The Sueño MLS grand finale is nearly set.
Last Sunday, April 25 Univision’s República Deportiva unveiled the names of the five survivors hailing from Chicago, who now join a group of five others from Houston in the Sueño MLS Finale to be held from May 5 to May 9 in Los Angeles. Watch the recap of Sueño MLS tryouts in LA and the announcement of the five LA Galaxy tryout finalists this Sunday, May 2 on Univision’s República Deportiva from noon to 2 p.m. PT.
The 10 finalists chosen from the tryouts held in Glendale, CA on April 17-18 trained with the Galaxy youth squad this week for the right to the five spots available for the Sueño MLS Finale. The 10 players fighting for the 5 LA spots are:
Dennis Alvarado (16yrs - Fairfield, CA); Javier Castro (18yrs - Pomona, CA); Marco Granados (17yrs -Pacoima, CA); Arturo Gallegos (18yrs - Pomona, CA); Dennis Garcia (18yrs - Sacramento, CA); Ricardo Guillen (16yrs - Homeland, CA); Victor Jimenez (16yrs - Anaheim, CA); Jonathan Navas (18yrs - Los Angeles, CA), Luis Perez (18yrs - Los Angeles, CA), Oscar Velazquez (14yrs - Las Vegas, NV)
The total of 15 players left standing, who survived tryouts involving over 2,000 youth ages 14 through 18, will compete for one spot to join an MLS club youth academy. That winner will be announced live on Univision’s República Deportiva on Sunday, May 9 and will join the elite company of past Sueño winners including current Chivas USA left midfielder Jorge Flores and Gabriel Funes Mori, who plays at forward for River Plate in Argentina.
The players who will represent Chicago in the Sueño MLS Finale from May 5 through May 9 are:
Oscar Barraza: The 16-year-old Mexican-American midfielder from Elgin, Illinois advanced to the Sueño MLS Finale one year after being cut after two rounds into the same competition. He’s a junior at Glenbard East High School.
Juan Celleri: The freshman at Lane Tech in Chicago is originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador. He is a 15-year-old forward who can also play on the flanks.
Vicente Jaramillo: The resident of Detroit, Michigan made the 4.5 hour drive to the tryouts in Chicago. The 16-year-old is a native of Laredo, Mexico and is a sophomore at Western International High School in Michigan.
Erick Jimenez: The sophomore from Nicholas Senn High School is considered by scouts as one of the top defenders to emerge from the Chicago tryouts. The 15-year-old Mexican-American is the nephew of a Puebla FC hero from the club’s first title in 1982: Luis Enrique Fernandez.
Miguel Moncada: The Honduran-American was an offensive machine in the Chicago trials. The 18-year-old resident of Jackson, Tennessee made the eight hour drive to Chicago and camped out in his car between trial dates. He is a junior at Jackson Central-Merry High School.
The players who will represent Houston in the Sueño MLS Finale from May 5 through May 9 are:
Nelson Castro: The 14-year-old defender from Houston is a Salvadoran-American and currently attends the 9th grade at Eastwood Academy.
Juan Contreras: A 16-year-old left-footed midfielder who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico but resides in Dickinson, Texas. He is a junior at Dickinson High School.
Eric Martinez: The 15-year-old freshman from Dekaney High School in Houston is a Mexican-American forward who was an ODP (Olympic Development Program) selection. His older cousin played for the reserve team of Mexican club Puebla.
Marco Ortiz: A 15-year-old playmaker who has attracted a great deal of attention at the Houston tryouts. The Mexican-American from Crowley, Texas, is a 9th grader and member of the student council at Crowley High School.
Lorenzo Salazar: The 15-year-old midfielder from Houston recently participated in the Dallas Cup. He is a freshman at Austin High School and says he was offered a trial by Mexican club Tigres.
Simon Borg of MLSsoccer.com contributed to this article