The Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-17 team finished first in Central Region qualifying for the 2013-14 Generation adidas Cup with a 4-1-0 record. The Generation adidas Cup is Major League Soccer’s annual elite youth tournament for U-17 academy teams. The Claret-and-Cobalt will now compete in a national event in April alongside other academy and international teams.
Here are a few interesting numbers from the five Generation adidas Cup qualifying matches.
Total number of goals scored by the RSL Academy team, which was the highest number of goals scored in Generation adidas Cup qualifying. FC Dallas was second with a total of nine goals.
The number of different players that scored for the Claret-and-Cobalt. RSL saw goals from FW Sebastian Saucedo, M/F Josh Doughty, M/F Diego Silva, FW Brooks Lennon, MF Terrell Lowe, MF Evan Waldrep, MF Tate Schmitt, D/F Miles Stray, FW Kris Fourcand and MF Tyler Feeley.
RSL notched the two highest goal scoring performances in Generation adidas Cup qualifying. Seven goals were scored against FC Dallas on February 14th and five were scored against Sporting Kansas City on October 14th.
The number of consecutive matches in which FW Sebastian Saucedo found the back of the net.
The Claret-and-Cobalt’s total goal differential, which was the highest in Generation adidas Cup qualifying.
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – Real Salt Lake won the Generation Adidas Cup Central Region on Monday, with the Claret-and-Cobalt U-17’s defeating the Houston Dynamo U-17’s 4-1 at Grande Sports World in the final match of group play to qualify for the GA Cup’s final stage.
Monday’s win advanced the RSL U-17’s to the final stage of the GA Cup, which will take place in April. The RSL U-17’s will be pitted against two other MLS U-17 teams and a group of international teams in the final stage of the GA Cup.
RSL posted a 4-1-0 record in five GA Cup Central Region group stage matches, finishing atop the group that also featured U-17 squads from the Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City. The Claret-and-Cobalt outscored its opposition 21-7 in the group stage.
RSL got goals from four different players in the win over Houston on Monday. The Claret-and-Cobalt jumped out to an impressive start, with Josh Doughty tapping in a Sebastian Saucedo cross in the 11th minute to give RSL the lead.
RSL doubled their lead in the 50th minute, when Saucedo curled in a low free kick that hit the post and bounced in for his fourth goal in three matches. Doughty notched his fourth assist in three matches when he played to Kris “Haiti” Fourcand in the 72nd-minute. Fourcand then shifted to his right, dribbled into the box and scored RSL’s third goal.
RSL’s backline of: Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, Miles Stray and Gavino Carranza along with central midfielder Danny Acosta held the Dynamo attack to a few shots and recorded their first shutout in GA Cup play.
It was announced today that Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy players MF Sebastian Saucedo and GK Christian Herrera have been called up to the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team to participate in the Copa del Atlantico in Las Palmas, Spain. The U.S. is making its first appearance in the esteemed international tournament that runs from Jan. 30-Feb. 8. The Americans will face Spain on Feb. 4, Argentina on Feb. 5 and the Canary Islands on Feb. 7.
Thirteen players out of the 18-player roster are currently registered with Academy teams, with four MLS Academies represented. The Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy is the only Academy to have more than one player named to the U-18 squad.
The Claret-and-Cobalt’s MF Sebastian Saucedo and GK Christian Herrera were among the 24 players called into U.S. Under-18 MNT Head Coach Javier Perez’s January training camp in preparation for the tournament. Saucedo and Herrera have guided the RSL-Arizona U-16 Academy team to a 10-1-1 start through twelve league matches. Saucedo leads the team in scoring with ten goals while Herrera has earned eight clean sheets.
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – Real Salt Lake will play its first match of the 2014 preseason on Wednesday, taking on the RSL-Arizona Academy U-18’s at 11:00 a.m. MT at Grande Sports World.
Expect RSL Head Coach Jeff Cassar to run out a slew of players during the match; he’ll want to get a look at the Claret-and-Cobalt’s newcomers and youngsters, along with giving some time to some of the team’s older hands. Oh, and please don’t read anything into the eventual result. It’s just preseason, and any games – at least at this stage – are primarily training exercises.
RSL is in the midst of its second-straight double day, with one session in the books and another set for this afternoon. The Claret-and-Cobalt will get a well-deserved breather from two-a-days on Tuesday, when they'll only have one training session.
We’ll have a full match report, highlights and photos from the game on RealSaltLake.com on Wednesday. You can find all of our preseason coverage – including an up-to-date roster and schedule, as well as all of our written and video coverage – in RSL’s Preseason Central.
Four Real Salt Lake Academy products were named last week to a 36-player roster for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team’s training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. RSL FW Benji Lopez and DF Jordan Allen, as well as RSL-AZ Academy grad and University of Louisville MF Andrew Brody and current RSL-AZ U-18 player and Stanford University commit MF Corey Baird will all participate in the team’s domestic training camp, which will run from Jan. 3-12.
Lopez, the fourth player to graduate from the RSL-Arizona Academy to the first-team, joined Real Salt Lake on July 17, 2013. The 18-year-old featured for the Real Salt Lake Reserves four times this year, scoring one goal in the Reserves’ 3-2 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves on July 16. Lopez began his stint in Casa Grande in the fall of 2011, excelling in the youth setup and helping lead RSL-AZ to strong finishes in both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
Allen signed a Homegrown contract with RSL on Dec. 31, 2013, following the completion of a successful freshman season at the University of Virginia. Allen, 18, played at the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy from August 2011-December 2012. The Rochester, N.Y. native was named the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy Player of the Year, USSDA Western Conference Player of the Year and earned a spot on the USSDA Starting XI Team of the Year for the 2011-2012 season. This past fall, Allen started all 24 of UVA’s matches, helping lead the Cavaliers to the 2013 NCAA College Cup Semifinal. A third-team All-ACC selection, an All-ACC Freshman Team selection and a second-team NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region Team pick, Allen had three goals and a team-high five assists for UVA from his spot in the midfield.
A University of Louisville freshman, Brody was a fixture for the Cardinals last season, playing and starting all 20 games and notching three goals and eight assists. The midfielder helped Louisville advance to the quarterfinal round of the 2013 NCAA College Cup. Brody played for the RSL-Arizona Academy team in 2012 and 2013, participated in last year’s RSL preseason camp and featured three times in 2013 for the Real Salt Lake Reserves.
Currently with the RSL-AZ U-18’s, Baird had been a fixture with the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team prior to this U-20 call up. Baird featured in all three matches for the U-18 national team in an international tournament in France last October. Baird will begin his college career next fall at Stanford.
Three Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy players were among the 24 players called last week into the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team by head coach Javier Perez. RSL-AZ DF Justen Glad, M/F Sebastian Saucedo and GK Christian Herrera were all called up to Perez’s squad, which will train in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. from Jan. 4-11 ahead of next month’s Copa del Atlantico international tournament in the Canary Islands.
The Claret-and-Cobalt’s DF Justen Glad, M/F Sebastian Saucedo and GK Christian Herrera were among twenty-one out of the twenty-four players who currently play for a U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Nine MLS Academies are represented with Real Salt Lake receiving the most call-ups.
Glad, Saucedo and Herrera have guided the RSL U-16 team to a 8-1-1 start through ten league matches. Saucedo leads the team in scoring with eight goals while Herrera has earned seven clean sheets. Glad anchors a backline that has yet to concede a goal at home and has only surrendered four goals all season.
The Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-16 and U-18 teams have dominated their opposition so far this season and have posted some impressive numbers in the process.
Here are a few interesting numbers from the 10 matches each team has played in the 2013-14 season:
The U-16 Academy team has the third highest points per game average in the nation for their age group with an average of 2.50. The team has recorded eight wins, one loss and one draw through 10 matches this year and currently sits atop the Southwest Division.
The U-16 Academy team is currently averaging 3.6 goals per game, which is the best in the nation for their age group and the U-18 group as well.
The U-16 Academy team has a .4 goals against average per game which is the second best in the nation for their age group.
New RSL Academy players have scored 40 percent of all the goals recorded by both squads. The following newcomers have found the back of the net this season: Tate Schmitt, U-16 (5); Corey Baird, U-18 (4); Eric Carbajal, U-18 (4); Niki Jackson, U-18 (4); Fahot Yogol, U-16 (3); Pato Yrizar, U-18 (1); Kris Fourcand, U-16 (1); Daniel Lee U-16 (1); Grant Livingston, U-16 (1).
The total number of goals scored by both the U-16 and U-18 Academy teams. Their attack has been very diverse this season with 20 different Academy players finding the back of the net.
The total number of clean sheets the U-16 and U-18 Academy teams have recorded. U-16 Academy goalkeeper Christian Herrera has notched seven shutouts and U-18 Academy goalkeeper Luis “Wicho” Barraza has recorded four.
The number of players who have made at least one appearance for the U-16 and/or U-18 Academy teams.
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. - The Real Salt Lake-Arizona U-16 and U-18 Academy teams have announced two tryout dates for interested players.
In the short three-year history of the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy, the U-16 and U-18 Academy teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season. Nine players with ties to the Academy have signed professional contracts and over 40 graduates are currently playing collegiate soccer.
In July 2013, the U-16 Academy team defeated Solar Chelsea 4-2 in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Championship game, becoming the first residential academy program to capture a Development Academy title.
Tryout sessions will be held at the Grande Sports Academy on the following dates:
Tryouts are for Birth Years: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – Under-18 MNT head coach Javier Perez has called up 36 players for a week-long camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California. Included in the call up are four Real Salt Lake Academy players: defender Justen Glad, midfielder Corey Baird and forwards Brooks Lennon and Sebastian Saucedo.
The camp takes place September 22-29 and will feature an intrasquad scrimmage on Wednesday, September 25th, as well as two matches on Saturday, September 28th, against local club sides. Following the camp, Perez will select a 18-player roster to travel from October 6th-14th to represent the U.S. at a four-team tournament in Limoges, France.
Last season, Glad, Lennon and Saucedo played for the U-16 RSL Academy team. All three players scored a goal in a 4-2 win over Solar Chelsea in the U-16 U.S. Soccer Development Final in July 2013.
Glad and Baird were teammates at the U-17 MNT Residency program in Bradenton, Florida earlier this year and both made the 2013 U-17 CONCACAF Championship squad.
Perez has called a contingent of players born in 1996 and 1997, 33 of which have ties to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy as current or former players.
In addition, Glad, Lennon and Saucedo are one of 25 players who participated the National Combine in August at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
U.S. U-18 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Austin Aviza (New England Revolution; Medway, Mass.), Jeff Caldwell (NC Fusion; Todd, N.C.), Carter Richardson (Crew Soccer Academy; Dublin, Ohio), Justin Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (13): David Chavez (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Conor Donovan (Capital Area RailHawks Academy; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chase Gasper (Bethesda-Olney; Alexandria, Va.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ; Tucson, Ariz.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Elijah Martin (LA Galaxy; Fresno, Calif.), Shaquell Moore (IMG Academy; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Quentin Pearson (Colorado Rapids; Longmont, Colo.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Tommy Redding (Chicago Magic PSG; Oviedo, Fla.), Miles Robinson (FC Bolts Celtic; Arlington, Mass.), Peter Schropp (Omaha FC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake AZ; Escondido, Calif.), Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Grant Hollkamp (Indiana Fire; Borden, Ind.), Maduabuchi Obinwa (Chicago Magic PSG; Orlando, Fla.), Amirgy Pineda (Fullerton Rangers; Santa Ana, Calif.), Martin Salas Jr. (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Connor Smith (Baltimore Celtic; Clarksville, Md.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Tyler Turner (IMG Academy; Meriden, Conn.), David Villegas (Chicago Magic PSG; Sacramento, Calif.)
FORWARDS (8): Jeremy Ebobisse (Bethesda Olney; Bethesda, Md.), Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Boca Raton, Fla.), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake AZ; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ; Park City, Utah), Alejandro Vergara (Chicago Magic PSG; Long Beach, Calif.), Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea SC; Garland, Texas), Dembakwi Yomba (Concorde Fire; Lithona, Ga.)
RSL-Arizona Academy PR ace Garrett Cleverly will provide us with periodic updates from the Casa Grande Academy. Garrett's latest update is below - Follow him and the Grande Sports Academy on Twitter and check the Grande Sports Academy blog, Facebook page and Instagram for all the latest info on RSL's youth development program.
GSA Exports is a regular feature where we track the progress of our former players who are playing at the college and professional levels. Here is a list of eight players who are playing professionally in five different countries and here is another list of over 40 academy graduates who combined to score four goals and assist on eight goals in the first week of college soccer.
The Real Salt Lake U-16 & U-18 Elite teams competed in their first tournament of the 2013-14 season. Recap of the 2013 North Huntington Beach Cup for the U-18 Elite team and a recap for the U-16 Elite team.
Real Salt Lake called up four academy players for their Reserve League match against Portland Timbers last Saturday. Each player saw some minutes in the match and impressed in their brief appearances.
Former GSA graduate Mikey Orellana is looking to put injuries behind him as he enters his first professional season with historic Danish club Brondby IF.
Four academy players were invited to participate in a U.S. Soccer National Combine from August 9-13 at Nike’s World Headquarters in Portland.
The Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-16's won the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy Championship on Saturday, defeating Dallas-based Solar Chelsea 4-2 to take home RSL-AZ's first title.
After the match, the players celebrated on the field by signing the "Believe" anthem. Video above.