LA Galaxy Youth Academy teams head to Phoenix for U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase

U-16 & U-18 Academy teams will both take part in Winter Showcase

CARSON, Calif.
(Thursday, December 2, 2010) –
The LA Galaxy U-16 and U-18 Youth Academy teams will travel
to Phoenix
tomorrow for the start of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase.
Both teams will play three games at the Reach 11 Sports Complex, bringing to a
close the first half of the 2010/11 Development
Academy season.

Both the U-16 and U-18 teams will face Dallas-based club
Andromeda, South Carolina United FC and Alabama’s
Birmingham United during the four-day Showcase, which brings together all 78 of
the clubs that compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Scores from all
games will be posted on the official website of the Winter Showcase, which can
be found here.

The Galaxy will open their schedule against Andromeda on
Saturday, December 4, with the U-18’s playing at 9 a.m. and the U-16’s
following at 11:15 a.m. They will be back in action two days later on Monday,
December 6 when they face South Carolina United FC at 1:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
The Galaxy will then round out their Showcase schedule a day later on Tuesday,
December 7 with both teams taking on Birmingham United at 9 a.m.

The Galaxy U-18’s enter the Winter Showcase on a four game
winning streak with a record of 5-2-1 on the season. Under the direction of
head coach Matt Mennell, the Galaxy U-18’s are looking to return to the
Development Academy Playoffs for the second consecutive season. Juan Gutierrez
leads the team with four goals on the season, while Neil Ignacio and Eric Verso
each have three and Riley Wolfe has two.

The Galaxy U-16’s have been even better so far this season,
tallying a 7-0-1 record through their first eight games of the season. The
U-16’s will be coached by Mike Stauber at the Showcase while their usual head
coach, Kenny Arena, remains with his college team, UCLA, where he is an
assistant coach, for the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The Galaxy have
outscored opponents 22-6 on the season so far, with Jack McBean scoring a
team-high six goals. Drew Murphy is close behind with five goals while Sean
Dhillon has added four.

This is the third consecutive year in which the Galaxy Academy
teams have participated in the Winter Showcase with the 2009 Showcase also
being held in Phoenix
at the Reach 11 Sports Complex. The U-16’s are 4-1-1 all-time at the Winter
Showcase, going a perfect 3-0-0 in 2008 and 1-1-1 last season. The U-18’s are
2-1-3 all-time at the Winter Showcase, going 1-0-2 in 2008 and 1-1-1 in 2009.
Both teams have also participated in a pair of Spring Showcases, which take
place each May in Florida,
with the U-16’s going 4-1-1 and the U-18’s going 3-1-2.

LA Galaxy U-16
Roster for the U.S. Soccer Development
Academy Winter Showcase

GOALKEEPERS
(2) –
Grayson
Cornwell, Josh McNeely

DEFENDERS
(6) –
Chris
Antunez, Steve Copley, Cole Dimond, Sagar Jambusaria, Vincent Reyes, Ludwing
Vargas

MIDFIELDERS
(8) –
Jose Avila,
Sean Dhillon, Grady Howe, Kevin Labastida, Francisco Magallon, Axel Mendez,
Drew Murphy, Ivan Vasquez

FORWARDS
(3) –
Justin
Dhillon, Jack McBean, Willie Raygoza

COACHES – Mike Stauber, Adam Reeves

LA Galaxy U-18
Roster for the U.S. Soccer Development
Academy Winter Showcase

GOALKEEPERS
(2) –
Vince
Paldino, Adam Zepeda

DEFENDERS
(7) –
Mathias
Cuadrado, Ricardo Hernandez, Justin Kim, Jake LaPorte, Matt Mardesich, Gabriel
Rivera, Derek Vog

MIDFIELDERS
(7) –
Angel Ayala,
Brian Blumenfeld, Eric Gonzalez, Juan Mendoza, Nati Schnitman, Eric Verso,
Riley Wolfe

FORWARDS
(4) –
Neil Ignacio,
Dylan Seedman, Cameron Souri, Dyllan Stevens

COACHES – Matt Mennell, Todd Dunivant, Sal
Diaz

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