U-15/16 Development Academy Champions:
2007-08: Carmel United (now Indiana Fire)
2008-09: Derby County Wolves (now Crew Soccer Academy Wolves)
2009-10: Chicago Fire
2010-11: LA Galaxy
2011-12: New York Red Bulls
2012-13: Real Salt Lake AZ
U-17/18 Development Academy Champions:
2007-08: Baltimore Bays (now Baltimore Bays Chelsea)
2008-09: Carmel United (now Indiana Fire)
2009-10: Vardar SC
2011-12: FC Dallas
2012-13: New York Red Bulls
The following is a rundown of previous Development Academy Finals games since the Academy’s inaugural 2007-08 season:
2007-08: Carmel United (now Indiana Fire): Carmel United earned a 1-0 victory against Players Development Academy, claiming the 2008 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week U-15/16 Championship on July 19 on the Glenn “Mooch” Mynerick Field at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California. AJ Corrado scored the game’s only goal in the 52nd minute, receiving the ball near the top of the box after a short corner kick and curling his shot into the bottom right corner of the net.
2008-09: Derby County Wolves (now Crew Soccer Academy Wolves): A sixth-minute strike by Dzenan Catic provided the Derby County Wolves all they needed to defeat Cal Odyssey 1-0 and earn the national title on July 17, 2009, in Carson, California. For the lone goal, Wolves defender Stefan Grigorakis sent the ball up the sidelines to Catic, who then dribbled around a pair of Cal Odyssey defenders and shot inside the near post.
2009-10: Chicago Fire: The Fire outlasted Cal Odyssey through two overtime periods before finally defeating last year’s runner-up Cal Odyssey by a 5-3 margin in penalties. Luis Medina opened the scoring for the Fire in the 20th minute off of a Victor Pineda assist, but Cal Odyssey’s Gregory Antongnoli pulled it even in the 56th minute off of a Villyan Bijev assist. In the shootout, all five Fire players made their shots while goalkeeper Sam Euler stopped the second shot he faced to put Chicago ahead. Chicago’s five shootout tallies came from the following in order: Victor Pineda, Henrik Egly, Luis Medina, Eduardo Cuautle and Andrew Connor.
2010-11: LA Galaxy: Three unanswered goals from William Raygoza, Justin Dhillon and Drew Murphy broke the game wide open in the final 20 minutes as the LA Galaxy defeated PA Classics 4-1 to win the 2011 Development Academy U-15/16 Championship at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sean Dhillon put the Galaxy on the score sheet in the second minute, and PA Classics’ Kyle Bitterman tallied an equalizer in the 49th minute. The Galaxy’s Raygoza responded with what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 60th minute.
2011-12: New York Red Bulls: The New York Red Bulls U-15/16 Academy team, unbeaten since mid-May, finished its 2011-12 season with the highest of accolades, defeating St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri 1-0 on July 23 in the Development Academy Finals Week championship at BBVA Compass Stadium. Alex Muyl scored the game’s only goal in the 16th minute – his team-leading 17th goal of the season – off of an Adam Najem assist. Goalkeeper Evan Louro made four saves for the shutout.
2012-13: Real Salt Lake AZ: Real Salt Lake AZ defender Justen Glad scored a 76th-minute goal to break a 2-2 deadlock en route to a 4-2 victory against Solar Chelsea SC on July 20 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Brooks Lennon added a goal and two assists, setting up RSL teammate Sebastian Saucedo in the 36th minute and Evan Waldrep in the 78th minute.
2007-08: Baltimore Bays (now Baltimore Bays Chelsea): The Baltimore Bays twice overcame deficits en route to a thrilling 4-2 overtime victory over LAFC to win the 2008 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week U-17/18 Championship on Friday night on the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at The U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. U-17/18 Player of the Year Chris Agorsor earned man of the match honors.
2008-09: Carmel United (now Indiana Fire): Earning its second straight title as a club, Carmel United defeated D.C. United 1-0 on July 16, 2009, to win the Academy U-17/18 national title in Carson, California. Midfielder Nikita Kotlov scored the game-winner in the 29th minute from the corner of the six-yard box, driving his shot past D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who had six saves in that match. Hamid’s counterpart, Carmel United’s Jon Dawson, made three saves for the clean sheet.
2009-10: Vardar SC: Two second-half goals by Vardar’s Derek Schrauben helped the Michigan side come from behind to defeat Crossfire Premier 3-1 and win the 2009-10 Development Academy U-17/18 national championship in Carson, Calif. Liam Kelly lit up the scoreboard in the 12th minute for Crossfire, but Vardar recovered and tied it in the 29th minute before winning with Schrauben’s heroics late in the game.
2010-11: Pateadores: Pateadores claimed the 2011 Development Academy U-17/18 Finals Week championship with a 2-1 victory against FC Dallas at Valley Fields in Milwaukee, Wis., behind two goals from Jose Villarreal. In its first appearance at a Finals Week, Pateadores become the first team from Southern California to win an Academy championship.
2011-12: FC Dallas: After reaching Finals Week in the U-17/18 Division for three straight years and settling for a runner-up finish last season, FC Dallas finally earned the right to be called Development Academy champion. Halftime substitution Jose de la Tejera scored back-to-back goals as FC Dallas put on a superior passing display to triumph with a 3-2 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC to win the 2011-12 U-17/18 Championship at BBVA Compass Stadium.
2012-13: New York Red Bulls: The New York Red Bulls defeated Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy 2-1 in overtime to help the club earn its second national crown in as many years at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The Red Bulls U-15/16s won the 2011-12 title the previous season. Jhon Estama scored the game-winning goal in the 115th minute, while Ethan Decker scored New York’s lone goal during regulation.