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October 5, 2012
HS Players of the Week; Development Academy update

High school players of the week
Melissa Capocaccia, a defender from St. Agnes Academy (Memphis, Tenn.) and Sam Boylan, a forward from Harwood Union High (Moretown, Vt.) were each named NSCAA High School Player of the Week.

Capocaccia has had an outstanding season, leading a St. Agnes defense that has allowed only five goals so far. The senior also has contributed offensively with seven assists, four of which came in the last four games. Capocaccia is coached by Bobby Ireland.

Boylan had two amazing performances last week, having a hand in all six of his teamís goals. He scored two goals and had three assists in the teamís 1-0 and 5-0 wins.

Boylan, also a senior, is no stranger to success, as the two-time captain is also a two-time All-Conference player. Boylan and the Harwood Union boysí team are coached by Don Haddox.

U.S. Development Academy
With several Southwest Division teams on a bye week, Real Salt Lake AZ and Chivas USA had an opportunity to take an early lead in the U-17/18 age group last Saturday. Instead, the two teams played to a scoreless draw as they moved to 2-0-1 and a four-way tie in the division with idle Strikers FC and LA Galaxy. It is the only division in the Academy with four squads tied in points.

Real Salt Lake's U-16 squad got a brilliant result on Saturday, defeating its Chivas USA counterparts 7-2 at the Grande Sports World. FW Sebastian Saucedo scored three goals in the span of 24 minutes to lead the U-16ís to victory, with MF Brooks Lennon chipping in two goals for the Claret-and-Cobalt.

Axel Mendez and Jorge Ruiz were the only goal scorers for RSL.

The RSL U-16 team is now a perfect 3-0-0 in the Developmental Academy season, sitting first in the Southwest Division. Like the U-18ís, the U-16ís also have next weekend off, traveling to Southern California to take on the San Diego Surf on Oct. 13.

The San Jose Earthquakes swept their season-opening series against Cal Odyssey last Saturday. Emilio Huerta scored the first two goals as the Earthquakes U-17/18 team rolled to a 5-0 win, while four separate goal scorers paced the U-15/16 team during a 4-0 victory.

Four different goal scorers helped the Colorado Rapids U-15/16 team pick up its third win of the season and move into a first-place tie in the Frontier Division with Sporting Kansas City following its 4-0 win against the Texas Rush last Saturday. Dakota Petersonís third-minute goal gave the Rapids an early lead and they never looked back. Defensively, the Rapids have allowed only one goal this season Ė the second-lowest total in its division.

The two FC Dallas teams opened their 2012-13 season on a winning note as the defending U-17/18 champion squad posted a 5-1 win against Classics Elite and the U-15/16 team garnered a 5-0 victory.

The North Carolina Fusion U-17/18 teamís Donovan Japp scored four goals last weekend and has taken the overall Academy scoring lead with nine goals. The Fusion played Weston FC to a 3-3 draw last Saturday and topped Kendall SC 4-2 on Sunday. Japp scored two goals in each match for the Fusion, which is 2-1-1 and tied for second in the Southeast Division behind CASL Chelsea FC Academy (3-0-0).

D.C. Unitedís U-15/16 team overcame a first-half deficit with back-to-back goals from Julian Cummings and Steven Gandy to defeat McLean Youth Soccer 2-1 and improve to 4-0-0. Meanwhile, D.C. United's U-18ís tied by a score of 1-1.

The Seattle Soundersí U15 and U17 squads played local fixtures last Wednesday night. Sounders FC U15 drew with Rush U16, 1-1, thanks to a Miles Sanchez penalty kick. Sounders FC U17 defeated the NW Nationals U18, 4-1, with goals coming from Elliot Havens, Odason Pelogi, Drew Barker and Shane Gomez.

After playing their first three matches on the road to open the 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season, the Portland Timbers Academy teams play their first home matches this weekend, hosting Real So Cal on Saturday and Arsenal FC on Sunday at the adidas Timbers Training Center.

On Saturday, the U-16s kick off against Real So Cal at 1 p.m. (Pacific), while the U-18s kick off at 3:30 p.m. (Pacific). On Sunday against Arsenal FC, the U-18s kick off at 12 noon (Pacific) and the U-16s kick off at 2:30 p.m. (Pacific).

The Timbers U-18 Academy (0-2-1, 1pt) earned their first point and scored their first goal of the season in a 1-1 draw against Cascadia-rival Seattle Sounders FC U-18 Academy on Sept. 22. Forward Christian Desir scored the Timbers U-18 Academyís first-ever goal in the 13th minute off a corner kick by midfielder Gustavo Gonzalez.

The Timbers U-16 Academy (2-0-1, 5pts) recently earned their first win of the season, defeating Sounders FC U-16 Academy 2-1 on Sept. 22. Midfielder Jesse Garcia-Aguilar recorded the teamís first multiple-goal performance as the Timbers U-16s continued an unbeaten start to the campaign. Portlandís U-16s sit in second place behind the San Jose Earthquakes U-16 Academy in the Northwest Division.

Saturdayís matches will be the first of the season for Real So Cal, based in Californiaís San Fernando and Conejo Valley areas. Arsenal FC, based in Temecula, Calif., opened their season Sept. 22 against the LA Galaxy Academy, with the U-16s winning 2-1 and the U-18s losing 3-2. Real So Cal and Arsenal FC visit the Northwest on a two-match road trip this weekend and also will face the Seattle Sounders FC Academy teams.

During its break from U.S. Development Academy league competition, the New England Revolutionís Revsí Under-14 team topped affiliate youth club Revolution Empire, 2-0, and the defeated Blackwatch Premier Albany 3-0. The Revs U14s return to regularly-scheduled league game on Saturday, Oct. 13, against Albertson SC in Garden City, N.Y.

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