Los Angeles Soccer: William Raygoza

Six local players in U-18 HDC camp

March, 23, 2012
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)

YOUTH: Galaxy claim USSDA championship

July, 17, 2011

The Galaxy's academy claimed its first big prize Saturday, its under-16 team winning the championship of U.S. Soccer's Development Academy, the nation's premier youth-soccer competition.

William Raygoza (South El Monte/South El Monte HS), Justin Dhillon (Rancho Santa Margarita/Tesoro HS) and Drew Murphy (Palos Verdes/Palos Verdes HS) scored goals in a 16-minute span midway through the second half, sending the Galaxy to a 4-1 romp over PA Classics, from Manheim, Pa., in the U-15/16 title game in Milwaukee.

Jack McBean (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar HS), already a pro with L.A.'s first team, set up the second-minute opener by Sean Dhillon (Rancho Santa Margarita/Tesoro HS) and nearly scored two himself as the Galaxy completed a Southern California sweep of the USSDA championships.

Mission Viejo's Pateadores won the U-17/18 final Friday.

The Galaxy outscored four opponents, 12-2, en route to the title, with the Dhillon brothers netting three goals apiece. Justin, the younger, has featured for L.A.'s MLS Reserve League side, as have teammates Grady Howe (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar HS) and Matt Tilley (Irvine/Irvine HS).

Woodland Hills-based Real So Cal lost on penalties, 8-7, to Real Salt Lake AZ after a 0-0 draw in the third-place game.

Another team from Real So Cal -- girls under-16 -- reached the Elite Clubs National League title game for its division in Aurora, Colo. CASL Chelsea FC of Raleigh, N.C. won, 4-1, in Saturday's match.

The U.S. Youth Soccer Association's national championships, which run July 27-31 in Phoenix, will feature four local clubs: Fullerton Rangers in the boys U-14 division, Alta Loma's Arsenal FC in girls U-14, Newport Beach-based Slammers FC in girls U-15 and San Juan Capistrano-based So Cal Blues in girls U-17.