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LA Galaxy Academy Update: Raul Mendiola scores equalizer in draw with San Diego Surf

Raul Mendiola continues to impress, scoring the equalizer against San Diego as the Galaxy extended their cushion over Real Salt Lake Arizona.

Raul Mendiola, on the ball for the LA Galaxy at the Dallas Cup
Raul Mendiola, on the ball for the LA Galaxy at the Dallas Cup
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He hasn't signed that Homegrown contract yet, but Raul Mendiola continues to make the case for one scoring LA Galaxy U-18's lone goal against the San Diego Surf on Saturday in a one - one draw. He also earned a yellow card, one of three in the closely contested match.

Justin Dhillon, who has fifteen goals in twenty appearances didn't come in until after halftime. Mendiola's sixty-sixth minute goal equalized things for the Galaxy, who had given up a goal just before halftime to San Diego's Jake Skoll. The San Diego defender is ranked a three star prospect by Top Drawer Soccer with a commitment to Davidson in 2014.

LA remains three points ahead at the top of their division, with Chivas USA's academy coming up this weekend. RSL Arizona were off this weekend, and will host So Cal side Pateadores in the upcoming week's fixtures trailing LA by three points.

The Galaxy are still in the fourth seed spot for the playoffs. The academy playoffs will be held June 24-28. The US U-20 team will be participating in the Toulon Tournament in France from May 28th to June 8th. Oscar Sorto, Jose Villarreal, and Javan Torre all trained with the U-20 squad at The Home Depot Center in preparation for this tournament. The Galaxy have two matches scheduled during that stretch, one of which (June 2nd) Robbie Keane is likely to miss as well.

With Robbie Keane, Jose Villarreal, and Jack McBean all potentially gone for the road trip to New England, that means Homegrown player Gyasi Zardes and Charlie Rugg will likely be called upon for duty up top.