Chivas USA’s own U17/18 Team have advanced to finals week after drawing 1-1 with New York Red Bulls this afternoon as part of U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) Playoffs being held in Dallas, Texas. Forward Ben Spencer was in charge of scoring the only goal for the youth club, allowing the club to continue as leader of Group 6 with seven points and advance in the tournament.
The USSDA playoffs consist of 32 teams in eight groups (four each group); Chivas USA sits in Group 6 along with New York Red Bulls, New England Revolution and Charlotte Soccer Academy. The top teams of each group advance to the next stage. The young Goats will now await opponents that include three MLS Youth clubs. Finals Week will be held from July 16-23 in Houston, Texas; teams will be separated into groups of four where each will play each other until the ultimate winner is decided.
Chivas USA Academy products Marco Delgado and Ben Spencer played 90 minutes yesterday with the US U18 squad in a scoreless draw with Slovakia in the teams’ participation in the Lisbon Tournament held in Portugal.
This match was the second of the tournament for the Americans and they will now prepare for their final group match against Portugal this Saturday, May 26. The host country has won its first two games against fellow group teams Slovakia and Poland; a win for the U.S. would qualify them to the next round.
USA: 1-Zackary Steffen, 3-Jordan Allen , 5-Trevor Haberkorn, 4-Michael Amick Defender, 6-Mobi Fehr; 16-Marco Delgado, 7-Kellyn Acosta, 10-Alejandro Guido (8-Matthew Dunn, 46), 11-Esteban Rodriguez (14-Jack McBean, 46), 9-Ben Spencer, 20- Dillon Serna
Subs not used: 18-Ethan Horvath, 2-Jalen Markey, 12-Stefanos Stamoulacatos, 13-Malcom Harris, 15-Russell Canouse, 17- Andrew Oliver, 19-Zach Pfeffer
Head Coach: Javier Perez
Assistant Coach: Christopher Brewer
Goalkeeper Coach: Guillermo Valencia
SVK: 12- Vozar, 3- Ciernek, 4- Molnar, 5-Ninaj, 7- Mihalik (11-Smehyl, 46), 8-Lobotka (9-Brigant, 46), 10-Rusnak (6- Ziska, 89), 13- Steinhubel (18- Huk, 24), 14- Danko (2-Mazan, 65), 15-Fasko (17- Mego, 46), 19-Pinter
Subs not used: 1- Breda Goalkeeper, 22-Holec Goalkeeper, 16- Marcin Substitute
Head Coach: Peter Gergely
Assistant Coach: Jozef Majoros
Chivas USA’s own Youth Academy forward Ben Spencer scored with the United States U18 Team yesterday in a 1-1 draw with Poland in the team’s participation of the Lisbon International Tournament in Portugal. Also participating in the tournament along with Spencer is recent Chivas USA First Team acquisition, midfielder Marky Delgado.
Poland scored the first of the match off a header from a free kick in the first half. But it was Spencer who volleyed the ball into the back of the net off a pass from teammate Jack McBean. Up next for the U.S. U18’s in this tournament will be a match against Slovakia, today, before culminating the group phase against host team Portugal on Saturday, May 26.
Chivas USA Academy defender Malcolm Jones has been called up to the United States U15 team by Head Coach Tony Lepore for the International Marveld Tournament to be held from June 1-3 in Groenlo, Holland.
The Americans were drawn into a pool with elite youth clubs from FC Twente, Feyernoord, Ajax, Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen. Other youth clubs participating include teams from SV Grol, PSV, Manchester United, Liverpool, FFFA Ghana and Olympique Marseille.
U.S. U-15 BNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; Alamo, Calif), Abraham Romero (LA Galaxy; Altadena, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): David Chavez (Juventus Sport Club; Redwood City, Calif.), Chris Gomez (PDA; Jamison, Pa.), Malcolm Jones (Chivas USA; Chino Hills, Calif.), Pablo Pelaez (Albion SC; San Diego, Calif.), Thomas Redding (FC America Premier; Oviedo, Fla.), Max Stiegwardt (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Maple Grove, Minn.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; Cupertino, Calif.), Coy Craft (FC Dallas Academy; Frisco, Texas), Cameron Lindley (Indiana United Fire Academy; Carmel, Ind.), Maduabuchi Obinwa (FC America Premier; Gotha, Fla.), Peter Schropp (Omaha FC; Omaha, Neb.), Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Alejandro Vergara (LA Galaxy Academy; Long Beach, Calif.), DJ Villegas (Davis Legacy; Sacramento, Calif.), Sean Wilson (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
FORWARDS (3): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Minneapolis, Minn.), Malcolm Dixon (NY Red Bulls Academy; Montclair, N.J.), Rigoberto Rojas (Chicago Blast; Chicago, Ill.)
Sueño MLS has once again found talent in Los Angeles. This year’s winners: Jimmy Camacho, winner of Allstate Goalkeeper Award and Armando Flores, 2012 Sueño MLS winner, both from Santa Ana, Calif. Both players will now take part of the Chivas USA Youth Academy, and will be looking for a spot in the Red-and-White’s First Team just like the first Sueño MLS winner and current First Team member Jorge Villafana.
For Armando Flores, being named Sueño MLS winner has become a dream come true, as well as for his family. As Republica Deportiva’s co-host Felix Fernandez named Armando the winner of the unique contest, tears ran down his family’s face, expressing the hard work and dedication that they all have put in order for the 17 year-old to make his dream come true.
“My parents and I are both proud of where my brother has gotten,” said Armando’s older brother Diego. “We’ve sacrificed going to work and sometimes school so he [Armando] can do what he liked to do, which was to play soccer.”
When Armando was just 13, Armando took the first step into completing his dream of becoming a professional soccer player when he joined Mexico’s prestigious Club Atlas Reserves Team, squad that has developed star players such as Andres Guardado and Rafael Marquez.
“This is just step one,” said Armando. “There is still a lot I have to go through. Now I’m going to train with the Academy and hopefully one day I’ll be with the first team.”
This year’s Sueno MLS Goalkeeper Jimmy Camacho has also been working very hard ever since he was a kid to get to where he is today. Growing up in Santa Ana, Calif., Jimmy watched as his father Sergio Camacho played as a goalkeeper. Since then, he’s been inspired to be just like his dad and become a professional goalkeeper. Before trying out for Sueño MLS, a friend and teammate of Jimmy’s passed away due to lung cancer, something that has also been inspiring him to fight for his dream.
“I felt that throughout the tryouts, my friend has been pushing me to do my best,” Jimmy said. “Now that I did it, I feel very happy.”
“This is something that both him and our family have been working for; every mile, every game, every minute is paying off,” said Mr. Camacho. “I’m the happiest dad in the world.”