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
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 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’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) U15/16 – Saturday, March 14th at 5:15pm – Prince 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’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) U13/14 –Saturday March 14th at 2:30pm – Richard Montgomery High School
Bethesda-Olney U15/16 AWAY vs New York Red Bulls U15/16 – Sunday March 15th at 2:30pm – Red Bulls Training Facility
Bethesda-Olney U17/18 AWAY vs New York Red Bulls U15/16 – Sunday March 15th at 12:00pm – Red 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-15/16 – Sunday, 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
Opening Weekend Attendance
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.
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
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).
Hopefully today’s marquee FA Cup matchup, Manchester United vs Arsenal, produces more action than this weekend’s rather boring scorelines.
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.
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.
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.
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.