Weekly Galaxy Academy Update: May 16

ACADEMY SUPERCLASICOS ON TAP FOR SATURDAY: Just as the first team will face Chivas USA on Saturday at The Home Depot Center, so too will the LA Galaxy Academy U-16 and U-18 teams, who will be the road teams this weekend in the second and final meeting of the season between the two rivals. The two sides first met on April 30 with the Galaxy U-16’s winning 1-0 and the U-18’s playing to a 2-2 draw. Saturday’s games will be played on Field #6 at The Home Depot Center with the U-18’s kicking off at 2 p.m. and the U-16’s following at 4:30 p.m.

Both Galaxy teams were in action this weekend, playing a pair of games at The Home Depot Center. On Saturday, the U-18 played to a 2-2 draw with the Irvine Strikers while the U-16’s lost 3-0. One day later, the U-18’s fell 3-2 to Pateadores while the U-16’s played to a 2-2 draw.

Both teams remain in the hunt for a spot in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs, which begin late next month at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. A total of 32 teams from each age bracket qualify for the postseason, with 20 teams that finish first or second in their group and the next 12 best teams making up the field based on points per game average. The U-16’s are 15-4-2 for 47 points in all competitions for an average of 2.24 points per game, which is fifth best in the country while the U-18’s are 10-7-4 for 34 points in all competitions for an average of 1.62 points per game, which is the 23rd best in the country.