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BMO Academy Report: What to know for the Academy Playoffs

The 2019 Academy Playoffs are here, running from Monday, June 17 until the following Tuesday, June 25.

The action begins in Oceanside, California as the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy U-19s and U-17s embark on their quest for championship glory. The U-15s will also be on hand to play in the showcase.

Here are a few things to note:

HOW THEY GOT HERE

There are 78 clubs in the U-19 age group, and 82 for the U-17s. Only 32 remain in the playoffs.

Both teams finished second in their Northwest Division, and ranked 10th overall in the league. They enter their groups from Pot 2, but fully capable of taking down the top dogs. Find out more about their group opponents here.

FORMAT

There are eight groups of four teams in both the U-19 and U-17 ages. Each team plays the other three teams in their group once.

Only the first place finisher from each group will advance to the quarterfinals, which will take place at the end of the week.

The quarterfinal winners will then advance to the Academy Championship semifinals on July 8 in Orange County, with the finals on July 10.

SCHEDULE

Below is the daily schedule of matches for the three teams.

Monday June 17
5:30 p.m. U-19s vs. Chargers Soccer Club (Field 18)
 
Tuesday, June 18
5:00 p.m. U-17s vs. San Diego Surf (Field 21)
 
Wednesday, June 19
4:00 p.m. U-19s vs. Michigan Wolves (Field 20)
 
Thursday, June 20
11:00 a.m. U-15s vs. NYCFC (Field 15)
5:30 p.m. U-17s vs. Atlanta United FC (Field 20)
 
Friday, June 21
1:00 p.m. U-15s vs. Houston Dynamo (Field 8)
5:30 p.m. U-19s vs. Barca Academy (Field 1)
 
Saturday, June 22
4:00 p.m. U-17s vs. FC Dallas (Field 1)
 
Sunday, June 23
11:00 a.m. U-15s vs. Concorde Fire (Field 18)
 
Monday, June 24
TBC – U-19 quarterfinal
 
Tuesday, June 25
TBC – U-17 quarterfinal

HISTORY

The ‘Caps will be looking to make it to the Academy Championship semifinals for a fifth time in club history.

2012: In their first ever season in the Development Academy league, the ‘Caps U-18s made it to the final before falling 3-2 to FC Dallas.

2016: After a 4-1 win in the semifinals, the ‘Caps again faced FC Dallas in the U-18 final. This time they took a first half lead before eventually falling 2-1 in extra time.

2017: The U-16s made it to the Academy Championship semifinals for the first time in their age group, falling to eventual champions Atlanta United FC.

2018: The U-19s made the semifinals, going down 2-0 in extra time to LA Galaxy.

HOW DO I FOLLOW ALONG?

The best way to keep up with the action will be by checking the official academy Twitter account, @WFCAcademy.

Select matches will be streamed, and if any ‘Caps matches are available they will be promoted at whitecapsfc.com and on Twitter.

 

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