Academy Report: Barca Residency Academy U-19s Ranked #3 on Top Drawer Soccer Top 25
October 25, 2018
The Barca Residency Academy U-19s are ranked the #3 team in the country on Top Drawer Soccer’s recently released TeamRank Top 25. The only non-MLS team in the top five, they trail behind #1 New York Red Bulls (5-0-2) and #2 New York City FC (5-1-0). The Barca Residency Academy U-19s are also currently the #2 team in the DA playoff standings and will look to move top of the table before the holiday break.
The U-19 roster features 14 returning players, eight of which who were a part of the Barca Academy U-17 team that finished third place last year in the DA Championships.
Maintaining the nucleus of that U-17 team has been a major contributor to the U-19’s early success. Coming up short in the playoffs last year, this group of players is determined to get to the championship game. This team is experienced, mature, confident and they have high expectations for their season.
“I’m confident in the group we have and know what we are capable of doing when we play as a team,” said U-19 captain Jose Olmos. “My teammates and I have aspirations of winning the national championship and we know that it is possible for us to do despite falling short last year.”
The undefeated U-19s have enjoyed a four-week break and will return to action on Sunday when they’ll host Real So Cal (0-3-0) at home. They will face Strikers FC (1-3-0) on the road the following weekend and travel to Sarasota, Florida for the DA Winter Showcase that will take place November 29th – December 2nd. The DA showcase will be concluded 2018 competition for the U-19s, look for them to chase perfection and remain unbeaten into the holiday break.
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