It has been a successful first year for Orlando City’s youth partnership with Montverde Academy, but the best is yet to come. Orlando City’s U17’s and U19s have both qualified for this week’s playoffs in San Diego.
“As we work to implement our playing philosophy into the Orlando City Development Academy, I have been quite pleased with the results thus far with the U15s, U17s and U19s since we began in January,” said Academy Director Mike Potempa.
This week’s event in San Diego will be the largest even in the history of the Development Academy. Hosted at the SoCal Sports Complex in Oceanside, CA, the Complex will feature the Boys’ Summer Showcase, Playoffs and Quarterfinal Knockout Rounds.
Orlando City will be looking to impress on the big stage.
“With the U19s and U17s both qualifying for the playoffs in San Diego, and Luc Granitur from the U15s getting called into the United States National Team camp for the first time, our work is now beginning to show,” said Academy Director Mike Potempa. “We are also extremely excited with the talent we have observed in the U12, U13, and U14 age groups and are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to have them join with the other age groups on the campus of Montverde Academy in August. With what we see so far, the future is extremely bright for the youth development movement here at Orlando City SC.”
While not a playoff format, Orlando City’s U15’s will also be in town to take part in the Summer Showcase.
Take a look below for a recap of each team’s season thus far as well as their schedule for the week ahead.
Goals for: 73
Goals against: 41
Alejandro Pereira– 19
G allen Seals– 15 G
From the Staff
“We are very much looking forward to competing in the playoffs next week in San Diego. The U19s have worked extremely hard to qualify and now we will take what we have learned and apply it in the post season against quality opponents from around the country. We are ready and prepared to represent Orlando City at the highest level.” - Fernando Argila
- June 18 - 4:00pm ET vs. Real Salt Lake
- June 20 - 4:00pm ET vs. Baltimore Armor
- June 22 - 4:30pm ET vs. BW Gottschee Academy
Goals for: 72
Goals against: 47
Bruno Furtado – 16 G
Nico Diaz – 12 G
Moises Tablante – 10 G
From the Staff
“We have made significant improvements in our overall team concept since January and we believe that we can compete against the best youth teams in the country. We have shifted our entire focus on our first opponent and look forward to making the trip to San Diego.” - Ricardo Paez
- June 19 - 7:00pm ET vs. Philadelphia Union
- June 21 - 7:00pm ET vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
- June 23 - 7:00pm ET vs. Barcelona Academy
Goals for: 88
Goals against: 50
Luc Granitur – 27 G (Called into U16 USMNT Camp)
Christian Miranda-Cordeiro – 7 G
Summer Showcase Schedule
June 21 - 12:00pm ET vs. Houston Dynamo
June 22 - 2:15pm ET vs. Internationals
June 23 - 2:00pm ET vs. Portland Timbers