The length of the Development Academy season affords teams with the possibility of finding their form in the later stages of the campaign. There are a few teams taking advantage of that ten-month calendar and starting to roll toward the postseason thanks to a spell of some positive results.
Check out who is on a roll in the Development Academy in this week’s Academy Recap below.
Gideon Metrikin scored a hat trick and New York Red Bulls U16 cruised to a 5-1 win again FC Bolts Celtic on Saturday. Marcello Borges and Ryan Mingachos also scored for Red Bulls. New York remains in the top spot in the Northeast Division and national standings. Red Bulls also clinched its spot in the playoffs last week prior to the game. NYRB U18 won its fixture against Bolts 5-0.
D.C. United and Players Development Academy U18 battled to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Ryan Peterson scored the opener early in the second half for PDA before Medele Kao answered for United. The MLS academy was without the services of leading scorer Jorge Calix who is in camp with the Honduras U20 Men’s National Team. It was difficult to separate the clubs at the U16 level as they fought to a scoreless draw.
Chargers Soccer Club U16 suffered a slip up over the weekend with a loss to Georgia United and a 1-1 draw to Concorde Fire. The dropped points moved Chargers further back in the race for a playoff spot. Sebastian Henao and Chris Mikus scored for Georgia United in the 2-0 win. Chargers did win the U18 fixture 1-0 behind an early goal from James Mitchiner.
Four wins in two weeks for Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy U16 after the Minnesota club defeated Chicago Fire and Chicago Magic PSG over the weekend. SSM used goals from Uyiosa Omorogbe and Bryan Missana on Saturday to defeat Chicago Fire 2-0. SSM captured a 1-0 win on Sunday against Magic to complete the Chicago sweep. SSM U16 has climbed into the final wild card spot due to the recent spell of results. With only three games left in the regular season, Shattuck cannot afford to drop points the rest of the way.
The weekend was not nearly as productive for the Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy U18 side. Chicago Fire nabbed a 1-0 win on Saturday and Chicago Magic held on for a 0-0 draw on Sunday. Fire is undefeated in its last 15 games and leads the Mid-America Division.
Crew Soccer Academy U18 scored a big win over the weekend with a 1-0 result against Vardar. Since returning from winter break, Crew has won four of its seven games and sits in eighth in the wild card standings.
It was a historic weekend in So Cal as both of Real Salt Lake AZ’s squads were defeated on the same day for the first time this season. Pateadores was the club that delivered the dead as Pats U18 survived a wild shootout with a 4-3 win. Pats U16 completed the sweep with a 1-0 win in the afternoon game.
Real So Cal U18 continued its roll toward the postseason as the top wild card team with a 1-0 win over Pateadores on Saturday. Cal Poly commit Adam Olsen scored the lone goal in the first half and UC Santa Barbara commit Justin Vom Steeg logged the shutout in goal.
Joey Parish scored twice and led Crossfire Premier U16 to a 2-0 win over Portland Timbers on Saturday. Crossfire is holding onto the 12th spot in the wild card standings. Crossfire has two games left in the regular season schedule.