Heading into the US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, where all 74 Academies descend on Lakewood Ranch, FL, for the nation's single largest college- and professional scouting event for boys , the two Crossfire Premier Academy teams continue to turn heads with their performance both on and off the soccer field.
After a disappointing defeat in their opening game of the season, the Crossfire U-15/16 Academy has gone eight consecutive games without a loss, sprinting out to a 5-1-3 record, second best in the Northwest Division behind the Vancouver Whitecaps and good for 14th nationally out of the 74 Academy teams.
The Crossfire U-17/18 Academy has put together an unbeaten streak of their own, having now gone four games without a loss, capped by a 3-0 dismantling of Santa Cruz Breakers in their last outing. This weekend, November 20-21, both teams play San Jose Earthquakes and Juventus SC, with games set to kickoff at 11 a.m. (U-18) and 1:30 p.m. at Redmond High School.
In addition to the Academy teams finding success in their scheduled league games, Crossfire Premier just flew a reserve team comprised of players from the two squads not regularly in the lineup out to San Jose for a set of games. The group, which included Developmental Players currently playing with Crossfire Premier club teams as well, took on two U-19 teams from De Anza Force before returning to Seattle for this week's training.
Off the field, the Crossfire Premier Academy teams are achieving at a level beyond even the club's high expectations. After one quarter of the high school year, the U-16 Academy team has turned in a team GPA of 3.76, while the U-18 team's 3.62 GPA isn't far behind. Combined with the teams' prowess on the soccer field, it's easy to see why Crossfire players are in such demand from some of the country's top colleges and universities. In just the past few weeks, Crossfire Academy players have been scouted by coaches from or have visited such fine universities as Stanford, Cal-Berkeley, UW, Seattle U, Santa Clara, Cornell, Dartmouth, Yale, Georgetown, Northwestern and Notre Dame, to name just a few.
With the Academy Showcase just a couple weeks away, things are obviously looking up for the Crossfire Academy program again this year. And as the club continues to demand academic excellence on par with the teams' achievement on the field, 2015-16 promises to yield another crop of Academy players with very bright futures indeed.