Five MLS Academies head into action during this weekend’s USSF Development Academy slate.
Columbus, D.C. United and New York will all see action in the Development Academy league for the first time in 2011 after a long winter break.
The Crew Academy make a road trip to Michigan for a Saturday doubleheader against Derby County Wolves and two Sunday games against Vardar at both U-16 and U-18 age levels.
The Atlantic Soccer League will wrap up their regular season schedule in Richmond, Virginia this weekend as part of the prestigious Jefferson Cup tournament. As one of the top events in the country, the Jefferson Cup will play host to the 15 ASL clubs providing quality competition, great facilities and top level exposure for its players, teams and clubs.
Washington, D.C. - D.C. United’s Youth Academy opened March with a successful weekend in South Carolina as the U-16 squad claimed the Charleston Cup title with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Fire, while the U-18 team was runner-up, falling in the final to Chicago 2-1. Both finals were played on Sunday, March 6 at Blackbaud Stadium, home to United Soccer Leagues club Charleston Battery.
The Chicago Fire and D.C. United academies sides emerged victorious in this weekend’s inaugural Charleston Challenge Academy Cup. Held in conjunction with the pro exhibition tournament, the two-day youth tournament paid dividends for the two teams that made the trip to South Carolina.
Sunday featured two all-MLS finals. The Chicago Fire defeated D.C. United 2-1 to capture the U-18 honors, while D.C. United bested Chicago in the U-16 final by a 3-1 score line.
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Millions of parents across the United States spend large sums of money, and drive thousands of miles, in order for their kids to take part in elite club leagues, Olympic Development Program and the like. Bill Moravek was once one of them, driving his young sons William (age eight) and Michael (age seven) from Winchester, Va. to Bethesda, Md. several times a week for practices and games with Bethesda Soccer Club, where Moravek also coached.
Washington, D.C. – D.C. United announced today that recently retired forward Jaime Moreno is set to become the club’s Youth Academy Technical Training Coach. Having played his final match in a storied 15-year tenure with United on October 23, 2010, Moreno will utilize his vast playing experience in the development of future members of the Black-and-Red. In his role with D.C. United Youth Development, Moreno will work closely as an on field technical coach with D.C. United Academy players and coaches.
Two Washington, D.C.-area players have won Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year nominations, one of the highest honors on the nation's high school sports scene.
Gonzaga College Prep standout Joey Wilkins (D.C.) and Cody Albrecht of DeMatha Catholic High School (Md.) made this year's list and will hope to follow in the footsteps of Severn, Md. product Chris Agorsor, who won the nationwide player of the year award in 2006.
Four Prince William Soccer standouts played a part in a successful Olympic Development Program trip to Costa Rica last week, helping the ODP Region I team earn second place in an international tournament featuring the youth squads of several professional teams in the Central American nation.
The MLS SuperDraft and supplemental draft took place weeks ago, but the league is still doing its best to vacuum up young North American talent as the 2011 season approaches.
Three of the nation's most intriguing prospects -- all U.S. youth internationals -- are set to join Major League Soccer via weighted lotteries in the coming days.
Over two weekends in mid-March, several hundred youth clubs will descend on Prince William County, Va. to take part in Prince William Soccer's annual Icebreaker tournament.
Now entering its 15th year, the tournament has grown from just under 100 club teams to an average of around 500 over the last several years.
Handling that number of teams can be a challenge, but it's also helped turn the Icebreaker tournament into what it is today.