Academy

29 January 11:38 am

Three members of the LA Galaxy Academy were called up for the U.S. U-15 Boys’ upcoming training camp in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday. 

Galaxy goalkeeper Erik Lopez, defender Ateno Ajeakwa and forward Hanif Wright were  among the 20 players called up by U-15 head coach Hugo Perez for the camp which will run from Jan. 31-Feb. 9. During their training camp, the U.S. will take on Al Jazira FC on Feb. 3, Oman on Feb. 4 before ending their time in the Middle East with two friendlies against the United Arab Emirates on Feb. 6 and 8.

The Galaxy Academy were one of three teams with three players called up to the squad joining FC Dallas Academy and the New York Red Bulls Academy. 10 native Californians were named to the roster including Northern California native Ben Lederman who is currently with Spanish giants F.C. Barcelona. 

The complete squad is below.

GOALKEEPERS : Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Erik Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.)

DEFENDERS: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Ateno Ajeakwa (LA Galaxy; Gardena, Calif.), McKay Eves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Leicester FC; Saddle River, N.J.), Edwin Lara (Unattached; San Leandro, Calif.), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)

MIDFIELDERS: Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Atletico Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Christopher Goslin (UFA Elite; Locust Grove, Ga.), Ben Lederman (Barcelona; Barcelona, Spain), Nicholas Taitague (FC Richmond Magic; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)

FORWARDS: Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Jeanpaul Marin (New York Red Bulls; Rego Park, N.Y.), Leonardo Marquez (Odyssey South; Visalia, Calif.), Marty Raygoza (FC Golden State; South El Monte, Calif.), Adolfo Trujillo (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.), Hanif Wright (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

26 January 2:15 pm

Adonis Amaya continued his torrid scoring run with two goals as the LA Galaxy U-18’s crushed Folsom-based San Juan Soccer Club 3-0.

Amaya put the Galaxy U-18’s out in front in the 66th minute before teammate Ryo Fujii doubled the lead just three minutes later. The former U.S. U-17 international completed his brace in the 81st minute to give the Galaxy their second straight victory and bring his goal total to 14, putting him level with De Anza Force's Carlos Delgadillo and Carolina Rapids' Tanner Roberts for the USSDA goalscoring lead. The Galaxy U-18’s are now 9-3-2 on the year and will take on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18’s on Feb. 8.

The Galaxy U-16 side extended their unbeaten streak to 14 games with a 4-0 victory over San Juan SC. Ethan Zubak tallied a brace in the victory with Dylan Smith and Rey Ortiz rounding out the scoring. The Galaxy U-16’s remain the lone undefeated team in their age group with a 10-0-4 record and return to action on Feb. 8 against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16 side. 

25 January 1:39 pm

It's been quite the few months for Haji Wright and on Saturday, he added another goal and another trophy.

Wright and Monterrey product Joe Gallardo scored as the U-17's defeated host nation Turkey to win the Aegean Cup. The goal was Wright's first of the tournament, but the LA Galaxy Academy forward has been considered one of the top performers during the tournament in Turkey. Wright's performance comes on the heels of his stellar five goal showing that helped the U.S. win the Nike International Friendlies in December.

The U.S. U-17's have been a revelation in the tournament after going undefeated in group play with victories over France and Norway as well as a draw with Scotland before qualifying for the final and defeating Turkey. 

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21 January 7:23 pm

The U.S. Under-17’s and LA Galaxy Academy forward Haji Wright continued their impressive run on Wednesday with a 5-2 victory over Norway to advance to the championship of the Aegean Cup.

Wright came off the bench in the 41st minute as Americans overwhelmed the Scandinavians with three second half goals in a match that was shortened to 80 minutes due to tournament regulations. The match comes just a day after the Galaxy Academy forward tallied an assist in U-17’s dramatic 2-1 win over France.

The U.S. will close group play on Friday against Scotland before taking part in the tournament’s championship match on Jan. 25.

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16 January 1:57 pm

PHILADELPHIA – The LA Galaxy added a new center back in Kyle Venter at the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, but according to Bruce Arena LA will be adding two more Homegrown Players in Raul Mendiola and Bradford Jamieson.

Mendiola, an attacking midfielder and former Galaxy Under-18, made nine appearances for the Galaxy reserves in 2013. Jamieson, a forward, has scored two goals in 10 appearances with the Galaxy Under-18’s this season and made three appearances for LA’s reserves last year.

Arena revealed the news following LA’s selection of Venter on Thursday and also alluded to another potential Homegrown signing.

“We signed a new player this year in Raul Menidola and Bradford Jamieson and we’ll probably sign another one in the near future. We believe in the Homegrown Players,” said Arena at the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday. 

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15 January 2:48 pm

LA Galaxy Academy forward Haji Wright will be joining the U.S. Under-17 National Team for the upcoming Aegean Cup in Turkey.

During the tournament which runs from Jan. 20-25, the U.S. were placed in Group B of the tournament will face off against Norway, Scotland and reigning Aegean Cup champion France.  The U.S. opens the tournament against the French on Jan. 20 before taking on Norway on Jan. 21 and then ending the group stage against Scotland on Jan. 23. The group winners will meet on Jan. 25 with the two second place teams facing off in the third place game on the same day.

The tournament will be Wright’s first since his successful appearance at the Nike International Friendlies when he scored five goals while helping the U.S. win the tournament.

The complete roster is below.

GOALKEEPERS: Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas Academy; Dallas, Texas), Will Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.)

DEFENDERS: Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Tanner Dieterich (unattached, Tenn.), Edwin Lara (unattached; San Leandro, Calif.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS: Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis, Mo.; St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond Strikers; Midlothian, Va.), Devin Vega (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas)

FORWARDS: Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), Orrin McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego, Calif.) Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

11 January 2:57 pm

The LA Galaxy Under-18’s will be participating in the Gordon Jago Super Group for a second straight year at the Dallas Cup XXXV, the Galaxy Academy Twitter account announced on Saturday.

The tournament will take place from April 13 through April 20, 2014. The list of teams is still taking shape, but will include Fulham F.C. (last year’s champions), C.D. Guadalajara, Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany, and Swedish side IF Brommapojkarna Last year, the Galaxy U-18’s went 1-2-0 in the tournament as they were unable to reach the knockout stages.

Several former and current Galaxy players have cut their teeth at the Dallas Cup with David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Juninho, Oscar Sorto, Jose Villarreal, Gyasi Zardes, and Gonzalez among the alumni.

09 January 3:00 pm

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy U-16 goalkeeper Eric Lopez has been added to the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Residency program for their upcoming Spring semester.

Lopez was among the five players who will join 21 existing residency members including Galaxy U-16 forward Haji Wright who earned great acclaim after scoring five goals at the Nike International Friendlies in December.  The 14-year-old 'keeper has appeared in five games for the undefeated LA U-16 side that has amassed a 9-0-4 record in Southwest Division play during the 2013-14 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season. The Galaxy U-16's are the only undefeated side in the nation in their USSDA age group. 

Among those left off the roster for the spring residency semester is Galaxy U-16 goalkeeper Abraham Romero who will return to train with LA's Academy.

The complete roster is below. 

GOALKEEPERS: Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), Will Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)

DEFENDERS (8): Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Nikkye De Point (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (TN Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), AJ Palazzolo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS: Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United Academy; Manassas, Va.), Kyle Gurrieri (NJSA 04; Totowa, N.J.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Jaret Townsend (Real Colorado; Highlands Park, Colo.), Devin Vega (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)

FORWARDS: Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKenzie Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington; D.C.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Raheem Taylor-Parkes (Philadelphia Union Academy; Wesley Chapel, Fla.), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

06 January 5:35 pm

Former LA Galaxy Academy player Paul Arriola’s career path could have taken him to MLS, but instead he opted for Liga MX side Club Tijuana, and the one-time LA Academy forward isn’t at all surprised that young players like LA’s Jose Villarreal are heading south of the border.

Villarreal is the latest in a slew of players who have left MLS for Mexico after he joined Cruz Azul last month on a year-long loan. Although Villarreal left LA on a loan, Arriola opted to sign with Tijuana last May after spurning a Homegrown contract from the Galaxy.

Arriola and Xolos will take on the LA Galaxy in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal on March 12 at StubHub Center before the return leg on March 18 in Tijuana.  Although hypothetically, Arriola could have been lining up for LA in the CCL quarterfinals if things had gone differently, he applauds players opting to play in Mexico.

“It’s good for American players who want to take a different route. Sometimes in [the United States] we’re not given the opportunity so there are other options and places to go,” Arriola told LAGalaxy.com. “Luckily for myself, my opportunity came and I was able to take it. Now here I am [with the first team].”

While Villarreal’s status with the Cruz Azul first team remains in question at the moment as he finds his feet in Mexico, Arriola is already in new head coach César Farías’ plans after making the game day roster for the club’s scoreless draw with Atlas on Saturday.  

“It was a bit different last season because I went from a wing player to a second striker who sometimes switches out wide,” said Arriola. “It’s been different and I’m getting the opportunity to play so I’m thankful for that."

03 January 5:27 pm

LA Galaxy Academy product Brian Iloski was among the 36 players called by U.S. Under-20 head coach Tab Ramos’ for the upcoming training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

The training camp will run from Jan. 3-12 and serve as preparation ahead of the 2015 Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Iloski, who will be a sophomore at UCLA next fall, saw little action with the Bruins in his first season in Westwood making just nine appearances scoring one goal and an assist while missing much of the end of the season with an injury. During the2012-13 U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy season, Iloski made 10 appearances for the Galaxy Under-18’s tallying a single goal.

The complete roster is below.

GOALKEEPERS (4): Jeff Caldwell (N.C. Fusion; Todd, N.C.), Santiago Castaño (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zack Steffen (Maryland, Philadelphia Union Academy; Downington, Pa.)

DEFENDERS (10): Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; Rochester, N.Y.), Michael Amick (UCLA; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Sulaiman Dainkeh (Maryland, D.C. United Academy; Reston, Va.), Conor Donovan (Capital Area RailHawks Academy; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Trevor Haberkorn (Furman; Roanoke, Texas), Grant Lillard (Chicago Fire Academy; Hinsdale, Ill.), Jalen Markey (North Carolina, Seattle Sounders Academy; Renton, Wash.), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (IMG Academy; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (14): Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy; Escondido, Calif.), Arun Basuljevic (New York Red Bulls Academy; Mahopac, N.Y.), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro Esporte Clube; Ouro Branco, Minas Gerais), Ian Harkes (Wake Forest, D.C. United Academy; Fairfax, Va.), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest; Bowie, Md.), Brian Iloski (UCLA, LA Galaxy Academy; Escondido, Calif.), Eric Lickert (SC Freiburg; Glotteral, Germany), Saalih Muhammad (Dinamo GNK), Adam Najem (Akron, New York Red Bulls Academy; Clifton, N.J.), Cristian Roldan (Washington; Pico Rivera, Calif.), Herbert Robinson (Club Santos Laguna; Monclova, Coahuila), Joel Sonora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina), Omar Thompson (Unattached; Miami, Fla.)

FORWARDS (8): Andrew Brody (Louisville, Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy; Orlando, Fla.), Benji Lopez (Real Salt Lake; San Diego, Calif.), Ricardo Lopez-Espin (Shattuck-St Mary’s; Miami, Fla.), Amando Moreno (New York Red Bulls; Morganville, N.J.), Alex Muyl (Georgetown, New York Red Bulls Academy; New York, N.Y.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), Travis Wannemuehler (NC State; Evansville, Ind.)