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Chivas USA Academy: Teams continue season slate against Cascadia opponents

A tough weekend, but the junior Goats are still in action.

Alicia Rodriguez

It's high time we checked in with the Chivas USA Academy, the remaining vestige of Chivas USA, the former MLS team. Playing their final season in the Development Academy, it's clearly a weird time for the Academy, but as with these matters, they've got games to play as CUSA.

The older teams continued their USSDA season over the weekend with a pair of games each at home against the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers academies. Unfortunately, the results weren't there, as they managed a 0-3-1 record for the weekend.

The U-16 squad had the better run overall, as they lost 2-1 to the Sounders on Saturday, with Matthew Huerta's early goal unable to stand with up to the visitors' comeback. However, on Sunday, the junior Goats played the Timbers to a scoreless draw.

For the U-18s, it was tougher sledding, as they dropped both games, losing 2-0 to the Sounders on Saturday and 2-1 to the Timbers Sunday, as again an opening Chivas USA goal, courtesy of Marc Calderon, was canceled out by two subsequent goals for the visitors.

The results mean both the CUSA U-18 and U-16 teams are currently on the outside looking in regarding the USSDA playoff picture, with the U-18s in 8th place (out of 10) in the Southwest Division, and the U-16s in ninth at the moment. That said, the season runs until June, so there's a lot of time for movement in the standings.

The next game up for Chivas USA is a big one, as they face the LA Galaxy academy next Saturday at the StubHub Center complex. All three USSDA age groups will compete, with the U-18s scheduled at 10 am, the U-16s' game at 12:30 pm, the U-14s at 3 pm (all times PT). Hey, if you're jonesing for a Clasico Angelino, this is likely going to have to be your fix, at least for now.

Best of luck to CUSA's academy -- you may not have a pro team anymore, but we still support you.

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