The D.C. United U-16s beat their Chicago Fire counterparts for the 2011 Charleston Challenge Academy Cup championship.
Courtesy of D.C. United

USSF Development Academy roundup

The start of the MLS season is right around the corner, and for a handful of clubs across the country, last weekend provided a chance for MLS academies to head into action.

There were some strong performances from some academy sides as the hunt for a spot in the Development Academy playoffs later this summer heats up. The San Jose Earthquakes posted a 3-1 mark at home, as the U-16s defeated Irvine Strikers 5-1 before squeaking past Pateadores 1-0. The U-18s couldn’t quite replicate that success, defeating the Strikers 2-1 before losing 2-0 to Pateadores.

D.C. United sent their academy up north, playing a quartet of games against tough opposition. Saturday’s action brought a sweep of South Central Premier, with the U-16s winning 3-1 and U-18s picking up a 1-0 win.

Sunday wasn’t as positive, but didn’t bring defeat, with the U-18s drawing 1-1 with Oakwood Soccer Club and the U-16s match ending 2-2.

For the New York Red Bulls Academy, a matchup against Baltimore Bays Chelsea caused trouble, as the Red Bulls left Baltimore without a win. The U-18s battled to a scoreless match, and the U-16s lost a high scoring 3-2 result.

Two other academies produced mixed results. New England’s U-16s lost to PA Classics, 2-0, though the U-18s claimed redemption with a 4-3 win. Sunday’s action failed to produce a win, as the U-18s lost 3-2 to FC Delco and the U-16s tied 1-1.

Columbus Crew Academy traveled north to Michigan, and like New England opened up slow. The U-18s fell at Derby County Wolves 2-0, while the U-16s tied 2-2. Vardar, another top Michigan Dev. Academy club, proved to be another mixed back as the U-16s won 2-0 and the U-18s lost 1-0.

Here are some of the other results from the weekend:


FC Delco 1, FC Greater Boston 0

NJSA 04 3, Seacoast United 0

Pateadores 2, Cal Odyssey

Empire United 4, Match Fit Chelsea 1

Met Oval 1, Cosmos Academy 0

Vardar 1, Internationals 1

Oakwood Soccer Club 1, Potomac 0

FC Greater Boston 1, PA Classics

Derby County Wolves 3, Internationals 2

Cal Odyssey 0, Irvine Strikers 0


FC Greater Boston 0, FC Delco 0

Seacoast United 1, NJSA 04 0

Pateadores 6, Cal Odyssey

Match Fit Chelsea 2, Empire United

Cosmos Academy East 1, Met Oval 0

Internationals 1, Vardar 0

Potomac 2, Oakwood Soccer Club 0

FC Greater Boston 2, PA Classics 0

Internationals 5, Derby County Wolves 1

Cal Odyssey 4, Irvine Strikers 0

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