CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy Academy will be well-represented in the 2016 NCAA men’s soccer tournament which begins on Nov. 17.
A total of 10 Galaxy Academy Alums representing three different schools will take part in the annual competition. The tournament runs from Nov. 17 to Dec. 11 culminating in the College Cup at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium.
UCLA is the most represented school from a Galaxy Academy standpoint with former Academy players Juan Cervantes, Christian Chavez, Willie Raygoza, Brian Illoski, Robert Knights, and Malcolm Jones leading the Bruins. UCLA opens the tournament on Thursday at Drake Stadium in Westwood against Colgate.
San Diego State, a school boasting Galaxy Academy graduates AJ Vergara and Christian Onalfo, begins the tournament on Nov. 17 when they host UNLV. Finally, former Academy stalwart Rey Ortiz will look to help the West Coast Conference winning Portland Pilots when they begin the tournament on Thursday against New Mexico University. Recent transfer Drew Murphy will also represent North Carolina who open the tournament in the second round on Nov. 20.
Although they will boast zero Galaxy Academy graduates, local school Cal-State Northridge will also take part in the festivities, hosting the University of the Pacific on Thursday.