DA U16 Recap: 2 MLS Academy teams stunned

So what happens when a 5-0 offensive juggernaut faces a 1-3 squad with a 3.00 goals against average and a winless California team plays an undefeated MLS Academy program?

The underdogs post impressive wins.

Such is life in the Development Academy, where any team has a legitimate chance to win any week.

This week’s Under-15/16 shockers came courtesy of the Virginia Rush, pinning the initial loss on the Philadelphia Union, and De Anza Force, doing the same to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Before the Philadelphia Union had a chance to grasp what was happening, Virginia Rush was ahead 2-0. Harold Smith scored in the sixth minute, followed by the first of two Brendan Perdue goals in the 14th minute. Philadelphia avoided the shutout when Colin Brezniak scored in the 80th minute in the 3-1 finish.

The result bumps the Union out of a tie with PDA and PA Classics for first place in the Atlantic Division. Meanwhile, the win moves Virginia Rush into a three-way tie for sixth, and comfortably ahead of the cellar.

De Anza took a similar route to victory, pouncing on Vancouver for three goals in the first 24 minutes — two by Jonathan Navarro. After Vancouver pulled back on score, De Anza went ahead 4-1 in the 27th minute. Daniel Sagno netted his second goal in the 35th minute and Thomas Gardner scored in the 46th for Vancouver, making it 4-3, but that ended up as the final.

The following are other highlights from this past weekend:

East

Leading the Way: Northeast - 1. New York Red Bulls (3-0-0, 3.00), 2. Albertson SC (4-1-0, 2.40). Atlantic - 1. PDA (5-0-0, 3.00) and PA Classics (4-0-0, 3.00). Southeast - 1. Kendall SC (5-0-0, 3.00) and Orlando City (4-0-0, 3.00).

Who’s Hot: PA Classics, are 4-0 with 12 goals scored and only one allowed.

Sunday
Severin Velasco’s 66th minute goal lifted the Richmond Kickers to a 2-1 win over Match Fit. … Bethesda-Olney scored twice in the first 19 minutes en route to a 3-0 win over Baltimore Bays Chelsea. … NJSA 04 and Richmond Strikers played to a 1-1 tie. … South Carolina United Battery defeated Chargers SC 3-1. … DC United handled Continental FC DELCO 4-0. … Orlando City moved its record to 4-0 with a 4-0 win over the Carolina Rapids. … BSC CT Academy and Everton FC Westchester played to a scoreless draw. … New England Revolution defeated Albertson SC 2-1.

Saturday
Benjamin Muzekari scored twice as Match Fit rolled up a 7-0 win over the Richmond Strikers, which suffered a red card and allowed a lone goal in a rough afternoon. … Thomas Traynham scored in the fourth minute and it stood in Concorde Fire’s 1-0 win over North Carolina Fusion. … NJSA 04 scored in each half for a 2-0 win over Richmond Kickers. … Roberto Cedeno’s 80th minute goal allowed Weston FC to tie IMG Academy 1-1. … Capital Area RailHawks pinned the first loss on Georgia United in a 2-0 match. … Jackson Najjar scored the lone goal as BW Gottschee defeated Oakwood SC 1-0.

Central

Leading the Way: Frontier - 1. Houston Dynamo (2-0-0, 3.00) and FC Dallas (1-0-0, 3.00). Mid-America - 1. Chicago Magic PSG (4-1-0, 2.40) and Scott Gallagher-Mo. (4-0-2, 2.33).

Who’s Hot: Scott Gallagher-Mo., a 4-0-2 start has this team in second place in the Mid-America Division.

Sunday
Crew Soccer Academy’s Devyn Eting and Scott Gallagher-Metro’s Clayton Pearson scored the goals as the teams tied 1-1. … Four players scored as Texans SC Houston defeated Texas Rush 4-1. … Shattuck-St. Mary’s and Vardar played to a 1-1 draw. … CSA Wolves defeated Minnesota Thunder Academy 4-1. … Scott Gallagher-Mo. stayed undefeated with a 3-0 victory over Internationals. … Sporting Kansas City defeated Andromeda 3-1. … the Dallas Texans and Colorado Rapids played to a scoress tie.

Saturday
A.J. Palazzolo’s 75th minute goal kept Scott Gallagher-Mo. undefeated with a 1-0 win over Crew Soccer Academy. … Tommy Dokho scored twice to lead Vardar past Minnesota Thunder Academy 4-2. … Chicago Fire jumped out to a 3-0 lead en route to a 3-1 win over FC Wisconsin. … Colin Kehus scored twice as Scott Gallagher-Metro defeated Internationals 3-0. … Shattuck-St. Mary’s and CSA Wolves played to a 1-1 tie. … Colorado Rush and San Antonio Scorpions played to a scoreless draw. … Indiana Fire got a late goal to salvage a 1-1 tie with Sockers FC.

West

Leading the Way: Northwest - 1. Vancouver Whitecaps (4-1-2, 2.00), Crossfire Premier (4-1-2, 2.00) and San Jose Earthquakes (4-2-0, 2.00). Southwest - 1. Arsenal FC (2-0-1, 2.33), 2. LA Galaxy (3-0-2, 2.20).

Who’s Hot: The Vancouver Whitecaps, despite a scoreless draw it their last match, the Whitecaps still lead the Academy with 19 goals scored. No other Academy team has played more matches than Vancouver, so that number might be a bit inflated at the moment.

Sunday
Joey Parish scored twice as Crossfire Premier defeated De Anza Force 3-0. … Arsenal FC and Nomads SC played to a 3-3 draw. Eddie Cabrera scored twice for Arsenal while Anthony Wright responded with two goals for Nomads. … Shane Penner netted a pair of goals as the San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Seattle Sounders 3-1. … LA Galaxy edged Real Salt Lake-AZ 2-1. … The Portland-Timbers defeated Cal Odyssey 3-0. … The Vancouver Whitecaps and Santa Cruz Breakers tied 0-0.

Saturday
Tate Schmitt’s two mid-match goals gave Real Salt Lake-AZ a 2-1 lead route to a 3-1 win over Chivas USA. … Alejandro Hernandez netted a pair of goals as the Seattle Sounders handled Cal Odyssey 6-0. … Crossfire Premier and Santa Cruz Breakers played to a 2-2 draw. … San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Portland Timbers 3-1. … LA Galaxy rallied for a 2-1 win over Strikers FC.

Weekend’s Top Single-Game Goal Scorers

2, Eddie Cabrera, Arsenal FC, in a 3-3 draw with Nomads SC
2, Tommy Dokho, Vardar, in a 4-2 win over Minnesota Thunder Academy
2, Alejandro Hernandez, Seattle Sounders, during a 6-0 win over Cal Odyssey
2, Colin Kehus, Scott Gallagher-Metro, in a 3-0 win over Internationals
2, Benjamin Muzekari, Match Fit, in a 7-0 win over the Richmond Strikers
2, Jonathan Navarro, “De Anza Force“, during a 4-3 win over Vancouver Whitecaps
2, Joey Parish, Crossfire Premier, in a 3-0 win over De Anza Force
2, Shane Penner, San Jose Earthquakes, during a 3-1 win over Seattle Sounders
2, Brandon Perdue, Virginia Rush, in a 3-1 win over Philadelphia Union
2, Daniel Sagno, Vancouver Whitecaps, in a 4-3 loss to De Anza Force
2, Tate Schmitt, Real Salt Lake-AZ, in a 3-1 win over Chivas USA
2, Anthony Wright, Nomads SC, in a 3-3 draw with Arsenal FC

Updated: October 7, 2013

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