Its playoff time! No, Doc Brown hasn't taken you in a Delorean to early November, rather, today kicks off the 2012 U.S. Soccer Development Academy postseason at the FC Dallas training complex in Frisco, Texas.
Having finished the 2011-12 USSDA Regular Season as the top ranked team in the nation, the Fire U-18 squad begins its bid for a place at next month's Finals Week in Houston tonight when they take on the Concorde Fire (Georgia) tonight at 8:30pm CT.
A bulk of the current squad were part of the club's 2010 U-16 National Championship team and have gone on to impress again this season with an 18-2-3 overall record. After last losing their first two matches of the season, the team is riding a 21-match unbeaten streak into this week's round-robin tournament and will be bolstered by current first teamers Victor Pineda and Kellen Gulley (pictures left and right above).
Having finished the regular season sixth in the nation, U-16 Academy side kicks off its bid for Houston Tuesday afternoon when they take on the Clearwater Chargers (Florida) at 4pm CT.
Fire fans can follow all six of the club's U16 and U18 Academy matches this week LIVE via @ChiFireMatch (see full schedule below) and here on Always on the Inside, we'll have daily updates on how both squads are doing this week in Frisco!
|6/25||8:30pm CT||Chicago Fire U-18||Concorde Fire (GA)||@ChiFireMatch|
|6/26||4:00pm CT||Chicago Fire U-16||Clearwater Chargers (FL)||@ChiFireMatch|
|6/26||8:30pm CT||Chicago Fire U-18||Albertson SC (NY)||@ChiFireMatch|
|6/27||6:30pm CT||Chicago Fire U-16||Seattle Sounders FC (WA)||@ChiFireMatch|
|6/28||11:00am CT||Chicago Fire U-18||Solar Chelsea SC (TX)||@ChiFireMatch|
|6/29||9:00am CT||Chicago Fire U-16||Real Salt Lake (AZ)||@ChiFireMatch|