CARSON, Calif. (July 13, 2010) – Real So Cal U-17/18 scored two first half goals to defeat Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-17/18 2-1 at the 2010 Development Academy Finals Week in Carson, Calif.
Emilio Orozco opened the scoring for the local club in the 17th minute and then turned provider on Edwin Rivas’ 36th minute strike. The two goal cushion was all Real So Cal would need as they withstood a late Baltimore push after Geaton Caltabiano drew a goal back 19 minutes from time.
In a physical affair that had 16 fouls in the first half, Real So Cal used their athleticism and skillful attack to take the game to Baltimore in the opening exchanges, looking especially dangerous on counter attacks sprung from deep inside their own half. However, it was Baltimore that enjoyed the first real chance of the game on the nine minute mark by taking advantage of a mistake in the Real So Cal defense. Forward Michael Raley won possession and immediately got in behind the defense. He slipped a ball across the middle of the area to strike partner Peter Caringi but Real So Cal goalkeeper Benjamin Gold was alertly off his line to smother the chance at the foot of Caringi.
Real So Cal responded well by winning a corner in the 17th minute after pushing the game into the Baltimore half. Midfielder Jose Monteros took the inswinging kick from the right and sent a high ball to the back post where Emilio Orozco powered his header into the net from six yards. Just two minutes later, Orozco had another chance from a corner taken from the same side in a carbon copy of the play leading to goal. This time, however, he could not keep his effort under the crossbar and the matched remained 1-0.
By the half hour mark, the game had settled into a slower pace, noting a change in tempo from the frantic start. Baltimore gave signs of finding an equalizer with shots from Marquez Ferandez and Joseph Meyer but Real So Cal would be the team to find the next goal after 36 minutes.
Moises Orozco broke down the right side with an overlapping run after Real So Cal regained possession in a dangerous area. Orozco took the ball past a defender slid a hard pass to the back post for Edwin Rivas to crash home. It was a just reward for Rivas, who had been dangerous all game, constantly dangerous to the Baltimore back line.
The second half started with less energy than the first while Baltimore tried to figure out how to unlock the Real So Cal defense and mount a comeback. The Californians did well to settle the pace and look for counterattack opportunities. But, the Maryland club was generating half chances and was not out of the contest by any means.
Substitute Brian Graham almost grabbed a goal on his first touch after coming on in the 63rd minute but blazed his shot over from 12 yards. The game was getting stretched as Baltimore had to push harder for a way back into the match. Possession was difficult to come by and the teams were exchanging the ball in midfield.
Baltimore finally caught Real So Cal on a counter after Caringi found himself with space deep on the left. He held off his defender well and found the onrushing Caltabiano open inside the area. Caltabiano took a touch to sidestep his defender and hit a shot off the underside of the crossbar and cut the lead in half with nine minutes remaining.
It was set up for a frantic finish as Baltimore looked to claw their way back in for a draw – their best chance coming from a dangerous free kick in the second minute of stoppage time. However, Real So Cal stood strong and emerged victors and keep pace with Group 2 rivals Vardar with four points.
Baltimore and Vardar face off on July 15 on Field 3 at The Home Depot Center, while Real So Cal will be on Field 2 against Concorde Fire. Both matches start at 4 p.m. in what should be an exciting finale to Group 2 action at 2010 Finals Week.
Development Academy Finals Week Match Report
Match: Real So Cal U-17/18 vs. Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-17/18
Date: July 13, 2010
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
REAL 2 0 2
BBC 0 1 1
REAL – Emilio Orozco (Jose Monteroza) 17th minute
REAL – Edwin Rivas (Emilio Orozco) 36
BBC – Geaton Caltabiano (Peter Caringi) 71
REAL: 14-Benjamin Gold (1-Keon Parsa, 46); 31-Emilio Orozco, 27-Ryan Malden, 15-Mynor Giron, 25-Jose Cabrera; 22-Carlos Benavidez, 3-Jeffrey Koval, 32-Moises Orozco; 10-Jose Monteroza (7-Fabian Garcia, 39), 23-Edwin Rivas (12-Edgar Ramirez, 72), 11-Victor Chavez (13-Samuel Ball, 66)
Subs not used: 0-Oscar Hernandez, 2-Estanilao Arevalo, 6-Nathan Jasperse, 8-Harrison Hanley, 9-Dylan Weening, 17-Cesar Rodriguez, 18-Tanner Snedigar, 20-Jesus Landeros, 21-Alexander Markes, 24-Craig Nitti, 33-Ricardo Argueta, 35-Marco Pineda, 58-Dennis Martinez
Head Coach: Julio Castillo
BBC: 14-Tim Peitsch; 1-Joseph Meyer, 15-Oumar Ballo, 17-Marquez Fernandez (8-Brian Graham, 62), 9-Moses Makinde (12-Joseph Cahalan, 46); 18-Mamadou Kansaye, 3-Eli Dennis, 10-Geaton Caltabiano, 23-Jeremy Kirkwood (20-Alexander Bullington, 46, 16-Jackson Weiner, 86); 7-Peter Caringi, 6-Michael Raley
Subs not used: 4-Diego McQuestion, 5-Jonathan Guzman, 11-Michael Molloy, 19-Mikias Teketele, 24-Robert Benzig, 25-Matthew Tyrie
Head Coach: Steve Nichols
Stats Summary: REAL / BBC
Shots: 11 / 7
Shots on Goal: 1 / 5
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 11 / 16
Offside: 2 / 0
BBC – Geaton Caltabiano (caution) 40
BBC – Brian Graham (caution) 71
BBC – Eli Dennis (caution) 89
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Nelson
Assistant Referee 2: Babacour Jallow
Fourth Official: Cedric Adams