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Academy Recap: Goals galore

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: March 19, 2013

Across the last weekend of Development Academy, there was a recurring theme – lots of goals scored.

In the cluster of games, 19 teams managed to score four goals or more, including severely lopsided results in some instances: Baltimore Bays Chelsea U16s defeating Richmond Kickers 9-0, Crossfire Premier beating Nomads 8-0 and Oakwood SC topping Met Oval 6-0.

Some of the best players across the country weren’t available as well, with the U.S. U18 MNT traveling to France for a ten-day trip across Europe. That didn’t prevent some entertaining encounters, however.

East Conference

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Continuing the theme of high-scoring games and lopsided results, Weston FC won big over Florida rivals Orlando City Youth Soccer, outscoring them 10-0 over two games. The Weston U18s got two goals from Nicholas Pappacena in a 4-0 win, while Agustin Zambrano and Diego Serfaty each scored two goals as the U16s won 6-0.

Dominik Machado scored a 90th minute equalizer to snatch a point for New England Revolution U18s, drawing 1-1 against South Central Premier on Saturday. Three goals in the first 30 minutes of the U16 match powered the Revolution to full points in a 3-2 victory – defender Trevor Davock scoring twice in the win.

The undefeated season for the New York Red Bulls U18s continued on Saturday, as the team overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit, scoring three unanswered goals to win 4-2. Ismar Tandir and Adam Najem both got their names on the scoresheet.

Another MLS Academy picked up a pair of wins on the weekend, as D.C. United traveled up to New Jersey and defeated Match Fit Academy, with the U18s winning 2-0 and the U16s scoring twice in a 2-0 win.

Central Conference

A goal from U17 MNT midfielder Cameron Lindley led Indiana Fire U18s to a 2-1 win against nearby rivals Vardar SC. Jalen Brown (Indiana) and Vittorio Sbrocca (Vardar) exchanged first half goals. Vardar’s U16s earned a 4-1 result in the other matchup of the day, powered by a Nathan McLean hat trick. Crew Soccer Academy paid a visit to Indiana on Sunday, with the U18s defeating the Fire 2-0, before the two U16 squads drew 2-2.

Welcoming a pair of Texas teams to town, the Colorado Rapids U18s managed to put together an unbeaten weekend, with a 4-0 win over Classics Elite and a 1-1 draw versus Lonestar SC. Colorado U16s picked up a full six points, winning 3-2 and 2-0 over the same opponents.

Also facing Lonestar and Classics Elite were Sporting KC, which drew the former by a 1-1 score, and lost 1-0 to the latter when the two U18 teams clashed. Logan Lucas bagged a hat trick in leading Sporting KC’s U16s to a big 4-0 win over Classics Elite, while the KC youngsters rang the bell twice in a 2-1 win against Lonestar SC.

Check here for all the scores from the weekend.

West Conference

It was an eventful weekend for the Portland Timbers Academy, as the new Academy entrants hosted a pair of Northern California clubs in the Rose City. Christian Desir’s hat trick for Portland’s U18s earned them a 3-3 draw against Strikers FC – Paul Salcedo Borrego and Christian Thierjung provided the answers for Strikers. The Timbers won the U16 matchup by a 2-0 score line.

Sunday’s action saw Pateadores U18s defeat Portland 2-0, before the two U16 teams drew 1-1.

Fresh off a few weeks spent on trial with Italian clubs, Chivas USA forward Joshua Perez returned to action fro the U16s, scoring twice to help his side to a 4-2 win over Cal Odyssey. The U18s also picked up the full three points in a 2-1 victory.

Discuss: Can Perez and Chivas USA U16 be stopped? Or will the Goats be lifting the Academy Championship in July?

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