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MLS youth teams look to claim USSDA titles

Dallas, D.C. United and Chicago want to show they're the best

NEW YORK -- As the top-flight division of men’s professional soccer in the United States, MLS and its clubs are also out to show they have the best youth teams in the nation.

After more than 2,000 games played by 144 teams across the country, a total of three MLS youth sides are competing in the US Soccer Development Academy Finals at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Under-17/18 Division

FC Dallas, led by former MLS player Oscar Pareja, are the lone MLS side still in contention for the Under-17/18 title. They opened their Finals campaign with a 1-0 win over Crossfire Premier on Sunday. Up next are matches against Derby County Vardar (July 13) and CASL Chelsea (July 15). The Hoops are aiming for the top spot in their group and a berth in the U-17/18 title game on Saturday, July 17.

Under-15/16 Division

The D.C. United and Chicago Fire Under-15/16 teams were drawn into the same group in their quest to win the championship in that age category. The Fire beat local rival Sockers FC 2-1 and next face D.C. United on Monday night.

The Black-and-Red managed only scoreless tie in their opener against DeAnza on Saturday. United goalkeeper Cody Niedermier kept his club’s shutout intact by denying a last-minute strike to end the game. After the match against the Fire on Monday, United take on Sockers FC in their group finale on Wednesday, July 14.

Both Chicago and D.C. United are competing to finish as the top two to secure a spot in the U-15/16 title match on Friday, July 16.

 

As the top-flight division of men’s professional soccer inthe United States, MLS and its clubs are also out to show they have the best youthteams in the nation.

 

After more than 2,000 games played by 144 teams across thecountry, a total of three MLS youth sides are competing in the US SoccerDevelopment Academy Finals at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

 

Under-17/18 Division

FC Dallas, led by former MLS player Oscar Pareja, are thelone MLS side still in contention for the Under-17/18 title. They opened theirFinals campaign with a 1-0 win over Crossfire Premier on Sunday. Up next arematches against Derby County Vardar (July 13) and CASL Chelsea (July 15). TheHoops are aiming for the top spot in their group and a berth in the U-17/18title game on Saturday, July 17.    

 

Under-15/16 Division

The D.C. United and Chicago Fire Under-15/16 teams were drawninto the same group in their quest to win the championship in that agecategory. The Fire beat local rival Sockers FC 2-1 and next face D.C. United onMonday night.

 

The Black-and-Red managed only scoreless tie in their openeragainst DeAnza on Saturday. United goalkeeper Cody Niedermier kept his club’s shutoutintact by denying a last-minute strike to end the game. After the match againstthe Fire on Monday, United take on Sockers FC in their group finale onWednesday, July 14.

 

Both Chicago and D.C. United are competing to finish as thetop two to secure a spot in the U-15/16 title match on Friday, July 16.