June 18, 2012
Fire U-18 and U-16 earn spots
The Chicago Fire U-18 and U-16 squads advanced to the playoffs of the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy playoffs which begin Monday, June 25 in Dallas, Texas.
On Monday, the drawing for the Academy playoffs was held with the Fire U-18s grouped with Solar FC (Texas), Albertson SC (New York) and Concorde Fire (Georgia) while the U-16s were drawn against Seattle Sounders FC, Real Salt Lake AZ (Arizona) and Clearwater SC (Florida).
Both squads are highly ranked heading into the playoffs. The U-18s are currently the best top in the country and the U-16s are ranked fifth. The U-18s and the U-16s both finished atop the Great Lakes Division of the Central Conference, and are the highest ranked MLS Academy in each age group.