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Across the Academy - Feb. 9

LA Galaxy, Pateadores Meet in Key SoCal Clash:
The LA Galaxy U-17/18 team faces Pateadores this Saturday in a matchup of two of the top SoCal Division teams in the West Conference. The Galaxy (4-1-0, 12 points in SoCal) and Pateadores (3-2-1, 10 points) are second and third, respectively, in the division behind Chivas USA (5-1-1, 16 points). But with both teams having played fewer matches than Chivas USA, Saturday’s game would put either team in a better position to nab the division’s top spot.

Central Conference:

  • Brandon Aubrey scored a 64th-minute goal and the Dallas Texans U-15/16 team defeated Texans SC Houston 1-0 on Sunday to maintain its unbeaten record this season. With the win, the Texans improve to 11-0-6.
  • Alonso Gallegos and David Robledo each had a goal as the FC Dallas U-17/18 team garnered its 13th win in 16 games with a 2-0 victory against the Texas Rush on Saturday. FC Dallas is in first place in the Texas Division with an 11-1-1 record, 13-1-2 overall.

South Conference:

  • The Richmond Kickers posted a two-game sweep of the Richmond Strikers on Saturday. Grayson Smith scored three goals to lead the Kickers U-15/16 team to a 4-2 win, while Zachary Harris scored the lone goal for the Kickers U-17/18 team during a 1-0 victory.
  • Eli Dent of the South Carolina United Battery U-17/18 team scored three goals for a 5-3 victory against the Richmond Strikers. South Carolina scored four goals in an 11-minute span from the 56th minute to the 66th minute, with Dent providing the final two goals during that stretch.
  • Nestor Jaramillo’s 59th-minute goal proved to be the difference as the South Carolina United Battery U-17/18 team shut out McLean Youth Soccer 1-0 on Saturday. South Carolina United Battery leads the Southeast Division, while McLean Youth Soccer is atop the Atlantic Division.

West Conference:

  • The De Anza Force U-17/18 team posted two 1-0 victories to move into first place in the Northwest Division. De Anza Force posted a 1-0 win against Crossfire Premier on Saturday, followed by a 1-0 win against previous division leader Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. Nicholas Lima had a goal against Crossfire Premier and Edson Cardona had the only tally against Seattle Sounders FC.
  • Led by John Chronopoulos’ two goals, the Santa Cruz Breakers Academy U-17/18 team defeated Seattle Sounders FC 4-0 on Saturday. Chronopoulos has 16 goals in 17 games this season, moving into a third-place tie with Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas U-17/18) among the Academy’s goal scoring leaders.
  • Dalton Pando scored three goals as the California Development Academy U-15/16 squad earned a 5-0 victory against Crossfire Premier on Thursday, Feb. 2. Pando is averaging more than a goal per game, tallying six in five matches this season.


Week 20 Player of the Week: Jorge Ruiz, Forward, Chivas USA

Jorge Ruiz of the Chivas USA U-15/16 team scored a goal to start a comeback that led to a 3-3 draw against Strikers FC on Saturday at Orange West College in West Conference action. Chivas USA trailed 3-1 in the second half before Ruiz netted a 70th-minute goal to cut the deficit to one, and teammate Ryo Fujii tied the score at 3-3 in the 82nd minute. Ruiz, a 1997 birth year playing up a level, is tied for fourth on Chivas USA with six goals in 13 matches played this season.

Referee of the Week: Bernhard Hosu

Bernhard Hosu earns Referee of the Week honors for his performance in the U-15/16 matchup between Real So Cal and Pateadores. Hosu, a referee from California-South, has worked during 19 Academy games over the past year. He also has officiated in MLS preseason matches, along with PDL, USL PRO and W-League games.


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