As the 2016-17 season came to a close this weekend, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy named its end of the year award winners, including Conference Best XI's, at its pre-Academy Championship kickoff Banquet on Thursday. The Chicago Fire Academy's Damian Las and Indiana Fire Academy's Thomas Warr both collected Central Conference Best XI accolades.
They are the center, the heart of the 🇺🇸... Here are your CENTRAL Conference Best XI players at the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. Congrats! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/KYwldTRCsF— Development Academy (@ussoccer_acad) July 14, 2017
Damian Las (U15/16)
Fire goalkeeper Damian Las, of Norridge, Ill., is an anchor in the defense for a team which finished the season with six total shutouts. This isn't Las' first recognition on the national stage either, as Las has participated in multiple U.S. Youth National Team camps, including trips to Argentina and Croatia.
Thomas Warr (U17/18)
Warr, a Zionsville, Ind. native, had a stellar year up top for the Indiana Fire Academy. The forward scored 22 goals in 19 games for the Fire, placing him in the top 10 nationally in the USSDA for goals scored. He continued to shine in the Development Academy playoffs in June, scoring three goals in three games throughout the group stage.
Honored to be part of the best 11 in the academy conference! https://t.co/ZgoplEFM52— Thomas Warr (@twarr1917) July 14, 2017
Warr will look to continue his goal-scoring form as he heads off to college next month at Indiana University.
Congrats to 2017 recruit Thomas Warr for being named best 11 for the Central Conference! https://t.co/MYwfoKp8FQ— Indiana Men's Soccer (@IUMensSoccer) July 14, 2017