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Successful First Weekend For MTA U17/18 Development Academy Team

2010 November 14
by Brian Quarstad

After only five training sessions squeezed in after the end of the high school season, the Minnesota Thunder Academy U17/18 Development Academy Team traveled to Chicago over the November 13-14 weekend to play its first games since MTA’s recent acceptance into the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.  MTA outplayed Chicago Magic on Saturday 3-0, with goals by Gerald Ben, Eric Miller and Tom Obarski, and played to a 1-1 draw on Sunday against Chicago Fire, behind a goal by Nick Forsgren.  Both the Magic and Fire have been Development Academy clubs since the inaugural 2007 season, and few were willing to predict such a successful weekend for MTA’s first games against these traditional Midwestern powerhouse clubs.

The MTA U17/18 team is stocked with players from the various Minnesota high-school all-state teams.  Of the eleven players named last week in the Pioneer Press All-State Soccer Team (which lists players from both AA and A classes), eight play for the MTA U17/18s.  More information regarding the MTA team, including its roster, can be found here.

The MTA U-15/16 team defeated the Chicago Magic on Saturday with a 2-0 win. Sunday’s results versus the Chicago Fire were not listed when this story was posted.

MTA was accepted into the U.S. Soccer Development Academy together with Shattuck-St. Mary’s, and SSM made the same trip to Chicago this weekend.  Shattuck was defeated 2-1 by Chicago Fire on Saturday, and drew the Chicago Magic 2-2 on Sunday.  More information regarding the Shattuck-St. Mary’s team, including its roster, can be found at here.

The Shattuck-St. Mary’s U15/16 team was also defeated by the Chicago Fire on Saturday by a score of  1-0 and Sunday’s results against the Chicago Magic were not listed when this story was posted.

Both MTA and Shattuck-St. Mary’s play their first home games next weekend at Macalester College. Check the teams’ USSF Development Academy website for days and exact times.

Information on the U.S. Soccer Development Academy can be found here.

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