The third day of the 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase on Monday, Dec. 1, featured solely U-16 Academy teams as the U-18s had the day off. One noticeable theme was the volume of shutout victories. Of the 39 games, 17 ended in a shutout win.
Here were some of the standout moments at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida:
Orlando City’s David Loera scored in the second minute of stoppage time to earn a dramatic 1-0 victory against FC Dallas. The Southeast Division’s first-place Orlando City moved to 10-1-1 this year, while FC Dallas lost for the first time this season. FC Dallas is 7-1-2 and in first place in the Frontier Division.
The San Jose Earthquakes U-16s defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-1. Theo Huxham and Diego Alonso-Rodriguez scored goals in the 40th and 52nd minutes, respectively. The Earthquakes are 7-4-3 and in third place in the Northwest Division. The Philadelphia Union is 11-2-0 on the season (second in the Atlantic Division behind the New York Red Bulls) and has only allowed eight goals in 13 matches.
The LA Galaxy U-16s rebounded from an opening-day loss to defeat the New England Revolution 2-0. The Southwest Division’s first-place team scored two second-half goals, with Colin Apel and Kevin Negrete finding the back of the net to earn its eighth win of the season.
The day concluded with the annual Academy Select Game, where the Academy Select Red Team (1998-99) defeated the Academy Select Blue Team (1998-99) 2-1. Forward Chaz Burnett (Players Development Academy) had the game-winning goal in the 78th minute for the Select Red Team after a shot from Select Blue defender Sean O’Hearn (PA Classics) in the 50th minute had found the net for a tied game.
At the daily #SkillCage, Nomads SC’s Adam Vargas won the “Tee’d Up” challenge with 38 points, followed by Real Colorado’s Samuel Saenz (34 points). 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.