The Development Academy capped off its U-14 regional slate for 2014, with the West teams convening at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California, over the Nov. 15-16 weekend.
Each participating team played in three competitive matches during the two-day stretch, and several clubs had a flawless run at the event. Five Academy sides posted a 3-0-0 record: the LA Galaxy, Los Angeles United Futbol Academy, Arsenal FC, the Central California Aztecs and Chivas USA. The Galaxy’s Angelo Deloso-Flocco notched a hat trick in one match, scoring all three goals in a span of 16 minutes.
San Juan Soccer Club’s Roberto Hategan scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the 78th and 80th minutes, respectively, to lead his side to a 4-3 victory against Albion SC on Sunday.
Strikers FC had a solid run with three shutouts and a 2-0-1 record, outscoring its opposition 13-0. Strikers FC defeated Seattle Sounders FC and De Anza Force and played San Juan Soccer Club to a scoreless draw. It was a well-rounded offensive effort with nine different players scoring a goal, led by Ian Smith’s three tallies.
During the regional, ussoccer.com caught up with Hategan and Chivas USA U-14 midfielder Carlos Anguiano. Hategan spoke about his defensive focus and involvement with his Academy team, and Anguiano chats about the importance of playing out of the back and the competitive Academy environment.