Monday, December 8, 2008

Galaxy U-16 and U-18 Wrap Up Successful Academy Showcase

The U.S Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase wrapped up today in Lancaster, Calif. with 220 games being played from Thursday until Monday.

The Galaxy U-16 and U-18 teams opened the Showcase on Thursday night, with all of the 148 teams (representing 74 clubs) in action a day later on Friday.

The U-16's went 3-0-0 during the showcase, outscoring their opponents 9-2, while the U-18's were 1-0-2.

Both teams defeated North Meck (Cornelius, N.C.) in the opening games, with the 16's claiming a 1-0 win behind Gabriel Rivera's first half goal.

The 18's also opened the Showcase with a win, defeating North Meck 4-1. Jonathan Zurita scored twice in the opening 20 minutes to give the Galaxy a 2-0 lead, before North Meck pulled on back just after the hour mark. However, Brian Angel and Alan Hernandez each scored in the game's final 10 minutes to give the game it's final 4-1 scoreline.

A day later, the 16's claimed their second win in as many days, defeating FC Greater Boston Bolts 3-1, while the U-18's played the same club to a 2-2 draw.

After a day off on Saturday, the Galaxy rounded out the tournament against the IMG Academies. The U-16's thoroughly defeated IMG, claiming a 5-1 win behind a hat trick from Patrik Bohac while Trent Clifton added a pair of goals.

In the other game, the 18's led IMG 2-1 at the half behind goals from Marquis Brooks and David Velasquez, before allowing a late goal and finishing with a 2-2 draw.

All totaled, the Galaxy teams went 4-0-2 during the showcase, which wraps up with 69 games on Monday. Going into those games, the academies of MLS teams were 19-8-11 in the Showcase.


Anonymous said...

Thanks.... Thanks very much for the update on the Galaxy RIOS. I very much wanted to attend this showcase to see our U-16s & U-18s play. But, unfortunately, I couln't (my loss, I'm sure). I'm so happy and proud for our youth academy. They are coming together - and, that is very good to see & hear. Thanks to Trevor, the parents, the coaches, and the staff for giving these youth players instruction, chances, and most of all - actual competition and playing time. Very glad & proud of the results. Way to go Galaxy RIOS... Way to go!!!

Anonymous said...

I want to wish all of the injured Galaxy RIOS players plenty of rest & recovery. But, most of all, stick with training... stick with teh conditioning and try your best to get as many games in as you guys can... Many thanks to the parents that help, counsel, and support their kids. Way to go, Galaxy RIOS. Don't give up!!!