SKC Academy U-18s clinch playoff berth with victory over Solar

Sporting KC Academy U-18s - May 28, 2016

The Sporting Kansas City Academy U-18s secured a spot in the 2015-16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs with a 1-0 victory over Solar Chelsea SC on Saturday at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma.

Felipe Hernandez broke the deadlock in the 84th minute, slotting home from close range to give the U-18s their fifth league win in six games. Sporting KC controlled the run of play against their Texas counterparts but relied on goalkeeper Alex Brown to make excellent saves in the 54th and 61st minutes to keep Solar Chelsea SC off the scoresheet.

Saturday's result gives Sporting KC a 14-8-3 record (45 points) heading into the final weekend of USSDA action. Head coach Jon Parry's team is guaranteed to finish fourth in the Frontier Division, missing automatic playoff qualification by one spot. However, the U-18s will secure a wildcard playoff berth thanks to their 1.8 points per game, placing them fourth in a wildcard pool that sends the top 11 teams nationwide to the postseason.

SKC Academy U-18s clinch playoff berth with victory over Solar -

The Sporting Kansas City U-16s are close to punching their playoff ticket in a different manner after tying Solar Chelsea 2-2 behind Johnny Hansen's brace. The U-16s (11-9-5, 38 points) occupy the third and final playoff spot in the Frontier Division, two points clear of fourth-place Texas Rush. If Sporting KC beats Colorado Rush in Sunday's regular season finale at Swope Soccer Village, the team will clinch a spot in the USSDA Playoffs next month.

Should Texas Rush vault into third place this weekend, Sporting KC's postseason bid would likely fall short based on the current U-16 wild card standings.

The U-18s and U-16s return to Swope Soccer Village on Sunday for the 2015-16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy regular season finale against Colorado Rush. The U-18s kick off at 10 a.m. CT before the U-16s conclude the doubleheader at 12:30 p.m. CT. Both games are free and open to the public. Follow @SKCAcademy on Twitter for live updates.