WASHINGTON – Instead of getting to relax and rest on their spring break over the next two weeks, two D.C. United Academy teams are heading south to test themselves against some of the best youth clubs around at the 2011 Dallas Cup.
This time of year is usually a two-week break for D.C.’s Academy, but this year the coaching staff decided otherwise in an attempt to bring the team together.
On Sunday, Dallas welcomes the world.
The 32nd annual Dallas Cup, North America’s top youth tournament, gets underway this weekend as 70 youth soccer teams from overseas line up against the best youth teams the US has to offer.
Among those playing are academy teams some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Arsenal, Corinthians and Barcelona. It’s that list of international teams that has the tournament’s executive director Gordon Jago excited about this year’s iteration.
The third weekend of WAGS play is upon us, and many teams will go into the weekend hoping for winning results -- not to mention better weather than the league's previous 2011 matchdays.
In High School Division 1, McLean Fusion has already established themselves as the clear leader, with three wins. They play the Crofton Wolves on Saturday and DSC Sparks on Sunday. The Wolves have won one match so far, and the Sparks lost their only game. If the Fusion can win both, it could be hard for anyone to catch up.
Despite many cancellations across the state thanks to the rain this past weekend, Virginia State Cup action kicked off on Saturday. After two days of intense play, many teams moved on to the next round, and many more went home empty-handed.
The Maryland State Cup competition had an early start this year, opening on March 17 with competition in the Under-17 boys division. In that first game, Bethesda Real defeated FC Frederick 2-1 to move on. The first girls' game was played on March 26 between the ASA Vipers and United Premier Azzurri. The Vipers won 4-1, which kept them alive in the U-17 bracket.
The Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS) just wrapped up another round of matches this past weekend and although many games were postponed due to field conditions, the games at Franconia Park in Springfield, Va. went forward on the facility's artificial turf fields.
Under-17, Division 5: LMVS Patriots win 2-1 over SYC Monsoon
On Sunday, U-17 LMVS Patriots laced up to play against SYC Monsoon in front of a faithful crowd of parents and friends under clear, blue skies.
Due to the copious amounts of rain that fell on the region last week, many WAGS games were rescheduled this past weekend due to wet fields. However, several games were contested despite the less-than-ideal conditions, which pushed several teams to the top of their leader boards.
Division 1 Action
On an unseasonably warm afternoon, the U18 Academy teams from D.C. United and Albertson SC tied 1-1 on the campus of the University of Maryland.
There's plenty of elite girls' soccer action to watch around the Washington D.C. area this weekend, as the majority of the Washington Area Girls Soccer League squads have matches on Saturday and Sunday.
After last weekend's opening play, several teams have put themselves at the top of their brackets, but many other divisions remain wide open for the taking. It's a long season, however, so even the early leaders will have to keep their best foot forward to retain their positions.
High School Divisions
"You just live each day like it's the last day of your life," said Ty Lewis during an interview for NBC Washington on February 13, 2011. "Play each game like it's the last you'll ever play."
Lewis, the head coach of the Reston Knights FC, a South Lakes High School alumnus and a prominent figure in northern Virginia's youth soccer scene, passed away on Saturday after battling colon cancer for over three years. He was 44.