Academy Update: June 13
Academy Update: June 13
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.
- Former academy player Maikon Orellana signed his first pro contract with historic Danish club Brondby IF.
- Justen Glad, Brooks Lennon and Bofo Saucedo, fresh off their successful spell with the U17 MNT in Azerbaijan, talk about their experience of playing in the Caspian Cup.
- Real Salt Lake U-18′s & U-16′s closed out an extremely successful season that saw a number of academy records fall. Here are some interesting and notable numbers from the past season.
- Chase Bishov was selected to participate in “Brophy High School’s Annual Guatemala Immersion Experience and Church in the Modern World Senior Theology Elective.” Bishov spent 13 days in Guatemala and talked about the experience here.
- Brooks Lennon has been asked to play with Liverpool FC in the 2013 Milk Cup.
- The Academy teams played their last games of the regular season on June 3rd 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. Pictures from the U18 game here. Pictures from the U16 game here.
- 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.
- Final standings update for the Real Salt Lake U18 & U16 Academy teams in the Southwest Division.
- Real Salt Lake has invited Andrew Brody to train with the first team until June 15th. He also played in a reserve game vs San Jose Earthquakes on June 1st and earned praise or his performance.
- Brandon Johnston and Kostas Kotselas celebrated graduation from Mission Heights Preparatory High School. Haedan Turner celebrated graduation from Primavera High School.
- 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.
- Graduating seniors share their thoughts on playing their final game for the Grande Sports Academy.
- Looking for a soccer camp this summer? RSL-AZ will have camps running through July. Details here.