RSL Youth Soccer Update: Nov. 13

RSL-AZ U-18's and U-16's unbeaten through 8 games

Welcome to the Real Salt Lake Youth Soccer Update. This regular release will include information on matches, tournaments, events and achievements involving RSL’s youth initiatives.

RSL-AZ U-18’s REMAIN UNDEFEATED AFTER SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND IN SO-CAL

The Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-18’s kept their unbeaten record intact their last time out, picking up a win and a draw against a pair of Southern California rivals.

The U-18’s drew their first match, tying Irvine Strikers FC 3-3 in Southern California on Saturday, Nov. 3. The team picked up a win the next day, getting a goal at the death to beat Pateadores FC 2-1 on Sunday, Nov. 4.  

FW Jose Navarro was the star for the U-18’s, scoring four goals – including a first half hat trick against Irvine – in the two matches to move his season total to seven. MF Riggs Lennon also played well, picking up two assists to help the U-18’s stay unbeaten.

The U-18’s are now 6-0-2 in the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy season, good enough for first place in the West Conference’s Southwest Division.

RSL-AZ U-16’s PICK UP TWO WINS, MOVE TO 6-0-2 ON THE USSDA SEASON

The Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-16’s picked up two wins two weekends ago, downing Irvine Strikers FC and Pateadores FC to improve to 6-0-2 on the USSDA season.

RSL-AZ turned in a dominating performance in its first game, downing Irvine 4-1 on Saturday, Nov. 3. The U-16’s picked up another win on Sunday, Nov. 4, beating Pateadores 2-1 to cap a six-point weekend.

FW Sebastian Saucedo and Damian German were the stars for the U-16’s, with Saucedo scoring a goal and adding two assists and German notching a pair of goals.

Like their U-18 counterparts, the U-16’s are now 6-0-2 in the Developmental Academy season. The squad sits in first-place in the West Conference’s Southwest Division, holding a comfortable six-point lead on second-place Chivas USA.

LA GALAXY UP NEXT FOR RSL-AZ

The Real Salt Lake-Arizona U-18’s and U-16’s return to USSDA action this weekend, when they’ll take on fierce rival LA Galaxy at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The Galaxy U-18’s are nipping at the heels of the RSL-AZ U-18’s, with LA – which has two games in hand on RSL – sitting four points behind the Claret-and-Cobalt in the standings. The RSL-AZ U-16’s are 12 points up on the fourth-place U-16 Galaxy, which also has two games in hand on their RSL-AZ counterparts.  

ABOUT THE U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

The U.S Soccer Development Academy is a nationwide youth development initiative, organized by the U.S. Soccer Federation, featuring 80 of the top youth teams in the country competing in a league system at both the U-18 and U-16 levels. The 80 youth programs are divided into 7 geographically based divisions, each of which will send a single qualifier to the national finals after the regular season concludes in late June. For more information on the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy, please visit www.ussoccer.com.

For media information about the Real Salt Lake Youth Development program, or any other RSL activities, please contact Real Salt Lake Media Services Manager, Sam Stejskal at sstejskal@realsaltlake.com or at (801) 918-5050.