July 22, 2012
DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY FINALS
SLSG Missouri to face Red Bulls in final
CREW SOCCER ACADEMY WOLVES 4, PA CLASSIC 0
HOUSTON – Crew Soccer Academy Wolves finished U-15/16 Group 2 play strong with a 4-0 victory against PA Classics to take second place and earn a spot in the third-place match at 5 p.m. CT on Monday, July 23, at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.
The Michigan side scored a pair of goals either side of halftime and was never terribly troubled by PA Classics who could not seem to muster any continuous play in the attacking third. Matt Habrowski opened the scoring on 12 minutes with a simple tap-in from the influential Ahinga Selemani. Selemani would get his first goal in the 23rd minute to put Wolves up 2-0 going into the break.
Two goals within three minutes just after the hour mark sealed the match, leaving the result beyond doubt with just less than 20 minutes to play. Selemani was again on the scoreboard for his second goal and Zach Atwood got in on the action in the 64th minute to cap the goal scoring.
CSA Wolves advance to play the Chicago Fire in the U-15/16 third-place match, while PA Classics will meet Pateadores in the fifth-place match at 10 a.m. CT at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.
ST. LOUIS SCOTT GALLAGHER MISSOURI 1, DC UNITED 0
HOUSTON – St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri’s U-15/16 team completed an undefeated run through Group 2 with a 1-0 victory against D.C. United at the Houston Amateur Sports Complex. Jordan Klipsch scored in the 19thminute and the St. Louis defense posted its second shutout in three matches en route to claim a place in the final.
The victory sends SLSG Missouri to its first Finals Week championship where they will face the New York Red Bulls at 8 p.m. CT on July 23 at BBVA Compass Stadium, home of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo. The match will be streamed live at ussoccer.com, and fans can follow in-game updates on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
SLSG Missouri took advantage of its reliable long-distance throw-in option by sending Nick Jones deep into United territory. From the left side, Jones hurled the ball into the middle of the penalty area and Klipsch headed home to give St. Louis all the scoring they would need.
With its fourth-place finish in the group, D.C. United will play Charlotte Soccer Academy in the seventh-place game at 9 a.m. CT on Monday at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.
CHICAGO FIRE 2, PATEADORES 0
HOUSTON – Goals from Jeff Farina and Shannon Seymour paced the Chicago Fire to a 2-0 win against Pateadores, landing the Fire second place in Group 1 with six points from three matches. The Fire now have the chance to play for third in the 2011-12 Development Academy Finals Week, facing Crew Soccer Academy Wolves on Monday, July 23 at 5 p.m. CT at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.
Chicago took a deserved lead in the 46th minute after Brian Werchek drove in from the right flank towards the end line and drove a knee-high cross that Farina deftly redirected to the far corner.
Four minutes later, Werchek found space from the same side, delivering a heater across the box, but no one was able to latch on to it. Chances continued to come for Chicago, and in the 53rd minute Farina had his effort tipped onto the crossbar by Gomez, the ball caroming safely back into his hands.
The Fire sealed the deal in the 69th minute after a foul left them a tantalizing opportunity 30 yards from goal in the middle of the pitch. Brian Torres stood over the ball and rolled it to his right in the path of Seymour, who unloaded a rising strike that whizzed past the outstretched arms of Gomez to double Chicago’s lead.
Kyle Dal Santo made two saves as the Fire defense recorded their first shutout of the tournament.
NEW YORK RED BULLS 3, CHARLOTTE SOCCER ACADEMY 0
HOUSTON– A patient approach to the game yielded two first-half goals that helped the New York Red Bulls earn a 3-0 victory against Charlotte Soccer Academy and the top spot in Group 1 of the U-15/16 Development Academy Finals Week.
The win puts the Red Bulls in the U-15/16 Development Academy championship match Monday, July 23, at 8 p.m. CT against St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Fans can watch the match live on ussoccer.com and follow on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
Adam Najem and Wesley Wade scored four minutes apart in the first half to propel the Red Bulls, winners of eight straight games, to an early lead. Najem let a loose ball run through his legs and fooling a defender before turning into the ball’s path and firing home the game-winning goal in the 26th minute.
Wade followed suit in the 30th minute, taking a feed from Najem and striking home New York’s second goal. Najem made a deep run to the end line before cutting the ball back into the box in front of Wade.
It wasn’t all positive for the Red Bulls, however, as defender Billy Stevens was issued a straight red card in the 72nd minute for a reckless tackle and will now miss the championship game.
On a quick dropkick in the 80th minute, goalkeeper Joe Ohaus picked out Vinny Brunetti making a run down the right side. Brunetti collected it and was able to play it across the box to Amando Moreno for New York’s third goal.
Charlotte Soccer Academy will play D.C. United in the seventh-place match on Monday at 9 a.m. CT at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.