Wednesday, June 29, 2011
YOUTH: Three L.A. teams to Academy finals
By Scott French
Three Southern California teams are among 16 to advance to next month's U.S. Soccer Development Academy championships after winning qualifying groups in Frisco, Texas.
The Galaxy and Woodland Hills-based Real So Cal will play in the under-15/16 tournament July 9-16 in Milwaukee, and Mission Viejo-based Pateadores will compete in the under-17/18 championships.
Pateadores, guided by former UCLA coach Todd Saldaña (and with former U.S. national team captain and National Soccer Hall of Famer Thomas Dooley on staff), won all three of its games at FC Dallas' Pizza Hut Park complex, with Lawndale's Jose Villareal (Leuzinger HS) scoring in each match.
The Galaxy also went 3-0-0 -- with wins over fellow MLS clubs Sporting Kansas City's and Houston Dynamo's academy sides -- behind Rancho Santa Margarita's Justin Dhillon (Tesoro HS) scoring four goals, with a hat trick in a 4-1 rout of Bradenton, Fla.-based IMG Soccer Academy. (Dhillon also has played for the Galaxy's reserve team this year.) The Galaxy is coached by UCLA assistant coach Kenny Arena, a former MLS midfielder and the son of Bruce Arena.
Real So Cal, which made it to the U-17/18 finals last year, went 2-0-1 in Frisco after finishing fifth in the So Cal Division, won by the Galaxy, during the regular season. Woodland Hills' Steve Manios (El Camino Real HS) scored twice for the club, which is coached by Cal State Northridge head coach Terry Davila.