Omar opened the scoring in the 67th minute, while Nathan Bergstrom sealed the win in the 90th. The U16 encounter ended in a 1-1 draw.
In a tight, back-and-forth affair, Ivan Alvarado provided the equalizer in the 87th minute as the Dallas Texans snatched a point against Texas Rush. In the U16 matchup, the Rush unleashed a three-goal barrage on the Texans, winning 3-0.
Despite leading scorer Andrija Novakovich being abroad with the U18 MNT, Chicago Magic U18s still managed to snag full points, beating FC Wisconsin Eclipse 3-1. The Magic struck three times in the game’s first 15 minutes to put it out of sight, as Andrew Grabavoy scored twice and Dzenan Nezirevic tallied in the first minute. The Magic’s U16s also won, defeating Eclipse 3-2.
Goals from Casey Collins, Jordan Shankle and Caleb Smith powered Solar Chelsea U18s to a 3-1 win over the San Antonio Scorpions Academy. Solar also won the U16 matchup, 4-1.