Galaxy Academy Falls to Blackburn Rovers

U-16 and U-18 players battled throughout their games

Galaxy Academy in England

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LA Galaxy

The first games of the LA Galaxy Academy’s England tour are
in the books as both the U-16 and U-18 teams lost to Academy teams from
Blackburn Rovers on Monday afternoon at the club's training ground in
Brockhall. The U-16s fell 7-4 playing an 80 minute game with two 40-minute
halves, while the U-18s fell 6-1 in a 90 minute game with three 30 periods.

One of the nation's top academy programs, having developed players
such as David Dunn, Shay Given, Damian Duff, James Beattie and many more, and
after seeing their squad up close, I'm sure that a few of the lads that played
today will soon become household names as well.

In cold and blustery conditions that they are unaccustomed
to, the Galaxy players battled throughout their games despite Blackburn's
pedigree and in many cases, sheer physical strength. The U-16s even took an
early lead in the game with Neil Ignacio scoring just minutes into the U-16
match. After setting up Ignacio's opener, Dyllan Stevens would add a pair for
the U-16's and Nathaniel Schnitman grabbed a fourth while Ruben Valencia would
score the only goal for the U-18's.

Next up, the Galaxy
Academy teams will train at the Manchester City Academy
at Platt Lane
today before taking on their academy teams on Wednesday.