Los Angeles Football Club’s academy kickstarted the club’s history on the field, so it’s only fitting that they raised the first silverware for the club as well, as they defeated Juniors Tampico 2-0 in the final to win the 2018 U-13 Concacaf Champions League.
The tournament, held over the past week in Toluca, Mexico, was LAFC’s first participation in the competition, in its fourth edition. Winning all but one of their matches along the way, LAFC becomes the first American team to win the competition, as the previous winning teams had come from Mexico and El Salvador.
In addition, LAFC academy’s Diego Ceja won the Golden Ball award as the tournament’s best player, and the team also won the Fair Play award for the best disciplinary record in the competition.
It’s a pretty big deal for LAFC to accomplish this, as the academy is about to start just their third season, and it shows a team that is coherent, talented and capable of winning games.
At the same time, keep in mind we’re looking at a U-13 team, and these players still have plenty of growing to do in the coming years. We may see a few of them become pros, possibly even for LAFC, down the line. But ultimately, they’re still kids, and the accomplishment is nice, hopefully a harbinger of things to come for the academy and first team alike. Congratulations to the LAFC academy!
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