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Minnesota Development Academy Teams Back in Action

2011 April 4

Minnesota’s Development Academy teams were back in action at home again this past weekend, the first time since mid-November.

Major League Soccer’s Development Academy team Sporting Kansas City was in Minnesota to play both Shattuck-St. Mary’s School and the Minnesota Thunder Academy.


Shattuck-St. Mary’s School vs. Sporting Kansas City

Saturday’s action saw both U-15/16 and U-17/18 Shattuck-St. Mary’s (SSM) teams go up against Sporting KC (SKC) at the SSM Sports Complex in Faribault, Minnesota.

In U-15/16 action, Sporting KC defeated Shattuck-St. Mary’s 2-0 with a goal in each half.

Midfielder Wes White scored the game winner in the 13′ and another midfielder, David Leichty, made sure of things in the the 69′. SSM are now 1-1-0 in the Frontier Division of the Central Conference.

The U-17/18s also saw action on Saturday with a better result for Shattuck-St. Mary’s. The game ended in a 2-2 draw but if you missed the first ten minutes of the game you would have missed all the goal scoring action. SSM got on the board first with a goal by Brett Habermehl in the 2nd minute. The game would wait for only 6 more minutes until 3 more goals were scored, all in the course of two minutes. William Witherspoon responded for Sporting with a goal in the 8th minute drawing the game even. But both teams scored just a minute later with goals by Christian Blandon for SSM and Jordan Rideout for SKC.

The draw leaves SSM with a 1-0-1 record in the Frontier Division of the Central Conference.


Minnesota Thunder Academy vs. Sporting Kansas City

Sunday’s action was played at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., between the Minnesota Thunder Academy (MTA) and Sporting Kansas City (SKC).

The U-15/16s saw an evenly played game with neither team scoring and the game ending in a 0-0 draw.

The MTA U-15/16s are now 0-1-1 in the Frontier Division.

The U-17/18 match was a high-scoring affair with 5 goals. Sporting KC ending up on the wining side by a score of 3-2. MTA seemed to have the better run of play with shots on goal at 8-4 in the Thunder’s favor and a 15-10 advantage in total shots. However, Sporting held the advantage in corner kicks at 7-5.

Getting on the board first was SKC when they took full advantage of a MTA defensive error. Jordan Rideout, one of the standout players for KC, took full advantage of the opportunity and scored in the 8th minute of action.

KC scored again just into the second half at the 55th minute mark putting Sporting up 2-0 with a goal by Tom Adams. But MTA’s Tom Obarski scored on a nice run down the right side and slotted home for the first MTA goal in the 65th minute with an assist to Issac Kannah.

MTA completed the rally and scored again in the 71st minute on a goal by Gerald Ben, assisted by Atli Einarsson, leveling the score at two apiece. But just 7 minutes later KC forward William Witherspoon finished the scoring for the day, putting his team up for good with a 3-2 victory over MTA.

The MTA U-17/18s are now 0-2-0


Next weekend sees both travel partner clubs, Minnesota Thunder Academy and Shattuck-St. Mary’s travel to St. Louis, MO.

The two Minnesota teams will take on the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri and St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro teams in both U-15/16 and U-17/18 next Saturday and Sunday April, 9th and 10th at the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Facility.

All four teams return home to play on Saturday, April 16th when the Minnesota Thunder Academy teams will go up against Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Academy teams at the National Sports Center in the Stadium Field.

One Response
  1. April 5, 2011

    SSM seems to have an edge over MTA. I am looking forward to the meeting between the two teams on April 16th.

    Anybody know how much SSM costs for a season/school year? I won’t be having any little guys for a while, but maybe I should consider settling down in Fairbault – if there are any jobs 🙂

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