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LAFC kick off Development Academy era with win over LA Galaxy

Fittingly, a local MLS derby starts the slate.

LAFC ticked another first off their slate on Saturday, as the Los Angeles Football Club U-12 academy side played their first games in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, playing the LA Galaxy U-12s to a 3-3 draw and then a 4-2 win.

We won’t recount the blow by blow here for a couple of reasons: We’re talking about boys and while the results are marked on the Development Academy’s website, the U-12 level does not keep standings as the emphasis is on development.

Still, getting a draw and a win to kick things off, against local rivals LA Galaxy no less, is certainly fun and exciting!

As you see here, the boys wore white with gold lettering as their kits for Saturday’s games. I wouldn’t read much into this, at least for the moment: MLS academies typically wear essentially the same kits as the first team, but with LAFC not yet having any MLS kits, it looks like they are naturally going with off the rack kits before the first official club kits are developed and released publicly.

And as expected, there were LAFC supporters in attendance, eager to show their enthusiasm for the club in a game setting for the first time.

Ahead of the start of the Development Academy season, LAFC executive vice president of soccer operations John Thorrington was asked about the U-12s kicking off their inaugural season.

"We’re incredibly excited," he said to reporters at the stadium groundbreaking event two weeks ago. "I think we’ve got a talented group of boys. Our coach and our academy director have been hard at work preparing them for the season. And we’re just excited to begin the competitive league season with this group of boys.

"That’s part of our mission, is to be very organic in our development and our growth from the bottom up, which is why we started with this group of 12-year-olds, and incredibly excited to observe how the season goes."

LAFC’s U-12 academy team is coached by Joey Cascio, with Juan Lopez added to the coaching staff as listed on LAFC’s academy website.

The boys are back in action on Saturday, as they’ll take to the road to face the Central California Aztecs U-12 team. Their next home games are on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Cal State LA against Los Angeles United Futbol Academy.

Congratulations to the team and to the club overall for beginning their first season, at any level.

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