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October 18, 2012
Players of the Week, Development Academy update, Whitecaps residency coach

Lauren Malajian, a midfielder from Northern Valley Regional (Demarest, N.J.) and Britt Watts, a midfielder from Canterbury School (Fort Wayne, Ind.) have been named the NSCAA High School Players of the Week.

Malajian, a four-year varsity captain, had five goals and three assists last week to give the Norsewomen a 10-1-1 record. She had a goal and an assist in the week’s last game, sending the North Valley to the quarterfinals of the county tournament. Malajian, a senior, and the Norsewomen are coached by Jason Rueda.

Watts had two clutch performances in the Garrett Indiana regional tournament. In the opener, he assisted on the first goal of the match and followed that with a goal of his own in route to a 3-0 victory.

In the regional final, the junior had an assist and two goals, lifting his team to another 3-0 victory. Watts and the Cavaliers are coached by Greg Mauch.

This week's other male finalist was Armin Grossrieder of Bergen Catholic High School (Oradell, N.J.).

The Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-18 and U-16 teams kept their unbeaten records intact this weekend, with the U-18’s picking up two wins and the U-16’s earning one win and one draw.

The RSL U-18 team cruised in both of its matches, beating San Diego Surf 2-0 on Saturday before downing Nomads SC 3-0 on Sunday. Benji Lopez led the way for RSL-AZ with three goals over the weekend – one against San Diego Surf, two against Nomads SC – to help the team improve to 4-0-1.

The RSL U-16’s also played well in San Diego, downing the Surf 4-1 on Saturday and tying Nomads SC 1-1 on Sunday. Moises Rodriguez was the standout performer for the U-16’s, notching two goals and two assists over the weekend to help his team move to 4-0-1 on the year.

D.C. United’s U-18 academy squad opened up the scoring early in a 3-0 defeat of the Baltimore Bays at Prince George’s Community College. The first goal came just 15 minutes into the contest, when Abdi Yusuf made a strong individual effort that finished with a 20-yard blast to the far post. Yusuf scored again in the 59th minute to double the lead and Michael Seaton capped off the scoring in a dominant team performance.

D.C. United’s U-16 academy matchup with the Baltimore Bays was a little bit tighter than the U-18’s, but the Black-and-Red came away with a 1-0 win. The lone goal of the match came in the first half when Chrisophe Koffi finished a rebound on Gerson Umana’s shot inside the 18-yard box.

The New England Revolution Academy teams were swept by Albertson SC on Saturday, Oct. 13. The Revs U18s suffered a 5-0 loss, while the U16s lost 2-1 and the U14s lost 3-1.

New York Red Bulls Academy teams pieced together their third perfect weekend in a row, with impressive wins for the U-13 teams all the way up to U-18s.

The U-13s kicked things off in the win column with two shutouts, 6-0 over Seacoast United and 3-0 over PA Classics, improving their overall record to 10-0-0. The Red Bulls Under-14 Academy team remains unbeaten after posting an impressive shutout win over Seacoast United Saturday afternoon.

The U-16s improved to 5-0-0 after defeating Seacoast United 4-1. Despite falling into an early 1-0 hole, the Red Bulls responded quickly with unanswered goals from Derrick Etienne, Dante Perez, Alex Tejera and Anthony Viteri.

Seacoast United’s U-18 team also fell to the Red Bulls, by an 8-0 margin Sunday afternoon. Three separate New York players tallied a brace. Armando Moreno opened up the scoring in the 43rd minute to give the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead; a lead that quickly escalated to 3-0 before the half as Matt Miazga and Izzy Tandir each scored in the 44th minute. Heading into the final 45, it was Moreno again in the 51st minute, followed by Alex Muyl, Tandir, Erik Sa and Muyl’s final tally for the side in the 87th minute that rounded out the scoring.

The Chicago Fire U-18 and U-16 Academy teams both suffered their first losses of the season in their recent trip to Minnesota. The U-18s dropped their match 1-0 to Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy Saturday and fell 2-1 to Minnesota Thunder Academy on Sunday. The U-16s fell 2-1 to Shattuck-Saint Mary’s on Saturday and won 3-1 against Minnesota Thunder Academy on Sunday.

The Fire U-18s kicked off first Saturday, Oct. 13 against Shattuck-Saint Mary’s in Faribault, Minn. The match remained scoreless until Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Abdulla Al-Kalisy tallied in the 88th minute to give the home side a 1-0 victory.

In the second match of the day, Collin Fernandez put the Fire U-16s up 1-0 in the 26th minute but Shattuck-Saint Mary’s was able to find a quick equalizer in Akeem Ward’s goal in the 29th minute. Salvador Perez scored the game-winner for Shattuck-Saint Mary’s in the 73rd minute.

Fernandez’s goal in the 26th minute was his team-leading fourth of the season.

On Sunday, the U-18s took on Minnesota Thunder Academy at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The Thunder’s Matthew Gweh opened scoring in the 10th minute, but Marcus Epps equalized for the Fire in the 46th minute. Gweh notched his second goal of the match in the 82nd minute as the Thunder won 2-1.

Epps’ goal in the 46th minute of Sunday’s match marked his fourth goal of the season. Epps currently sits in second on the U-18s scoring charts and has scored four of the team’s 15 goals this season.

In the second match of the day, the Fire U-16s went ahead almost immediately when Shannon Seymore found the back of the net in just the fourth minute. The Thunder’s Jacob Sphatt was able to equalize in the 28th minute but the Fire’s Luca Giovine’s goal in the 63rd minute and Alex Underwood’s goal in the 68th minute gave the Fire the 3-1 victory.

The Sporting Kansas City U-16 and U-18 Academy teams are in first place in the Central Conference's Frontier Division with a combined 9-0-1 record this season.

The U-16 team is 4-0-1 after a scoreless draw against Real Colorado on Saturday at the Sporting Club Training Center in Swope Park. The U-18’s are 5-0-0 after a 3-2 win on Saturday over Real Colorado with goals from Cole Stevenson, Seo-In Kim and Eduardo Moreno.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC appointed Gordon Forrest as head coach of the club’s U-18 Residency team, and as manager of coaching development. Forrest carries a UEFA ‘A’ License and Scottish Football Association Youth License.

In his role, Forrest will be responsible for coaching Whitecaps FC’s U-18 Residency and U-23 PDL squads.

Forrest has been involved in soccer development for nearly 10 years, working with the Scottish Football Association and New Zealand Football.

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