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Chivas USA wins multiple awards from Development Academy in final campaign

Goodbye, Junior Goats, and thanks for the memories.

Might be the last time we trot out our CUSA Academy stock photo.
Might be the last time we trot out our CUSA Academy stock photo.
Alicia Rodriguez

I know I vowed to not write about Chivas USA's Academy anymore, not because I suddenly hate kids but because much of the program will be going to join the LA Galaxy Academy in a matter of weeks and I didn't really want to cover their future pros any more than I already have.

At any rate, this may be the final post I'll write about CUSA's Academy, at least from a news perspective, as the 2014-15 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season is officially in the books, and with it, Chivas USA's Academy is effectively closed forever. A decent number of guys made it to the pros from the youth set-up, and in many respects much of what was good about the flawed club came at the youth level.

The U-15/16 squad ended up making it out of the first round of the playoffs, but fell at the next hurdle, to eventual national runners-up New York Red Bulls. Still, to even make it to that stage for a lame duck academy is impressive in itself.

On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced the season-end awards for the three age groups in the Development Academy, and there was Chivas USA Academy representation on the U-13/14 and U-15/16 levels.

First, the U-14s won the Team Award for Style of Play, a great reward for Brian Kleiban's team that has been turning heads around the world for quite some time already.

And then two players from the U-16 squad, defender Daniel Villegas and midfielder Oscar Penate, were named to the West Conference Best XI for their age group.

Finally, another very different blast from the past, former senior team head coach Martin Vasquez, was named U-18 level Coach of the Year, for his work with the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy.

So congrats to those in the Chivas USA Academy who received recognition. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Academy over the years -- I know I wish things could have been different, but we thank you players, coaches, administrators, parents, family and friends for your time in the organization.

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