LA Galaxy Academy: U-16s ranked third overall in Grande Sports Academy Top 25

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Galaxy Under-16s have done especially well, piling up sixteen victories this USSDA season before finally succumbing to their first defeats in April at the hands of Pateadores and Real Salt Lake - Arizona.

Going into the month of May, the two oldest LA Galaxy Academy sides are both ranked in the Grande Sports Academy Top 25. The Under-16s have done especially well, piling up sixteen victories on the season before finally succumbing to their first defeats in April.

LA Galaxy U-16s

Going into the month of April unbeaten, the LA Galaxy U-16s suffered loses at the hands of no. 18 ranked Pateadores and no. 2 Real Salt Lake - Arizona. The RSL loss came last weekend, the 1-0 defeat dropping the U-16s to 16-2-6. Earlier in April, the U-16's points per match qualified them for the USSDA playoffs.

The April loses dropped them to second in the Southwest Division, and from second to third in the top 25 with RSL-AZ popping ahead of them, but they still hold one of the best records in the development academy.

The U-16s are currently in Cal South's National Cup, qualifying for the round of 32 at the Lancaster, California tournament. The U-16's will face Santa Barbara SC U-16 on Saturday at 8:00am, and if they make it through they will play a round of 16 match the following weekend. The winning team in this tournament will represent Cal South at the US Soccer Far West Regionals in Albuquerque.

LA Galaxy U-18s

In the month of April the LA Galaxy U-18s dropped from ninth to twelfth in the Grande Sports Academy Top 25 rankings. They finished the month on a high note, defeating second ranked RSL-AZ 2-1 to move to 16-5-3 on the season. Forwards Christian Chavez and Jorge Ruiz scored for the Galaxy. The U-16s have a bye week from USSDA play this weekend.

New Face at Training

The LA Galaxy have a good track record promoting players to senior squad contracts out of the academy. Haji Wright is the newest player on the watch list, working out with the first team this week in training. A member of the US U-17s, Wright was the Golden Boot winner with a five goal performance at the Nike International Friendlies and two goals during the Aegean Cup.

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