It's a big week for the review as the US Soccer Development Academy kicked off last weekend so now we have those results to track as well. We'll start with the Academy since it's their debut week.
The U18 and U16 academy went to San Antonio last week and ran riot over Classics Elite. The U18s defeated Classics, 3-1 behind two goals from homegrown signing Jonathan Top and a third from Bobby Edet. Bobby is a forward that scored 14 goals in 26 games for the U16's last year and has an enormous amount of potential, but dominated at the U16 level partly due to his dominating physical presence. One of the main story lines I'm watching from this season is can Edet make the jump to U18 level so seeing that he's scored a goal is definitely a great sign. Top is one of the best forwards at his age group in the country.
The U16's dismantled Classics 7-0 behind braces from Ilya Dmitriakov, Zach Dunbar and Aaron Meyer with the other goal coming from US Youth International Kellyn Acosta. Dmitriakov is a guy I first spotted playing for the FC Dallas U15 team that won Dallas Cup this year as an attacking midfielder. He scored a brilliant goal to win the game I saw and I'm very excited to see him scoring at this level. Definitely a player to watch from that group.
The Academy returns to action this weekend against Andromeda here in Dallas. Unfortunately the games are during FC Dallas vs Houston so I won't be able to make it out there.
Damian Rosales(Midfielder) - SMU Sophomore - In the SMU Classic this weekend, Rosales and the Ponies defeated Dartmouth 2-1 in overtime and had their game against Washington on Sunday night canceled. Rosales went 59 minutes in the win.
London Woodberry(Defense) - University of Maryland Junior Started both of the Terps games this weekend registering his first assist of the season on the first goal in Maryland's 3-1 win over NC State. They suffered their first dropped points of the year on Tuesday drawing Seton Hall 0-0. UM has allowed 6 goals in 8 games this season.
Bradlee Baladez(Forward) - University of South Carolina Sophomore Baladez and USC hosted the Gamecock Classic this weekend, losing 2-0 to Brown in a game that Baladez started and registered 2 shots. USC bounced back on Sunday defeating High Point 2-1. Baladez has started all 7 games for the Gamecocks scoring 1 goal and leading the team with 17 shots
Jamie Ibarra(Goalkeeper) - SMU Sophomore Ibarra allowed one goal and made five saves in SMU's 2-1 overtime win over Dartmouth
Daniel Premenko(Defender - Creighton Sophomore #5 Creighton is now 5-0-0 after winning both of their games this weekend. The Blue Jays have yet to allow a goal this season. Premenko has not made it into a game yet this season.
Boyd "OC" Okwuono(Defender) - University of North Carolina Freshman OC, started both games for the #4 UNC Tar Heels, both 1-0 wins over Wofford and Wake Forest. UNC is 6-1-0 on the year with a tough conference game against Virginia up next.
Jacob Gerondale(Defender) - IPFW Redshirt Freshman The Mastodons had a tough week losing to Belmont and Butler but drawing 2-2 with Lipscomb. Gerondale made his first start of the season in the 2-2 draw with Lipscomb
Jack Coleman(Defender/Midfielder) - Indiana Freshman Coleman did not feature in the #9 Hoosiers 2-0 win over Rutgers or the 0-0 draw with St. Johns
Chris Figueroa(Midfielder - SMU Sophomore Ineligible due to transferring from NC State
Skylar Hagan(Outside midfielder) - Old Dominon Freshman #11 ODU defeated Elon 3-2 in overtime last week with Hagan coming off the bench as a substitute
Byron Knowles(Defender) - Lubbock Christian Freshman Knowles has started all seven games this season for the Chaps, registering one goal from his left back position.