Chicago Fire U-18s claimed the 2011 Charleston Challenge Academy Cup.
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Chicago, DC academies claim championships

The Chicago Fire and D.C. United academies sides emerged victorious in this weekend’s inaugural Charleston Challenge Academy Cup. Held in conjunction with the pro exhibition tournament, the two-day youth tournament paid dividends for the two teams that made the trip to South Carolina.

[inline_node:329994]Sunday featured two all-MLS finals. The Chicago Fire defeated D.C. United 2-1 to capture the U-18 honors, while D.C. United bested Chicago in the U-16 final by a 3-1 score line.

This came after DC and Chicago each swept their Development Academy opposition on Saturday. D.C. United’s U-16s needed a shootout to get past North Meck SC after a 1-1 draw, while Chicago handily defeated South Carolina United 5-1.

The Fire’s U-18s also needed penalty kicks to advance on Saturday after they drew with SC United 1-1, while D.C. United defeated North Meck 2-1 to advance to the final.

In Sunday’s consolation games, North Meck’s U-16s defeated SC United 2-0, while SC United returned the favor at the U-18 age group with a 2-1 win.