LA Galaxy Academy Update: March 16, 2012

Galaxy U-12’s to face Nomads SC in 2012 CAL South National Cup Semifinals This Weekend

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Photo Credit: 
German Alegria / LA Galaxy

CARSON, Calif. (Friday, March 16, 2012) – The LA Galaxy U-12 Academy Team will face Nomads SC in the 2012 CAL South National Cup semifinals Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Rancho Capistrano Soccer fields in San Juan Capistrano.

After recording a 0-0 draw in their opening game of the tournament, the Galaxy have gone on a four-game winning streak to reach the semifinals. In the group stage, they tied West Coast FC in the opening game, beat DMVC Sharks 8-0 in the second game and got past FC Golden State 4-1 to advance out of Group E in first place. Last weekend, the Galaxy shutout SD Surf 2-0 and FC Golden State White 4-0 in the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals, respectively. The team has only allowed one goal in the tournament, so far.

This is the first year the club has played in the National Cup at the U-12 level.

The finals of the 32-team tournament are set to be played this Sunday at Aliso Niguel High School at 9 a.m.

The National Cup has been held annually since 1978, and is the primary springboard for the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. The winner of the National Cup will advance to the US Youth Soccer Far West Regionals in June, with the winner of that advancing to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, which are set to be played July 25-29 in Rock Hill, S.C.

For more info about the U-12 National Cup, click here.

GALAXY U-16 AND U-18 TEAMS RETUNS TO ACTION: After a three-week hiatus, the LA Galaxy Academy U-16 and U-18 teams return to U.S. Soccer Development League action with two games each. Both teams return to the field for the first time since Feb. 25 to face the San Jose Earthquakes at The Home Depot Center. The two squads are back at The Home Depot Center the next day to take on Cal Odyssey. Both clubs are currently in second place of their respective standings. The U-18 team (11-1-3 overall, 6-1-1 SoCal Division) trails Chivas USA (11-3-3 overall, 6-1-3 SoCal Division) by two points, while the U-16 team (8-3-4 overall, 5-1-2 SoCal Division) trails Real Salt Lake-Arizona (12-3-2 overall, 6-1-0 SoCal Division) by only one point.

LA GALAXY ACADEMY TRYOUTS POSTPONED: The LA Galaxy Academy tryouts have been postponed due to the threat of inclement weather to a date to be determined later. The tryouts, which are for players born between 1999-2002, had been scheduled to be held this weekend at The Home Depot Center. For more information about tryouts held by the LA Galaxy Academy, please visit http://www.lagalaxy.com/academy. Galaxy Academy tryouts are for all interested participants currently living within the Galaxy’s MLS-allocated home-grown territory of a 75-mile radius from The Home Depot Center.

THE WEEK AHEAD

LA Galaxy U-12 vs. Nomads SC U-12                       
Saturday, March 17

CAL South National Cup Semifinal will be played at the Rancho Capistrano Soccer fields at 11 a.m.

LA Galaxy U-12 vs. Nomads SC U-12                       
Saturday, March 17

CAL South National Cup Semifinal will be played at the Rancho Capistrano Soccer fields at 11 a.m.

LA Galaxy U-18 vs. San Jose Earthquakes               
Saturday, March 17

Game will be played at The Home Depot Center on University Field 2 at 10 a.m.

LA Galaxy U-16 vs. San Jose Earthquakes               
Saturday, March 17

Game will be played at The Home Depot Center on University Field 2 at 12:30 p.m.

LA Galaxy U-18 vs. Cal Odyssey                             
Sunday, March 18

Game will be played at The Home Depot Center on University Field 2 at 10 a.m.

LA Galaxy U-16 vs. Cal Odyssey                         
Sunday, March 18      
                          
Game will be played at The Home Depot Center on University Field 2 at 12:30 p.m.

Times and locations for all games are correct as of Thursday, March 15. Click here for a complete schedule of games in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, which includes the Galaxy Academy’s U-16 and U-18 teams.