Friday, March 23, 2012
Six local players in U-18 HDC camp
By Scott French
The Galaxy's and Chivas USA's academies are contributing players to Javier Perez's first camp in charge of the U.S. under-18 national team, which begins Sunday and runs for a week.
Galaxy midfielder William Raygoza and forward Jaime Villarreal -- the younger brother of L.A. Home Grown Player Jose Villarreal -- are on the 35-man roster, as are Chivas USA midfielder Marco Delgado and Ben Spencer.
Former Chivas USA midfielder Esteban “Stevie” Rodriguez, a star on the U.S. team that played at last year's FIFA U-17 World Cup, also is on the roster. Rodriguez signed in early February with Club Tijuana after spending the first week of preseason training with the Goats' first team.
Delgado and Spencer train with Chivas' first team, and the club is angling to sign Delgado as a Home Grown Player.
Here is the list of local players invited to the camp:
F Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC/Alta Loma), Chula Vista
M Marco Delgado (Chivas USA/Carson), Glendora (Glendora HS)
M William Raygoza (Galaxy/Carson), El Monte (South El Monte HS)
F Esteban Rodriguez (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Palmdale (Bell Gardens HS)
F Ben Spencer (Chivas USA/Carson), Albuquerque, N.M.
F Jaime Villarreal (Galaxy/Carson), Inglewood (Leuzinger HS)