Chivas USA Academy: Junior Goats Largely Successful in Pacific Northwest

Academy: Got the job done in Cascadia. - Jeff Golden

Three out of four ain't bad!

In one of their longest road trips of the regular season, Chivas USA's USSDA Academy teams headed up to Washington and British Columbia this past weekend to play a couple of games each. Fortunately for the Goats, the trip was successful, as U18s got the sweep and the U16s split the weekend series.

The U18s started the weekend against Washington side Crossfire Premier, and defeated them 3-0 on Saturday. Caleb Calvert started the scoring in the 29th minute for Chivas, then followed it up with his second in the 56th minute. Romario Lomeli capped off the match with a goal in the 88th minute. They then followed that up with a 3-2 win Sunday over the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency in B.C. Daniel Moreno scored the opener in the 27th minute, and the game remained that way until late, when the goals came in a flood. Vancouver prospect Brody Huitema tied the score in the 74th minute, then Calvert started his second brace in two days in the 85th minute. Huitema scored his second of the day in the 86th, and Calvert got the winner a minute later. Considering the opponent, the tenacity to battle back multiple times to get the win is impressive.

The weekend's performances leave the U18s in 5th place in the USSDA Southwest division, five points behind fourth place Strikers FC. They are going to have to play very well in the last three months of the season if they want to move up in the standings.

For the U16s, who have been doing better in the standings this season, they didn't have quite as successful a weekend as their older counterparts. On Saturday, they lost 2-1 to Crossfire Premier, as goals from Samuel Gomez and Austin Giftopoulos lifted the hosts past Bilal Abdullah's lone goal for Chivas. But the Goats regrouped well the next day, as they beat the Vancouver Whitecaps U16s 3-1. Mark Hernandez put the visitors on the board in the 6th minute, followed by Andrew Benitez's goal in the 59th minute, and Jorge Ruiz's goal in the 69th minute to put Chivas ahead 3-0. Francesco Saporito pulled one back for Vancouver in the 79th minute, but it was not enough.

The U16s currently sit in 2nd place in their division, just two points behind leaders Real Salt Lake-Arizona. At the moment, they look like they are in good shape and need to continue doing what they have been this season. At any rate, congratulations to both U16 and U18 sides! They will be playing Nomads in San Diego this coming Saturday. Best of luck!

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