Youth Academy Update: April 22

Chivas USA’s U18 & U16 teams move up in standings; U14’s advance in Futsal Tournament

Youth Academy U16

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Blane Shepard

As U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy 2012/2013 season comes to a close, Chivas USA’s U15/16 & U17/18 teams continue adding points in search of a better seed in the playoffs. Over the weekend, both squads extended their unbeaten streaks in their respective age groups.

A hat trick by 16 year-old Caleb Calvert, and goals by Romario Lomeli, Daniel Moreno and 2012 Sueno MLS winner Armando Flores gave Chivas USA’s U17/18 Team a 6-0 win over Arsenal FC U17/18 on Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College. Calvert notched his 18th goal of the season (playing with both U17/18’s & U15/16’s), while Lomeli scored his 11th goal with the U18’s. With the win, the U17/18’s are moving up in the wildcard pool; they moved up one spot to the 11th overall spot after Saturday’s victory.

Chivas USA’s U15/16’s took a 3-2 win over Arsenal FC U15/16 on Saturday. With the win, the young Goats moved up to first place in the Southwest Division standings, and also moved to the 8th overall playoff seed, up three spots. Jorge Ruiz scored his 13th goal of the season in the first half of the game to give the Goats the lead by halftime. Early into the second half, Arsenal came back to score two early goals, but Ryo Fujii and Andrew Benitez each scored to give the Red-and-White the final 3-2 win.

Chivas USA’s U17/18 & U15/16 teams will have this week off, but will continue training ahead of their next match set for Saturday, May 4th against Real Salt Lake AZ at Mt. San Antonio College. The U17/18’s will kick-off action at 10 a.m., and the U15/16’s will continue at 12:30 pm.

Chivas USA in Futsal Tournament

Chivas USA’s U13/14 team participated in U.S. Soccer & Nike’s Youth Futsal Tournament over the weekend at The Home Depot Center. Though the young Goats fell in their first two games on Saturday, Chivas was able to earn a victory against local champions Pateadores. Led by Coach Brian Kleiban, Chivas USA advanced to the semi-finals and will play on Wednesday night at The Home Depot Center.

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