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MLS NEXT Flex roundup: LAFC and FC Cincinnati shine in multiple age groups


One of the most famous clubs in youth football, the Players Development Academy (PDA) has continued to achieve results on the pitch across multiple age brackets. The New Jersey club team featured teams that won their group in the under-17 and under-19 age groups; a 4-2 victory on the final day against Toronto FC secured first place on goal difference. The U-19 team includes several players ready to start college careers in top programs in the fall.

Other New Jersey teams came away with good results. TSF Academy, a club in Wayne, New Jersey, saw three teams finish in first place. Cedar Stars Academy-Bergen also accomplished the same feat.

Legendary club Sockers FC continues to impress from the Chicagoland area. The Under-19 side dominated a fiercely competitive group, including a 2-0 win over Bethesda SC on day one of group play. The Under-16 team continued to dominate, scoring 13 goals and winning all three games.

Given the caliber and depth of talent in Southern California, it was no surprise to see Strikers FC field two teams. The Under-16 and Under-17 teams have combined to remain unbeaten, with five wins and one draw between the two. The club’s Under-15 side were also good, coming close to Real Salt Lake in the final group game.

The Breakers FC U15 team performed extremely well, earning a wild 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Union. BNT’s USA Under-15 defender Scott Chavira was one of many intriguing performers for the California club’s squad to make an impression.

Speaking of places across the country with plenty of talent, Weston FC were another club side to send multiple squads. The South Florida squad progressed as first-place finishers in the U-16 and U-17 age groups, with the U-19 squad being thwarted on the final day by a narrow 1-0 loss to PA Classics .