Weekend Soccer Preview: Academy season openers, Elites play in Tuzos

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Jose Hernandez playing a pass for Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-17/18 at Grande Sports World

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy and Elite have a busy weekend in store, with all five teams in action and playing a total of eleven matches between the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and the Tuzos Soccer Challenge.

In the opening weekend of USSDA action, the San Diego Surf visit Grande Sports World to take on Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy. RSL-AZ will look to start off the season on a high note in their quest to return to the USSDA finals.

Last season, RSL-AZ U-17/18 drew 1-1 against the Surf at home with a goal from Jose Hernandez, while RSL-AZ U-15/16 notched a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Sebastian “Bofo” Saucedo and Justen Glad.

Meanwhile, Real Salt Lake-Arizona Elite head north to Phoenix for the Tuzos Soccer Challenge, where the 17s open their season and the 16s and 18s will look to improve on last week’s disappointing performance at the 36th Annual North Huntington Beach Cup.

Expectations will be high for the Elites this weekend, as last year at the Tuzos Soccer Challenge the 18s finished in second place and the 16s won the competition.

The full schedule of this weekend’s slate of games can be seen below. All times are local for Casa Grande, Arizona.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Elite U-17 vs. Phoenix Premier FC (6:30 p.m. Desert West Sports Complex Field 3)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Elite U-18 vs. CCV Stars (9:15 a.m. Fear Farm Sports Complex Field 14)
Academy U-17/18 vs. San Diego Surf (10:00 a.m. Grande Sports World Field 6)
Elite U-16 vs. FBSL Salsa (10:30 a.m. Fear Farm Sports Complex Field 9)
Elite U-17 vs. CCV Stars (11:45 a.m. Fear Farm Sports Complex Field 9)
Academy U-15/16 vs. San Diego Surf (12:30 p.m. Grande Sports World Field 6)
Elite U-16 vs. FBSL Tuzos (2:30 p.m. Fear Farm Sports Complex Field 8)
Elite U-18 vs. Valparaiso United (5:30 p.m. Fear Farm Sports Complex Field 6)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Elite U-17 vs. FBSL Club America (9:15 a.m. Fear Farm Sports Complex Field 15)
Elite U-16 vs. SC Del Sol Banat (10:30 a.m. Fear Farm Sports Complex Field 9)
Elite U-18 vs. FC Bravo (1:00 p.m. Fear Farm Sports Complex Field 12)

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