The postseason resumes for eight U-17/18 Development Academy teams starting on Monday, July 7. Eight squads won their respective groups at the 2013-14 Development Academy Playoffs at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, and are now preparing for the important quarterfinal stage. (Final Standings: U-17/18 Academy Playoffs)
The quarterfinal winners will advance to the Academy Championship event running July 17 and 19 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California.
U-17/18 Academy Quarterfinals – July 7
- Chivas USA at Bethesda-Olney
- Colorado Rush at FC Dallas
- Montreal Impact FC at Seattle Sounders FC
- Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy at Players Development Academy
This group of quarterfinalists includes the 2012-13 U-17/18 runner-up Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy, which advanced out of a difficult Group E past the defending national champion New York Red Bulls. Also noteworthy is the advancement of Bethesda-Olney, which is in the midst of its first Development Academy season.
The Development Academy adjusted its postseason format to feature this knockout round stage for the first time in its seven seasons. The quarterfinal winners will move on to the Academy Championship round on July 17 and 19 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California, with the semifinals on July 17 and the championship and third-place games on July 19.
Here is a look at the U-17/18 quarterfinal matchups and the teams’ road to get to this stage of the postseason:
Chivas USA at Bethesda-Olney – 5 p.m. ET, Maryland SoccerPlex
Chivas USA’s Road at Academy Playoffs (won Group A):
- June 23: Chivas USA 2, Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL 1
- June 24: New England Revolution 4, Chivas USA 3
- June 26: Chivas USA 4, Houston Dynamo 0
Chivas USA’s Academy Playoffs Recap: In the only group that featured three two-win teams, wild card Academy Playoff squad Chivas USA came through in the clutch with a resounding 4-0 victory against the Houston Dynamo in group finale. Houston entered that game holding the Group A lead with wins in its first two games. A well-rounded offensive effort from Chivas USA included goals from Caleb Calvert, Michael Flores and two from Paul Salcedo. Chivas USA, the Dynamo and the New England Revolution each finished with 2-1-0 records, and Chivas’ goal differential was four ahead of second-place Houston.
- Chivas USA 2013-14 Records: 16-9-5 (overall); 14-8-5 (regular season); 2-1-0(Academy Playoffs)
- Chivas USA Head Coach: Brian Kleiban
Bethesda-Olney’s Road at Academy Playoffs (won Group F):
- June 23: Bethesda-Olney 6, Georgia United 0
- June 24: Bethesda-Olney 4, Solar Chelsea SC 2
- June 26: Bethesda-Olney 5, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3
Bethesda-Olney’s Academy Playoffs Recap: Bethesda-Olney impressed in its first Academy Playoffs event with an offense that averaged five goals per game. Jeremy Ebobisse Ebolo scored a whopping nine goals over the three-game stretch to lead all players: three against Georgia United, two against Solar Chelsea SC and four in the finale against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Ebobisse Ebolo now has a nation-best 38 goals, 29 of which came during Bethesda-Olney’s 25-game regular season.
- Bethesda-Olney 2013-14 Records: 26-2-0 (overall); 23-2-0 (regular season); 3-0-0 (Academy Playoffs)
- Bethesda-Olney FC Head Coach: Matthew Pilkington
Colorado Rush at FC Dallas – 10 a.m. CT, FC Dallas Sports Park
Colorado Rush’s Road at Academy Playoffs (won Group F):
- June 23: Colorado Rush 2, Oakwood Soccer Club 1
- June 24: Colorado Rush 1, Philadelphia Union 1
- June 26: Colorado Rush 2, Carolina Rapids 0
Colorado Rush’s Academy Playoffs Recap: The Colorado Rush trailed Carolina Rapids in the group standings heading into Day 3 of the Academy Playoffs, but posted a clutch 2-0 victory to win Group F and advance to the quarterfinals. Miguel Ruiz and Eduardo Reza were the goal scorers. Colorado opened the postseason rallying from an early deficit to beat the Oakwood Soccer Club and then needed a 90th-minute goal from Eric Morrison to earn a 1-1 draw against first-season Academy club Philadelphia Union.
- Colorado Rush 2013-14 Records: 20-6-4 (overall); 18-6-3 (regular season); 2-0-1 (Academy Playoffs)
- Colorado Rush Head Coach: Sean Bushey
FC Dallas’ Road at Academy Playoffs (won Group F):
- June 23: FC Dallas 4, Charlotte Soccer Academy 1
- June 24: FC Dallas 1, Portland Timbers 0
- June 26: FC Dallas 1, Chicago Fire 0
FC Dallas’ Academy Playoffs Recap: FC Dallas’ scoring output was on the lighter side among the advancing teams, but its defense tied for the best among all U-17/18 teams at the Academy Playoffs. FC Dallas allowed only one goal in the three games, and that was during a convincing 4-1 victory against Charlotte Soccer Academy to open the event. Dallas benefited from an own goal to beat the Portland Timbers 1-0 and then earned a 1-0 win against the Chicago Fire on an Antonio Aguilar tally.
- FC Dallas 2013-14 Records: 21-4-6 (overall); 18-4-6 (regular season); 3-0-0 (Academy Playoffs)
- FC Dallas Head Coach: Luchi Gonzalez
Montreal Impact FC at Seattle Sounders FC – 7 p.m. PT, Starfire Sports Complex
Montreal Impact FC’s Road at Academy Playoffs (won Group B):
- June 23: Montreal Impact FC 3, Chicago Magic PSG 1
- June 24: Montreal Impact FC 1, Real Colorado 1
- June 26: Montreal Impact FC 3, LA Galaxy 2
Montreal Impact FC’s Academy Playoffs Recap: With the LA Galaxy leading Group B entering the final day, Montreal needed a win to overcome the points deficit. It was not easy, as Montreal twice had the lead only to see the Galaxy tally an equalizer. Ultimately, Fabio Morelli capped off the Academy Playoffs with a 90th-minute game-winner to lift the Impact to a 3-2 victory and a spot in the quarterfinals.
- Montreal Impact FC 2013-14 Records: 17-6-3 (overall); 15-6-2 (regular season); 2-0-1 (Academy Playoffs)
- Montreal Impact FC Head Coach: Jason Di Tullio
Seattle Sounders FC’s Road at Academy Playoffs (won Group H):
- June 23: Seattle Sounders FC 9, Concorde Fire 0
- June 24: Seattle Sounders FC 4, Indiana Fire Academy 0
- June 26: Seattle Sounders FC 3, Real Salt Lake AZ 1
Seattle Sounders FC Academy Playoffs Recap: Seattle Sounders FC had one of the most dominating Academy Playoff paths, outscoring its first two opponents by a 13-0 margin. Seattle’s biggest challenge came against Real Salt Lake AZ, trailing 1-0 early in the second half before Seattle strung three straight goals from Satoshi Chaffin, Henry Wingo and Adeseyi Adekoya for the 3-1 victory on June 26. Adekoya was the team’s leading goal scorer in the Academy Playoffs with five tallies.
- Seattle Sounders FC 2013-14 Records: 20-4-6 (overall); 17-4-6 (regular season); 3-0-0 (Academy Playoffs)
- Seattle Sounders FC Head Coach: Dick McCormick
Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy at Players Development Academy – 7 p.m. ET, PDA Facility
Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Road at Academy Playoffs (won Group E):
- June 23: Shattuck-Saint Mary’s 3, D.C. United 2
- June 24: Shattuck-Saint Mary’s 3, Nomads SC 1
- June 26: Shattuck-Saint Mary’s 1, New York Red Bulls 1
Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Academy Playoffs Recap: Shattuck had arguably the most dramatic Academy Playoff runs, needing late goals to win their first two games and then hold off the defending national champion New York Red Bulls in the group finale to advance to the quarterfinals. Abdulla Al-Kalisy’s 88th-minute goal lifted Shattuck to a 3-2 win against D.C. United. Tied 1-1 in the closing minutes, Francisco Narbon scored a go-ahead goal and Ricardo Lopez-Espin added his second tally of the match for a 3-1 victory against Nomads SC. That set the stage for the finale in a rematch of last season’s U-17/18 final, where Al-Kalisy’s 66th-minute goal was just enough to win the group against the Red Bulls based on goal differential. (Shattuck Earns Spot in U-17/18 Academy Quarterfinals)
- Shattuck-Saint Mary’s 2013-14 Records: 17-3-10 (overall); 15-3-9 (regular season); 2-0-1 (Academy Playoffs)
- Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Head Coach: Tim Carter
Players Development Academy’s Road at Academy Playoffs (won Group C):
- June 23: Players Development Academy 0, Crew Soccer Academy 0
- June 24: Players Development Academy 3, De Anza Force 2
- June 26: Players Development Academy 4, Real So Cal 0
PDA’s Academy Playoffs Recap: Following a scoreless draw to open the Academy Playoffs, the offense had a massive boost, almost singlehandedly from Brian White who scored six goals in the next two games. PDA trailed De Anza Force by two goals, but White scored three unanswered for a 3-2 victory. In the group finale, White scored another three goals and Matthew Mangini added a second-half goal for a 4-0 rout against Real So Cal to win Group C.
- Players Development Academy 2013-14 Records: 21-3-4 (overall); 19-3-3 (regular season); 2-0-1 (Academy Playoffs)
- Players Development Academy Head Coach: Sam Nellins