The final full month of the Development Academy regular season kicked off over the weekend and it did not disappoint. There were a handful of games that came down to the last minute including one that capped off a comeback from 0-2 down. There were also some battles between division leaders.
Take a look at a handful of the top games from over the weekend in the Development Academy below.
FC Dallas won city bragging rights on Saturday with wins over Dallas Texans in the U18, U16, and U14 age groups. FC Dallas won 2-0 in the U18 age group thanks to goals from Cesar Murillo and Jose Salas. FC Dallas moved eight points clear of the second place side in the Frontier Division.
FC Dallas U16 grabbed a 5-0 win over Dallas Texans. Christian Ramirez and Mario Ramirez Sansabas each scored twice in the win. Juan Pablo Monticelli also scored for FC Dallas, which scored three goals in the final 13 minutes of the game. The MLS academy closed out the day with a 2-1 win in the U14 game. Simeon Salazar and Javier Barajas scored for FC Dallas while Humberto Chavez scored for Dallas Texans.
In Houston, Colorado Rush U16 kept its dream of a playoff berth alive with a 3-2 win over Houston Dynamo on Saturday. Juan Flores and Sergio Mejia scored for Dyanmo in the ninth and 20th minute respectively. Rush answered back with a goal in the 22nd minute from Will Eslinger. Griff Dorsey and Ryan Crowley each scored in the final five minutes to snag the win for the visitors. Rush is one point back of third place in the division with four games remaining. The U18 tilt ended in a 1-1 draw as Christian Lucatero scored in the final minute for the home side. Miguel Jaime scored for Rush.
Donovan Perayeff scored a hat trick in the first half for Vardar U16 on Saturday as the Michigan side captured a 3-0 win over Indiana Fire Academy. Vardar moved into third in the division with the win. Indiana Fire Academy U18 won the early game 3-2 behind goals from Bennett Kim, Cameron Taylor, and Connor Corrigan. Jay McIntosh and Dean Akeel scored for Vardar. Indiana Fire is in fourth place in the division with four games left in the regular season. Vardar U14s made it a winning day for the Michigan club as they captured a 2-1 in the final game. Chard Schmerheim and Kyle Hayes scored for Vardar. Nigel Faulkens scored for Indiana Fire.
Match Fit Academy FC U16 continued its hot streak with wins over Baltimore Bays Chelsea and NJSA 04 over the weekend. Daniel Hampton, Benjamin Muzekari, and Marc Waldeck scored for Match Fit in the 3-0 win over Baliommotre Bays S Chelsea on Saturday. Hampton scored again on Sunday and Rberto Gillin scored twice for Match Fit in a 3-2 win over NJSA. The two goals conceded ended a seven-game shutout streak for the Match Fit defense. The New Jersey club also enjoyed a positive showing in the U18 age group with a 3-2 win over the Bays and a 1-1 draw against NJSA. Jacob Kwami scored twice for Match Fit in the win on Saturday.
Nathaniel Odusote’s goal in the 90th minute helped New York Red Bulls U18 capture a 1-0 win over Montreal Impact on Sunday. NYRB sits in first in Northeast Division and third in the national standings. Bethesda Olney continues to lead the pack in the national race and showed why on Saturday with a 9-1 thrashing of Virginia Rush. Jeremy Ebobisse Ebolo scored four goals in the win. Sam Schmidt and Jake Rozhansky each scored twice.
Kendall SC won the big battle between Florida clubs this weekend with a 3-2 victory over Weston FC in the U16 age group. Kendall opened up a four-point lead at the top of the standings with the win.
Real Salt Lake AZ U18 scored five goals in the final 40 minutes on Saturday and captured a 5-2 win over De Anza Force. Eric Carbajal, Jack Gayton, Damian German, Jose Hernandez, and Moises Rodriguez scored for RSL. Aravind Sivakumar and Eloi Vasquez scored for De Anza, which held a 0-2 lead at half. Evan Waldrep’s hat trcik helped RSL complete the perfect weekend as the U16 side defeated De Anza Forcce 5-0. Tate Schmitt and Leonardo Fuchs also scored for RSL. Christian Hererra logged the shutout in goal.