Seacoast United Developmental Academy teams welcome opponents DC United and Baltimore Bays Chelsea to our Outdoor Complex in Epping this weekend. The Academy faces DC United on Saturday and Baltimore on Sunday. Games are at 12pm and 2pm both days on field 4.
Both opponents sit on top of the Eastern Conference Mid Atlantic division and as always they will be very strong. Baltimore will be on a high following their successive victories over Seacoast United rivals New England Revolution and FC Greater Boston last weekend in Massachusetts. DC United won and tied their matches during last weekend’s play.
The Seacoast United U18 Developmental Academy coaches Rob Thompson and Ewan Seabrook also believe they can get a decent result against these teams after their squad came away with back to back wins over Match Fit Chelsea and NJSA in Epping last week. They will be looking to the likes of U18 National Team player Jimmy Petruccelli and Fazal Nabi in midfield for inspiration, and with the sturdy defending of Trent Roy, Elvis Lumumba, and Connor Pauley at the back they hope to stem the tide of a team that has scored quite a few goals in their last outings. Striker Michael Bloom comes off a couple of standout performances last weekend with game winning goals.
The U16 Academy team coached by John Price, Seacoast United’s Boys’ Director of Coaching, had an indifferent weekend and were totally out of sorts in their Saturday match vs. NJSA losing 0-3, but turned around to earn a well-deserved tie against Match Fit Chelsea the next day. Looking for a big step up from midfielders Junior Tomlinson and Casey Schehl, along with defensive trio Ben Mack, Sam Milbury, and Andrew Chaput. The U16’s welcome back Guy Kabala from international duty in California with the U15 National squad, who will add a bit of steel to the midfield area. Zach Vieira and Harry Choee look like they will lead the attack with the absence of scoring leader Ramiro Osorio, who is still out with ligament damage to his ankle.
Here’s looking to an entertaining weekend of Academy soccer at Epping!
The Seacoast United 1996 and 1995 Pre-Academy squads are away in Maryland playing DC United and Potomac.