UPDATE, Dec. 7: The Winter Showcase ended today, with the FC Dallas U-18 Academy team defeating Chivas USA by a score of 2-0, while the U-16 squad fell to their Chivas age counterparts 0-1. Overall, the FCD U-18 Academy team posted an undefeated record of 3-0, while the U-16s only dropped one match on the week and finished 2-1. Congrats to both teams on their fantastic performances!
UPDATE, Dec. 5: The two FC Dallas Academy teams in attendance started the Winter Showcase strong over the weekend. On Saturday, the U-17/18 squad beat Kendall SC 4-0, while the U-15/16 side took care of their Kendall SC age counterparts 1-0. On Sunday, the U-18 Academy team defeated the San Jose Earthquakes side 2-0, while the U-16 squad took care of the 'Quakes 6-0.
Top youth clubs from across the United States will converge in Phoenix over the next five days for the 2010 US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase.
All 78 teams that comprise the Development Academy are scheduled to attend, including 14 MLS Academy teams at both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels.
Those teams will contest a total of 236 games from Dec. 3-7, giving youth coaches and technical directors around the league a chance to evaluate young talent against some of other top youth players around the nation.
Matches will be contested on a daily basis, with a short afternoon break on Saturday for two Academy Select matches. One will be contested between two select teams at the U-15/16 level, while another at the U-17/18 level later in the day. Youth national team coaches and US Soccer Technical Advisors will select these four squads.
Here’s a list of MLS Academy teams in attendance:
Chicago Fire U-15/16 and U-17/18
Chivas USA U-15/16 and U-17/18
Colorado Rapids U-15/16 and U-17/18
Crew Soccer Academy U-15/16 and U-17/18
D.C. United U-15/16 and U-17/18
FC Dallas U-15/16 and U-17/18
Houston Dynamo U-15/16 and U-17/18
Real Salt Lake (Arizona) U-15/16 and U-17/18
Seattle Sounders U-15/16 and U-17/18
Sporting Kansas City U-15/16 and U-17/18
New York Red Bulls U-15/16 and U-17/18
San Jose Earthquakes U-15/16 and U-17/18
Los Angeles Galaxy U-15/16 and U-17/18
New England Revolution U-15/16 and U-17/18