Chivas USA U-17's Start Play Today in Fourth Annual SUM Under-17 Cup
The Chivas USA Under-17 Team starts play today in the fourth annual SUM Under-17 Cup taking place from July 23-29 in Houston, Texas. The tournament includes teams from each of MLS’ 16 clubs, and the Red-and-White will face the New England Revolution today before taking on Toronto FC on Saturday and the Houston Dynamo on Monday. The 16 teams are split into four groups, with the winner of each group advancing to the semifinals and other teams squaring off in placement matches. This tournament is being hosted at no cost to all participants as Soccer United Marketing, adidas, and the MLS teams are covering the costs of player travel, accommodations and other tournament-related expenses.
Chivas USA Schedule – SUM Under-17 Cup, Houston, Tex.
Friday, July 23 New England Revolution vs. Chivas USA 6:30 p.m. CT (4:30 p.m. PT)
Saturday, July 24 Chivas USA vs. Toronto FC 8:00 p.m. CT (6:00 p.m. PT)
Monday, July 26 Chivas USA vs. Houston Dynamo 6:30 p.m. CT (4:30 p.m. PT)
Tuesday, July 27 Semifinals/Placement Matches TBD
Wednesday, July 28 Championship TBD
Chivas USA’s team at the SUM U-17 Cup is made up primarily of players who have just finished the Development Academy season with either the club’s U-16 or U-18 Teams. Among those players are several standouts from the recently-ended 2009-10 season, including a pair of defenders who were selected to the Development Academy U-16 West Conference Starting XI, in Alexis Flores and Marcial Cazares. Cazares was also selected to the Starting XI for the entire 77-team league.
In other youth news, Chivas USA U-18 defender Bryan de la Fuente, who is too old to participate at the U-17 Cup, was one of 18 players selected by United States Under-20 National Team head coach Thomas Rongen for the upcoming Milk Cup in Northern Ireland. One of the most popular youth national trips, the Milk Cup is a prestigious tournament that will provide the U.S. with three international games against China on July 26, Denmark on July 28 and an opponent to be determined in a placement match on July 30. De la Fuente is coming off an excellent seasion with the Chivas USA U-18’s, where he was selected to the Development Academy U-18 Starting XI.
Chivas USA travels to face Real Salt Lake this Saturday, July 24, at 7:00 p.m. PT in a match that will be broadcast live on Prime Ticket, KWHY and W Radio. The Red-and-White will then return home to face the Columbus Crew at The Home Depot Center on Saturday, July 31. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit cdchivasusa.com.