CARSON, Calif. (Friday, Oct. 11, 2013) – The LA Galaxy Academy will send an Under-17 team to Irvine, Calif. this weekend to take part in a Generation adidas Cup regional. The event is the first of two such regionals taking place ahead of next year’s 2014 GA Cup, and will help define the seeding for that competition.
The Galaxy Academy U-17’s are one of six teams taking part in the regional including five MLS Academy teams, host Chivas USA, San Jose Earthquakes, Portland Timbers FC, and Seattle Sounders FC. Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles U-17’s will join the five MLS academies as the lone guest team for this regional and round out group. All games are being played at Crawford Field on the campus of UC Irvine.
The Galaxy’s opened the competition on Friday, Oct. 11, against the Portland Timbers FC Academy and will follow that with a matchup against the San Jose Earthquakes Academy U-17’s the next day at 12 p.m. LA’s third and final game will be on Monday, against the Seattle Sounders FC Academy U-17’s at 10 a.m.
Following the games in Irvine, a second regional event will be held in San Jose in February 2014, where the Galaxy’s will face the Chivas USA U-17’s. The entire GA Cup West Region schedule and standings are available on MLSsoccer.com by clicking here.
The Galaxy Academy U-17’s will be coached by former Galaxy midfielder Mike Muñoz. The roster for this weeks’ games is available below:
LA Galaxy U-17 GA Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Erik Lopez, Bennett Sneddon.
DEFENDERS (6): Elijah Barajas, Daniel Huizar, Elan Koenig, Michael Lopez, Christian Onalfo, Juan Orozco.
MIDFIELDERS (5): Enrique Bustamante, Andrew Perez, Johnathan Ramirez, Alex Ramos, Adrian Vera.
FORWARDS (6): Marc Calderon, Kevin Diaz, Cesar Farias, Brian O’Hara, Dimitri Zhuravlev, Ethan Zubak.
LA GALAXY U-18’S BEAT STRIKERS, LOSE TO RSL-ARIZONA: The LA Galaxy Academy U-18’s picked up their fourth straight victory of the 2013-14 U.S. Soccer Development Academy regular season on Saturday before falling to undefeated Real Salt Lake-Arizona on Sunday. Having outscored their opposition 14-3 over the first three games of the year, head coach Ante Razov’s men began the weekend on a high note by shutting out Strikers FC 3-0 on the road. After netting four goals the previous week, Adonis Amaya opened the scoring for the Galaxy U-18’s in the 65th minute and Christian Chavez doubled his team’s lead eight minutes later with his third goal of the season. It then took all of two minutes for Amaya to tack on the third and final score, raising his season and team-high tally to seven. The following day at the Track and Field Facility at StubHub Center, the team hosted an unbeaten RSL-Arizona side that had not surrendered a goal all season. But the Galaxy U-18’s were certainly up for the challenge and took an early 1-0 lead. Steve Martinez, who spent most of last season with the Galaxy U-16’s where he was one of the nation’s top scorers with 18 goals in 23 games, found the back of the net in the 17th minute for his second of the 2013-14 USSDA campaign. However, the visitors were able to equalize just before halftime and added a pair of second half goals to hand the Galaxy U-18’s their first loss of the season. Through five games, the team has accumulated 12 points from a 4-1-0 record, They return to USSDA league action on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. when they host to a winless Chivas USA team at the Track and Field Facility at StubHub Center.
LA GALAXY U-16’S PICK UP TWO WINS OVER THE WEEKEND: The LA Galaxy U-16 Academy continued their winning ways last weekend and remained unbeaten in the 2013-14 U.S. Soccer Development Academy regular season following a pair of 2-1 victories. On Saturday, the team traveled to the University of California-Irvine Stadium Field and had to come from behind to deal Strikers FC a 2-1 defeat. After the hosts jumped out to an early lead in 18th minute, Jorge Ruiz netted his fourth goal of the season in the 27th minute to level the score at 1-1. With the game appearing to be headed for a 1-1 final, the Galaxy’s Johnathan Ramirez beat Strikers FC goalkeeper Jonathan Lee Klinsmann in the 87th minute to give the Galaxy a 2-1 win and their second win of the season. The following day, the team returned home to StubHub Center and once again overcame a one-goal deficit to claim a 2-1 victory. This time, an unbeaten Real Salt Lake-Arizona was the victim who took a 1-0 lead into the halftime break. But just 10 minutes into the second half, Marc Calderon equalized with his first goal of the season and after scoring the day before, Ruiz played the role of hero by bagging his fifth score of the season in the 78th minute to solidify a second consecutive victory for the Galaxy U-16’s. With the game-winning strike, Ruiz now shares the team-lead for five goals scored with Jesus Nunez. Head coach Mike Munoz’s team, now has 11 points on the USSDA campaign with a 3-0-2 record. They return to league action on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. against Chivas USA at the StubHub Center Track and Field Facility.
HANIF WRIGHT SCORES A HAT TRICK IN U-14’S WIN: Forward Hanif Wright scored three goals as the LA Galaxy Academy Under-14’s beat the Strikers FC Under-14’s 5-1 on the road at Anteater Stadium on the campus of UC Irvine. With the win, the Galaxy U-14’s remained perfect on the season, improving to 4-0-0. Wright scored the games’ first two goals in the 10th and 12th minutes. Fellow forward Noa Harrison would make it 3-0 in the 20th minute with his fourth goal of the season before Strikers would pull one back in 31st minute. In the second half, Wright completed his hat trick with a 48th minute goal that restored LA’s three goal lead. Just before the final whistle, an own goal by the Strikers gave the game a final scoreline of 5-1. Wright, who now has four goals through four games in the season, is the younger brother of Galaxy Academy U-16 forward Haji Wright, who is currently in Bradenton, Fla., taking part in U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency Program. The Galaxy U-14’s do not have a game this weekend and return to the action the following weekend against Chivas USA. The game will be played Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. at the Track and Field Facility at StubHub Center.
BRADFORD JAMIESON TAKES PART IN LA GALAXY RESERVE GAME: LA Galaxy Academy Under-18 forward Bradford Jamieson IV made his third appearance of the year for the Galaxy in an MLS Reserve League game Monday, when the Galaxy reserves beat Chivas USA reserves 2-0 to capture the MLS Reserve League West Division title for a second straight year. Jamieson, who last month came off the bench in the club’s 0-0 draw against San Jose and 2-2 draw against Colorado, came on in the 85th minute for Robbie Rogers. Galaxy Academy U-18 forward Adonis Amaya and defender Malcolm Jones were on 18-man roster as well, but did not play.
LA GALAXY U-16 B’S HOST STRIKERS FC SATURDAY: The LA Galaxy Academy Under-16 B’s are coming off an impressive 5-2 victory over Real So Cal White on Sept. 28, when Patrick Murphy netted a hat-trick and Rodrigo San Roman tallied two goals and an assist. Colin Apel, Kosuke Ide and Kaito Ishida all contributed with an assist in the win, lifting the Academy U-16 B’s season points tally to six. Murphy and San Roman are currently tied for the team-lead in goals scored with three apiece while Apel and Ide share the top spot on the team in assists with two. The Andrew Boyens-coached side will look to continue to climb the Southern California Developmental Soccer League table this Saturday when the team hosts Irvine-based Strikers FC Black, who is currently level with the Galaxy U-16 B’s in points. The game will be played at 12:05 p.m. on Field #1 at El Segundo High School.
LA GALAXY U-14’S LOOKING FOR WIN OF 2013 SEASON: The LA Galaxy Academy U-14 B’s have a pair of road games this weekend and will be looking to pick up their first win of the 2013 Southern California Developmental Soccer League season. They earned a point last weekend thanks to a 2-2 draw with Strikers FC. This weekend, the team will aim to build off that result as they host LA Galaxy South Bay Gold on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m. on Field #1 at El Segundo High School. LA Galaxy South Bay Gold is coming off a 1-0 road victory over the Los Angeles Futbol Academy last weekend. The following day, the Galaxy U-14 B’s are back in action against an unbeaten United FC Black at 4:35 p.m. on the North Torrance High School Stadium Field.
GALAXY U-12’S NORTH AND SOUTH AIMING TO CARRY MOMENTUM INTO WEEKEND: Both the LA Galaxy Academy U-12 North and South sides continue to put up massive offensive numbers in the 2013 Southern California Developmental Soccer League. Over the last two weekends, the teams have combined to score an astonishing 30 goals in only four games. Last Saturday, the Galaxy Academy U-12 North grabbed a 7-1 win at Exiles SC Black while the Galaxy Academy U-12 South snagged another 7-1 victory at Santa Barbara White the same day. With the Galaxy U-12 North and South sitting on 11 and 16 points respectively, they’ll both hope to continue climbing the table when they return to league action this weekend on the road. The U-12 North travel to North Ranch Field #1 at 9:25 a.m. to take on Real So Cal White before visiting FRAM Soccer Club the following day at 10:50 a.m. at Miraleste Intermediate School Stadium Field. The U-12 South side has only one game this weekend on Sunday, Oct. 13, against Los Angeles Futbol Academy Black on the Sotomayor High School Turf Field at 10:05 a.m.
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
LA Galaxy U-17’s vs Portland Timbers U-17’s (Friday, October 11)
Game will be played at UC Irvine on Crawford Field #3 at 3 p.m.
LA Galaxy U-17’s vs San Jose Earthquakes U-17’s (Saturday, October 12)
Game will be played at UC Irvine on Crawford Field #2 at 12 p.m.
LA Galaxy U-17’s vs Seattle Sounders U-17’s (Monday, October 14)
Game will be played at UC Irvine on Crawford Field #1 at 10 a.m.
LA Galaxy U-16 B’s vs. Strikers FC – Irvine Black (Saturday, October 12)
Game will be played at El Segundo High School – Field #1 at 12:05 p.m.
LA Galaxy U-14 B’s vs. LA Galaxy South Bay Gold (Saturday, October 12)
Game will be played at El Segundo High School – Field #1 at 10:30 a.m.
LA Galaxy U-14’s B vs. United FC Black (Sunday, October 13)
Game will be played at North Torrance High School – Stadium Field at 4:35 p.m.
LA Galaxy North U-12’s @ Real So Cal White (Saturday, October 12)
Game will be played at North Ranch – Field #1 at 9:25 a.m.
LA Galaxy North U-12’s @ FRAM Soccer Club (Sunday, October 13)
Game will be played at Miraleste Intermediate School – Stadium Field at 10:50 a.m.
LA Galaxy South U-12’s @ Los Angeles Futbol Academy Black (Sunday, October 13)
Game will be played at Sotomayor High School – Turf Field at 10:05 a.m.
Times and locations for all games are correct as of Thursday, Oct. 10. Click here for a complete schedule of games in the Southern California Development Soccer League and U.S. Soccer Development Academy, which includes the Galaxy Academy’s U-12, U-14, U-16 and U-18 teams.