U-15/16 Championships Semifinals Preview
July 14, 2016

A closer look at the 2016 U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-15/16 semifinalists:

FC Dallas U-15/16
Regular Season Record: 23-2-0 (First in Frontier Division)
Playoff Results:

June 22: FC Dallas 3, D.C. United 0 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Jesus Ferreira, Aldo Quevado, Bryan Reynolds

June 24: FC Dallas 4, Chicago Magic PSG 0 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Manuel Alonso Molina, Aldo Quevado, Jommar Reyes, Bryan Reynolds

June 26: FC Dallas 3, Capital Area RailHawks CASL 1 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Jesus Ferreira, Jommar Reyes, Bryan Reynolds

July 6: FC Dallas 3, Real Salt Lake AZ 1 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Jesus Ferreira (3)

Players to Watch:
Jesus Ferreira - A special forward that picks his moments to pressure. Always dangerous and has a killer instinct in front of goal. Has tallied a team-leading 25 goals in 28 games. Scored five goals in four playoff games, including a hat trick in FC Dallas' 3-1 Quarterfinal win against Real Salt Lake AZ. Son of David Ferreira, former FC Dallas attacker and 2010 MLS MVP.
Brandon Servania - A holding midfielder. Can swing the ball from left to right, wins tackles and brings an aerial threat. Technically very good.
Mark Salas - A center back that has been with the club since age eight. Decision making and organization make him a leader on the back line.

Style of Play:
FC Dallas implements a high-press with the goal of winning the ball back as quickly as possible to relieve defensive pressure and create continuous opportunities. The style has seen the team tally 90 goals and concede only 18, the lowest at the U-15/16 age level this season.

Season Comments:
With 23 regular season wins, their only two defeats occurred within a two-day span, when they lost to fellow MLS Academies Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Real Salt Lake AZ.

Chicago Fire U-15/16
Regular Season Record: 16-6-3 (Third in Mid-America Division)
Playoff Results:

June 22: Chicago Fire 2, Strikers FC 0 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Victor Bezerra, Anthony Markanich

June 24: Chicago Fire 3, IMG Academy 1 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Andrew Akindele, Christian Marquez, Carlos Cepeda

June 26: New York Red Bulls 2, Chicago Fire 0 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: N/A

July 6: Chicago Fire 3, Weston FC 0 (AET) - Miami, Fla.

  • GOALS: Andrew Akindele, Vitalis Takawira Jr., Carlos Cepeda

Players to Watch:
Andrew Akindele - Led the team with 10 goals in 27 games. Scored twice during the playoffs including the gamewinner in the Fire's 3-0 Quarterfinal win vs. Weston FC. Possesses good speed and makes good runs to stretch the back line. Finds good pockets to receive the ball and finds himself with a good amount of chances during the game.
Kyle Orciuch - A very solid goalkeeper. Very confident and secure in his abilities. Provides a calm presence for the back line.
Vitalis Takawira Jr. - Tallied four goals in 16 games this season, including an extra time strike in the 3-0 Quarterfinal win vs. Weston FC. Very skillful, very dangerous in 1v1 and other isolated situations. Son of former MLS player Digital Takawira.

Style of Play:
Chicago Fire likes to build out of the back and create and use space in the middle. Can switch the point of attack and create isolated situations on the wings to create chances.

Season Comments:
Went 1-5-0 to begin the season. Players have shown a lot of character and development in terms of facing diversity. As the team kept developing, the results began to come and the side has arrived at the Semifinals thanks to hard work and determination.

LA Galaxy U-15/16
Regular Season Record: 24-9-3 (First in Southwest Division)
Playoff Results:

June 22: LA Galaxy 1, Sporting Kansas City 0 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Kevin Negrete

June 24: LA Galaxy 3, Georgia United 1 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Misael Becerra, Jorge Hernandez, Kevin Negrete

June 26: LA Galaxy 2, New England Revolution 1 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Jonathan Estrada (2)

July 6: LA Galaxy 1, Real So Cal 0 - Carson, Calif.

  • GOALS: Jonathan Estrada

Players to Watch:
Kevin Negrete -
Led team in goals with 21 in 30 games, including two during the team's playoff run. Was part of the U.S. U-17 squad that took part in May's AIFF Youth Cup in India.
Jake Arteaga - A stalwart on the Galaxy back line, Arteaga appeared in 20 games for the U-15/16 Academy this season and joined Negrete on the U.S. U-17 squad at the AIFF Youth Cup in India.
Jonathan Estrada - Second leading scorer with 18 goals in 33 games. Tallied each of the Galaxy's last three goals, including two game-winners in a 2-1 victory against New England Revolution and 1-0 Quarterfinal win vs. Real So Cal.

Style of play:
The team emphasizes playing with high-energy and a heavy focus on the attack, which has seen them average just under three goals a game over their 40-game schedule.

Season Comments:
Won 24 regular season games and tallied 101 goals - the most of any U-15/16 Academy side this season.

Real Colorado U-15/16
Regular Season Record: 16-4-6 (Second in the Frontier Division)
Playoff Results:

June 22: Real Colorado 3, Orlando City SC 1 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Rhys De Sota (2), Damen Marcu

June 24: Real Colorado 2, Crew SC Academy 0 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Noah Hilt, Theodore O'Malley

June 26: Real Colorado 0, San Jose Earthquakes 0 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: N/A

July 6: Real Colorado 1, FC Golden State 0 - Denver, Colo.

  • GOALS: Rhys De Sota

Players to Watch:
Rhys De Sota - Leads U-15/16 Academy scoring with 28 goals in 30 games this season. Appeared in U.S. Soccer U-18 YNT camp in January.
Damen Marcu - Accompanied De Sota to U-18 camp in January. Has tallied 10 goals in 27 games.
Bailey Heller - A key cog on the backline, has appeared in 27 games and took part in May's U-18 Youth National Team camp.

Style of Play:
Real Colorado used different styles of play throughout the season based on different scenarios. They are led by Chris Martinez (2014-2015 Coach of the Year) who has implemented different styles with the team.

Season Comments:
Very powerful from an offensive standpoint that has led to 68 goals this season.