Chivas USA Youth Academy Update - December 5th
This past week all 78 US Soccer Development Academy clubs converged in Sarasota, Florida to play in the Development Academy Winter Showcase. Chivas USA academy teams sent their U16s and U18s teams to face some stiff non-conference competition. It was a week filled with US Soccer scouts scouring the fields for talent and hundreds of college coaches dominating the sidelines looking for future players for their programs. Accompanying the USSDA teams were Greg Vanney (Chivas USA First Team Assistant Coach and Technical Director), Jim Liston (Chivas USA First Team Strength and Conditioning Coach), Teddy Chronopoulos (Academy Director), Dan Calichman (U18 Head Coach) and Mike Munoz (U16 Head Coach). This marked the first trip for the USSDA teams and their staff. This was an opportunity for the staff to see the USSDA teams up close on a day-to-day basis.
USSDA U18 Recap:
Chivas USA U18’s started the showcase off on Friday morning by beating the Dallas Texans 4-1. After conceding the first goal to the Dallas Texans, the Red and White responded with four answered goals. Goals came from Eric Gonzalez, Mark Verso, Marki Delgado and Joel Martinez.
On Saturday the U18’s faced off against the host club Clearwater Chargers from Sarasota. Chivas USA put on a great display of soccer in the first half of play. They controlled the game with good possession and movement off the ball. Eduardo Quezada opened the scoring in the first half. Rene Santos and Jordan Gutierrez each added a goal, while Mark Verso and Esteban Rodriguez added two goals apiece. Each player shined in the 6-2 victory. On Monday morning, Chivas USA secured their third straight win by defeating MLS’ Houston Dynamo Academy 3-1. Chivas USA’s Esteban Rodriguez opened the scoring on a free-kick just outside the 18 yard box. The Dynamo managed to break down the Goats defense and added a late goal just before the half. Late in the second half Mark Verso got on the end of a Julio Chavez cross after some great combination play with Ben Spencer. Esteban Rodriguez finished off the game with some great individual play by beating the last defender and going around the Dynamo goalkeeper and slotting it home for the 3-1 win.
The U18’s finished with 13 goals in favor and gave up only 4 goals.
USSDA U16 Recap:
The U16s started the week off against the always difficult and undefeated Dallas Texans. Things did not start well for the Rojiblancos as they found themselves down 1-0 after 5 minutes. It seemed to wake up the Goats as they finally began to impose their slick possession, quick ball movement game on the Texans. The half ended 1-0 but Chivas USA felt very good heading into the 2nd half. However it was another slow start and lack of concentration in the first two minutes of the half that saw the Texans punish the Red and White, as they went up 2-0. Once again it woke up the Goats and this time they were rewarded for their dominate play. Romario Lomeli scored twice to level the game. Chivas USA was awarded a late penalty in the final minute of the game that could have secured the 3 points. However the Texans crossbar had different plans and the game ended in a draw.
The next day Chivas USA 16s faced the hosts Clearwater Chargers.
This time the outcome was going to be different from the day before. Once again Romario Lomeli was in fine form as he scored two very classy goals and Hugo Gutierrez sealed the deal as the Goats won the match 3-1. It would be the final goal that the 16s would give up on the week.
The final match of the winter showcase faced off two MLS clubs, both in similar styles with the way they try to play the game. However, there was going to be only one team who showed up on this day as the Chivas USA U16s thrashed the Houston Dynamo 5-0. Two goals by U17 US International Bradford Jamieson, Jeffrey Quezada, Jorge Ruiz and Ever Delatorre sealed the rout.
The Goats ended the week 10 goals for and 3 against finishing undefeated with 2 wins and 1 draw.
Overall, Chivas USA ended the three-day showcase with a combined 23 goals for and 7 against. In the end, they finished with a combined record of 5-0-1. This is the best line of results Chivas USA has ever compiled in all showcase competitions. Both teams will take some time off before facing the Vancouver Whitecaps and CDA January 21-22 of next year.
The U.S. Soccer Technical Staff has named 78 Development Academy players that were divided into four Select Teams and competed in two games during the 2011 Winter Showcase.
Four Chivas USA players were selected to play in both games. Divided by age group, three Goats players born in 1995 ( Jake McGuire, Ben Spencer and Marki Delgado) and one Chivas USA player born in 1997 (Malcolm Jones) all participated and performed very well in front of national team scouts.
The scouting network, Technical Advisors and Youth National Team coaches selected the players based on their performances at Academy games, Training Centers and Youth National Team camps. The matches provide the players with the opportunity to play alongside some of the top players in their age groups. “This is a great opportunity for these players to perform at a higher level,” said Director of Scouting Tony Lepore. “They get to play with and against some of the best players in their age group in front of a large crowd, and it’s also a chance for them to be seen by scouts and National Team coaches.
Chivas USA U15/16 member Adonis Amaya was selected to the U17 Youth National Team 20 man roster for the showcase. He was substituted into the match and played the final five minutes of the US’ match against the France U17 in a 2-2 draw.
US Soccer U17 National team member Bradford Jamieson, who is also in residency with Adonis saw plenty of action this past weekend with his U16 Chivas USA teammates.
Chivas USA Under 9 Youth Academy shines in SCDSL Showcase
The 2003's participated this past weekend in the SCDSL showcase and won both games. The first game was a repeat of the Harvest Cup finals played the week before against Irvine Strikers. The Irvine Strikers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first half playing a much better half than the 2003's on an icy early morning pitch. In the 2nd half the 2003's took control with great combination play getting goals from Danny Vasquez and Aymar Cuevas and finishing up with a score of 2-1.
In the 2nd game of the showcase the 2003's played the top team in the South, Pats Irvine. The 2003's dominated play from the start scoring three first half goals from Collin Canales, Aymar Cuevas and Joel Trejo. The 2nd half was much of the same with a great display of 2v1 attacking leading to another goal from Aymar Cuevas.
The 2003's will play in the 2nd showcase of the SCDSL league next Sunday in Rancho Capistrano.