Winter Showcase Day 1: Featured Game Notes

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2016) - The 2016 U.S. Soccer Federation Development Academy Winter Showcase kicks off Thursday afternoon at Premier Sports Campus. The U-17/18 sides take center stage in the day's featured matches as Lonestar SC Academy takes on Sacramento Republic FC (noon ET), followed immediately by New York Red Bulls Academy vs. FC Dallas (2:30 p.m. ET). Both games can be seen live on U.S. Soccer's YouTube channel, the Development Academy Facebook page and ussoccer.com.

The four teams are just a sample of the 74 academies represented at the Winter Showcase, competing in 219 games over the course of five days. While Thursday's featured clubs are at the U-17/18 level, the U-15/16 age groups take the spotlight on Saturday and Monday. The structure of the Development Academy is regionalized during regular season play, but the Winter Showcase provides a unique opportunity for teams to play against clubs they don't usually get to see, from all across the country.

Take a detailed look at Thursday's matchups:

Thursday, December 1

Lonestar SC Academy (Austin, Texas) vs. Sacramento Republic FC (Sacramento, Calif.)
Time/Location:
12 p.m. ET; The Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer's YouTube channel, Development Academy Facebook page and ussoccer.com

Lonestar SC Academy U-17/18 2016 season record (5-1-1):
Sept. 10: Lonestar SC Academy 3, Colorado Rush 1
Sept. 11: Lonestar SC Academy 2, Real Colorado 0
Sept. 24: Lonestar SC Academy 4, Texas Rush 2
Oct. 1: Lonestar SC Academy 3, Texans SC Houston 0
Oct. 15: Lonestar SC Academy 2, Houston Dynamo 1
Oct. 23: Lonestar SC Academy 2, Solar Chelsea SC 2
Nov. 12: Lonestar SC Academy 2, FC Dallas 3

Lonestar SC Academy Notes:

  • Head Coach: Ron Dennie
  • Key players: Team captains Talen Maples, Antonio Lopez and Jommar Reyes
  • Top goal scorer: Kyle Marcotte (4)
  • Style of play: Player driven; balancing a quick passing, positive attack minded approach to play; strong commitment to team defending and competing.
  • Future goals: Continue to set highest standards for Lonestar SC younger players both on and off the field and improve and establish consistency in individual and team game performances; Qualify for the Development Academy playoffs.
  • Academy player quality and character development goals: Love of the game, drive to improve, strong character, positive self (and team) determination, unafraid to set and work to achieve high goals and standards.

Sacramento Republic FC U-17/18 2016 season record (6-4-2):
Sept. 3: Sacramento Republic FC 1, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3
Sept. 5: Sacramento Republic FC 1, Portland Timbers 4
Sept. 10: Sacramento Republic FC 5, Juventus Sport Club 1
Sept. 17: Sacramento Republic FC 3, Santa Cruz Breakers Academy 1
Sept. 24: Sacramento Republic FC 0, Real Salt Lake AZ 0
Oct. 1: Sacramento Republic FC 3, De Anza Force 0
Oct. 8: Sacramento Republic FC 1, Nomads SC 0
Oct. 15: Sacramento Republic FC 1, Crossfire Premier 2
Oct. 22: Sacramento Republic FC 2, San Jose Earthquakes 1
Oct. 29: Sacramento Republic FC 1, Arsenal FC 1
Nov. 5: Sacramento Republic FC 4, Juventus Sport Club 2
Nov. 19: Sacramento Republic FC 0, LA Galaxy 2

Sacramento Republic FC Notes:

  • Head Coach: Benjamin Ziemer
  • Key players: Gio Aguilar, Ryley Kraft, Cameron Douglas and Alexis DionicioTop goal scorer: Francis Avoce, Ryley Kraft, Seamus McLaughlin, Matteo Sorrentino (3 goals each)
  • Style of play: Attacking, possession based, gritty and professional.
  • Future goals: To continue to develop players, within the team concept. Top priority is to have players train and play with the first team.
  • Academy player quality and characteristic development goals: Technically proficient players, who read the game at a high level with a growth mindset and carry a desire to compete and win.

New York Red Bulls Academy (Harrison, N.J.) vs. FC Dallas (Frisco, Texas)
Time/Location:
2:30 p.m. ET; Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer's YouTube channel, Development Academy Facebook page and ussoccer.com

New York Red Bulls Academy U-17/18 2016 season record (10-2):
Sept. 3: New York Red Bulls 6, Seacoast United 1
Sept. 10: New York Red Bulls 4, D.C. United 0
Sept. 11: New York Red Bulls 2, Richmond United 1
Sept. 17: New York Red Bulls 7, Philadelphia Union 2
Sept. 24: New York Red Bulls 1, PA Classics 0
Oct. 2: New York Red Bulls 3, Players Development Academy 0
Oct. 15: New York Red Bulls 5, Cedar Stars Academy - Monmouth 0
Oct. 23: New York Red Bulls 2, Continental FC DELCO 1
Oct. 29: New York Red Bulls 3, Bethesda SC 1
Nov. 6: New York Red Bulls 3, Baltimore Armour 0
Nov. 12: New York Red Bulls 1, Continental FC DELCO 2
Nov. 20: New York Red Bulls 1, New England Revolution 2

New York Red Bulls Academy Notes:

  • Head Coach: Jeff Zaun
  • Key players: Omir Fernandez, Kevin O'Toole and Zach Ryan
  • Top goal scorer: Omir Fernandez (12)
  • Style of play: Pressing in the middle third (defensively) to try to get opportunities on goal as quickly as possible.
  • Academy player quality and characteristic development goals: Technical, smart with strong competitive mentalities.

FC Dallas Academy U-17/18 2016 season record (8-1-1):
Sept. 10: FC Dallas 5, Solar Chelsea SC 0
Sept. 17: FC Dallas 2, Houston Dynamo 1
Sept. 24: FC Dallas 1, Real Colorado 1
Sept. 25: FC Dallas 4, Colorado Rush 0
Oct. 1: FC Dallas 2, Sporting Kansas City 0
Oct. 15: FC Dallas 1, Colorado Rapids 0
Oct. 22: FC Dallas 1, Texans SC Houston 2
Oct. 29: FC Dallas 3, Texas Rush 1
Nov. 12: FC Dallas 3, Lonestar SC Academy 2
Nov. 19: FC Dallas 3, Dallas Texans 1

FC Dallas Academy Notes:

  • Head Coach: Francisco Molina
  • Key players: Devin Vega (Captain), homegrown signees Paxton Pomykal, Jesus Ferreira, defenders Mark Salas, Brandon Turwege and both goalkeepers Carlos Avilez and Carlos Mercado
  • Top goal scorer: Devin Vega (7)
  • Style of play: Solid defending from all 3 lines, like to pressure high and not allow opponents time and space to think, maintaining possession with combinations to create numbers with quick transitions going forward.
  • Future goals: Make it back to defend the 2015-16 Academy National Championship and work hard to become better positional players.
  • Academy player quality and characteristic development goals: Players that can perform at a high level mentally and physically, and react to momentum shifts