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03 June 1:17 pm

Once a week, RSL-Arizona Academy PR ace Garrett Cleverly will provide us with an update 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 blogFacebook page and Instagram for all the latest info on RSL's youth development program.

The Academy teams played their last games of the regular season this weekend, with the U-18’s turning in a dominant 8-2 win over Arsenal FC and the U-16’s tying the same side 1-1 at Grande Sports Academy on Saturday. Both the U-18’s and the U-16’s finished the regular season second in the Southwest Division.

Both the U-18’s and the U-16’s qualified for the USSDA Playoffs and Showcase, which will be held from June 24-28 at FC Dallas Park in Frisco, Texas. The draw for the Academy Playoffs is scheduled for Monday, June 17. The top sides from the Academy Playoffs will advance to U.S. Soccer’s Finals Week in Houston from July 14-20.

Three academy players were called up to the U.S. U-17 MNT for the 2013 Caspian Cup in Azerbaijan. Academy players Brooks Lennon and Bofo Saucedo starred in the U.S.’s 11-0 win over Kyrgyzstan last week, both notching hat tricks in the Stars-and-Stripes’ dominant victory.

GSA Exports is our newest feature. It's where we track the progress of our former players who are playing at the next level. Academy alums featured in MLS, the MLS Reserve League and in PDL over the last week. Read about them all here.

24 academy seniors graduated from high school last week. Click here for pictures and a write-up of the ceremonies. Also check out our "End of the Year" video, featuring shots of all the players, hilarious stories, interviews with coaches and a few goals we were able to capture.

Watch CB Jonathan Stadler defeat U-18 coach Freddy Juarez in soccer tennis.

Interested in becoming a RSL-AZ player? The last tryout for the upcoming season is June 7-9. Details here.

Looking for a soccer camp this summer? RSL-AZ will have camps running through July. Details here.  

22 May 10:05 am

Once a week, RSL-Arizona Academy PR ace Garrett Cleverly will provide us with an update 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 blogFacebook page and Instagram for all the latest info on RSL's youth development program.  
  • RSL-AZ U-18 forward Benji Lopez - who trained with the Claret-and-Cobalt first-team for two of its three preseason camps - was called up to the U.S. U-18 MNT for its 10-day trip to Portugal for the 19th annual International Juniors tournament.
  • The Real Salt Lake U-18's defeated Pateadores SC 4-1 on Saturday at Grande Sports Academy.  Click through for a full game recap and pictures from the match.
  • The Real Salt Lake U-16's had an even better go against Pateadores, beating the Southern California side 4-0 in Casa Grande on Saturday. Game recap and pictures.
  • Current Southwest Division standings for our U-16 and U-18 teams. Both teams are currently in second-place in their division and battling for overall playoff seeding. Click the link for more info on the standings and seeding. 
  • GSA Exports is our newest feature. It's where we track the progress of our former players who are playing at the next level. Academy alums featured in MLS, the MLS Reserve League and in PDL over the last week. Read about them all here.
  • RSL-AZ U-18 players Coco Navarro and Ive Burnett both featured in RSL's Reserve League loss at the Chivas USA Reserves on Monday, with Navarro playing the full 90 and Burnett coming on in the 23rd minute. Read about their performances here.
  • Interested in becoming a RSL-AZ player? You'll have your chance as Academy coaches will be in Utah May 24-25 holding tryouts. Details here.
16 May 11:59 am

Editor's Note: Once a week, RSL-Arizona Academy PR ace Garrett Cleverly will provide us with updates from the Academy. Garrett's first update is below - Follow him and the Grande Sports Academy on Twitter and check the Grande Sports Academy blogFacebook page and Instagram for all the latest info on RSL's Casa Grande youth program.