On the second and final day of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Knockout Round, the eight remaining U-17/18 clubs were cut in half as Colorado Rapids, Texans SC Houston, Seattle Sounders FC and LA Galaxy each booked tickets to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center for the 2017 Academy Championships. On the July 14 semifinals in Carson, Calif., Seattle Sounders will face off against LA Galaxy while Texans SC Houston will play Colorado Rapids for the right to advance to the Final on Sunday, July 16.
Sounders 3-2 Crossfire (AET)
TUKWILA, WA— (Read all the recaps at USSoccerDA.com) The local derby between the Sounders Academy and Crossfire included everything you might expect from fans and players and lived up to the expectation of providing a competitive high energy game at both ends of the field on Friday night at Starfire Sports Complex.
Applying pressure early on in Crossfire’s defensive third of the field, Seattle forced a series of pressured clearances, to keep possession in their end and get on the board first in the 7th minute. Jamie Dimitroff won a tackle deep in the box, then calmly played it off to a charging Milo Barton, who side-footed it securely into the back of the net. Twenty-four minutes later, while continuing to apply pressure, Seattle used a throw-in down the right flank to set up Barton on the bottom right corner of the box. Barton’s display of fancy footwork sent a cheeky back-heeled pass to Paul Rothrock, who found the net with ease.
Down but not out, Crossfire Premier refused to give up, and their consistent pressure to force turnovers in the offensive third was rewarded in the 63rd minute. After Seattle was unable to securely deal with a high bouncing ball, Crossfire’s Quinn Fahling was able to get a touch between the defender and the goalkeeper and found himself with an open net for a clean finish. With only four minutes remaining until the 90-minute mark, Crossfire drew a free kick opportunity just outside of the right edge of the penalty box. Instead of looping a ball into the area, Crossfire’s Charlie Ostrem quickly played a short ball off for Declan McGlynn, who fired, finishing from the top of the box and into the far side of the net.
In extra time, it would be Seattle that would ultimately prevail in the 111th minute. After a well defended breakaway set up a corner kick opportunity for the Sounders, Paul Rothrock swung in a hopeful ball that found a charging Jackson Ragen, who spearheaded the ball into the far side netting.
MORE: Sounders FC match report
(Photos: Quinn Width twitter.)