Another week, more interesting notes from USSDA play.
Like last week warm weather market teams are the only squads in play right now.
– Liverpool target Brooks Lennon nabbed a hat-trick against Juventus Sports Club, leading RSL U18s to a 8-0 victory. Sources have confirmed to OWTY that Lennon is close to a deal with the Anfield club, and specifics could be worked out in the next two months.
– Notre Dame commit Ian Aschieris scored his 5th goal this year leading San Diego Surf over Santa Cruz Breakers. The Surf also introduced ’99s and U16 players Ryan Coughlin and Ethan Uno-Portillo who both played 20 minutes up 3 years.
– OWTY 2013/2014 Player of the Year ’96 Adonis Amaya has left UC-Santa Barbara and has rejoined LA Galaxy U18 for the short term. Amaya is the target of a number of Mexico’s top academies, as well as a top priority for LA Galaxy II, who would be smart to secure the young attacking talent. He marked his return with a hat-trick against Portland Timbers. With Amaya and a fit Alejandro Vergara the Galaxy U18 squad is our odds-on-favorite for the USSDA U18 title. The Galaxy U18 also boast stars ’97 Rey Ortiz, ’97 Malcolm Jones, ’97 Elan Koenig, ’97 Brian O’Hara, ’97 Jorge Ruiz, ’98 Ethan Zubek, ’97 Adrian Vera, ’97 Dylan Smith, ’97 Christian Segovia, amongst others.
– Seattle Sounders U18s topped Chivas USA 2-0 with goals from US U18 hitman and Sounders HGP ’97 Victor Mansaray and San Francisco commit ’96 Sean Bowman. Bowman upped his goal tally to 13 on the year leading the Sounders in that category. Reports from the match also suggest Sounders defender ’97 Tosh Samkange was excellent.
-Pateadores U16 striker ’99 Christopher Lopez remains one of the best attackers at that level. The US U15 pool player has a complete skill set and his goal this weekend lead Pats to a 1-0 victory over Crossfire Premier.
– De Anza Force U16s have a wealth of talent, none more special than US U15 ’00 Nico Lemoine. The striker has paired with 2017 Stanford commit ’99 Arda Bulut to form one of the youngest strike partnerships in U16 play. De Anza went 1-0-1 this weekend against Nomads SC and San Diego Surf.
– East Conference leading U18 team Kendall SC has a nice core of players led by future North Carolina defender ’97 Nicholas Hinds, as well as one of the top 2016 recruits in ’97 Deco Costa in midfield. Also watch for ’98 Mattias Tomasino and ’99 Wilterlynd Inalien who spend a majority of the time with the Kendall SC U16s but saw extended minutes at the U18 level this weekend.
– Houston Dynamo’s most talent prospect ’97 Christian Lucatero grabbed at hat-trick this weekend against SKC, after coming on to the match at halftime. Lucatero replaced fellow Dynamo starlet ’97 Juan Flores who also tallied a goal. The two have combined for 11 goals on the season which has put the Dynamo on top of the U18 Central Conference. SKC and Dynamo squared off the next day with Lucatero on the score sheet again.
– Dallas’ top derby pitted the Texans and FC Dallas this weekend. Despite the U18 match ending in a 0-0 draw, local reporters were buzzing about US U17 midfielder ’98 Weston McKennie who continues to play up a year. McKennie plays in the #10 role for FC Dallas despite playing more defensive for the US U17s. In his 20 minutes, OWTY was told, McKennie dominated the match and possession. At the U16 level US U16 ’99 Omar Beltran played well for Dallas Texans but was not enough to overcome a well-oiled FC Dallas machine with goals from stars ’99 Damien Hernandez, ’98 Duncan James and recent SMU commit ’98 Toshiki Yasuda. Top to bottom the FC Dallas U16 roster might be the deepest in the nation.
– ’96 Uriel Herrera of Crossfire continues to be one of top stories of the USSDA year. His three goals against Strikers FC this weekend saw his 2014/2015 total rise to 17.
– Chivas USA and Portland Timbers U16’s battled to a 0-0 draw, yet both Chivas and the Timbers fielded ’00s playing up 2 years. Chivas USA had ’00 Kelee Cornfield-Saunders in defense, ’00 Charly Anguiano in midfield and Misa Bercerra attacking while Portland played top prospect Jose Peralta in midfield. Timbers ’00 star Adrian Villegas was recently called-up to US U16 or else it is likely he would have been involved with this match. Chivas also brought on US U14 winger ’01 Uly Llanz in the second half.
– Santa Cruz Breakers U16s continues to play well with ’00 Romario Palencia in attack. ’98 Alexis Rincon continues to add to his goal total with 7 on the year.
– ’98 Simon Lekressner remains one of the top ’98 in USSDA play. He can play all over the field and his versatility should warrant a look into the very tight US U17 pool. The Crossfire Premier star has 17 goals this season, and is one of the most sought after 2016 recruits on the west coast.
– One of the best matches last weekend was RSL U16 v San Jose Earthquakes U16. With talent all over the pitch for both sides, it was the Quakes who pulled out a 1-0 victory at Grande Sports Academy with a goal from SJ talisman ’98 Theo Huxman. Quakes also introduced US U15 star JJ Foe-Nuphaus into it’s midfield late in the match.