Charlotte club cruises in Dev. Academy action

In the Atlantic Division of US Development Academy competition, there’s a team from North Carolina continuing to stand out at both age levels.

After another 4-0 weekend, the Charlotte Soccer Academy now sit on top of the Atlantic as both U-16 and U-18 sides have rattled off six straight division wins to cement themselves as one of the top youth sides in the Development Academy. Overall records of 10-1-1 (U-16) and 11-0-1 (U-18) back that notion up.

This weekend, Charlotte took care of business on the road as the U-18s defeated Richmond Strikers 3-2 and the U-16s blanked the Strikers 2-0 on Saturday. In Mclean, Va., on Sunday, Charlotte’s U-18s won 2-0 and the U-16s defeated McLean Youth Soccer 3-0.

One of Charlotte’s rivals in the division is CASL Chelsea - based in Raleigh - swept their own Virginia trip in very emphatic fashion. After their U-18s beats Virginia Rush AJ Auxerre 3-1, the U-16s went out and won 5-1.

Following that performance, they then traveled to Richmond, and the U-18s beat the Kickers 3-0 and U-16s won 5-0.

Only two MLS Academies competed this weekend, and it produced mixed results. Chivas USA faced Cosmos Academy West and went unbeaten – U-18s tying 0-0, while youngster Frederico Bobadilla scored twice as the U-16s won 3-2.

Real Salt Lake split on their California road trip, as their U-18s lost for the first time all season, 2-1 on a late goal by California Development Academy. The U-16s avenged their older counterparts with a 6-0 win over CDA.

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