Concorde Fire Elite '91: USS DA News

Tuesday, July 27
CFE '91 Ends USS Soccer Development Academy Final Season with 24 Wins, 9 Losses, 4 Draws

As the Boys in Red get ready to head to college, they leave behind some great memories and an impressive record. The team played 37 matches in their final season as a US Soccer Development Academy team.

Beginning back on September 7, 2009 the team compiled 24 wins in the 8 months of play.  All in all a great season capped by an all expense paid trip to the National Finals at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

CFE '91 WE ARE # 7!!.jpg
We're # 7
Sunday, July 18
Concorde Fire Defeats Derby County Wolves 4-2 for Seventh Place

Concorde Fire U-17/18 defeated Derby County Wolves U-17/18 4-2 on Saturday afternoon on July 17 at the 2010 Development Academy Finals Week to take seventh place back to Atlanta. The open match featured six goals, three of those coming in a late flurry as the midday sun contributed to the fatigue of a hard-fought week of games for both sides.

CARSON, Calif. (July 17, 2010) – Concorde Fire U-17/18 defeated Derby County Wolves U-17/18 4-2 on Saturday afternoon on July 17 at the 2010 Development Academy Finals Week to take seventh place back to Atlanta. The open match featured six goals, three of those coming in a late flurry as the midday sun contributed to the fatigue of a hard-fought week of games for both sides.

John Davidson started the scoring with two quick goals at the end of the first half. Calos McCrary added the third and forth for Concorde either side of a TJ Van Slooten strike for Derby County. Reed Losee finished the scoring and a late spell of three goals in three minutes with a finish from inside the six yard box in the 89th minute.

"I thought the performance today was a lot better than what we had," noted Concorde Fire head coach Ken Kurilec. "We settled down and played a little bit. We got some of our injured players back, which made a big difference. I was happy they closed out well."

Derby County found themselves in the seventh place match after finishing fourth in a very competitive Group 1 in the U-17/18 division, despite winning the U-15/16 age division just one year ago. Concorde Fire could not shake their slow start in Group 2 to finish higher in the standings but came back today with an impressive goal scoring display to end on a bright note.

After a slow start to the game, Davidson popped up to inject life just four minutes from half when he converted a Kevin Rodriguez corner by rising at the penalty spot to head home his first of the game. Just two minutes later, he was in the right spot at the right time when a Carlos McCrary shot was deflected into his path in the box. Davidson reacted well and helped the ball along with his head to beat a wrong-footed Andrew Grinwis in the Derby County goal.

McCrary would continue the headed goal trend after just four minutes into the second half. Concorde worked the ball wide right to Sawyer Hemmer who played a pinpoint cross into McCrary’s head in the box. The Concorde frontrunner made no mistake, planting his header inside the near post to make it 3-0.

As the pace of the game deflated under the hot California sun, there would be a drought of goals until the 86th minute when TJ Van Slooten was finally able to beat an impressive Brendan Moore in the net for Concorde. Moore made 12 saves on the day in an open match that saw 44 shots altogether from both teams.

McCrary quickly restored Concorde’s three goal advantage by using his speed to race down a Moore goal kick that skipped through the Derby County defense. Outrunning the last defender, he was able to control and finish his one-on-one chance with Grinwis to score the fifth goal of the game.

Derby County, however, was not quite done yet and was able to pull another goal back in the finals moments of the game when substitute Eric Weberman cut in from the left and hit a cross with his right foot. Losee was first to react to the quick deflection and hooked the ball in with his left foot from inside the six to cap the scoring and the match.

Development Academy Finals Week Match Report: Concorde Fire vs. Derby County Wolves
July 17, 2010
Development Academy Finals Week
The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
1 p.m. PT

Scoring Summary:  1   2   F

CON                          2   2   4
DCW                         0   2   2

CON – John Davidson (Kevin Rodriguez)          41st minute
CON – John Davidson                                        43
CON – Carlos McCrary (Sawyer Hemmer)        49
DCW – TJ Van Slooten (Tyler Jordan)               86
CON – Carlos McCrary                                       88
DCW – Reed Losee (Eric Weberman)                89


CON: 24-Brendan Moore (1-Simon Carter 86); 23-Alex Sullivan (15-Nolan Hemmer 53), 7-Alex Sandland, 18-Nikos Papanikolopoulos (22-Sawyer Hemmer 58), 11-Kevin Rodriguez, 19-John Davidson (16-Sean King 46), 2-Malcolm Miller (21-Jordan Levine 83), 6-Stephen McGill (10-Greg MacKenzie 58), 26-Arturo Cruz (4-Connor McWhorter 76), 8-Ehiosasele Aburime, 9-Carlos McCrary.
Head Coach: Ken Kurilec

DCW: 1-Andrew Grinwis; 14-Zachary Cooney (13-Stefan Grigorakis, 46), 21-Nicholas Prys (11-Eric Weberman, 62), 8-Ryan Keener, 12-Sean Magee; 4-Nathan Hicklin (19-Mitchal Rosendall, 85), 23-Tyler Jordan, 9-Cody Henderson (3-Adam Bedell, 80), 28-Dzenan Catic (5-Joshua Barens); 32-Reed Loosee, 20-Jad El-Zein (22-TJ Van Slooten, 46)
Subs not used: 0-Tom Duquette, 6-Kelby Spake,,16-Aaron Hebden, 18-Nicholas Lewin, 17-Sasa Miskovic
Head Coach: David Hicklin

Stats Summary: CON / DCW
Shots: 20 / 24
Shots on Goal: 8 / 13
Saves: 12 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 5
Fouls: 9 / 6
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:

CON – Malcom Miller (caution)    48th minute
DCW – Nathan Hicklin (caution)   74


Referee: Cedric Adams
Assistant Referee 1: Baboucarr Jallow
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Klinger
Fourth Official: Israel Fernandez



Friday, July 16
Real So Cal Victorious Against Concorde Fire 5-1 to Close Out Group Play

Real So Cal U-17/18 scored three goals in the first 20 minutes to eventually win 5-1 against Concorde Fire U-17/18 in their third match of the 2010 Development Academy Finals Week in Carson, Calif.

CARSON, Calif. (July 15, 2010) – Real So Cal U-17/18 scored three goals in the first 20 minutes to eventually win 5-1 against Concorde Fire U-17/18 in their third match of the 2010 Development Academy Finals Week in Carson, Calif.

Victor Chavez and Emilio Orozco hit for two goals and Edwin Rivas added another for Real So Cal. Alex Sandland grabbed Concorde Fire’s tally 35 minutes into the first half. Despite scoring five goals in their final group match, Real So Cal came up just short of the Finals Week championship match due to Vardar’s 3-0 win against Baltimore Bays Chelsea in the other Group 2 match. Both Real So Cal and Vardar finish on seven points but Vardar’s superior goal differential of +6 edged out the +5 goal differential of Real So Cal.

Real So Cal came into the match know they needed to win and win by at least two goals to give them a chance at finishing first in the group. If the first 18 minutes of the match were any indication of their intent, there was no questioning their commitment to attack and push for multiple goals. Chavez and Orozco hit for two quick strikes before ten minutes to send Real So Cal off to a flying start, with Orozco’s finish the cap to an impressive combination of five passes across the top of the Concorde Fire penalty area. To pile the pressure on Vardar, Rivas made the match 3-0 before the midway point of the first half. His well taken strike from the left side of the area seemed to send Real So Cal on their way before either team had even found their footing.

Concorde, however, was yet to throw in the towel, putting together chances in the 22nd and 28th minute. On 35 minutes, the Atlanta club was starting to see the ball more and find a foothold in the match. Their breakthrough came from a free kick in the middle of the field nearly 35 yards from goal. The chipped delivery found its way to Alex Sandland who controlled the ball on his first touch and hit the side netting to draw a goal back.

By the halftime mark, Vardar had added a goal of their own and still held a one goal advantage in the goal differential column. Real So Cal’s hopes of winning the match were hanging by a thread when, in the 51st minute, Concorde was awarded a penalty. Benjamin Gold, who had entered the match in goal, got a fingertip to Kevin Rodriguez’s effort to deflect it onto the post and preserve Real So Cal’s two goal advantage.

The tempo of the game started to pick up and fouls were coming fast and furious as the emotionally charged match looked ready to set off at any point. The teams were flowing back and forth and traded a pair of gilt-edged chances in the 57th minute, but the smooth passing exhibited in the first half started to suffer under the emotional level of the match.

Real So Cal desperately needed two more goals to ensure winning the group and started to pile numbers forward as the game got progressively more physical. On 69 minutes they would find their fourth goal after midfielder Jeffrey Koval was crowded out by three defenders in the box but fouled in the process. Emilio Orozco stepped up to the spot to score the second of his two goals.

The Californians were not done however, and Chavez’s streaking run down the left was rewarded with a long, diagonal ball into his path. His first touch took him by his defender and was able to round the ‘keeper before finishing into an open net and set off celebrations on the Real So Cal bench. With results holding, the California club was set to win the group on the goals scored tie breaker as Vardar held a 2-0 advantage.

However, any potential celebrations were subdued by word that Vardar had scored a third goal in the 90th minute sending them through to the championship match. 

Development Academy Finals Week Match Report Match: Concorde Fire U-17/18 vs. Real So Cal U-17/18
July 15, 2010
Development Academy Finals Week
The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
4 p.m. PT

Scoring Summary:  1   2   F

CON                         1   0   1
REAL                        3   2   5

REAL – Victor Chavez (Edwin Rivas)         5th minute
REAL – Moises Orozco (Carlos Benavidez)  7
REAL – Edwin Rivas                                18
CON – Alex Sandland (Carlos McCrary)     35
REAL – Moises Orozco (penalty)               69
REAL – Victor Chavez                             78


CON: 24-Brendan Moore; 23-Alex Sullivan, 15-Nolan Hemmer, 18-Nikos Papanikolopoulos, 11-Kevin Rodriguez; 25-John Davidson (12-Chris Duvall, 53), 6-Stephen McGill (capt.) (10-Greg MacKenzie, 46), 7-Alex Sandland (22-Sawyer Hemmer, 63), 29-Arturo Cruz (16-Sean King, 46, 4-Connor McWhorter, 71); 2-Malcolm Miller; 28-Carlos McCrary (21-Jordan Levine, 81)
Subs not used: 0-Simon Carter, 32-Ehiosasele Aburime
Head Coach: Ken Kurilec

REAL: 1-Keon Parsa (14-Benjamin Gold, 46); 32-Emilio Orozco (8-Harrison Hanley, 82), 27-Ryan Malden, 15-Mynor Giron (capt.), 25-Jose Cabrera (12-Edgar Ramirez, 71); 22-Carlos Benavidez, 3-Jeffrey Koval, 31-Moises Orozco; 10-Jose Monteroza (7-Fabian Garcia, 46, 6-Nathan Jasperse, 87), 23-Edwin Rivas (13-Samuel Ball, 67), 11-Victor Chavez
Subs not used: 0-Oscar Hernandez, 2-Estanilao Arevalo, 9-Dylan Weening, 17-Cesar Rodriguez, 18-Tanner Snedigar, 20-Jesus Landeros, 21-Alexander Markes, 24-Craig Nitti, 33-Ricardo Argueta, 35-Marco Pineda, 58-Dennis Martinez
Head Coach: Julio Castillo

Stats Summary: CON / REAL
Shots: 12 / 19
Shots on Goal: 3 / 13
Saves: 8 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 5
Fouls: 20 / 15
Offside: 2 / 10

Misconduct Summary:
CON – Arturo Cruz (caution)              42nd minute
CON – Sean King (caution)                48
REAL – Emilio Orozco (caution)         48
REAL – Edwin Rivas (caution)            63
REAL – Samuel Ball (caution)             72
CON – Carlos McCrary (caution)         79
CON – Connor McWhorter (caution)    87


Referee: Eric Weisbrod
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Nelson
Assistant Referee 2: Danny Thornberry
Fourth Official: Ismail Elfath

Wednesday, July 14
Vardar Defeats Concorde Fire 3-0
Michigan’s Vardar dispatched Atlanta’s Concorde Fire with a 3-0 win in the final game of the day at The Home Depot Center.

CARSON, Calif. (July 13) — Michigan’s Vardar dispatched Atlanta’s Concorde Fire with a 3-0 win in the final game of the day at The Home Depot Center. Ezekiel Harris opened up the scoring for Vardar in the 21st minute, but it wasn’t until midway through the second half that Joseph Dillon put the game away for his side. A third by Miche’le Lipari capped the night. The win propels Vardar to first place in Group 2 with 4 points, but only ahead of Real So Cal on tiebreakers.

On one of the warmer days in Finals Week so far, this matchup began slower than most. Vardar contained most of the possession, but was unable to connect on final passes in the attacking end while Concorde used their trademark grit and hustle to pressure their opponents at every opportunity. But one moment’s lapse of attention enabled Vardar to gain an early lead from the foot of Ezekiel Harris.

Starting with possession along the back line, defender Zach Schewee passed along the ground to Harris just past midfield near the center of the park. Seeing space diagonally to his left, Harris pushed the ball forward and split between the center and right backs, eventually entering the box to the left of the key. Holding off his challenger on the right, Harris shot cross-body across the goal and off the inside of the post for a 1-0 lead. Keeping their heads up, Concorde continued to pressure in hopes of tying the match. But consistent Vardar possession kept their chances to a minimum, and saw the half end with a 1-0 scoreline.

The second half began much like the first, with Concorde’s determination starting to disrupt the Vardar passing game. It took a set piece for Vardar to extend their lead in the 63rd minute off the head of Joseph Dillon. Looking to stop a fast break, Concorde fouled Vardar’s Peter Jacobson just inside their half. With his team filling up the goal box, Caleb Stanko stepped up to loft a ball in on goal. With the pass going straight down the middle, goalkeeper Brendan Moore was waiting to catch the ball but was beaten to it by Dillon, who’s slightly glancing header re-directed it just to the right of Moore.

Concorde had a solid chance just two minutes later to pull one back of a set piece of their own. The Fire’s Greg McKenzie sent in a free kick from the right side in the attacking half, but the ball was headed clear by Vardar. Waiting to collect 25 yards from goal was captain Stephen McGill who collected and fired hard from dead center. Diving to his left, Vardar goalkeeper Jonathan Jebson made the biggest save of the night to preserve his shutout.

Miche’le Lipari finished the match for sure with a strike of his own in the 76th minute, capitalizing on a scramble in the box. A cross from the left by Stanko was initially knocked down by the defense, but Lipari pounced on the loose ball to the right of the penalty spot. Stepping around a turned around defender, Lipari fired hard to the back left post and hit the side netting to give his team their third of the evening.

The result puts Vardar at the top of their group with 4 points, ahead of Real So Cal on goal differential. Both teams will play next on Thursday, July 15 at 4 p.m. PT. 

Development Academy Finals Week Match Report

Match: Concorde Fire U-17/18 vs. Vardar U-17/18
Date: July 13, 2010
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. local time

Scoring Summary:     1     2      F
Concorde Fire               0     0      0
Vardar                         1     2      3

VAR – Ezekiel Harris (Zach Schewee)         21st minute
VAR – Joseph Dillon (Caleb Stanko)          63
VAR – Miche’le Lipari                               76

CON: 24-Brendan Moore; 23-Alex Sullivan, 15-Nolan Hemmer, 18-Nikos Papanikolopoulos, 7-Alex Sandland; 21-Jordan Levine (32-Ehiosasele Aburime, 46), 10-Greg MacKenzie (22-Sawyer Hemmer, 69), 6-Stephen McGill (capt.), 11-Kevin Rodriguez, 2-Malcolm Miller; 28-Carlos McCrary (4-Connor McWhorter, 86)
Subs not used: 0-Simon Carter, 16-Sean King, 25-John Davidson, 29-Arturo Cruz,
Head Coach: Ken Kurilec

VAR: 0-Jonathan Jebson; 23-Zach Schewee, 2-Zachary Carroll, 4-Joseph Dillon (capt.), 18-Mario Teixeira; 20-Garth McClellan (19-Miche’le Lipari, 70), 5-Derek Schrauben, 21-Caleb Stanko, 8-Rob Dolot; 10-Peter Jacobson (12-Michael Pugh, 63), 11-Ezekiel Harris (7-Blake Skamiera, 72)
Subs not used: 1-Dean Dziewit, 14-Dario Folino, 15-Mahamoudou Kaba, 22-Fatai Alashe
Head Coach: Demir Muftari

Stats Summary: CON / VAR
Shots: 14 / 11
Shots on Goal: 7 / 5
Saves: 2 / 7
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 7 / 12
Offside: 1 / 6

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Contreras
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Sarfaraz
Fourth Official: Sorin Stoica

CFE '91 vs. Baltimore Bays
Cfe '91 vs. Bays at Home Depot Center
Monday, July 12
Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-17/18s Defeat Concorde Fire 4-1

CARSON, Calif. (July 11, 2010) – Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-17/18 opened their 2010 Development Academy Finals week with an emphatic 4-1 victory against the Concorde Fire at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. After the Fire opened the scoring in just the third minute, the Baltimore Bays responded with four straight goals to take the victory and all three points.

John Davidson headed in a Kevin Rodriguez free kick to give the Fire an early lead. It would last nearly until halftime but Jeremy Kirkwood hit back from close range after receiving a pass from Moses Makinde in the 43rd minute. The Baltimore Bays would add three goals in the second half as they used their man advantage well after Concorde Fire was reduced to 10 men in the 32nd minute.

The Concorde Fire converted the first chance of the game in the third minute when Rodriguez served a dangerous inswinger after a foul on the right flank. Davidson rose to meet it before the Bays’ ‘keeper Tim Peitsch and put the Atlanta side ahead 1-0. Although the Fire would have two more set piece opportunities, they could not capitalize before the turning point of the game in the 32nd minute. Baltimore won a free kick just inside the Fire half and as player jostled for position at the top of the box, the referee whistled for a red card infraction and sent off the goal scorer, Davidson just half an hour after he put his side ahead.

With the man advantage, Baltimore began to exert their personality on the match, pushing numbers into attack with Geaton Caltabiano pulling the strings in the midfield. Their equalizer came in the 43rd minute as they pushed forward in numbers with left back Moses Makinde entering the final third. His lofted pass over the defense was found by Jeremy Kirkwood who blasted a shot from close range which found its way through the ‘keeper’s legs to tie the match at 1-1.

With momentum on their side, Baltimore opened the second half with patient build up play, searching to unlock the Fire defense which was left to chase the game with only 10 men. The breakthrough came on 64 minutes which started a three minute flurry of three goals that put the result beyond reach. The first came from Mamadou Kensave when he followed up a Peter Karingi shot that was saved well by Brendan Moore in the Fire net. Kensave collected the long rebound and slotted his finish low past the ‘keeper for the 2-1 lead.

Caltabiano recorded the first of his two assists just two minutes later when he crossed from the left to find Karingi at the far post to nod home Baltimore’s third. Almost immediately, Caltabiano repeated his effort as provider when he collected the ball at midfield and pushed forward into the Fire defense. His touch lifted the ball over the advancing left back to Michael Raley who found himself with space just inside the area to settle and hit a hard half volley from 15 yards.

After the flash of goals, the game settled with Baltimore attempting to keep possession to kill off the match and avoid any dangerous Concorde Fire counterattacks. The Bays’ defense held firm and the Maryland side took the victory and the lead in the Group 2 standings. 

Development Academy Finals Week Match Report - Match:
Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-17/18 vs. Concorde Fire U-17/18
July 11, 2010
Development Academy Finals Week
The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. PT

Scoring Summary:   1   2   F
BBC                           1   3   4
CON                          1   0   1

CON – John Davidson (Kevin Rodriguez)      3rd minute
BBC – Jeremy Kirkwood (Moses Makinde)     43
BBC – Mamadou Kansaye                            64
BBC – Peter Caringi (Geaton Caltabiano)       66
BBC – Michael Raley (Geaton Caltabiano)      67

BBC: 14-Tim Peitsch (24-Robert Benzig, 88); 1-Joseph Meyer, 15-Oumar Ballo, 12-Joseph Cahalan (17-Marquez Fernandez, 25, 5-Jonathan Guzman, 80), 9-Moses Makinde (20-Alexander Bullington, 65); 3-Eli Dennis, 23-Jeremy Kirkwood, 10-Geaton Caltabiano (8-Brian Graham, 68), 18-Mamadou Kansaye; 7-Peter Caringi (16-Jackson Weiner, 74), 6-Michael Raley (11-Michael Molloy, 83).
Subs not used: 4-Diego McQuestion, 19-Mikias Teketele, 25-Matthew Tyrie

Head Coach: Steve Nichols

CON: 24-Brendan Moore; 22-Sawyer Hemmer, 15-Nolan Hemmer, 18-Nikos Papanikolopoulos, 23-Alex Sullivan; 2-Malcolm Miller (32-Ehiosasele Aburime, 61), 6-Stephen McGill (10-Greg MacKenzie, 54), 7-Alex Sandland (16-Sean King, 45), 11-Kevin Rodriguez; 28-Carlos McCrary (4-Connor McWhorter, 79), 29-Arturo Cruz (25-John Davidson, 2).
Subs not used: 0-Simon Carter, 21-Jordan Levine

Head Coach: Ken Kurilec

Stats Summary: BBC / CON
Shots: 18 / 6
Shots on Goal: 8 / 3
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 10 / 14
Offside: 5 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
BBC –Joseph Cahalan (caution)          21st minute
CON – John Davidson (sent off)         32
CON – Stephen McGill (caution)          37
BBC – Peter Caringi (caution)             46
BBC – Marquez Fernandez (caution)    52
CON – Sean King (caution)                 78

Referee: Sorin Stoica
Assistant Referee 1: Baboucarr Jallow
Assistant Referee 2: Justin Mack
Fourth Official: Reed Christy 

Thursday, July 1
California Here They Come!! Boys in Red Defeat Indiana United 1-0

In a must win (or draw) situation, the Boys in Red rose to the occasion and earned their trip to the US Soccer Finals Week at the Home Depot Center in Carson (LA), CA July 10 through 18. The Boys in Red were the Group F winner with a 3-0 record and 9 points. The final match against the # 1 seed and reigning U18 champion Indiana United required a win or a draw for CFE to move on, they won with style.

The match was even throughout the first half. Both teams had opportunities but the defense held the offenses a bay. The Boys in Reds’ defense was exceptional, pushing the powerful and high scoring Indiana offense outside. Indiana had one golden opportunity in the first half, but Brendan's reflexes and thrilling save on a shot from the 12 kept the match at nil-nil at halftime.

The second half began with more of the same, the defenses holding despite excellent work by the forwards and midfielders on both sides. Concorde broke through in minute 58 when Arturo took a corner kick and put a line drive to the near post. Stephen cut inside and put the header in front of the Indiana keeper and inside the post for the goal and a 1-0 lead. With 32 minutes left, Indiana made sure Concorde the match was not over with several attacks in the next few minutes. In one sequence, Brendan made a punch save on a header from the 6 closely followed by a shot from the 5. Concorde shifted the momentum and with a great lift from the subs put the pressure back on in the last 15 minutes.The match ended with Concorde on the right side of the 1-0 score.

Placing Concorde in Winners Circle
Concorde Goes into the Winners' Circle!

Sunday, June 27
Concorde Stops Revolution 4-0 at US Soccer DA in Greensboro

The second match of the 2010 US Soccer DA Playoffs ended in a 4-0 victory for the Boys in Red. While the weather was hot, CFE '91 remained cool and cruised to their second win in as many matches, this one over the New England Revolution. CFE '91 has taken lead of the group with 6 points to Indiana United's 4.Concorde controlled most of the match with well placed passes, aggressive attacks and an unyielding defense. Stephen scored the first goal with a header in the 20th minute off a well directed free kick from Arturo. It was the only goal of the first half.

In the second half, the wise use of subs kept Concorde fresh and the attacks began to pay off. In minute 67, Essie got the jump on the defense and a perfect pass from Greg put the ball in the net for the second time. 3 minutes later, Essie again got open and this time Chris led him with a pass to make it 3-0 with 20 minutes to go. The final goal came when Greg got Carlos the ball and Carlos took it around a defender and the keeper in the 75th minute.

Sunday, June 27
Boys in Red Win Match with Lonestar Aztex 3-2 at USS DA Playoffs

Concorde won the first USS DA playoff match, beating the Lonestar Aztex Academy 3-2 at Bryan Park. The win puts CFE '91 in a tie for the group lead with Indiana United with 3 points.

The Lonestar Aztex came out very strong and controlled the match for the first 15 minutes. The Boys in Red were in a defensive posture. The first Lonestar goal came in minute 4 on a throw-in that Brendan tipped and Sean, in effort to clear, headed into the goal. The goal however, was credited to Lonestar's Bailey Hinners. The Boys in Red began to take over after 15 minutes and the first Concorde goal came in minute 19 when Chris finished a Carlos cross at the 6. The second goal came 3 minutes later when Carlos took a pass from Malcolm and put it in the net. The half ended 2-1.

The third Concorde score came in the 57th minute when Arturo made a run wide and sent the ball into Chris who dished to Greg. This goal turned out to be the winner. The final goal of the match came in minute 91th when the Lonestar forward got behind the defense and beat Brendan in a one on one. The match ended one minute later.

Finalists in Waiting!
Finalist in Waiting
Wednesday, December 31
Concorde is Showcase Finalist at Disney, Texans win Championship 1 - 0

The Boys in "Red" held the Dallas Texans in check for 93 of the 94 minutes of play in the Disney U17 Showcase finals. Unfortunately, there was 1 minute, the 44th to be exact, in which the ball took a deflection in favor of the Texans resulting in a 1 – 0 victory for the reigning National Champs. Concorde threw everything they could at the Texans and had several “almosters” but the crossbar, upright and the Texan keeper prevented the ball from finding the net.

The two teams played a even match with very similar styles. This was the third meeting of the two teams, having met before at the U13 and U16 levels. The Texans now have a 2 – 1 edge on Concorde following the win at Disney. Click on the website above for the final standings.  

Wednesday, December 31
Concorde Fire '91 Elite ranks # 6 Nationally after Disney Showcase outing


It is true; normally Got rankings don’t get a lot of attention since teams must participate in the Got Soccer events to accumulate points. The USSF Academy season prevented participation in many of the events for the Boys in Black. However, following the Academy season the team began to participate in Got Soccer tournaments and began to gather points. So, now the thinking may change as the team moves up the charts. Starting at # 534 and moving up slowly, they entered Disney ranked  #100 nationally by Got With the performance at the Showcase, the team has earned enough points to be ranked # 6 nationally, # 3 in the region and # 1 in Georgia. The rankings are beginning to make more sense to us all.

The Dallas Texans (Houston) and the Dallas Texans are ranked # 1 and # 2 respectively and both are in the same region as Concorde. Filling out the top 5 are #3 YMS Xplosion, # 4 Lower Merion SC Velez and # 5 FC Pride 92 Elite. Please click on the headline above to go to the Got Boys U17 rankings web page.  

2008 Disney All Stars
Concorde's Brendan and Malcolm with Mickey and rest of All Stars
Wednesday, December 31
Concorde Fire '91 places two on Disney U17 Showcase All Star Team


The Concorde team had two players selected for the Disney U17 All Star team. The whole team played very well and each could have been placed on the All Star team for their performance, however that would have upset the rest of the soccer community so the coaches only selected two. Brendan and Malcolm were selected and will be traveling to England next summer for a week of training sessions and matches. They will also attend an English Premier League kickoff event and match while there. 

Alex Sa. was selected to last years’ team and told the team about the first class treatment he received while on last years' trip to England. The 2009 trip will start at Disney with training and events in the parks prior to the departure to London.

Friday, July 31
Team Arrives in San Diego to Continue Surf Training
Concorde Arrives in San Diego
Surf Cup Here We Are!

Following arrival in San Diego the team continued the training regimen. Here the team is gathering with other athletes after a rigorous Surf Cup training session.  

Another Rough Surf Cup Training Session
Surf Cup Training Session

Surf Cup Team 2009
2009 Surf Cup Team
Wednesday, August 5
Last Exit from San Diego, Farewell to Surf Cup

The 2009 Surf Cup tournament and trip was its usual wonderful event, even if the results were disappointing. The Boys in Black finished with a 1 – 2 - 0 record for a fourth place finish in the 6 team Academy flight. The competition was California tough. The Acadmey Flight included Surf, Real So Cal, Pateadores, CDA and the Mustangs, all USDA Academy teams located in California. CDA and Real So Cal were ranked by Got Soccer as top 25 teams in the age group coming into the tournament, as was the Concorde Fire Elite '91. 

The first match on Saturday was the most exciting and ended with a 2-1 victory for Real So Cal. The Real So Cal team went up 1 – 0 in the 22nd minute, it was their first real opportunity and they took advantage with a nice cross and finish. The Boys in Black played well with good control and several attacks, however things became uneven in the 33rd minute as Chris received a direct red for a dangerous play at mid filed. This must have inspired the team, because even being a man down the Boys controlled the play for the remainder of the first half and most of the second. Concorde scored on what appeared to be an own goal, although the momentum came from Alex, as the goal was last deflected by a So Cal defender in the 28th minute. The score remained at 1-1 until the 84th minute when Connor was called for a foul inside the penalty area. So Cal found net with the resulting penalty kick. The team played extremely well, but the result was a 2-1 loss.

The Sunday match was a blow out with the Surf team scoring twice in the first half and 3 times in the second for the 5 -1 win. The Boys in Black made the score 1 – 1 with a goal by Carlos in the 33rd minute but So Cal came back immediately with a goal to lead at half time 2-1. The second half remained very one sided scoring wise with So Cal finishing 3 for the victory.

The final match on Sunday was a case of “What a difference a Day Makes” when the Boys in Black took to the pitch against Pateadores. The first five minutes were a bit tenuous, as Pateadores scored a goal on a shot that went through at least four defenders traveling at what appeared to be 4 MPH. However, things got much better when the team took control of play and scored in the 8th minute on a penalty kick by Stephen. Four minutes later Carlos made short work of a long run with an unassisted goal. The half ended at 2-1, but the Boys in Black were now in control and looking for the second half opportunities. Opportunities were quickly earned as goals came fast and furious; Stephen in the 48th minute, assist by Carlos, Stephen the 51st minute, a PK for the hat trick, Snoopy in the 73rd minute, assist by Alex and Essie again in the 75th to complete the 6 - 1 victory.

While the team was disappointed in the showing, the matches were a great showcase for the boys as lots of coaches were watching and inquiring regarding the players' status. No doubt the trip will help the team be ready for the 2009 – 2010 USDA season. The trip was a great one from many aspects with some wonderful memories of the 6th and last Surf Cup tournament for the team.    

Farewell to Surf Cup
Farewell Surf Cup

Wednesday, June 9
USSF DA South Conference Standings as of June 8, 2010

U-17/18 South Conference Division Overall
Atlantic Division GP W L T Pts GF GA GP W L T Pts GF GA Pts/GP
01. Greensboro Youth Soccer   14 8 1 5 29 29 11 29 13 6 10 49 46 33 1.69
02. CASL Chelsea FC Academy  14 8 2 4 28 23 7 29 15 4 10 55 46 20 1.90
03. Virginia Rush AJ Auxerre  14 7 3 4 25 22 13 29 11 12 6 39 43 41 1.34
04. North Meck SC  14 6 5 3 21 17 19 29 10 13 6 36 41 50 1.24
05. Charlotte Soccer Academy  14 4 5 5 17 19 19 29 10 14 5 35 39 48 1.21
06. McLean Youth Soccer  14 3 6 5 14 13 15 29 10 9 10 40 34 31 1.38
07. Richmond Strikers   14 2 7 5 11 15 26 27 4 15 8 20 31 54 0.74
08. Richmond Kickers   14 1 10 3 6 10 38 29 4 19 6 18 28 75 0.62
Southeast Division GP W L T Pts GF GA GP W L T Pts GF GA Pts/GP
01. Concorde Fire   16 12 2 2 38 46 19 30 20 6 4 64 75 36 2.13
02. IMG Soccer Academy  16 12 3 1 37 41 18 30 20 5 5 65 73 27 2.17
03. South Carolina United FC  16 7 6 3 24 26 27 30 12 13 5 41 54 50 1.37
04. Miami FC Kendall   16 6 5 5 23 17 17 30 9 10 11 38 35 38 1.27
05. Clearwater Chargers  16 6 7 3 21 38 37 30 14 10 6 48 75 62 1.60
06. Birmingham United  16 4 7 5 17 29 33 29 6 13 10 28 41 51 0.97
07. Weston FC  16 4 8 4 16 20 40 30 8 14 8 32 41 67 1.07
08. AFC Lightning   16 4 11 1 13 22 36 29 6 20 3 21 35 64 0.72
09. Atlanta Fire United  16 3 9 4 13 18 30 30 5 17 8 23 32 62 0.77

Monday, November 9
CFE '91 Ranked # 1 in Nation by Soccer In

The Boys in Black are the # 1 U18 team in USA in's latest rankings. The team’s previous highest ranking was # 3 in the USA by  following the finalist finish at the 2008 Disney College Showcase. The current Soccer in U18 rankings:


1.  Concorde Fire Elite ’91 (GA)

2.  Triangle United Gold (NC)

3.  Edmond Soccer Club ‘92 Black (OK)

4.  Louisiana Fire ’92 (LA)

5.  Jackson Futbol Club (MS)

6.  Houstonians Futbol Club (TX)

7.  Indiana Invaders Premier 92 Boys (IN)

8.  FC Evansville ‘92 (IN)

9.  Javanon SC ‘92 (KY)

10. Cincinnati United Premier ‘92 Red (OH)

Thursday, December 3
Concorde Fire Elite '91 is Top Ranked U17/18 Team Going to USSF DA Winter Showcase

From Soccer America's Youth Soccer Reporter

U-17/18 Leaderboard

Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 10:45 AM ET
[DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY] Heading into this weekend's Development Academy Winter Showcase at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Atlanta's Concorde Fire is the top-ranked club in the Under-17/18 Age Group with a 10-1-2 record.

Concorde is led by North Carolina-bound Carlos McCrary, who has already scored 17 goals in 13 games.

Other players who have made verbal commitments include former U-17 resident Cody Mizell and Nikos Papanikolopoulos (Clemson), Malcolm Miller (Michigan), Brendan Moore (North Carolina) and Chris Duvall (Wake Forest).

(Minimum of five games played.)
1. Concorde Fire (10-1-2) 2.46
2. Houston Dynamo (7-2-0) 2.33
3. Washington Premier FC (9-4-0)  2.08
4. Crossfire Premier (7-1-5)  2.00
5. FC Dallas (6-2-3) 1.91
6. IMG Soccer Acad. (7-4-0) 1.91
7. Nomads SC (4-2-1)  1.86
8. Texas SC DTH (4-2-2)  1.75
9. Clearwater Chargers (5-3-3) 1.64
10. LA Galaxy (3-2-2) 1.57