WESTFIELD, Ind. – Having missed the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs by only one spot, Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-15/16 set out for Indiana to participate in the academy showcase with hopes of coming together as a team and solidifying roster spots for next season.
Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-15/16 1-1 Vardar
In the first game of the showcase on Monday, Alex Vedamanikam powered RSL-AZ U-15/16 to a 1-0 half time lead with his first Academy goal in the 29th minute, getting the team off to a positive start.
After taking the lead, the 16s missed out on a number of opportunities to add some breathing room and Vardar took advantage. Spencer Noff scored the equalizer for Vardar in the 60th minute to bring the game level and secure the 1-1 draw.
Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-15/16 1-1 Montreal Impact FC
Much like in their first game against Vardar, the 16s held a 1-0 lead at the break thanks to an Alex Vedamanikam goal, this one coming just moments before the half time whistle.
Once again, after a number of missed chances, Montreal struck back to equalize in the 65th minute on a Protais Mutambala goal. The game would finish locked at one goal each to give the Claret-and-Cobalt their second straight draw of the showcase.
Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-15/16 0-4 Colorado Rush
After a pair of letdown draws to open the showcase, RSL-AZ U-15/16 ran out of steam in their final game against Colorado Rush. Colorado struck quickly and ruthlessly, scoring in the 1st and 6th minutes from a pair of Griffin Dorsey goals.
Colorado’s Bailey Rouse and Ryan Wilson extended the lead in the 21st and 44th minutes, respectively, to seal the 4-0 win and send the 16s home on a sour note.