U-18/19 GIRLS' ACADEMY PLAYOFFS: WHAT TO WATCH FOR

By Jeremy Reid

The inaugural U.S. Soccer Development Academy Girls' Playoffs get underway on Saturday at SoCal Sports Complex in Oceanside, Calif. Take a look at what to watch for this week in the Girls' U-18/19 Playoffs.

Four Feature Games Take the Spotlight

Four games from the Girls U-18/19 Playoffs will take center stage as feature games. The match-ups will be streamed live on ussoccerda.com, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Facebook page and the U.S. Soccer YouTube Channel. The center stage showdowns include Boston Breakers Academy vs. SC del Sol in a group stage battle on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. PT as well as both semifinals on Wednesday and the championship match on Friday.

Crowning a Champion in Oceanside

Unlike the other four Development Academy Playoff age groups that will conduct their semifinals and final in early July at the Academy Championships, the U-18/19 Girls Academy title will be awarded this week in Oceanside. With just four groups and 16 teams total, the four group winners will meet in the semifinals on Wednesday, June 27, at 3:00 and 5:30 p.m. PT, with the championship match to be played on Friday, June 29 at 3:30 p.m. PT.

All three games will be streamed live on ussoccerda.com, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Facebook page and the U.S. Soccer YouTube Channel.

Division Champs from West Conference Ride Hot Streaks to Playoffs
Crossfire Premier, champions of the Northwest Division, come into the playoffs as the top overall seed. They are undefeated upon arrival to Oceanside, through 24 matches this season (22-0-2). The Washington-based club has conceded an Academy-low 13 goals and carries a plus-82 goal differential this season. The club has been drawn into Group C for this week's playoffs, opening against Real So Cal on Saturday, before meeting Concorde Fire on Sunday and Sky Blue - PDA on Tuesday.

LAFC Slammers, Southwest Division champs, enter the Playoffs unbeaten in their last 12 games. They sport a 10-0-2 record and they haven't lost since early March. In the SoCal squad's 12-game unbeaten run, LAFC has kept eight clean sheets, conceding just 20 goals overall in 32 games played. As the sixth overall seed, Slammers will play Real Colorado on Saturday, Legends FC on Sunday and North Carolina Courage on Tuesday.

Hometown Surf Headline Group B

The seventh overall seed, San Diego Surf will look to defend its home turf this week in Oceanside. Surf has won five of its last six games heading into the playoffs, falling in its final regular season game to Legends FC, 3-2. The local team will open the playoffs against Penn Fusion Soccer Academy on Saturday, face Michigan Hawks on Sunday and meet Solar Soccer Club on Tuesday.

High Flying Boston Breakers Lead Group D

Northeast Division champion Boston Breakers Academy is the highest-scoring team in the Academy Playoffs, finding the back of the net 169 times in 28 games. Boston is the fourth overall seed in the Playoffs and the top seed in Group D. The Breakers will play La Roca Futbol Club in its opening playoff game on Saturday, SC del Sol on Sunday and NTH Tophat on Tuesday.