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It is going to be a very busy weekend down here a the Grande Sports Academy as the U16 Academy & U18 Academy teams will be hosting the San Jose Earthquakes and the U16 Elite & U18 Elite will be participating in the Presidents’ Day Tournament.

Academy TeamsGrande Sports Academy - Real Salt Lake U18 Arizona vs Strikers FC - Justen Glad, Amer Sasivarevic

Recap of last week’s action – U18 Academy defeated Strikers FC 4-2. U16 Academy defeated Strikers FC 4-0.

This weekend RSL-AZ will host U16/U18 San Jose Earthquakes at Grande Sports World. The U18 game will kickoff at 11:00am and will be a clash between two first place clubs. RSL-AZ leads the Southwest Division and San Jose leads the Northwest Division. RSL-AZ U16, Southwest Division leaders, will play San Jose at 1:30pm.

Assistant Coach Mike Kraus – “It’s another MLS Academy team so there is a little bit of extra pride on the line. It’s a team you don’t get to see twice because of not being in the same division. Definitely a little extra incentive added in there.”

Notes – RSL-AZ U16 is currently on a 3 game winning streak and have outscored opponents 15-1 during this time. U16’s Bofo Saucedo is the second highest goal scorer in the Southwest Division with 11 goals. RSL-AZ U18 has outscored opponents 9-3 over the past two games. U18’s Coco Navarro has scored 10 goals in his past 4 games.

Elite Teams

Recap of last week’s action – U16 Elite team won the U16 Championship in the Desert Cup and you can read and see all about that right here.

This weekend both Elite teams will be participating in the Presidents’ Day Tournament. Games will be played Friday-Sunday with Championship games being held on Monday. Both Elite teams are placed in Brackets with 3 opposing teams. Each team will play each other once and the winner of the group will automatically advance to the next round. On the U16 side teams can also Reach 11 Mapearn a wildcard spot (2 total).  No wildcard spots in the U18 division as there are only 2 brackets for their age group. Winner of their specific U18 group automatically advance to Championship game. For further rules you can check out their website here.

Map to the right —>

Rules of the tournament for group play:
3 points win
1 point tie

Schedule for the teams:

Winning team in BOLD

Friday, February 15th, 2013
U18 RSL Elite vs SC del Sol 98 Boys Armstrong (AZ) – 6:00pm at Reach 11 #5, 1-3
U16 RSL Elite vs Real Colorado National (CO) – 7:45pm at Reach 11, Field #9, 2-1

Saturday, February 16th, 2013
U18 RSL Elite vs MN Thunder Academy Elite 94/95 (MN) – 1:45pm at Reach 11, Field #11
U16 RSL Elite vs Ballistic SC U16 Boys (ID) – 8:45pm at Reach 11, Field #1

Sunday, February 17th, 2013
U18 RSL Elite vs Calgary Foothills 95s (CND) – 8:30am at Reach 11, Field #5
U16 RSL Elite vs LV Premier ’97B White (NV) – 12:00pm at Reach 11, Field #13
U18 RSL Elite vs Colorado United White 6005 (CO) – 1:45pm at Reach 11, Field #3

Possible games if teams win group or earn wildcard spot

Sunday, February 17th, 2013
U16 Quarterfinals –  7:oopm at Reach 11, Field #15, #16, #17, #18

Monday, February 18th, 2013
U16 Semifinals – 10:15am at Reach 11, Field #2 or #3
U18 Championship – 12:00pm at Reach 11, Field #14
U16 Championship – 1:45pm at Reach 11, Field #12

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