Real Salt Lake Youth Soccer Update: Dec. 20

RSL-AZ shows well at USSDA 2012 Winter Showcase

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, U-16’s SPLIT WEEKEND MATCHES IN CALIFORNIA

The Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-18’s and U-16’s both split a pair of USSDA matches in Southern California last weekend.

The U-18 team won its first match of the weekend, getting a brace from Jose Navarro and a goal each from Tony Murillo and Benji Lopez to defeat De Anza Force 4-2 on Dec. 15. Unfortunately, the U-18’s couldn’t make it a clean sweep on Dec. 16, falling 3-2 to Santa Cruz Breakers Academy despite a goal each from Murillo and Navarro.

The RSL-AZ U-16’s dropped its first match of the weekend, losing 1-0 at De Anza Force on Dec. 15. The U-16’s bounced back in a big way on Dec. 16 however, getting a hat trick from Brooks Lennon and a goal each from Adolfo Ovalle and Josh Doughty to beat Santa Cruz Breakers 5-1.

RSL-AZ COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND AT USSDA WINTER SHOWCASE

The Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-18 and U-16 teams were very successful at the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy Winter Showcase in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., posting a combined record of 4-1-1 in six non-conference games.

The U-18’s went 2-0-1 on the weekend, beating the Montreal Impact 4-1 on Nov. 30, downing the Crew Soccer Academy Wolves 1-0 on Dec. 1 and tying Sporting KC 1-1 on Dec. 3. Benji Lopez and Jose Hernandez had big weekends for the squad, with Lopez notching two goals and Hernandez scoring one goal and adding two assists.

The U-16’s weren’t quite as successful as their older counterparts, beating Montreal 5-3 on Dec. 1, losing 0-2 to Crew Soccer Academy Wolves on Dec. 2 and beating Sporting KC 3-1 on Dec. 4 to finish the showcase with a 2-1-0 record.

FOUR RSL-AZ PLAYERS COMPETE IN WINTER SHOWCASE SELECT MATCHES

Four RSL-AZ players competed in the 2012 Winter Showcase Select matches featuring the top U-18 and U-16 players from across the USSDA. U-18 player Tony Murillo featured in the ’95 Select match, suiting up for the winning Blue Team, which defeated the Red Team 1-0.

Three U-16 players featured in the ’97 Select match, with Brooks Lennon playing on the Red Team that defeated Justen Glad and Sebastian Saucedo’s Blue Team 4-1. Lennon recorded an assist in the match.