2016 Academy Championships Final
July 15, 2016

Saturday's 2015-16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Championships games will be all-MLS affairs, highlighted by the inclusion of FC Dallas in both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 Finals at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center.

The Texas-based Academy will face off with the home-standing LA Galaxy in the U-15/16 Final (5 p.m. PT) before the club takes on Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the U-17/18 nightcap (7:30 p.m. PT). Both games can be seen live on U.S. Soccer's YouTube channel.

If you missed either game, here's a closer look at each matchup:

FC Dallas U-15/16 vs. LA Galaxy U-15/16
Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Field - U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif.
5 p.m. PT on U.S. Soccer YouTube

The FC Dallas U-15/16s won their 20th straight game when they defeated Chicago Fire 1-0 in Thursday's first Semifinal. After a cagey first half in which the Fire earned more chances, FC Dallas took control of the game.

Although they dominated possession in the second half, it took Jacob Goyen's curling 74th minute effort to push FCD into a second-straight U-15/16 Championship game. The goal was Goyen's first of the season, and the FC Dallas defense earned its 18th clean sheet of the campaign.

In the day's second Semifinal, the LA Galaxy utilized strikes from Oscar Penate, Jorge Hernandez and Jonathan Estrada to a 3-0 victory against Real Colorado.

Penate was part of the first two goals, opening the scoring off a centering pass from Kevin Negrete in the 11th minute, and then providing the final, back heel pass for Hernandez to put the Galaxy up 2-0 in the 29th. Estrada iced the game when he followed up Negrete's shot off the woodwork in the 45th minute. The Galaxy held most of the possession to close out the game.

The three goals took the Galaxy's total on the season to 111, but they should receive their toughest test yet as they come up against an FC Dallas defense that has conceded just 18 goals in 30 games this season.

Following the club's triumph in last year's U-15/16 Final, should FC Dallas come away victorious, it would mark the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that a club has won back-to-back championships at one age level.

FC Dallas U-17/18 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-17/18
Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Field - U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif.
7:30 p.m. PT on U.S. Soccer YouTube

Vancouver Whitecaps FC arrived in the club's first U.S. Soccer Development Academy Final by virtue of a 4-1 victory against Players Development Academy in Thursday's first Semifinal.

Despite some early chances from PDA, Whitecaps FC took control of the game when Andre Baires redirected a cross from the left to give the side a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute. A PDA own goal in the 50th minute and a mishit cross from David Norman two minutes later put the game out of reach before Daniel Sagno capped the scoring for Vancouver in the 68th. A late PDA goal was the only blemish of the day for a Whitecaps FC side that did well to see out the game.

In the day's final game, FC Dallas dominated affairs from start to finish, but found themselves down 1-0 to Nomads SC at the break, thanks to a stoppage-time strike from Augustine Williams.

FCD rallied in the second half as Toshiki Yasuda's corner kick picked out Hector Montalvo, who headed home the equalizer in the 52nd minute. Battling through the physical nature of the match, FCD's high press helped them find the winner as Ben Cannon intercepted a ball at midfield and started a counter attack, which ended with Yasuda burying his 72nd minute strike.

Assuming FC Dallas wins the U-15/16 title earlier on Saturday, a win by the club in the U-17/18 Final would also mark the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that one club earned championships in both age groups.

 
Development Academy Semifinals - U-15/16: FC Dallas vs. Chicago Fire
 
Development Academy Semifinals - U-15/16: LA Galaxy vs. Real Colorado
 
Development Academy Semifinals - U-17/18: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. PDA
 
Development Academy Semifinals - U-17/18: FC Dallas vs. Nomads SC