The U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoff positioning is coming down to the final games. Real Salt Lake U18’s and U16’s have two games remaining and a lot can change pending the results of these games. This weekend they will be taking hosting Pateadores who are also hoping for a big weekend to improve their playoff chances.
RSL U18’s are currently in second place in the Southwest Division, three points behind Division leaders LA Galaxy. For RSL to win the Division they need to win out and hope LA Galaxy pick up less than two points in their remaining two games. RSL also needs a strong showing so they can finish top 8 in the nation. 32 teams will make the playoffs and they will be broken down into 4 pots. If RSL can finish top 8 they can guarantee that they will be the top team in their group come playoff time.
RSL U16’s have a little more work to do. They can not win the Southwest Division as Chivas USA has already won it. RSL need’s to focus on improving their playoff chances. Right now they are the #14 team in the nation. They had an outside chance to finish top 8 which would require them to win out and receive some help. They are currently in second place in the Division and 1 point ahead of Real So Cal.
For more in-depth coverage of the Academy team standings U18/U16 click here.
Saturday, May 18th, 2013
RSL U18 vs Pateadores – 11:00am at Grande Sports Academy
RSL U16 vs Pateadores – 1:30pm at Grande Sports Academy