The Chivas USA Youth Academy teams were back in action this weekend, and the U18s and U16s had a big test Sunday against their biggest rivals, the LA Galaxy. In the end, the spoils were divided between the sides, as the U18s fell 3-1 and the U16s won 2-0.
In the U18s match, the game started brightly for the Goats, as Daniel Moreno opened the scoring in the 6th minute. But the Galaxy evened up the score in the 10th minute when Justin Dhillon scored, and went ahead with Drew Murphy's tally in the 25th minute before Homegrown signing Jack McBean finished up the scoring in the 70th minute. No question about it, the loss is tough, but Chivas remain in decent position in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy's Southwest Division standings, as they currently sit in fourth place, behind Pateadores, the Galaxy, and division leaders Real Salt Lake-Arizona. Obviously, it is early in the season, and the U18s still have plenty of time to gel as a unit and start clicking on a regular basis.
Meanwhile, the U16s got the win over the Galaxy, which surely must have come as a relief after their lopsided loss a few weeks back to RSL-AZ. Caleb Calvert notched Chivas' first in the 12th minute, followed by Daniel Crisostomo in the 83rd minute. Calvert's goal gives him four on the season, by far the best on the team, and the win is Chivas' first this season. What helped Chivas get the result was that two former Galaxy youth academy players, Alejandro Vergara and Axel Mendez, have moved over to Chivas this year, and both played major parts in the win Sunday.
The result moves the U16s to fifth in the USSDA Southwest Division, behind Arsenal FC, Strikers FC, Pateadores, and RSL-AZ, who lead the division in both age groups. Much like the U18s, it is early in the season, and so there is time for the U16s to build chemistry. That said, this is a tough division, and there aren't really any easy opponents.
At any rate, the SuperClasico split demonstrates both the success achieved and the work ahead for Chivas' Academy teams.
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