DMV US Soccer Development Academy Recap

USDA

The 2015-2016 Fall USSDA season has kicked off. A few clubs had matches last weekend, but with this weekend being the first matches for many clubs in the area, this will be our first USSDA recap for the 2015-16 season. Below are the results and recaps for each club, in alphabetical order. Please note- we will likely only be covering u15/16 and u17/18 action for the new future.

Baltimore Armour

Baltimore Armour

This weekend was the first time Baltimore Armour, the new Development Academy club made up of Pipeline, Sac, Bays, and PSA, was in action during the regular season. Their u17/18’s and u15/16’s hosted Philly Union at Covenant Park in Columbia, a tough first test for the new club.

Baltimore Armour’s u17/18 side dropped its first match of the season, 6-0 to a tough Philadelphia Union squad who have been together for some time. Philadelphia goals were scored by Tiger Graham (2 goals), Joseph DeZart, and Yosef Samuel who had a hat trick.

The u15/16’s also had a tough match, dropping to the Union 5-1. Armour’s u15/16 side had a penalty kick saved in the first half, and also hit the crossbar. They turned in a much better performance in the second half. Philly goals were scored by Brenden Aaronson, Anthony Fontana, Justin McMaster, and Darius Lewis who had a brace. Baltimore Armour goal was credited to Jacob Williams.

Things don’t get any easier for either Baltimore Armour side. They travel to Bethesda-Olney next, followed by two away games in Connecticut against tough opponents, another away game against PA Classics, only to return home to face New York Red Bulls.

Bethesda-Olney

Bethesda OlneyBethesda-Olney’s u15/16 and u17/18 teams both traveled to Purchase, New York to take on Everton FC Westchester on Saturday. It is both team’s first games of their 2015-2016 season, after impressive campaigns last season.

The u17/18’s were able to earn a 0-0 away draw.

Correction: According to Bethesda-Olney’s Twitter account, their u17/18 team were able to earn a 3-0 victory. Goalscorers yet to be confirmed.

In u15/16 action, Bethesda-Olney drew Everton FC Westchester 1-1. Goal scorers have not yet been reported on the USSDA website.

Both clubs will host Baltimore Armour next Saturday at Richard Montgomery High School.

DC United

DC United AcademyIn their second games of the season following opening victories for both teams against NJCSA, DC United‘s U17/18 and u15/16 teams squared off against New York Red Bulls at the NYRB Training Facility in Whippany, NJ in an intriguing pair of MLS club matchups.

In u17/18 action, DC United earned an impressive 5-1 away win against their NY rivals thanks to goals from Nicolas Brown, Chris Durkin, Carson Jeffris, Lucas Mendes, and Miles Robinson.

DC United’s u15/16 team was not as lucky, falling to NY Red Bulls 5-1. DC United’s goal was scored by Colin Brezniak, formerly of the Philly Union.

Next up for DC United, they travel to New York where they face BW Gottschee and Albertson SC in back-to-back away games next weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

Recap: Navy vs Ohio State

 

Glenn Warner Soccer Facility

We took a trip to Annapolis on Sunday to watch Navy soccer take on Ohio State at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility, located directly on the water in downtown Annapolis at the United States Naval Academy.

Coming off of a 3-2 overtime loss to a tough opponent in Oakland this past Friday, Navy head coach Dave Brandt and his team were hoping to put in an impressive home performance to improve their record to 2-1-1, going into two straight away games against Longwood and University of Maryland, respectively.

The Midshipmen were dominant throughout the match, and the only thing more beautiful than the waterfront background surrounding the pitch was Navy’s tactical and patient play. In what appeared to be a 4-2-3-1 formation with Senior Derek Vogel leading the line as the lone striker, very rarely was their back line left unprotected against an Ohio State team which preferred a more wide open attacking formation, made up of 3 and sometimes 4 attacking players.

Navy’s 2 holding mids stayed disciplined and patient throughout the match, and could usually be found directly in front of their back line whenever Ohio State was able to win the ball. Navy was also able to drop 10, and sometimes 11, players behind the ball during most of Ohio State’s buildup.

From a defensive standpoint, Navy’s back line- made up of freshman Ericson Bean, sophomore Dylan Struthers, sophomore Thomas Moore, and senior standout right back Michael Parker (from Owings, MD and who attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville)- looked strong, compact, and disciplined throughout most of the match. Their outside backs had no problem flying up the wing and joining the attack whenever necessary. Defensively, they were able to deal with whatever Ohio State threw at them, anchored by Senior goalkeeper Jackson Morgan who posted 2 saves, one of them being at point blank range from a wide open Ohio State player within 15 yards.

Navy’s defensive efforts from their back line and holding mids was paired with tidy play from their center attacking mid, sophomore Daniel Zaremba. Very rarely did Zaremba turn the ball over. His vision, movement, decision making, and close touch in traffic frustrated Ohio State for the final 2/3 of the match, after coming on as a sub in the first half.

Things got started off in the 17th minute when striker Derek Vogel was almost handed an opportunity. Ohio State’s center back played a poor pass out of the back, directly to a Navy player, who laid it off for Vogel whose effort failed to test the goalkeeper.

11 minutes later, senior Thomas Shiiba had a wide open look from the left edge of the 18-yard box after a Navy midfielder was able to drive at the center of OSU’s defense and lay it off to him, but his effort sailed over the goal.

In the ensuing buildup for Ohio State, in the 29th minute, #19 Marcus McCrary of Ohio State, who was active and very dangerous throughout the match, found himself with an open opportunity in front of goal. He tried to beat Navy goalkeeper Jackson Morgan near post, but his shot found the outside of the net.

Things started to get chippy around the 34th minute. Senior right back Michael Parker was able to keep the ball while under pressure from an Ohio State player, and was able to win a free kick after some heated physical play. A minute later, Daniel Zaremba, who had just come on as a substitute, drove into the box and appeared to have an argument for a penalty, but the referee deemed the OSU player’s tackle to be a clean one.

It didn’t take Navy long to get on the scoreboard after things heated up. Sophomore Aubrey Jones found the back of the net for Navy’s first goal, after he was played in for an open shot on the left-hand side of the box by sophomore Brock Dudley.

Ohio State was able to earn a free kick in the 43rd minute, but the effort resulted in a routine save by goalkeeper Jackson Morgan. The Buckeyes were then almost able to level the score right before half when #21 Jacob Duska found himself open in front of the Navy goal, but senior Michael Parker was able to deal with it and preserve the first half shutout through the same physical play that he asserted throughout the match.

1-0 Navy at halftime.

In the second half, Navy continued their dominating performance. In the 57th minute, Daniel Zaremba was able to dribble into the box and find himself with a clear opportunity, but Ohio State goalkeeper Chris Froschauer was able to make the save.

Jackson Morgan was able to make a save of his own three minutes later, and an impressive one. Danny Jensen from Ohio State found himself with a wide open shot from 15 yards out, which Morgan stoned from point blank range to conserve his clean sheet. This was a clear opportunity for Ohio State to level the score, one which Morgan denied to give his team a boost in confidence and lift the home crowd.

In the 71st minute, Ohio State were reduced to 10 men when junior defender Tyler Kidwell was sent off after being given a second yellow card on a play in his own box, which appeared to be either an intentional hand ball, or a push on a Navy player.

Navy, as a result, was awarded a penalty kick. Senior Derek Vogel stepped up to take the spot kick, but shot it right at the OSU goalkeeper in a poor effort.

Daniel Zaremba was unlucky to not find the back of the net a minute later, after having a shot in the box which deflected for a corner kick.

In the 76th minute, Vogel made up for his missed PK and converted an open header for Navy’s second goal, assisted by Brock Dudley who posted his second assist for the Midshipmen.

Navy soccer vs Ohio State

Navy was able to finish off the visiting OSU side in the 82nd minute, when Thomas Shiiba dribbled through a pair of OSU defenders and finished his shot past the OSU goalkeeper to complete a dominating performance by Dave Brandt’s Navy team.

For more information on the victory, including a video interview with Thomas Shiiba, visit the official recap over at Navy’s website.

Up next, Navy will head to Farmville, VA on Friday as they take on Longwood, followed by a tough opponent the following Monday- the University of Maryland Terrapins, in College Park.

 

 

Weekend Academy Recap April 18 and 19, 2015

Another weekend in the books for the local DMV 2015 Spring Academy season, a weekend which saw hot temperatures on AND off of pitches as local Academy clubs continue to fight for points which are coming harder and harder to come by.

Baltimore Bays Chelsea vs DC United

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On Saturday, Baltimore Bays’ u13/14, u15/16, and u17/18 teams squared off against DC United at Hammond High School in Columbia.

First up was u17/18 action, with DC United taking control early in the match. DC United and future University of Maryland Terp Eryk Williamson got an earl goal in the 9th minute, and 2 minutes later Stephane Kouama put United up 2-0. Williamson added his second goal of the game, and 18th of the season, in the 23rd minute as DC United went into halftime with a comfortable 3-0 lead.

Things got worse for the Bays when defender Gregory Andreou was sent off for a second yellow card, and the floodgates opened. DC United were able to cruise to a 9-0 victory thanks to braces by Jorge Calix (goals in the 73rd and 88th minutes), Lucas Mendes (53rd and 69th minutes), and Daniel Reeves (56th and 66th minutes).

In u15/16 action, the temperature heated up on the field during a match which was a lot closer than the 5-0 scoreline reflected.

DC United forward Raheem Lawal got DC United off to an early 1-0 victory, and the Bays conceded a second early goal in the 9th minute when Carson Jeffris put the visitors up 2-0. However the Bays continued to fight back and saw a goal disallowed on a questionable offsides call right before the half, when Matt Bailey followed in his own shot for a goal off of a corner kick.

Things got worse for the Bays in the second half when Olufela “Fela” Osifeso appeared to be fouled in the box for a penalty, but the referee decided to swallow his whistle instead of pointing to the spot.

DC United went up 3-0 in the 53rd minute through a goal by Luis Rodriguez-Luna, and a second half brace by SahrFelix Sandy saw the visiting DC United rebound from their 1-0 defeat last week to Philadelphia Untion with a 5-0 victory.

In u14/15 action, DC United defeated the Bays in a 7-0 victory. Goals were scored by Dan Benevides (2), Ryan Jones (2), Noah Nwosu (2), and Jonathan Godette.

Bethesda-Olney vs Everton FC Westchester

Elsewhere on Saturday, Bethesda Olney’s u17/18 and u15/16 teams squared off against visiting Everton FC Westchester at Richard Montgomery High School.

The u17/18’s were able to secure a 4-0 victory thanks to goals from Ibrahima Kouyata (2 goals), Stephen Harlan IV, and Alex La Noire.

In u15/16 action, Everton FC Westchester was able to escape with three points thanks to a first half goal from Shane Devine.

Bethesda-Olney’s u14/15 team defeated Lehigh Valley 1-0 thanks to a goal from William Tichy.

Baltimore Bays vs Everton FC Westchester

The Bays’ u15/16 and u17/18 teams played a double header this weekend, facing off against FC Westchester at Harford Community College on Sunday.

The Bays u17/18 team had their best showing of the Spring season, going up 1-0 early thanks to a goal from Randy Rowe. Everton FC Westchester leveled the scoring right before halftime thanks to a goal from Colin Furlong.

In the second half, Frank Assaro was able to get on the end of a set piece for a late goal (82nd minute) that put the Bays up 2-1, but the home team wasn’t able to hang on when Everton FC Westchester scored a late counter-attack goal through Simeon Okoro to escape with a draw.

In u15/16 action, the game remained scoreless through the first half. However, things livened up in the second half when Olufela “Fela” Osifeso put the Bays up 1-0 with an incredible individual effort and his first of the season.

Everton FC Westchester forward Dantae Greer, who came into the match with 13 goals on the season, was able to score the tying goal in the 48th minute. Greer also scored the game winner in the 63rd minute, taking his goal tally to an impressive 15 goals on the season as the Bays were unable to hold onto the second-half lead or earn any points in a 2-1 defeat.

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Academy Recap

USDA

Another weekend is in the books for DMV area US Soccer Development Academy teams, with a few teams having the weekend off.

 

Baltimore Bays Chelsea

Baltimore Bays’ u14, u16, and u17/18 teams hosted visiting FC Delco teams at Troy Park in Elkridge on Sunday. The u17/18 team kicked things off, struggling to deal with an FC Delco side whose spirits were high after a win last weekend against Seacoast United. Delco was able to squeek by with a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal by CJ Smolyn. Bays goalkeeper Chase Vosvick (Twitter) was sent off in the second half after a very questionable red card for a foul outside of the box.

Next up was the Bays’ u15/16 team, who was able to get a result at home against FC Delco’s u15/16 squad which was 1-1 coming into Sunday’s match. Matthew Bailey (Twitter) was able to get an early goal in the first half, with Brady O’Connor (Twitter) scoring the second first-half goal. In the second half, FC Delco had a player sent off and the Bays were able to close the game out against the short-handed FC Delco squad, with Bays Goalkeeper George Taylor (Twitter) securing the clean sheet.

The Bays’ u14 team had a tough day, dropping to FC Delco by a score of 10-1.

All three Bays teams will have a 2-week break, picking things back up on April 18th against DC United.

Bethesda-Olney

Bethesda-Olney’s u13/14, u15/16, and u17/18 teams all hosted PA Classics over the weekend, with all three squads playing the traveling PA Classics teams at Richard Montgomery High School on Saturday.

The u17/18 team kicked things off on Saturday, securing a 3-2 victory thanks to a hat trick by Sam Sergi (Twitter). Sergi got a first-half goal in the 31′, and scored the remainder of his hat trick in the second half in the 51st and 69th minute. His last goal proved the be the winner, after PA Classics scored two goals in the second half- Aaron Robinson and McKinley Curran netting in the 47th and 85th minutes, respectively.

Next up was the u15/16 team, who were also able to secure a victory with a 4-0 win versus PA Classics’ u15/16 team. Goalscorers were not yet reported on the USSDA website, match report can be found here.

And lastly, Bethesda Olney’s u13/14 team was able to earn a 2-1 victory against PA Classics’ u13/14 team, with goals scored by Alessandro Allen (3′) and Gabe Segal (43′).

Bethesda Olney’s three Academy teams will travel to PDA on Saturday, April 11th.

DC United

DC United were not in action in academy play this weekend. Their u17/18 team reportedly played against Baltimore Celtic in a friendly (3 30 minute periods), with Celtic coming out on top 2-1 thanks to goals by Tyler Gabarra and Connor Smith.

Baltimore Bays, SAC, Pipeline SC, and Pro Soccer Academy Combine to Form Baltimore Armour

Baltimore Armour

Baltimore Armour

US Soccer has officially announced that four Baltimore-area teams- Baltimore Bays, SAC, Pipeline SC, and Pro Soccer Academy- will combine in the fall to form Baltimore Armour, which will compete in the US Development academy starting in the 2015-16 season.

Baltimore Armour Technical Director John Ellinger is excited about the news, which was reported today via press release which announced three other new Academy teams for 2015-16: Boca United, New York City FC, and Sacramento Republic FC.

Said Ellinger:

“Everyone involved with Baltimore Armour are extremely excited about being given this opportunity of full U.S. Soccer Development Academy status; it is a dream come true. The Baltimore area has a strong history of developing players who have played for the various U.S. National Team programs and at the professional level. We look forward to the challenge of creating a stronger player base for many years to come in the Baltimore area.”

 

Baltimore Armour will be sponsored by Under Armour. The new Academy team comes as a breath of fresh air for Baltimore-area soccer, with the Baltimore Bays Academy Program struggling in recent years due to the rise of Baltimore Celtic SC which saw a number of coaches and players leave for the new club.

The official announcement can be viewed here.

Join Us! First Annual Craig Willinger Fund Footgolf Tournament

Footgolf Tournament in Maryland

The inaugural Craig Willinger Footgolf Classic will be held at the prestigious Chesapeake Bay Golf Club in Rising Sun, MD on Sunday, March 29, 2015. The Chesapeake Bay Golf Club is Maryland’s first accredited AFGL FootGolf Course.

Packed with great contests and prizes, the Craig Willinger Footgolf Classic will be an afternoon to remember, and all proceeds will benefit the Craig Willinger Fund.

The Craig Willinger Fund was created to show young soccer fans fighting cancer that dreams and amazing experiences can still be part of their future. We honor these special fans with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see their favorite team—domestic or international—play on their home pitch or another unique soccer venue.

The Chesapeake Bay Golf Club is located at:
128 Karen Dr.
Rising Sun, MD 21911
(410) 287-0200

Cost: $60.00 per golfer, $240.00 / foursome
Transportation (From/To Fells Point): Additional $20.00 / person

Schedule of Events:
¨ Registration Opens: 1:30pm
¨ Meeting with Starter: 2:45pm
¨ Shotgun Start: 3:00pm
¨ Reception & Luncheon: 1:30pm-2:30pm
¨ Awards Ceremony: 5:00pm
¨ Post-Tournament Party: 7:00pm
¨ Post-Tournament Spot: Sláinte Irish Pub

For more information, download the Registration Form and email Frenchy at footgolf@cwfund.org

Dani Alves Reportedly Agrees to Terms With PSG

Dani Alves to PSG

The NFL isn’t the only football with big stars changing cities next season. Barcelona left back and Brazilian International Dani Alves will be headed to PSG this summer, according to reports out of Spain.

**UPDATE**

Dani Alves refuted Marca’s reports this morning on his Instagram account.

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alves IG

According to Google Translate:

You really believe in what they say? I’m a little tired of hearing sheep getting $h!it I love this club so experienced and so my left to live in but if one day I have to leave, I’ll have the same eggs he has done me get to the to tell and I do not need any sheep speak for me.

 

Maybe Manchester United fans, who have seen Antonio Valencia as Van Gaal’s preferred right back all season, have fresh hope of the Brazilian landing in England next season. They are also reported to be interested in Porto’s Danilo, who many believe is destined to be the next Real Madrid right back.

 

Marca.com reports:

Marca Radio has announced that Daniel Alves has a new team for next season. The lateral Still Barcelona already has an agreement with PSG, with whom he signed for three years at a rate of 9 million gross per season.

The Brazilian signed his contract this Tuesday. Alves took two days off that gave Luis Enrique after beating Ray and traveled to Paris to close the deal with the French team.

Thus, Alves, who will have six month contract at Barça, will leave Barcelona after seven years. In Paris he will join fellow Brazilians David Luiz, Marquinhos, Maxwell Thiago Silva.

Manchester United were reportedly hopeful of signing Alves, who will take his talents to Paris this summer if these reports are true.

5 Reasons Why Cristiano Ronaldo Will Return To Manchester United This Summer

Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United

I’ll save you the Google search, it’s Kleberson.

Dear Madrid Fans,

When You boo me at home, it makes me sad. I work so hard for the team, not like that Gareth guy who never passes the ball. You should boo him more. I’m way better looking than that guy. Anyway, I’ve decided to return to Manchester United this summer. I will no longer speak to the media for the rest of the season, because I have made up my mind and my decision is final. Here are the 5 reasons why I will be returning to Manchester United this summer.

1) Did I mention that the Gareth guy never passes the ball? It drives me mad. I should be the highest paid player in the world, and he should stop shooting all the time!

Ronaldo mad

Yes that’s an old kit, but you get the point

2) My girlfriend left me for The Rock, so I’ve decided to take this show on the road. Have you SEEN some of the women in Manchester? Nothing compared to Madrid.

The Rock and Ronaldo's girlfriend

She left me because he’s apparently quite the cook, he’s always asking if you can smell the meals that he prepares.

 

3) Now that I’m single, I need a new wing man. I hear the new Manchester United manager has quite a way with the ladies.

Van Gaal Butthead

“Ronaldo will play wing. And then center mid. And then right back. And then mid again. And then maybe goalkeeper.”

4) Manchester United have offered me a contract which will pay me £600,000 per week.

Well, not yet. But they will. If they are paying Falcao £346,000 per week for only 4 goals so far this season, according to my super agent. They will definitely give me more than that.

Weather in England

5) I miss the weather in England. It’s always sunny and beautiful here in Madrid, and I’ve become too tan. Plus, I’ll never win another Ballon d’Or here in Spain with Messi scoring hat tricks every week.

I have enjoyed my time here in Madrid, but I must return to where it all started. Farewll, Madridistas. I will see you in the Champions League next season.

-Cristiano

 

 

 

 

 

 

If You’re Reading This, You Could Probably Have Scored vs Real Madrid Today

It’s been known for some time now that (Saint) Iker Casillas might be past his prime. He had a shaky Champions’ League final against Atletico Madrid last year, a less-than-stellar World Cup, and hasn’t exactly been convincing as Carlos Ancelotti’s number one all season. But after watching some of the goals that he gave up today- it pains me to say this as a Manchester United fan- but boy are the Madridistas going to love them some David De Gea next season.

It doesn’t make much sense. Iker Casillas is only 33 years old which, in goalkeeper years, is the equivalent of Brad Pitt during the Fight Club years.

Do You Even Lift, Bro?

Do You Even Lift, Bro?

Dude should be a stud.

He should be like Jesus Shuttlesworth in He Got Game, schooling old “I’ve been incarcerated, son” Denzel Washington in that last one on one game to send his grilled cheese-ironing, Jordan XIII wearing self back to prison.

Denzel Washington Jordan XII

Do You Have These in TF?

Instead of progressing with age like so many American goalkeepers have over the years (isn’t Brad Friedel still playing, somehow?), the once untouchable Madrid shot stopper who has won ___________ (insert award here, and I’m not kidding) seems destined for a move to QPR next season.

Here are the video highlights via ESPN FC.

Schalke goal number 1- not strong enough to keep it out of the back of the net, despite the shot being RIGHT at him. Just worth noting- the goal scorer, Christian Fuchs, is listed as a defender.

Schalke goal number 2- Max Meyer is supposed to be a World-Class talent, but to give up a rebound on his shot, and then to put the rebound into the middle of your box?

Yeah. My Bad.

Yeah. My Bad.

Schalke goal number 3- 57th minute – great shot, not much he could do. Khedira didn’t close down quick enough, but watch Ronaldo as well. Not sure if he could have closed down the angle quicker than that, but either way, Real Madrid’s back line and CDM was pretty bad.

Schalke goal number 4- Huntelaar the hunter, at his finest.

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Is Ancelotti going to make a goalkeeper change so late in the season, especially one that (already very pi$$ed off) fans would likely not approve of? I doubt it. He better hope that Khedira gets match fit and does a better job protecting his back line over the next few weeks, because if Casillas ends up being that exposed in an AWAY Champions League match (lol @ this being at home), they’re in trouble.

Weekend Roundup March 7th-8th 2015

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Mother nature did her best “stopper” impersonation in the week leading up to what was supposed to be an exciting opening weekend for MLS and US Development Academy teams, covering the Northeast in snow, sleet, and ice. And boy did she succeed, putting in a “MOTM” performance.

US Development Academy Roundup

USDA

March 7th and 8th

Many area teams were forced to cancel training sessions during the brutal winter week, struggling to find indoor practice venues and battling hazardous road conditions in the DMV. As a result, of the four area US Development Academy teams (DC United, Bethesda-Olney, Baltimore Bays Chelsea, and Richmond United), Richmond was the only team in action this weekend.

Richmond United

Richmond United U-13/14 hosted NJCSA on Saturday, coming out on top with a 4-1 win. Goals were scored by Ryland Maragh, Luke Mega, Miles Peay and Jacob Thomas. NJCSA’s Matthew Leon kept Richmond from earning the clean sheet. (official match report here)

Richmond United’s U-15/16 team had a double-header this weekend, facing off against NJCSA on Saturday and NY Red Bulls on Sunday, both games being held at home at Ukrop Park. Richmond was able to put up a 5-1 victory over NJCSA, led by a Julian Ngoh hat trick and a brace by Brandon Perdue. (official match report here)

However, Sunday proved to be a far more difficult task, with NY Red Bulls coming to town and earning a 3-0 victory. Red Bulls goals were scored by Omir Fernandez and Brian Saramago. (match report)

In U-17/18 action, Richmond United earned a 3-1 victory over NJCSA on Saturday. Goals were scored by Jesus Duran Reyes and Keenan O’Shea (who also saw red in the match, official match report here).

On Sunday, however, New York Red Bulls came to town and put up five goals in a 5-0 victory against Richmond United’s U-17/18 team, with goals from Wesley Wade (2), Juan Sebastian Sanchez, Gideos Metrikin, and Malcolm Dixon. (match report)

DC United

DC United’s US Development Academy Teams are scheduled to play in the following matches this upcoming weekend (March 14th and 15th, 2015):

DC United U15/16 at HOME vs PDA (Players Development Academy) U15/16Saturday, March 14th at 5:15pmPrince George’s Sport and Learning Complex

DC United U17/18 at HOME vs PDA (Players Development Academy)  U17/18 – Saturday, March 14th at 11:00am – Evergreen SportsPlex – Field 4 (Turf)

Bethesda-Olney

Bethesda-Olney’s US Development Academy Teams are scheduled to play in the following matches this upcoming weekend (March 14th and 15th, 2015):

Bethesda-Olney U13/14 HOME vs Soccer Association of Columba (SAC) U13/14Saturday March 14th at 2:30pmRichard Montgomery High School

Bethesda-Olney U15/16 AWAY vs New York Red Bulls U15/16 – Sunday March 15th at 2:30pmRed Bulls Training Facility

Bethesda-Olney U17/18 AWAY vs New York Red Bulls U15/16 – Sunday March 15th at 12:00pmRed Bulls Training Facility

Baltimore Bays Chelsea

Baltimore Bays Chelea’s US Development Academy teams are scheduled to play in the following matches this upcoming weekend (March 14th and 15th, 2015):

Baltimore Bays U13/14 AWAY vs Lehigh Valley United U-13/14 Saturday, March 14th at 1:00pm – Whitehall High School

Baltimore Bays U15/16 AWAY vs NJCSA U-15/16Sunday, March 15th at 2:30pm St. John Vianney High School

Baltimore Bays U17/18 AWAY vs NJCSA U-15/16 – Sunday, March 15th at 12:00pm – St. John Vianney High Schol

MLS Roundup

Opening Weekend Attendance

orlando sc crowd

Orlando City SC and New York City FC both made their MLS debuts this weekend, ending in a 1-1 draw. Goals were scored by Kaka and Mix Diskerud.

Over 60,000 people attended the match, making it the 9th highest attended game in MLS history and the 2nd most successful opening match (in terms of attendance) since the Los Angeles Galaxy’s opening match back in 1996 at the Rose Bowl which saw just under 70,000 fans attend (official attendance: 69,225).

For more information on opening day MLS attendance numbers, check out Steven Goff’s Washington Post article MLS Draws a Record Crowd on Opening Weekend.

DC United

With a disappointing number of fans coming to DC United’s Home and season opener on Saturday at RFK Stadium (only 11,549 fans in attendance, an alarmingly low number for a franchise that finished 1st in the Eastern Conference last season, and which was once among the league’s elite teams in terms of supporters), the Black and Red were able to secure a 1-0 victory against a visiting Montreal Impact team which finished dead last in the Eastern Conference last season.

Jairo Arrieta, who DC United acquired from Orlando City SC after he was picked up in the 2014 MLS Expansion draft, opened his 2015 scoring account early, scoring the game’s loan goal in the 58th minute.

DC United will play again in two weeks, when they travel to New York to face the Red Bulls on March 22nd.

World Football Roundup

English Premier League

Harry Kane vs Tottenham

There was only one EPL match this weekend- Tottenham Hotspurs vs QPR. Harry Kane continued his impressing recent scoring form, bagging a brace for the visitors as they saw off QPR 2-1.

In FA Cup Action, Aston Villa beat West Brom 2-0 on Saturday in a match which saw fans raiding the pitch and the FA preparing to step in and investigate.

Reading and Bradford drew 0-0 on Saturday, as did Liverpool and Blackburn on Sunday (0-0).

Roy Keane vs Patrick Vieira

Hopefully today’s marquee FA Cup matchup, Manchester United vs Arsenal, produces more action than this weekend’s rather boring scorelines.

La Liga

Lionel Messi vs Rayo Vallecano

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick on Sunday in Barcelona‘s 6-1 THRASHING of 10-man Rayo Vallecano. Luis Suarez scored a double, with Pique also getting in on the action. The win sees Barcelona take over LA Liga’s top spot, one point ahead of Real Madrid. For video highlights of the match visit Yahoo!’s recap here.

And be sure to check out Neymar’s reaction. The Brazilian was forced to serve a suspension over the weekend for yellow card accumulation.

Real Madrid dropped points against Althletic Bilbao this past weekend, losing to the 8th place LA Liga side 1-0. You can find a more in-depth match report here via BBC.

Real Madrid will prepare to face Schalke tomorrow in Champions League action, going into the match with a 2-0 aggregate lead.

Ronaldo

One interesting piece of news coming as a result of Real’s weekend loss, 32% of Real Madrid fans say Cristiano Ronaldo should be dropped! Maybe those fans were dropped on their heads at some point, but it still remains to be seen how Cristiano and Gareth Bale can co-exist, with Madridistas becomming more and more infatuated with Isco.

Bundesliga

Bayern Munich now have an 11 point lead in the Bundesliga, defeating Hannover 3-1 on Saturday. Muller was impressive throughout the match for Bayern Munich, who prepare to take on Shakhtar this week in Champions League action.

See Goal.com’s Bundesliga team of the week here.

Champions League Preview

This week’s Champions League Round of 16 matchups will see some World-Class clubs eliminated from the competition.

PSG travel to London to face Chelsea on Wednesday. The first leg finished 1-1, with Chelsea scoring the away goal.

Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk played to a 0-0 draw in the first leg, and will settle things on the pitch in Munich on Wedsnesday.

Real Madrid will attempt to see off Schalke on Tuesday, with Real playing hosts after beating the Bundesliga side 2-0 in the first leg.

And finally, Tuesday will see Basel and Porto determine which side will move on and ultimately play the underdog of the Round of 8. The two clubs battled to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, with Porto grabbing the away goal.

Yanks Abroad

For a recap of how Americans playing in Europe and other parts of the world fared in this weekend’s action, check out Steven Goff’s Americans Abroad recap.

Also be sure to check in on Yanks Abroad for news relating to Americans playing the beautiful game overseas.

 

And finally, congratulations to Richie Williams and the US U-17 National Soccer team, who defeated Guatemala last week to win the CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

 

 

 

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