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Dev. Academy Recap: Road challenge for RSL

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: May 7, 2013

Jumping on the bus to Southern California, Real Salt Lake faced a difficult road trip, lining up against both Chivas USA and LA Galaxy Academies.

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On Saturday, RSL took on Chivas USA, and couldn’t find a way to get a result in either match. Jorge Ruiz scored a hat trick for Chivas USA U16s, leading them to a 4-2 win. Alexander Knox and Brooks Lennon found the back of the net in the loss. Mario Ortiz, Armando Flores and Caleb Calvert all scored for the Chivas U18s, good enough for a 3-2 victory for the Goats. 

Sunday, RSL U16s managed to grab a 2-1 win over LA Galaxy, with Lennon finding the back of the net for a second time on the weekend for the game winner. LA U18s nabbed a 1-0 win in the other matchup on the day.

East Conference

The New York Red Bulls swept to a pair of victories against MLS counterparts Montreal Impact. Jamaica youth international Malcolm Dixon bagged a hat trick to lead the U16s to a 3-1 victory, while Erik Sa, Alex Muyl, Adam Najem and Arun Basuljevic tallied for the U18s in a 4-3 win.

A meeting of PDA and Baltimore Bays Chelsea represented a matchup of two of the more prominent clubs outside the pro ranks. And it was a split results, as the Bays picked up three goals from Georgetown recruit Patrick Koscher on the way to a 4-0 win. In the U16 matchup, PDA scored three times after the break to pick up the full points by a 4-1 score.

NJSA 04 put in two impressive performances on Saturday, emerging from a pair of games against D.C. United with two 1-0 wins.

West Conference

It was an impressive weekend for De Anza Force striker Jason Romero. The U.S. U18 MNT forward who recently trialed overseas in Denmark, scored three goals in his two games, including a brace in a 3-1 win over Crossfire Premier.

In all, it was a 3-0-1 weekend for the Northern California side, with a draw and a win against the Vancouver Whitecaps, and 3-0 against Crossfire for the U16s.

A handful of Northern California teams hopped on the plane for the Pacific Northwest. The San Jose Earthquakes lined up against both the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers, finishing with a 1-2-1 record. 

James Nosack’s 90th minute tally for Portland Timbers U18s denied the Earthquakes the full three points, a game which ended in a 1-1 draw. The Timbers U16s scored three and blanked San Jose on Saturday. A trip north up to Seattle saw the Earthquakes split two games with the Sounders, the U18s winning 3-1 and the U16s losing 1-0.

Central Conference

Two goals in the last ten minutes from Barry Foster and Mitchell LaGro led Solar Chelsea U18s to a 3-1 win on the road against Sporting KC. In the U16 matchup, Solar made it a sweep on the day with a 3-2 victory.

There was little separating yet another matchup of MLS Academies, as Crew Soccer Academy received a visit from clubs from the Chicagoland area. Quinn Miller’s 82nd minute goal guided CSA to a 1-0 win for the U18s against the Chicago Fire. The home side was able to win the U16 fixture by the same score.

The Crew also paid a visit to the Chicago Magic – and the U18 meeting wasn’t without drama, as Noah Hutchins scored in the 90th minute to secure a 3-2 win. The Crew U16s also won 3-1.

 
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