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Academy Recap: RSL secures SoCal success

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: October 8, 2013


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Real Salt Lake-AZ hopped in a bus for a drive to Carson, Calif. for games against LA Galaxy and Chivas USA. It was a good trip for the RSL U18s, which picked up two wins, beating Chivas 2-0 and knocking off the Galaxy 3-1. It was a mixed bag for the 16s, which beat Chivas 3-1, but fell 2-1 to the Galaxy.

Crossfire Premier welcomed a pair of Northern California clubs to the Pacific Northwest. It was a tough slog against Santa Cruz Breakers and De Anza Force, but Crossfire U18 won 2-1 against the Breakers, drawing 0-0 with the Force. The Breakers drew 2-2 with Crossfire in the U16 matchup, while Joey Parish’s two goals helped secure a 3-0 win for the hosts against De Anza.


Two goals from Jeremy Ebobisse Ebolo provided the winning margin for Bethesda Olney U18 in its 2-1 win against Baltimore Bays Chelsea. Matthew Di Rosa, Daniel Sorensen-Tenenbaum and Francisco Contreras provided Bethesda U16s goals in a 3-0 victory against the Bays. The two U14 sides drew 2-2.

Making the trip from Virginia to PA, Virginia Rush gave the Philadelphia Union plenty to think about during a visit to the Keystone State. Brandon Perdue bagged a pair of goals to lead the Rush U16s to a 3-1 win over the Union, while the 18s drew 1-1. The Union’s U14s did salvage the day with a 5-0 win.

Another club hitting the road for Pennsylvania over the weekend was D.C. United. Bashir Hooper paved the way for a 6-0 win for the U18s against Continental FC Delco. United’s U16s enjoyed similar success, winning 4-0 in the other matchup of the day.

A meeting of New England Revolution and Albertson SC U18s ended in a high-scoring affair, tying 3-3 on Sunday. The Revolution won the U16 matchup 2-1, also triumphing 2-0 in the U14 meeting.


Samuel Forsgren scored a hat trick for Minnesota Thunder Academy U18, as the side recovered from conceding a first minute goal to emerge with a 4-1 win over Vardar. Forsgren also scored on Sunday as Minnesota defeated Crew Soccer Academy Wolves 3-1.

Also hosting Vardar and the Wolves, Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Academy U18s won both of its games, as Ricardo Lopez-Espin scored in each game, a 1-0 victory over Wolves and a 2-0 defeat of Vardar. Both of the U16s matchups for Shattuck ended in 1-1 draws against the Michigan sides.

A visit from the San Antonio Scorpions ended well for the Colorado Rush U18s. On Saturday, the Rush defeated the Scorpions 2-0, with Miguel Ruiz and Apostolis Apostolopolous supplying the offense. Nothing separated the two U16 sides, as they drew 0-0.

Sporting KC U18s ran its unbeaten streak to start the season to five games, besting Andromeda FC 3-0 in Kansas. KC’s U16s were able to find similar success, beating the Texas club 3-1.

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