CARSON, Calif.— LA Galaxy Academy Under-16 forward Jesus Nuñez is enjoying a terrific start to the 2013/14 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season. Through 10 games, he's scored eight goals— almost a third of the team's 28 goals this season— and is tied for the team-lead in scoring with teammate Jorge Ruiz. Not bad for a 14-year-old who’s playing a year up in competition.
On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced that Nuñez has been called up the U.S. U-15 National Team for their upcoming games in the Development Academy Winter Showcase set to take place Dec. 11-15. The Anaheim-resident was one of 18 players called in by head coach Hugo Perez that will face the U-15/16 New York Red Bulls (Dec. 12), De Anza Force (Dec. 13) and Weston FC (Dec. 15) at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
The full roster for the showcase can be found below:
GOALKEEPERS (2): David Abonce (FC Dallas; The Colony, Texas), Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (4): McKay Eves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Philadelphia Union; Saddle River, N.J.), Antonio Nava (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jose Alfaro (Chicago Magic PSG; West Chicago, Ill.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Ernesto Espinoza (Club Tijuana; San Ysidro, Calif.), Roberto Hernandez (Texas Rush; Houston, Texas), Nicholas Taitague (FC Richmond Magic; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Omir Fernandez (New York Red Bulls; New York, N.Y.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Atletico Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Jeanpaul Marin (New York Red Bulls; Rego Park, N.Y.), Jesus Nuñez (LA Galaxy; Anaheim, Calif.), Adolfo Trujillo (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.)