It was rivalry weekend for the Frontier Division.
Given the geographical challenges of a division with teams in five different states, there are very few weekends when driving to a game is an option.
Saturday afforded that opportunity, as most of the clubs squared off against their bitter local rivals in U.S. Soccer Federation Development Academy play.
In Denver, the local derby came down to the wire in the U18 game with Colorado Rush scoring a goal in the final seven minutes to collect all three points. Second half substitute Evan Young scored in the 83rd minute to secure the 1-0 win over Real Colorado. The U16 teams fought to a scoreless draw.
Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy U18 defeated Minnesota Thunder on Saturday via a last second goal by Ricardo Lopez-Espin. SSM U18 is 6-1-1 on the season and riding a five-game undefeated streak. Steve Eneme and Akeem Ward scored for SSM U16 in a 2-0 win over Minnesota Thunder in the afternoon clash.
The two Scott Gallagher clubs also met this weekend with the U18 game ending in a 1-1 draw. Faik Hajderovic scored for St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro in the first half, before Louis Berra answered for St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri in the second stanza. Metro won the U16 game 1-0 behind a goal from Tyler Swanner.
The two MLS Academies of the division also played this weekend with Colorado Rapids hosting Sporting Kansas City for two games. Sporting KC U16 won on Saturday 3-1 with goals from Cole Stevenson, Matthew Bernard, and Seo-In Kim. The Rapids bounced back on Sunday with a 1-1 draw. Kurt Young scored for Colorado, and Steven Enna scored for Sporting KC.
San Diego Surf U18 ran the undefeated streak to four games since returning from the break for high school soccer. The Surf and Nomads were the only two clubs in the SoCal Division that stopped Development Academy play during the high school season this year, but the separation has not slowed down the Surf though.
With three wins and a draw in March, the San Diego club is back in the race for a playoff spot. On Saturday, Surf knocked off Strikers FC 3-1 behind two goals in two minutes from Stanford-commit Michael Griswold.
Griswold scored the game-winner in the 72nd minute and put the game on ice in the 74th with his second of the game. David Beary scored his fourth goal in two games in the first half for Surf.
In the U16 game, Surf scored three goals in 15 minutes in the first half and cruised to a 5-1 victory over Strikers FC. Michael Turner scored twice, while Zach Salado, Pascal Turenne-des-Pres, and Mario Gutierrez all scored once in the win. Christian Thierjung had a late goal for Strikers to prevent the shutout. Thierjung and Turner each have seven goals on the season to lead their respective clubs.
Chivas USA U18 ended Real Salt Lake – Arizona’s undefeated streak at six games on Saturday. Both teams were missing players due to the youth national team camp across town, but Chivas USA managed to squeak out a 1-0 victory. The Goats hold the top spot in the SoCal Division with only a handful of games remaining.
RSL-AZ U16’s slide continued on Saturday with a 3-1 loss to Chivas USA in Southern California. Andrew Benitez, Romario Lomeli, and scored for Chivas USA in the win. Jose Navarro scored for RSL-AZ, as the residency dropped to 13-5-2 on the season.
North of the border, Vancouver Whitecaps U18 topped 1-0 Pateadores behind a second half goal from Yassin Essa.
Pateadores U16 ended Whitecaps home-winning streak with a 1-0 victory over the MLS youth academy. Jose Castillo notched his first goal of the season midway through the second half to propel Pateadores to the win.
In Northern California, Real So Cal collected two wins against California Development Academy on Sunday. Angel Fernandez and Matthew Marvin scored in a 2-1 win for Real So Cal U18. Christian Chavez and Jorge Jimenez scored in a 2-0 win for Real So Cal U16.
Sockers FC had a nearly perfect record over the weekend with three wins and one draw between the two age groups.
In the U16 game, Sockers and Crew settled for a 1-1 draw with Michael Chang and Noah Hutchins each grabbing first half goals for their respective clubs.
On Sunday, Sockers rebounded from a 0-1 deficit at half to beat Internationals 2-1 via goals from Jason Kayne and Anthony DiNuzzo. University of Akron commit Matt Foldsey scored for the Ohio club in the defeat. Sockers U18 remains perfect on the season with a 7-0-3 record.
Sockers U16 topped International 2-0 on Sunday. Ivan Mancilla and Chang scored in the second half to help the Chicago club improve to 3-2-5 on the season.
In Michigan, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves U18 defeated Indiana United Fire 1-0 on Saturday thanks to a goal from Keaton Levock. It was the first goal of the season for the midfielder.
CSA Wolves U16 won the later game 4-1. The Michigan club stormed out to a 3-0 lead behind goals from Ali Cheaib, Zack Atwood, and Yamann Sahlool in the first 36 minutes. Indiana United Fire grabbed one back via Jalen Brown shortly before half. But the Wolves capped the contest with a Sam Brown goal in the second half for the final tally.
FC Milwaukee U16 notched its first win of the season on Saturday in a 3-1 victory over Internationals. Nathan Steinert, Christian Elliehausen, and Braden Andryk all scored for the Wisconsin club.
On Sunday, Vardar SC Freiburg U18 topped Indiana United Fire Academy behind a hat trick from William Clark. In only his fourth start of the season, Clark scored all three goals in a 3-0 win for Vardar. Indiana United Fire won the U16 game 1-0 in the afternoon.
Six game winning streak, 360-minute shutout streak, and the top place in the Mid-Atlantic Division – Baltimore Bays Chelsea U18 is rolling through the opposition lately.
BBC kept that streak rolling over the weekend even though they were shorthanded with two regular contributors, Romilio Hernandez and Malcolm Hernandez, off with the U18 Men’s National Team in California.
Steve Nichols’ team grabbed a 2-0 win over D.C. United on Saturday in their first division game of the season. Jacori Harris scored early in the contest, and Ishmaiah Calwrie added the insurance goal with three minutes left as BBC improved to 7-4-0 on the season.
In New York, Albertson SC U18 skated past FC Greater Boston 5-1 thanks to three goals in the final 18 minutes. Richard Robinson scored twice in the first half for Albertson, before Matthew Dias Costa answered for FC Greater Boston in the 61st minute. Franky Villagas scored ten minutes later to return the two-goal advantage, and Jake Freeman put the cherry on top with two goals in three minutes to cap the victory.
Empire United stopped New York Red Bulls U18 undefeated run at seven games on Saturday. Even without the services of Alexander Bono and Stefanos Stamoulactos, both with the U18 MNT, the upper New York club defeated the MLS Academy 2-1. Darren Cooper scored twice in the first half to lead Empire United to the win.
On Sunday though, Empire united ran into a buzz saw in Players Development Academy. PDA collected a 2-0 road win behind goals from Christian Francois and Jonathan Azzinnari.
New York Red Bulls U16 ran its undefeated run to nine games over the weekend with a paid of wins. On Saturday, Alex Muyl, Vincent Brunetti, and Malcolm Dixon scored in a 3-0 win over Empire United. On Sunday, Amando Moreno, Ismar Tandir, Muyl, and Brunetti scored in a 4-2 win over Seacoast United. Frantzdy Pierrot scored twice for Seacoast United in the defeat.
Dallas Texans U18 pulled off a bit of an upset on the opening day of play at Dallas Cup XXXIII. The host club defeated reigning champions Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 behind goals from Caleb Richardson, Geoffrey Hill, and Brandon Aubrey.
The other Academy in the Super Group did not fare as well. FC Dallas U18 dropped a 2-0 result to Manchester United U19 in the night game from FC Dallas Park Stadium.
Solar Chelsea U18 made a statement in its first game in the U19 bracket. Eric Dinka scored three goals in the final five minutes to lead Solar to a 6-0 win over Charming Club of Mexico.
Arsenal FC U16 started the tournament on the right foot with a 5-0 win over Cavalry White of Texas in the U17 age group. Jose Garcia scored twice in the win. Chicago Magic, FC Dallas, IMG, Dallas Texans, and Solar Chelsea also recorded wins in the U17 age group among Academy teams.