Aside from player development, the Chivas USA Youth Academy focuses on turning players into leaders on and off the field. This month's Academy player to watch for is Marc Farias. In this year with the Academy, Marc has become one of the U14s leaders both on and off the field and has proved to be versatile on the field.
Marc was chosen as player of the month for helping lead the team to the recent Pyramid Cup Championship and helped lead the U14s to the final of the United Cup. In the beginning of the season, Marc started as a right back, but in the last month, has shifted to the center of the defense and has been able to adapt to that position perfectly, helping the team immensely with his hard work, and fearless defending.
Marc has taken more of a leadership role within the team, leading the team during warmups and also being more vocal during games and organizing the defense. He has brought stability to an area the team had sorely been lacking and with his hard work and leadership, the boys have become more confident in their play.