Sapling Snapshot: Timbers U-17/18s draw Group D

The Portland Timbers U-17/18s learned their group for the 2013-14 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs (June 23-27, Grand Park – Westfield, Ind.) as U.S. Soccer announced the group draws for the 15/16 and 17/18 age groups.

The Saplings were placed in Pot Four and drew Group D along with: Chicago Fire, FC Dallas and Charlotte Soccer Academy.

The Chicago Fire fell into Pot 1 as the (unofficial) four seed for the U-17/18 playoffs. The Fire finished the regular season 19-3-5 with 62 points and 2.30 points/games played. Chicago is led by Notre Dame-bound forward Jeffrey Farina’s 10 goals.

FC Dallas came from Pot 2 as the 11th seed in the playoffs. FCD wrapped up the regular season with a 16-4-6 mark, with 54 points and 2.08 points/games played. United States U-18 National Team member, Coy Craft (’15, North Carolina-commit) has scored a team-high 12 goals for FC Dallas.

The 23rd seed in the playoffs, Charlotte Soccer Academy, drew Group D out of the third pot. Charlotte Soccer Academy earned the fourth wildcard spot in the playoffs with a 21-13-2 mark and 65 points, 1.81 points/games played. Tomas Hilliard-Arce, a central midfielder with 19 goals on the season, leads CSA. Hilliard-Arce is committed to Stanford and has trained with the U20 National Squad of Costa Rica.

The playoffs feature eight groups, with group play to determine the top seed. The top team in each group will advance to the knockout stages, after being seeded before the knockout stage begins.

More details on the Saplings’ group in the near future.


Group A: CASL, New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo, Chivas USA
Group B: Los Angeles Galaxy, Montreal Impact, Chicago Magic PSG, Real Colorado
Group C: Columbus Crew, De Anza Force, Real So Cal, Players Development Academy
Group D: Chicago Fire, FC Dallas, Charlotte Soccer Academy, Portland Timbers
Group E: New York Red Bulls, Shattuck-Saint Mary's, D.C. United, Nomads SC
Group F: Bethesda-Olney, Vancouver Whitecaps, Oakwood SC, GA United
Group G: Solar Chelsea SC, Colorado Rush, Carolina Rapids, Philadelphia Union
Group H: Real Salt Lake-Arizona, Seattle Sounders, Concorde Fire, Indiana Fire

Alright guys, I don't believe I have to say this but, just in case, please do not submit anything racist, homophobic, sexist or otherwise not appropriate for even the younger Timbers fans.

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