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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