As the arrival of spring looms, the schedule of the USSF Development Academy ramps up into overdrive. This weekend is going to be the busiest 2011 has seen so far, with 64 games are on the schedule.
Six of those teams heading into action are MLS Academies, and all but one faces the prospect of playing games on both days of the weekend.
Starting out west, Real Salt Lake stay at home, welcoming the Santa Cruz Breakers and De Anza Force.
San Jose also remain at home, playing first against Real So Cal, then hosting the Cosmos Academy West. The Quakes won’t be the only MLS Academy side to play against a Cosmos side, as D.C. United Academy lines up against Cosmos East on Saturday, before wrapping up the weekend against visiting Met Oval.
Also getting to play the role of host this weekend is the Revolution Academy. Making the trip up north to go up against New England is Potomac Academy and Baltimore Bays Chelsea.
Two MLS Academies will get to spend some time on the road, but it won’t be too far from home. The New York Red Bulls U-16s and U-18s matchup against Match Fit Chelsea and NJSA 04, while the youth derby of Ohio takes place on Saturday, when the Cleveland-based club Internationals hosts the Crew Academy.