The D.C. United U-16s beat their Chicago Fire counterparts for the 2011 Charleston Challenge Academy Cup championship.
Courtesy of D.C. United

USSF Development Academy round-up

The start of the MLS season is right around the corner, and for a handful of clubs across the country, last weekend provided a chance for MLS academies to head into action.

There were some strong performances from some academy sides as the hunt for a spot in the Development Academy playoffs later this summer heats up. The San Jose Earthquakes posted a 3-1 mark at home, as the U-16s defeated Irvine Strikers 5-1 before squeaking past Pateadores 1-0. The U-18s couldn’t quite replicate that success, defeating the Strikers 2-1 before losing 2-0 to Pateadores.

D.C. United sent their academy up north, playing a quartet of games against tough opposition. Saturday’s action brought a sweep of South Central Premier, with the U-16s winning 3-1 and U-18s picking up a 1-0 win.

Sunday wasn’t as positive, but didn’t bring defeat, with the U-18s drawing 1-1 with Oakwood Soccer Club and the U-16s match ending 2-2.

For the New York Red Bulls Academy, a matchup against Baltimore Bays Chelsea caused trouble, as the Red Bulls left Baltimore without a win. The U-18s battled to a scoreless match, and the U-16s lost a high scoring 3-2 result.

Two other academies produced mixed results. New England’s U-16s lost to PA Classics, 2-0, though the U-18s claimed redemption with a 4-3 win. Sunday’s action failed to produce a win, as the U-18s lost 3-2 to FC Delco and the U-16s tied 1-1.

Columbus Crew Academy traveled north to Michigan, and like New England opened up slow. The U-18s fell at Derby County Wolves 2-0, while the U-16s tied 2-2. Vardar, another top Michigan Dev. Academy club, proved to be another mixed back as the U-16s won 2-0 and the U-18s lost 1-0.

Here are some of the other results from the weekend:


  • FC Delco 1, FC Greater Boston 0
  • NJSA 04 3, Seacoast United 0
  • Pateadores 2, Cal Odyssey
  • Empire United 4, Match Fit Chelsea 1
  • Met Oval 1, Cosmos Academy 0
  • Vardar 1, Internationals 1
  • Oakwood Soccer Club 1, Potomac 0
  • FC Greater Boston 1, PA Classics
  • Derby County Wolves 3, Internationals 2
  • Cal Odyssey 0, Irvine Strikers 0


  • FC Greater Boston 0, FC Delco 0
  • Seacoast United 1, NJSA 04 0
  • Pateadores 6, Cal Odyssey
  • Match Fit Chelsea 2, Empire United
  • Cosmos Academy East 1, Met Oval 0
  • Internationals 1, Vardar 0
  • Potomac 2, Oakwood Soccer Club 0
  • FC Greater Boston 2, PA Classics 0
  • Internationals 5, Derby County Wolves 1
  • Cal Odyssey 4, Irvine Strikers 0

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