LA Galaxy Academy Update: U-16s qualify for Semifinals

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The StubHub! Center is hosting this year's US Soccer Development Academy Postseason semifinals and finals, and on Tuesday evening the LA Galaxy were able to ensure a representative as the U-16s defeated Vardar U16s 5-3 at the Track and Field Stadium to continue through the knockout rounds.

The StubHub! Center is hosting this year's US Soccer Development Academy Postseason semifinals and finals, and on Tuesday evening the LA Galaxy were able to ensure a representative as the U-16s defeated Vardar U16s 5-3 at the Track and Field Stadium to continue through the knockout rounds.

The LA Galaxy U-16s were selected as hosts of the Quarterfinals as the higher seed in their pairing. The U-16s went 3-0-0 through their group at the USSDA showcase in Indiana and finished with a +7 goal differential.

LA held a 2-0 lead going into halftime, but coughed that up in the second half to quickly go behind 3-2 within fifteen minutes. Rey Ortiz of the Galaxy U-16s grabbed an equalizer three minutes after Vardar went ahead and then Ortiz completed a brace to put the U-16s ahead for good.

Academy Finals Week will be played at the StubHub! Center from July 17-19th, with the schedule announced in the coming days. The Galaxy U-18s did not qualify for the quarterfinals finishing second in the group at the showcase in Indiana.

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