On Friday, July 14, the four best clubs in the nation at the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels will converge at the US Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California to compete in the semifinals and finals of the US Soccer Development Academy Championships. The semifinals will take place on Friday afternoon while the Finals will be contested on Sunday.
|3:00 pm||U-15/16||(1) FC Dallas vs. (9) Real Salt Lake AZ|
|5:00 pm||U-15/16||(3) Atlanta United FC vs. (8) Vancouver Whitecaps|
|7:30 pm||U-17/18||(20) Texans SC Houston vs. (30) Colorado Rapids|
|10:00 pm||U-17/18||(18) Seattle Sounders FC vs. (32) LA Galaxy|
The new season opens September 9th for the new STLFC Academy, which replaces the individual programs run by Illinois and Missouri. The schedule has been released and is included in my St. Louis Soccer calendar. For now it’s dates and opponents, game times remain to be set.
Concluding it’s 10th competitive season of the program, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy has seen 7 clubs lift the championship trophy at the U-15/16 level and 8 at U-17/18. Only 5 clubs have managed to hoist the hardware at both age groups. FC Dallas is the only Academy program to have won the championship in back to back years, at either age level, and is looking to add to their legacy by adding a three-peat to the history books in 2016-2017.
In 2012, the SLSG Missouri U15/16 boys reached the Final but fell 0-1 to the New York Red Bulls. Many of those players are now entering their final year of college, including Mark Segbers and Tommy Barlow at Wisconsin, or in Austin Ledbetter’s case, are now playing in USL.
SLSG: 1-Jake Leeker; 6-Austin Ledbetter, 5-Jordan Klipsch, 2-Justin Graham, 11-Jason Pesek; 17-Curtis Schillingsford (19-Blake Gonzalez, 61), 10-Keegan McHugh, 13-Austin Panchot; 27-Mark Segbers, 15-Nick Jones (8-Matt Steurer, 70), 12-Tommy Barlow
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Brett Hodges, 16-Zachary Kavanaugh, 20-Stephen McMillian, 22-David Stoll, 26-Samuel Newman, 30-Edward Starr
Head coach: Tim Leonard