Chivas USA Academy's U-18 team to play in Copa Chivas international tournament

Chivas USA will face fellow red team Liverpool at the Copa Chivas. - Christopher Lee

The Junior Goats will head south later this month.

Chivas USA's Academy twitter account reported today their U-18 team will be participating in the 2014 Copa Chivas International tournament, which will be held January 28-February 4 in Guadalajara.

According to the Academy's tweets, Chivas USA are in Group B, along with the Colombian national team, English powerhouse Liverpool, Chilean side Universidad Catolica de Chile, and Mexican sides Tijuana and Morelia.

In the other group, the teams will consist of hosts Chivas de Guadalajara, Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos, whose senior side just lost out on the last J-League title, fellow MLS and USSDA team FC Dallas, Mexican clubs Atlas and Monterrey, and Brazilian team Vitoria.

Although the Chivases haven't performed great at the senior level, the youth system has been strong in recent years, particularly at Chivas de Guadalajara, where they most recently made the semifinals of the U-17 and U-20 Liga MX championships last season. And given the teams participating, there are no walkovers among the entrants.

For their part, Chivas USA's U-18 team is doing reasonably well so far this season, with the team sitting in fourth place in their USSDA division at the moment. This tournament should provide a stiff test for the Amerigoats, and more importantly, should give the players good experience on an international stage.

Best of luck to CUSA's U-18s at the Copa Chivas!

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