The second week of the 2014-15 Development Academy season will be in full swing, with 108 scheduled games on the docket for the U-13/14 through U-17/18 age groups.
The Northwest Division will see its first action of the Academy’s eighth season. Seattle Sounders FC’s road trip to Vancouver Whitecaps FC stands out among the many competitive matchups on the horizon this weekend. Last season, Seattle edged Vancouver for the Northwest Division title at the U-17/18 age group, while Vancouver took the top spot in the U-15/16s with Seattle earning third place and a wildcard berth.
Juventus Sport Club makes its U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy debut on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. The Academy’s other newcomer, FC Golden State, heads into its second week of play against Real So Cal on Saturday. FC Golden State’s first matches at the older age groups included a 2-1 victory by the U-15/16s against Nomads and an offensive-packed 6-5 loss to Nomads at the U-17/18 age group.
Many Central Conference teams also will be playing in their first matches of the new campaign. One intriguing matchup is at the U-17/18s, as last season’s division champion Chicago Fire faces St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri. A good corps of the 2013-14 SLSG Missouri U-15/16 team, which went 15-5-7 in the Mid-America Division last season, is part of this season’s U-17/18 squad. The Fire has some new faces in the mix, including former Crew Soccer Academy Wolves forward Kalenga Selemani and former U.S. U-17 Residency defender Peter Schropp in his first Academy action.
Among other anticipated matchups, the Philadelphia Union hosts Players Development Academy at all three age groups on Saturday. Defending U-17/18 national champion PDA, coming off its 2-1 victory against PA Classics, will have a tough test against a Union side that earned a convincing 4-1 win against Baltimore Bays Chelsea last week. All five of the Union U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams’ September games are at home. This is PDA’s lone road game until Oct. 12.
For the latest results during the 2014-15 Development Academy season, visit academy.demosphere.com.