U-17/18 Championships Semifinals Preview
July 14, 2016

A closer look at the 2016 U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-17/18 semifinalists:

FC Dallas U-17/18
Regular Season Record: 18-4-3 (First in Frontier Division)
Playoff Results:

June 22: FC Dallas 4, Shattuck-Saint Mary's 0 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Damian Hernandez, Weston McKennie, Hector Montalvo, Adrian Ramos

June 24: FC Dallas 3, D.C. United 2 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Reginald Cannon, Weston McKennie, Paxton Pomykal

June 26: FC Dallas 5, Orlando City SC 0 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Giovanni Montesdeoca (2), Brandon Terwege, Devin Vega,

July 7: FC Dallas 1, Sporting Kansas City - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Giovanni Montesdeoca

Players to Watch:
Ben Hale
- An experienced, consistent goalkeeper that serves as a good vocal leader. Very talented in goal, and a great shot blocker.
Paxton Pomykal - A young midfielder who is playing up with the U-18 side. High soccer IQ, reads the game very well and has the ability to improvise to get out of tight situations. Can dictate the tempo in the midfield and has a great final pass to unbalance a defense. Devin Vega - A former member of U-17 Residency. Primarily plays on the left, but can play on either flank and in the middle. Was the team's leading scorer last year.

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.

Season Comments:
The team has had to face the tough challenge of playing with a target on their back as the defending champions. Despite receiving every opponents best game, the team has managed to overcome the challenges and make an impressive run to return to the Championships.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-17/18
Regular Season Record: 19-1-11 (First in Northwest Division)
Playoff Results:

June 22: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Chargers Soccer Club 1 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Glore Amanda, Terran Campbell

June 24: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4, Vardar 1 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Terran Campbell (2), Marcello Polisi, Daniel Sagno

June 26: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, LA Galaxy 1 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Glorie Amanda, Daniel Sagno

July 7: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 5, Sacramento Republic FC 3 - Burnaby, B.C.

  • GOALS: Glorie Amanda, Andre Baires, Terran Campbell, Thomas Gardner, Daniel Sagno

Players to Watch:
Gloire Amanda - Has tallied 17 goals this season, including strikes in three of four playoff games.
Daniel Sagno - Has nine goals to go along with a team-leading 32 appearances. Has scored in each of the team's last three playoff games, including the opening goal in the side's 5-3 Quarterfinal win against Sacramento Republic FC.
David Norman - The son of former Whitecaps and 86ers player, Norman has scored five goals from the heart of the Vancouver midfield.

Style of Play:
High tempo, aggressive and fast style. Team is organized and good on the counter attack. Team is very active with coordinated movements and unselfish runs to create opportunities.

Season comments:
The team organization is evident in their style ann that has led to results on the field for individuals and the team. The club continues to develop players within an organized system and has provided opportunities for individual Academy players through a clear pro pathway. As a group they enter the championships with an impressive 33-game unbeaten streak.

Players Development Academy U-17/18
Regular Season Record: 16-5-5 (Third in Atlantic Division)
Playoff Results:

June 22: Players Development Academy 1, Montreal Impact FC 0 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Chaz Burnett

June 24: Players Development Academy 2, Arsenal FC 2 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Chaz Burnett (2)

June 26: Players Development Academy 2, Chicago Magic PSG 2 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Michael Gallo, Caleb Young

July 7: Players Development Academy 3, Philadelphia Union 1 - Chester, Pa.

  • GOALS: Chaz Burnett, Josh Burnett, Isaiah Young

Players to Watch:
Chaz Burnett
- Has found the back of the net 16 times in 27 games. Scored in each of PDA's playoff games, tallying five total goals to help the side to the Development Academy Finals. Has committed to play at Rutgers.
Isaiah Young - Second on the team in scoring with 13 goals in 28 games. Was part of the U.S. Soccer National Team U-19 side that won the Slovakia Cup in April.
Josh Burnett - Younger brother of Chaz. Made a dazzling run to slip through the back line and score PDA's opening goal in their 3-1 Quarterfinal win against the Philadelphia Union.

Style of Play:
PDA possesses the ball well and presses hard to win the ball back as quickly as possible. They push forward in the attack and use multiple players in attack to create 1v1 opportunities.

Season Comments:
Committed group that plays together well as a team. Utilize a proactive approach to the game with high energy and fight. Have had steady play in the back led by great goalkeeping all year.

Nomads SC U-17/18
Regular Season Record: 18-7-11 (Third in Southwest Division)
Playoff Results:

June 22: Nomads 1, Texas Rush 0 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Augustine Williams

June 24: Nomads SC 0, Crew SC Academy Wolves 0 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: N/A

June 26: Nomads SC 3, Georgia United 2 - Frisco, Texas

  • GOALS: Adrian Del Alto, Christian Enriquez, Adam Vargas

July 7: Nomads SC 2, Real Salt Lake AZ 1 - Casa Grande, Ariz.

  • GOALS: Robert Castellanos, Adam Vargas

Players to Watch:
Augustine Williams
- Led the team in scoring with 18 goals in 39 games this season, including the game-winner in Nomads' 1-0 playoff victory against Texas Rush on June 22.
Robert Castellanos - The rock at the back for Nomads, appeared in 38 of 40 games and tallied his third goal of the season in the side's Quarterfinal win against Real Salt Lake AZ.
Adam Vargas
- Tallied six goals from midfield this season including two in the playoffs. His last strike proved the game-winner in Nomads' 2-1 victory against Real Salt Lake AZ in last week's Quarterfinal.

Style of Play:
Nomads has used successful counter attacks and a compact defense to come out on the winning end of tight low-scoring games. Their defensive end is very strong and organized, and the team's play relies on building out of the back.

Season Comments:
Through the regular season play of 36 games, Nomads has only conceded 29 goals.