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Academy Teams Look to Head Into Winter Break in Strong Form

By Eira Castillo, 11/09/17, 2:15PM PST


We look at the Academy as they reach the last weeks of the season before the winter break.

The Republic FC Academy U-12s, U-15s, U-16/17s and U-18/19s are off this weekend after playing the first two months of their 2017-2018 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Season.

This season saw the introduction of the U-15 age group, which previously was part of the U-15/16 age group. The U-15 age group features standings and playoffs like the U-16/17 and U-18/19 age groups, while the U-14, U-13 and U-12 groups focus on player development and don’t keep standings or compete in playoffs.

In their first season, the U-15s have faced tough competition in a competitive Northwest Division. The team currently sits in ninth place and will need to get back to winning ways before the holiday break to make a push for playoffs possible.

The U-16/17s meanwhile head into their bye week off two impressive wins against MLS Academy teams. The Republic FC U-16/17s defeated Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16/17s on Oct. 22 with a score of 2-1 with goals from Oscar Cardenas and Dominic Vegaalban. On Nov. 4, the U-16-17s took another win, this time against San Jose Earthquakes U-16/17s, defeating them 2-1 with goals from Hunter George and Quincy Butler.

Currently, the U-16/17s hold the third lowest number of losses in the Northwest division season with two, just behind Seattle Sounders FC U-16/17 (0) and Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16/17 (1). The SRFC U-16/17s sit in second place in the Northwest Division of the West U-16/17 Conference and are #8 overall across the Boys U-16/17s age group. On the individual level, forward Hunter George sits in sixth place in the overall age group of leading goal scorers with 11 goals in 12 matches played.

For their part, the SRFC U-18/19s are currently in fifth place in the Northwest standings, sitting in the last wild card position with a record of 6-4-2. They head into their bye week off a 1-1 tie against their San Jose Earthquakes counterparts.

Forward Matteo Sorrentino leads the U-18/19s in goals with seven goals in 11 matches played.  He sits fifth in the Western Conference goals scored leaders table.

Meanwhile, the Republic FC U-13s and U-14s are fresh off competing in the Development Academy West Regional Showcase, which took place Nov. 3-5 in Oceanside, Calif. The U-13s recorded a win against their Crossfire Premier counterparts, while falling to both Los Angeles Football Club U-13 and LA Galaxy San Diego U-13. The U-14s took a 4-1 win over Washington Timbers FC Academy U-14s, drew 2-2 against Los Angeles United Futbol Academy U-14 and a suffered a 3-1 loss at the hands of Crossfire Premier U-14.

The U-13 and U-14 teams will be the only Republic FC Academy teams in action this weekend when they host their respective Marin FC Alliance counterparts on Saturday at Davis Legacy Fields. Kickoff is 10 a.m. for the U-13s and 12 p.m. for the U-14s. The U-12s played their last match on Oct. 28 and will resume play in February 2018.

The older groups will resume play on Nov. 18 when the U-15s, U-16/17s and U-18/19s travel to Southern California to face the LA Galaxy Academy teams. They will then face FC Golden State on Nov. 19 before they enter the Development Academy winter break until January.


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