U-15/16 and U-17/18 Playoffs Day 1 Recap

The first day of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs kicked off with two MLS Academy match-ups. On a hot, but cloudy day, FC Dallas, the top seed in the Academy Playoffs and defending champions of the U-15/16 age group, took on D.C. United, the second-place finisher in the Atlantic Division during the regular season.

Dallas set the pace early on in the game, The Dallas players fed off of head coach Luchi Gonzalez's energy and instruction. Gonzalez constantly asked his players to push the tempo and play fast, not allowing D.C. United time on the ball.

Dallas was rewarded for their constant attacking and fast play with an early goal in the 12th minute. Jesus Ferreira, son of former Major League Soccer MVP and FCD player David Ferreira, smashed the ball through to the near post to give Dallas a 1-0 lead. .

After continued pressure on United's defense, Dallas' Bryan Reynolds' sunk a second goal off of a deflected shot from Ferreira that bounced out near the top of the box.

Following the second goal, Dallas maintained possession and a fast tempo of play, leaving United scrambling for opportunities to score. However, Dallas scored the next goal off a corner set piece. Ferreira whipped in the free kick towards the back post, Brecc Evans redirected the ball across the goal, and Aldo Quevedo saw the ball home with a header. Dallas took a 3-0 lead into halftime.

Coming back from the half, D.C. United consistently launched attacks to try and close the 3-0 gap. Despite D.C. United's repeated attempts to increase the game's tempo, Dallas slowed the pace by limiting United's possession and reserving energy on defense. By the end of the second half, heat and fatigue set in for D.C. United, and Dallas maintained their 3 goal gap. FC Dallas took home three crucial points in Group C, putting them in a great position as they prepare for their next game Friday with the hopes of winning the group and advancing to the Academy Knock Out Round.

U-15/16 results on day one:

Group A

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 - Kendall SC 0
Philadelphia Union 1 - Real Salt Lake AZ 1

Group B

FC Golden State 2 - BW Gottschee Academy 1
Sockers FC 0 - Seattle Sounders FC 2

Group C

FC Dallas 3 - D.C. United 0
Capital Area RailHawks - CASL 2 - Chicago Magic PSG 1

Group D

Crew SC Academy Wolves 2 - Sacramento Republic FC 0
Montreal Impact FC 0 - Real So Cal 2

Group E

Chicago Fire 2 - Strikers FC 0
New York Red Bulls 0 - IMG Academy 0

Group F

San Jose Earthquakes 1 - Crew SC Academy 1
Real Colorado 3 - Orlando City SC 0

Group G

LA Galaxy 1 - Sporting Kansas City 0
New England Revolution 2 - Georgia United 3

Group H

Weston FC 2 - Pateadores 2
Oakwood Soccer Club 2 - Crossfire Premier 2

U-17/18 Playoffs Day 1

As the sun went down at the Toyota Soccer Complex in Frisco, Texas, the U-17/18 Development Academy Playoffs began on Tuesday night. Seattle Sounders FC U-17/18 took three points from Houston Dynamo U-17/18, winning 3-1 in Group B play of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs.

Seattle, the #20 seed, scored less than two minutes in against Houston, the #5 seed. Seattle's Victor Mansasry put Sounders ahead 1-0 with a cleanly finished far post shot.

After the goal, the Sounders controlled the pace of the game and created chances offensively. In the 29th minute, Mark O'Ojong redirected a long ball past Houston's goalkeeper, taking advantage of the hole in Houston's defense and putting Sounders ahead 2-0.

Searching for a goal to bring the back into the game, Houston's John Menke dribbled past Seattle's defense with a great touch, sending him through to goal. The chance was lost as Menke shot near post right at Seattle's goalie, leaving the far post wide open.

Houston was much more active in the second half, pushing for a goal to bring them within one of Seattle.

The Sounders scored again in the 58th minute, giving them a 3-0 lead over the Texan side. A brilliant run by O'Ojong was picked out by Mansaray, who fed O'Ojong a through ball to put him one on one with the Houston keeper. Capping off a beautiful play, O'Ojong curled it near post with his right foot, just missing the keeper and sending the ball into the net.

Dynamo continued to throw numbers forward, making a hard push to goal. Dynamo finally got on the scoreboard in the 84th minute, when Gabriel Ruiz took advantage of a lapse in Seattle's defense and headed the ball into the net.

Houston's goal breathed new life into their offense, but the Sounders managed to hold onto the 3-1 score line, earning them three points in Group B.

U-17/18 results on day two:

Group A

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 - Chargers Soccer Club 1
LA Galaxy 1 - Vardar 1

Group B

Houston Dynamo 1 - Seattle Sounders 3
Real Salt Lake AZ 2 - North Carolina Fusion 0

Group C

New York Red Bulls 3 - Pateadores 2
Sockers FC 2 - Sacramento Republic FC 3

Group D

Players Development Academy 1 - Montreal Impact FC 0
Chicago Magic PSG - Arsenal FC

Group E

Orlando City SC - D.C. United
FC Dallas 4 - Shattuck-Saint Mary's 0

Group F

Texas Rush 0 - Nomads SC 1
Crew SC Academy Wolves 3 - Georgia United 2

Group G

Philadelphia Union 2 - Beachside SC 0
Kendall SC 2 - Chicago Fire 3

Group H

Capital Area RailHawks - CASL 1 - Sporting Kansas City 3
BW Gottschee Academy - San Jose Earthquakes