Yedlin, Seattle Sounders FC Earn Fourth U.S. Open Cup Title: Seattle Sounders FC Academy alum and defender DeAndre Yedlin played the full 120 minutes of the Sounders’ 3-1 overtime victory against the Philadelphia Union in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on Tuesday at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. It marks Yedlin’s first Open Cup crown and is Seattle’s fourth in six years.
“It’s my first title with the Sounders, so I’m just excited,” Yedlin said. “It’s one out of three. We’re trying to win all three this year (U.S. Open Cup, Supporters Shield and MLS Cup). We’re just going to keep pushing forward … Sigi [Schmid] always says you want to be the first at everything. That’s one of our main goals this year is to win all three. If we do that, obviously we’re champions and we’re kings of American soccer, so that’s what we’re looking to do.” (Recap | Highlights | Yedlin’s post-game remarks)
Corona to Take Over U.S. Soccer Twitter on Thursday: Former Nomads SC and current U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Joe Corona will be hitting up social media on Thursday. Corona, who has played professionally for Tijuana since 2010, is scheduled to take over U.S. Soccer’s @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp accounts to answer questions from fans. Stay tuned to both outlets for the timing of his Twitter Takeover and have your questions ready! #AskJoe
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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of Sept. 13-14):
- West Conference: The San Jose Earthquakes won at both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups against Academy newcomer Juventus Sport Club in the Northwest Division opener for both teams on Saturday in Hayward, California. Juventus’ U-17/18s held a second-half lead on an Augustine Williams goal, but San Jose’s Jonathan Partida and Amir Bashti scored in the 65th and 67th minutes, respectively, to rally for a 2-1 victory. At the U-15/16s, the Earthquakes’ Rei Dorwart scored both goals for a 2-0 win.
- Central Conference: FC Wisconsin Nationals is off to a strong start at the two older age groups, each posting two road victories in Ohio this past weekend in the Mid-America Division. Brady Lenius and Blake Carr each scored a goal as the FC Wisconsin Nationals U-17/18s opened the season with a 2-1 win against Crew Soccer Academy, and Carr followed that up with the lone goal during a 1-0 win against Internationals. The FC Wisconsin Nationals U-15/16 team earned back-to-back 3-0 victories against Crew Soccer Academy and Internationals, with Fernando Colon Jr. scoring a goal in each match. FC Wisconsin was out of the Academy Playoffs picture at both levels in 2013-14.
- East Conference: PA Classics swept its local derby against Continental FC DELCO, with the U-15/16s posting a 2-0 win and the U-17/18s earning a 4-3 win. McKinley Curran scored two goals for PA Classics’ older group to help offset a hat trick performance by FC DELCO’s Rushawn Larmond. At the U-15/16s, PA Classics’ Aramis Kouzine scored back-to-back goals in a one-minute span to lead his side to a 2-0 win.
- Academy Player of the Week: Real Salt Lake AZ U-15/16 midfielder Aristotle Zarris earned Academy Player of the Week honors for the Sept. 13-14 weekend, scoring three goals in two road games during that stretch. Zarris recorded a brace to rally Real Salt Lake AZ from a two-goal deficit to a 2-2 draw against Pateadores. He followed that up with a goal during Real Salt Lake AZ’s 3-0 win against Strikers FC.
- Academy Referee of the Week: Corson Fidler, a Grade 5 referee from Maryland, was named Referee of the Week for his work during Sunday’s U-17/18 match between Bethesda-Olney and Baltimore Bays Chelsea. In addition to Academy matches, Fidler has also worked games in the PDL.
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- 2014-15 Schedule: Combined U-13/14 through U-17/18
Academy Alumni: Trapp Tallies First MLS Goal: Crew Soccer Academy alum and 2013 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Wil Trapp scored his first Major League Soccer goal to help the Crew rally from a two-goal deficit and earn a 2-2 draw against the Houston Dynamo this past Saturday. In other MLS action, Sounders Academy alum DeAndre Yedlin assisted two goals, including Andy Rose’s stoppage-time game-winner, to lead Seattle to a 3-2 victory against Real Salt Lake.
UPCOMING ACADEMY SCHEDULE:
- The Sept. 20-21 Academy weekend, the third of the 2014-15 season, features 157 games – 39 at the U-13/14 age group and a combined 118 games at the U-15/16 and U-17 age groups.
- 2014-15 Academy Schedule page
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