The Boys Development Academy final field is set in the wake of four semifinal matches from Monday in California.
MLS Academies advance to U18/19 final
Two familiar clubs are set to meet in the Boys Development Academy championship game on Wednesday.
Star turns from a pair of players helped FC Dallas and New York City FC advance to the finals in the older age group on Monday.
Midfielder Tanner Tessman opened the scoring in the 52nd minute with a left-footed shot from the top of the box to give FCD the lead. He added a second from the penalty spot with nine minutes to go, as FC Dallas secured progress against Saint Louis FC by a 2-0 score.
In the second game of the day, Jonathan Jimenez provided the spark for New York City. A mazy run in the first half and cross found teammate Andres Jasson at the far post to put the MLS franchise into a 1-0 lead over Sockers FC in the 13th minute.
With Sockers needing a goal to restore parity, Jimenez extended the lead in the 75th minute, blasting home the game’s second and final goal.
Concorde Fire, Solar SC secure championship spots
For the first time since 2009, a non-professional academy is set to win the championship at the younger age group.
It was Miguel Ramirez rising to the occasion once again for Concorde Fire, as his brace led the Georgia club to a narrow 2-1 win against the Force. One of the most dominant sides at this age group, De Anza spurned a chance to take the lead in the third minute when Louis Rogers stepped up to the penalty spot, but he sent the shot high of the goal.
Ramirez nudged the Fire into the lead, slotting home a through ball in the ninth minute. Brennan Mallett tied the game up in the 33rd minute, before Simon Carlson slipped Ramirez in on goal in the second half, and the forward made no mistake.
Game of the day took place between the LA Galaxy and Solar. Fresh off defeating local rival FC Dallas in the quarterfinals, Solar jumped out to the lead once again, with Bailey Sparks playing the hero in the first half and Riley O'Donnell sealing the win.
Twelve minutes into the game, Solar found themselves with a 2-0 lead. Sparks was at the heart of both. He scored the opener at the eight-minute mark, caching the LA Galaxy goalkeeper off his line. Five minutes after that, Sparks curled in a beautiful, left-footed pass into the path of Nicolas Nee, who made it a 2-0 lead.
The Galaxy roared back after the break. Andre Ochoa got a goal back in the 52nd minute with a nice close-range volley on the doorstep, and as the MLS side ramped up the pressure, they restored parity in the 73rd minute. Off a short corner, Mauricio Cuevas’ cross found the head of Nestor Molina to make it a 2-2 game.
But like they did against FC Dallas, Solar found a way to win in the 80th minute. Midfielder Grant McCarty played O'Donnell through on goal, and the forward, who had hit the crossbar seven minutes prior, made no mistake to win the game for Solar SC.