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Academy U16 Roundup: May 21-22

Published: May 27, 2011

Central Conference

Team of the week: Chicago Fire/Vardar

A couple of weeks ago it looked like Crew Soccer Academy would pull away with the Great Lakes Division but Chicago Fire and Vardar are making it tough on them. After beating fellow Chicago side Sockers FC, Chicago faced off against FC Milwaukee on Sunday. First half goals from Jesus Medina, Joel Salmeron and Francisco Sajuan ensured a perfect weekend for the Fire with a 3-0 win.

boys club soccer player Marco MolinaMarco Molina
Not to be outdone, Vardar traveled to Ohio this weekend and scored a huge win over first-placed Crew Soccer Academy on Saturday. Quinn Miller gave the Crew a first half lead, but second half goals from Tariq Akeel and Tyler Jugon gave Vardar a massive three points. On Sunday, the job was much easier with Vardar rolling to a 6-0 win over Internationals.

Down in Texas, Texas Rush played a rare non-division game whipping Indiana United behind two more goals from Academy leading scorer Kekuta Manneh as well as tallies from Osvaldo Chavez(2) and Marco Molina to win 5-0. Houston Dynamo completed a rough weekend in Texas for Indiana United with a 2-0 Sunday win on goals from Lorenzo Salazar and Jorge Andrade.

In a game with huge divisional implications, Dallas Texans rolled to a 3-0 win over Solar Chelsea behind goals from Brandon Aubrey, Jack Blanton and Sylvester Contreras.

Sporting Kansas City continued their dominance of the Frontier Division, beating St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro 4-1 behind two goals from Nate Opperman and one from Seo-In Kim and David Leichty.

East Conference

Team of the week: FC Westchester

In what was arguably the biggest game of the weekend across the country, FC Westchester went into New York and blanked second-placed Cosmos Academy East 1-0 on a 70th minute goal from Lucas McBride. The fifth consecutive win earns FCW a little breathing room at the top of the division with three games to play. Albertson SC kept their slim divisional hopes alive beating Met Oval 2-1. Moriba Doumbia gave Met Oval an early lead, but goals from Richard Robinson and Dylan Greenberg sealed the three points.

boys club soccer player Joseph JuliusJoseph Julius
In the Mid-Atlantic Division, PA Classics remain top dog after winning both games this weekend. On Saturday, Classics faced off against Match Fit Chelsea winning 2-1 behind Joseph Julius and Kyle Bitterman goals. They would win the Sunday game by that same 2-1 score over NJSA with Peter Ayers and Julius providing the strikes.

Rivals FC Delco gave up no space to Classics, remaining three points behind. On Saturday, playing NJSA it was the Brett Campbell show as the forward scored a hat-trick to lead his side to a 4-1 victory. Sunday, Delco scored a 2-1 victory over Match Fit behind goals from Campbell and Benjamin Marks.

West Conference

Team of the week: Real Salt Lake-AZ

boys club soccer player Ben SpencerBen Spencer
Just six points separate first through seventh in the SoCal Division and Real Salt Lake took a huge step to taking that division this weekend. Traveling to Southern California for the weekend RSL took on Cosmos Academy West on Saturday afternoon and came away 1-0 winners behind a goal from Ben Spencer. It was their Sunday matchup against first-placed Real SoCal that was the biggest game of the weekend, however. Salt Lake would pass that test with flying colors, winning 1-0 on a 50th minute goal from Jose Navarro. The win means RSL sits just a point behind Real SoCal with three games in hand.

Third-placed Arsenal FC doubled the pain on Real So Cal, beating the leaders 3-2 on Saturday behind two goals from Jose Garcia and a 61st minute winner by Abraham Placito.

Up in the Northwest Division, Cal Odyssey took over first place from Seattle Sounders after their 2-0 defeat of California Development Academy. Luis Najera and Michael Escamilla provided the goals in the victory as Odyssey sits a point ahead of the Sounders, though the Seattle side has three games in hand.

South Conference

Concorde Fire have locked up the Southeast Division, but IMG took a huge step in securing a playoff spot beating Weston FC on Saturday 2-1 behind Pablo Aguilar and Gabriel Nunez goals. They would build on that effort Sunday, drawing 3-3 with Kendall SC. Luis Diego scored twice while Nahuel Medina added the third for Kendall while Kevin Maguire, Max Brashear and Omar Ontiveros scored to share the points for IMG.

In the Atlantic Division, Charlotte Soccer Academy boast a remarkable 9-0-1 record and they defeated Birmingham United 5-0. Alex Givens, Hans Honer, Benjamin Burdon, Brandon Kardos and Roland Minogue scored to dominate the Alabama team and move their side to the brink of a divisional championship

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