Chivas USA Youth Academy Update: November 27

Academy Teams participated in the annual Harvest Cup. Find out final scores

The 2012/13 Chivas USA Youth Academy teams played in the Harvest Cup in Irvine this past holiday weekend.  Congratulations to our teams and thank you to our players, parents and coaches for their dedication and commitment to Chivas USA!

Harvest Cup Tournament Review

Under 8’s played up in the second flight of Under 9 division
This past Weekend the U8's participated in the Nike Harvest Cup in Irvine, CA.  Playing up an age group the 8's played some quality soccer despite not advancing out of the group stage.  The U8's will finish off their inaugural SCDSL season with a two game jamboree this Sunday in El Segundo.

Under 9 Harvest Cup Champions
The U9's came away with another championship trophy.  The 9's won their group on Friday and Saturday outscoring their opponents 21-3 to earn a finals showdown Sunday morning with the mighty Celtic. In the finals the 9's took a 1-0 lead into halftime but quickly found themselves down 2-1.  Christian Torres evened up the game with a textbook side volley form Giovanni Ortega's corner kick.  In overtime Dennis Rodriguez scored the game winner helping the little goats to the 3-2 victory.  Giovanni Ortega earned player of the tournament honors for his weekend efforts.

Under 10’s
The U10's were in Irvine this past weekend playing in the Nike Harvest Cup.  Unfortunately the 10's did not make it out of group play.  Despite the short weekend the 10's gave everything they had as always and put together some good soccer.  The 10's will finish out their SCDSL season with two showcase games on Sunday in Woodland Hills.

Under 11’s come up short in penalty kicks
The U11’s played some of the their best soccer this past weekend.  They breezed through pool play with wins over Impact United and Colton Academy 5-0 respectively.  In the semis they faced their cross-town rivals Golden State.  It was a tale of two halves.  Golden State controlled the first half, while Chivas controlled the second half, and found the equalizer with a stunning volley from Victor Perez.  The game headed to penalty kicks as both teams were exhausted from a very entertaining match.  Martin Delgado stopped two penalty kicks, but Golden State prevailed 3-2 on penalty kicks.  The little goats play their final SCDSL game this Saturday in Whittier.  With a win, they will clinch first place in the U11 Flight I.

Under 14’s go to penalty kicks in finals
The U14’s competed in the Nike Harvest Cup in Irvine over the holiday break.. Teams from Northern California, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Nebraska, Montana, Nevada, Texas, Florida, Arizona and Canada participated in this tournament.  Chivas opened the tournament on Friday against RSF Attack 98 in a wet & foggy morning.  The field was slippery, but Chivas maintained their composure to open the tournament on a positive start with a 2-1 win.  Later that afternoon, as the weather warmed up, Chivas posted an impressive and dominating 4-2 win against Future Stars.  On Saturday afternoon, Chivas played their third game against Real Sac FC Atlas 98. The game turned out to be very intense, as Real Sac battled hard since they were in a must-win situation to win Bracket A and reach the finals.  Chivas on the other hand only needed a tie to do the same.  Chivas struck first and within a few minutes Real Sac scored the equalizer.  Chivas scored the winning goal in the second half and posted a 2-1 victory to earn their spot in the final.

On Sunday morning with the temperature hovering around 42 degrees, Chivas played SCDSL BU14 Champions Pats Irvine in San Juan Capistrano.  Chivas dominated from the first whistle and created scoring opportunities, but Pats Irvine scored first on a counterattack as their shot hit the post and was put away on the rebound.  The little goats came right back with back to back goals from Diego Escobar to give Chivas a 2-1 lead.  In second half Pats Irvine scored from a free kick to even the score.  Later in the half, Pats Irvine fouled Caesar Ramon in the penalty box and the referee awarded a PK, but Chivas could not convert as Pats goalkeeper made the save.  The game remained 2-2 as Diego Escobar dribbled inside Pats penalty box and was taken down by a Pats defender.  The referee awarded the rojiblancos a penalty kick, only to overturn it to a corner kick after consulting with the linesman.  The game ended in a 2-2 draw after an additional 10 minutes of overtime.

The little goats came up short in penalty kicks but showed they can compete against the top teams. 

Follow Chivas USA Youth Academy SCDSL action here:
http://www.cdchivasusa.com/academy/schedule