It's been some time since we caught up on the happenings of Chivas USA's Academy teams here on the site, but it's not because we haven't been paying attention. Let's bring you up to date on some of the biggest stories for the Academy in recent weeks, starting with some silverware won.
The CUSA U-23s won the Raul Briones Cup as part of the SoCal Premier U-23 League earlier this month, defeating So-Cal Real FC 1-0 to take the cup, capping off their second season as a team.
Javier Castro scored in the 83rd minute to give the Goats the victory, giving them their second title since forming. You will recall the U-23s won the amateur state title last August, after virtually sweeping the competition in the local league in their first season.
The Raul Briones Cup comes after a season in which the U-23s weren't quite as dominant in the league, though they still finished a respectable 4th place in the 10 team league.
Despite the trophy, the future of the Chivas USA U-23s appears to be up in the air. They are not participating in the current SoCal Premier season, and the organization confirmed to The Goat Parade that they are not currently playing in any league. As an amateur side, it is perhaps not a major surprise, though external factors like the impending ownership change and evolving MLS-USL partnership may lead the organization in a new direction regarding the gap between the U-18 Academy level and the first team squad.
Even so, the U-23s won two trophies to date and produced two players who were signed to the first team, Bryan de la Fuente and Andrew Ribeiro, though neither player remains with the club at present. And regardless of what the future holds, the group that won the Raul Briones Cup should be congratulated for the accomplishment. Well done to all!
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