Following a successful trip to San Diego the previous week, Chivas USA's Youth Academy USSDA teams had a pair of games this past weekend at home, and found mixed results. Although the U16s were unbeaten for the weekend, the U18s had rough sledding in their matches.
The U16s played the Santa Cruz Breakers Saturday and won 1-0, behind a goal from Jorge Ruiz in the 68th minute. The visitors obtained a red card, helping pave the way for the Goats. They followed that up with a 1-1 draw on Sunday against the De Anza Force. A back-and-forth game, Adonis Amaya opened the scoring in the 18th minute, and Carlos Delgadillo tied the match in the 73rd minute before getting sent off (the third consecutive game with a red card to a Chivas U16 opponent).
Although they can't win them all, the two lost points put the U16s down a bit in the USSDA Southwest Division standings, as they are currently in 3rd, with Real So Cal sneaking up ahead of them. Still, they look like they are in great shape heading into a potential playoff berth, as long as they keep up the good form.
On the other hand, the U18s had a tough weekend. They lost to the Santa Cruz Breakers U18s 3-2 in a hard-fought game. Michael Gonzalez opened the scoring for Chivas in the 11th minute, while Giovanni Godoy knotted the score in the 44th minute for the Breakers. Conor Corboy put the visitors ahead in the 50th minute, while Chivas clawed their way back two minutes later with a goal from Romario Lomeli. But Godoy got his second, and the winner in the 80th minute, and Chivas had no answer.
Then on Sunday the U18s lost to the De Anza Force U18s 4-1. Daniel Moreno gave Chivas the lead in the 30th minute, but four unanswered goals by the Force, from Michael Amick, Geoffrey Dunn, Skyler Felt, and Sam Olson put the result away for the visitors. The results dropped the Goats one more place in the Southwest Division to 6th. I continue to say it, but if the U18s want to make the playoffs this year, they have considerable ground to make up in their final eight matches.
Still, keep the faith boys! Chivatown is behind you all!
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