Five members of the LA Galaxy Academy will join 54 other stars from MLS academies to take part in the Generation adidas ESP Event in Portland starting this Friday.
Among the five players selected are Jose Enrique Bustamante and Ethan Zubak who played a major role in the Galaxy Under-16 side that won the U-15/16 U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy title defeating Real Salt Lake AZ earlier this month. Joining Bustamante and Zubak are fellow U-16’s Kevin Diaz and Tyson Griffin as well as Under-14 academy goalkeeper Jordan Aldama.
The Galaxy players and the rest of the MLS contingent will not only face each other in a series of matches, but also take on the FC Bayern Munich U-16 team as part of the festivities that will lead up to the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game that will see the MLSers take on the Bayern Munich first team.
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy II announced the signing of Jaime Villarreal on Thursday, making the forward the team’s first signing for the LA Galaxy Academy.
Villarreal, the younger brother of Galaxy Homegrown Player Jose Villarreal, has been one of the Academy’s rising stars for the better part of two years with over 30 goals for the Under-16 and Under-18 set-ups. The 19-year-old has already made several appearances for Los Dos since the start of the season after tallying 10 goals for LA’s Southwest Division-winning U-18 side.
“Jaime’s signing highlights the commitment of AEG and the Galaxy to having the best developmental structure for our youth players to become professionals,” said Galaxy President Chris Klein in a release. “From our Galaxy Under-12 Academy teams to our Galaxy Academy Under-18 squads, it is important for us to continue to develop Southern California’s top young talent. We’re proud to have Jaime join the professional ranks with LA Galaxy II as the first player to come through our Academy to our Galaxy II side.”
The younger Villarreal has also enjoyed success in major tournaments for the Galaxy Academy tallying three goals in their participation in Dallas Cup earlier this year while also earning a call-up to the U.S. National Team Under-20 set-up in May.
Galaxy II return to action on Saturday when they take on Orange County Blues at Anteater Stadium in Irvine at 7:00 p.m.PT.
LA Galaxy Academy goalkeepers Eric Lopez and Abraham Romero called into international camps for upcoming tournaments
Two LA Galaxy goalkeepers Eric Lopez and Abraham Romero will be on international duty for the United States and Mexico next month as they are set to participate in a pair of upcoming youth international tournaments.
Lopez, who has been part of the U.S. U-17 residency program for the past semester, was among the 18 players who will participate in the Open Nordic Tournament in Denmark. The U.S. will face Denmark on July 28 before taking on Norway on July 29, the Faroe Islands on July 31, and playing in a placement match two days later.
Meanwhile Romero earned the call for Mexico for the Copa Mexico de Naciones, a setup which he has been a part of off and on for the past two years. The Galaxy goalkeeper has also represented the U.S. U-17’s as well as Mexico. The Mexican squad will play Ecuador on Aug. 2, Honduras on Aug. 3, and Scotland on Aug. 4. Mexico will also play three additional games on Aug. 6, Aug. 8 and a placement match on Aug. 10.
Named to the U.S. squad for the Copa Mexico de Naciones was Galaxy Academy product Haji Wright, who was listed as unattached to an academy in a U.S. Soccer press release. Wright trained earlier this year with the Galaxy first team, but has also been linked with a move to Germany where giants Schalke are a rumored suitor.
Adonis Amaya wins West Player of the Year award; Galaxy Academy takes home Best Club honor in Developmental Academy awards
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy Under-18 forward Adonis Amaya was named U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s West Player of the Year and the Galaxy Academy earned a host of other honors in the USSDA’s end of season awards last Saturday.
Amaya earned the Player of the Year nod after scoring 25 goals for the Galaxy U-18 side while helping them finish at the top of the Southwest Division. The Galaxy Academy striker is committed to U.C. Santa Barbara where he will play his college soccer this fall.
The Galaxy Academy also took home the honor of the best overall club in the West after a successful season that saw the team’s U-14 side excel in their first campaign, the U-16’s win the Developmental Academy title and the U-18’s win the Southwest Division.
In addition to the overall honors, the champion Galaxy U-16’s had two players (defender Malcolm Jones and midfielder Rey Ortiz) named to the West Best XI. On the U-18 side Amaya was joined on the West Best XI by forward Jamie Villarreal.
LA Galaxy U-16's to host Real Salt Lake-AZ U-16's in 2013-14 Development Academy Championships final
The LA Galaxy Under-16's will face the Real Salt Lake-AZ U-16's in the final of the U.S. Development Academy Championships on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. PT the StubHub Center stadium field. Attendance will be free.
LA reached the final after Rey Ortiz notched a hat trick as the Galaxy U-16's defeated Chicago Magic PSG on Thursday at StubHub Center's University Field #1. Meanwhile, RSL marched to the final with a 5-1 victory over Strikers FC. The two teams split the season series with both clubs winning their home matches.
LA Galaxy U-16 head coach Mike Munoz says there's still work to be done ahead of Finals Week after Vardar win
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy Under-16's advanced to the Developmental Academy Finals Week with a 4-2 victory over Michigan-based youth club Vardar on Tuesday in their U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy Playoffs quarterfinal at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium.
Ethan Zubak and Rey Ortiz each tallied a brace while Dylan Smith rounded out the scoring in the come-from-behind victory. Zubak scored twice in the first half to put LA ahead, but Vardar clawed their way back into the game and took the lead with three goals at the start of the second half before goals by Ortiz and Smith sealed the win for the Galaxy U-16's.
LA will now participate in the Developmental Academy Finals Week which will be held at StubHub Center at July 17-19.
"It was a fantastic result for the boys because they've worked for 11 months for this moment," Galaxy U-16 head coach Mike Munoz told LA Galaxy Insider. "We knew that Vardar was going to be extremely difficult and they're a team that never gifts up. We lost ourselves for the first 20 minutes of the second half and were punished, but credit to my guys because they found a way to fight back from that. I'm really happy with the way that things turned out, but at the same time, we're going to have to be better going forward."
While there may still be things to work on, Munoz is confident that his Under-16 team can compete for a title during Finals Week.
"It's not easy to get here to be the one of the final four teams in the country," said Munoz. "This is an achievement in itself, but one of our goals is to be national champions and there are still two matches to get there. It's so far so good but we've got another week of training to prepare us and then we need to get after it."
LA Galaxy Academy star Jaime Villarreal has been named to the upcoming U.S. Under-20 National Team camp which will take place from May 17-25 at N.C. State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The camp will be led by U.S. Under-20 assistant and Chicago Fire technical director Brian Bliss, and see the U.S. U-20’s take on the Carolina RailHawks on May 20, the RailHawks U-23 side on May 22 and the Wilmington Hammerheads on May 24.
Villarreal has scored 10 goals in U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy play this season and tallied three times during LA’s participation in Dallas Cup.
Check out the complete roster below.
GOALKEEPERS: Jeff Caldwell (Univ. of Virginia), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls Academy).
DEFENDERS: Conor Donovan (RailHawks Academy), Caleb Duvernay (RailHawks Academy), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Univ, of Maryland), Miguel Polley (Temple Univ.), Kristoffer Reaves (FC Dallas academy), Robert Sagel (Temple Univ.), Jesus Vazquez (Tigres/MEX), Travis Wannemuehler (N.C. State.).
MIDFIELDERS: Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake AZ), Ian Harkes (Wake Forest Univ.), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest Univ.), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls academy), Eric Lickert (Freiburg/GER), Alex Muyl (Georgetown Univ.), Adam Najem (Univ. of Akron), Jake Rozhansky (Bethesda-Olney).
FORWARDS: Kainoa Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Louis Bennett (Marquette Univ.), Andrija Novakovich (Reading/ENG), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves), Jaime Villarreal (LA Galaxy Academy), Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea)
It was quite a remarkable day for the LA Galaxy Academy.
The LA Galaxy Under-14’s, Under-16’s and Under-18’s all picked up victories against their counterparts from Nomads SC with LA winning the three games by a combined score of 20-0.
LA’s U-18’s opened the afternoon with a 6-0 victory as Adonis Amaya and Jorge Ruiz each tallied a brace while Jaime Villarreal and Hugo Gutierrez rounded out the scoring. The victory moves their record to an impressive 17-5-3 mark for the season.
The Galaxy U-16’s kept up the momentum in the second match as they cruised to a 5-0 victory over Nomads. Dylan Smith scored three goals while Ethan Zubak added a brace of his own in the victory. With their win, the LA U-16’s are 17-2-6 on the year.
In the final match of the evening, the Galaxy U-14’s demolished Nomads SC 9-0 as they improved their record to 15-4-3 this season.
CARSON, Calif. – Haji Wright isn’t the only member of his family that is making waves in international soccer.
Haji’s younger brother Hanif, an LA Galaxy Academy Under-14 scored on Sunday as he helped lead the United States U-15 Boys Team to a 3-2 victory against their counterparts from China PR in their final match of the Torneo delle Nazioni. Wright has been one of the shining stars of the Galaxy U-14 side with 13 goals in 15 games during the U.S. Soccer Development Academy campaign as the team has enjoyed a 13-4-3 record this season.
A video of Hanif Wright’s goal can be seen below.
There was a new face at LA Galaxy training on Tuesday as U.S. Under-17 phenom and Galaxy Academy forward Haji Wright trained with LA's first team.
Wright has been one of the breakout stars of Richie Williams' U.S. U-17 squad over the past six months with his five-goal Golden Boot performance at the Nike International Friendlies and solid two-goal showing during the Aegean Cup in January.
The teenager kept up his scalding form with six goals as the helped lead the U.S. Under-17's to victory in the 2014 Josip Katalinski International Tournament in Bosnia earlier this month. The victory in Bosnia was the Americans third consecutive international tournament title. Wright added another during the Americans two-game series with the Croatian U-17's to give him a total of seven goals during the Americans' Balkans trip.
Haji is not the only talented family member in the Galaxy Academy as his younger brother Hanif is one of the leading goal scorers for the Galaxy Under-14's with 13 goals this season and is one of the leaders of the United States U-15 Boys team.