The United States Soccer Development Academy has released the draw set for the 2011-12 Development Academy soccer playoffs. The draw set contains 32 teams from the U15/16 and 32 teams from the U17/18 USSDA soccer clubs around the United States.
In only its second year of competition, the Grande Sports Academy’s soccer team, Real Salt Lake – Arizona, has again qualified for both the U15/16 and U17/18 USSDA playoffs. RSL-AZ teams ramp up for the playoffs as they begin to focus on playing in the June 25th tournament in Frisco, Texas.
The first round of Academy Playoff play contains 8 Groups of four teams. The winner of each group advances to the Development Academy Finals Week from July 16 -23 in Houston Texas.
RSL-AZ U17/18 garnered a third seed in Group 5 along with FC Dallas from Frisco Texas, Sockers FC from Palatine Illinois, and McLean Youth Soccer from McLean Virginia.
RSL-AZ U15/16 secured a second seed in Group 4 along with the Chicago Fire from Bridgeview Illinois, Seattle Sounders FC from Tukwila Washington, and the Clearwater Chargers from Clearwater Florida.
The U17/18 soccer squad finished the season in third place in the SoCal Division of the West Conference with 31 points.The team scoring leader Maikon Orrellana ended the season with 13 goals. Joining Orrellana is Danny Gavin and Jordan Allen with 7 goals, Etiandro Tavares with 6 goals, and Dylan Kelly with 5 goals.
The U15/16 team finished the season in second place with 34 points. Jose Navarro lead the team in goals this season with 15 goals. Andrew Brody contributed 9 goals and Trevor Hyman kicked in 7 goals for the season.
June 25, 2012 – 8:00pm – Field 9 – Sockers FC (H) vs Real Salt Lake – AZ (A)
June 26, 2012 – 8:00pm – Field 11 – Real Salt Lake – AZ (H) vs FC Dallas (A)
June 28, 2012 – 11:00am – Field 7 – Real Salt Lake – AZ (H) vs McLean Youth Soccer (A)
June 26, 2012 - 4:00pm – Field 17 – Real Salt Lake – AZ (H) vs Seattle Sounders FC (A)
June 27, 2012 – 6:30pm – Field 14 – Clearwater Chargers (H) vs Real Salt Lake – AZ (A)
June 29, 2012 – 9:00am – Field 15 – Chicago Fire (H) vs Real Salt Lake – AZ (A)