Academy Weekly Update
Chivas USA U18 Academy
Chivas USA U18’s came into Saturday’s derby versus the LA Galaxy sitting in first place, just one point ahead of their rivals. The goats came out to play in the first half with good ball possession and continued to penetrate the Galaxy back four. They created multiple opportunities but could not capitalize on their efforts. Midway through the first half Marco Delgado was taken down by the Galaxy goalkeeper inside the penalty area and was awarded a penalty kick. The Galaxy goalkeeper stood tall and saved Marco Delgado’s attempt to take a 1-0 lead. That didn’t stop the goats from attacking. Minutes later Marco Delgado found Mark Verso, who slotted it by the Galaxy goalkeeper to take a 1-0 lead. With minutes remaining in the first half the goats lapse of concentration costs them, as the Galaxy forward found the back of the net and both teams headed into halftime at a goal apiece.
In the second half both teams had chances to take the lead, but neither team could finish their opportunities. Chivas USA U18’s remain in first place in the SoCal Division.
Chivas USA U16 Academy
Chivas USA U16’s came out slow versus a determined Galaxy side. The Galaxy controlled most of the first half, but came away empty on the scoreboard. The young goats defended well enough to go into halftime knotted up at 0-0. The U16’s goal in the second half was to come out more committed to defend as a group and it paid dividends right away. Chivas USA came out and pressed from the beginning and controlled the tempo of the game. With their relentless pressure on the Galaxy back four, Jorge Ruiz scored his 9th goal of the season. They continued to press and Romario Lomeli almost put the goats up by two goals, but the Galaxy goalkeeper took down the forward just outside the area. The obvious call would have sent the Galaxy down to ten men, but the referee didn’t see it that way. He only issued the Galaxy goalkeeper a yellow card. The game turned midway through the second half when the Galaxy found the back of the net and tied it up 1-1. In the end, both teams had chances to earn the three points, but the game finished at 1-1.
The U16’s lost the opportunity to gain ground in the SoCal Division, but still remain in the hunt for the division crown.
Both teams will take the week off as they prepare for their match on Saturday, March 3rd versus Arsenal FC at the Home Depot Center.
Chivas USA Under 9 Youth Academy
The Under 9’s started the elimination rounds of State Cup on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Manchester Academy in the round of 16. After a 0-0 halftime score Collin Canales opened up the scoring on a pass from Aymar Cuevas. Cuevas scored the 2nd goal on a volley delivered by Danny Vasquez.
On Sunday, in the quarterfinals, the U9’s beat Rebels SC from San Diego by a score of 4-1. Aymar Cuevas opened up the score minutes in the game and then assisted in the second goal put away by Joel Trejo. After conceding a goal Alfonso Becerra scored two goals from 25 yards out to close the scoring and secure a 4-1 win.
The Under 9’s advanced to the semifinals on March 3rd at Ontario Soccer Complex against the Irvine Strikers.
Round of 16
Chivas USA 2-0 Manchester Academy
Goals: Collin Canales, Aymar Cuevas
Chivas USA 4-1 Rebels
Goals: Aymar Cuevas, Joel Trejo, Alfonso Becerra (2)