The second day of the 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase on Sunday, Nov. 30, marked the start of the U-16 Academy teams’ three-game schedule for this event. It was the busiest day of the Showcase with 78 games (39 at the U-16 and U-18 age groups).
Here were some of the standout games at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida:
Crew Soccer Academy Wolves, the frontrunner in the Mid-America Division, held off Bethesda-Olney for a 3-2 victory at the U-16 age division. With the score tied at 1-1 late in the second half, Farai Futatu scored two goals in the 68th and 78th minutes to give CSA Wolves a 3-1 lead. Bethesda-Olney’s John McCune III responded a minute after Futatu’s brace, but it was not enough as CSA Wolves moved to 9-1-2 on the season.
Georgia United’s U-16s broke through a typically strong Dallas Texans defense with a 2-0 victory. Andreas Jackson and Patrick Okonkwo each scored a goal for Georgia United, which moved to 10-4-1 and is second in the Southeast Division. The Texans are still allowing less than one goal a game on the season, surrendering only eight tallies in 12 matches this year.
The U-18 Academy teams played in their second match of the event on Sunday. The LA Galaxy U-18s, which consist of members of last season’s national champion U-16 squad, rallied for a 2-1 victory against D.C. United. Rey Ortiz notched a 70th-minute equalizer and Malcolm Jones scored the winner in the 77th minute to overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit.
Elsewhere, Charlotte Soccer Academy’s U-18s wrapped up a successful November with a 2-0 victory against Santa Cruz Breakers Academy. With goals from Oliver Leo and Aidan Peterson on Sunday, Charlotte Soccer Academy capped off the month with a 4-1-0 showing to climb to a .500 record (5-5-4 overall).
The second day of the #SkillCage featured the “Clipped In” challenge, with Chivas USA Academy’s Alex Mendez earning the top score, followed by Crossfire Premier’s Jacob Hillyer. The #SkillCage features two goals and a competitive setup for the Academy players to test their skills, with a new competition taking place every day throughout the Academy Winter Showcase.