Dev. Academy Preview: Marching onward

Dev. Academy Preview: Marching onward
by Travis Clark
February 27, 2014

East Conference

A tussle between two prominent Mid-Atlantic sides should produce some fireworks, as PA Classics host PDA on Sunday. The U18 clash in particular should feature plenty of quality, as PDA boasts talents like Jake Areman, Brian White and Joe Ohaus. Classics no longer can call upon standout defender Bryce Cregan, who enrolled early at Akron this January, but still have Andrew Skundrich and Joey Julius at their disposal. The U16 clash could be the pick of the lot, as the two sides sit in first and second place in the Mid-Atlantic. PDA’s Cameron Harr is currently tied for the national lead with 15 goals.

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U18 Mid-Atlantic pace-setters Bethesda Olney host NJSA 04, aiming to extend a two-point division lead over PDA. Matthew Ledder and Jeremy Ebobisse Ebolo both have hit for double-digit goals this season, while Jake Rozhansky and Chase Gasper provide a solid platform.

Southeast Division U18 leaders Carolina Rapids face a difficult visit from Charlotte Soccer Academy on Saturday. David Lozan and Tanner Roberts lead Carolina’s attack, while Stanford recruit Tomas Hilliard-Arce is the dangerman for Charlotte. 

Central Conference

It’s an important weekend for Colorado Rush U18, which sits in second place in the Frontier Division. Two games on the road await, with visits to Lonestar SC and San Antonio Scorpions, as the Rush look to maintain pressure on first place FC Dallas.

FCD takes a trip to Houston for a matchup with Texans SC Houston. North Carolina recruit Coy Craft tops to scoring charts for FCD’s U18s, with 10 goals in just 12 appearances this season.

Also traveling to Texas from Colorado is Real Colorado, third place in the division. Jesus Perez and Graham Smith have been constants for Real, which face the same slate of games that the Rush has on the docket this weekend.

West Conference

Two intriguing tests are on the schedule for De Anza Force, as the Bay Area club travels to LA for games against MLS Academy opposition, LA Galaxy and Chivas USA. They won’t count against the team’s standings in the Northwest, but it’s a chance for bragging rights as Santa Clara recruit Carlos Delgadillo tests himself against to cream of the SoCal crop. 

One game is slated for Friday, as Nomads travel up to the Pacific Northwest for a pair of games against MLS Cascadia Academies. Friday night the SoCal side takes on Seattle, and then travels to Portland for a meeting with the Timbers on Sunday.

Crossfire Premier also plays host to a pair of California clubs, squaring off against Arsenal FC and Real So Cal on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The Seattle area club sits in fourth and will need positive results to boost their wild card chances.

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