As the offseason continued for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy, the Los Angeles Galaxy Academy’s top sides continued their season against Real So Cal. The end result was a mixed bag.
The Under-18’s drew with Real So Cal 2-2 at Oak Park High School in Oak Park, Calif. Jaime Villareal and Adonis Amaya scored for the Under-18’s in that contest. Meanwhile, four goals from Ethan Zubak combined with an opener from Adrian Vera gave Los Angeles’s Under-16’s a comprehensive 5-0 win over Real So Cal.
Up next for the Galaxy Under-18’s and Under-16’s is the Winter Showcase. The Under-18’s are facing Players Development Academy from New Jersey on Dec. 11, FC Dallas Academy on Dec. 12 and the Chicago Fire Academy on Dec. 14; while the Under-16’s face Capital Area RailHawks Academy U-16’s on Dec. 12, Houston Dynamo Academy U-16’s on Dec. 13 and FC Dallas Academy U-16’s on Dec. 15.
In other scores, the Under-14’s defeated Real So Cal 2-1 thanks to goals from Noa Harrison and Leonardo Zulli; the Under-14 B’s fell to San Diego Surf Aguilar 6-1, the Under-12 South defeated LA Galaxy South Bay Gold 5-0 and Manhattan Beach Sand and Surf 2-1; and the LA Galaxy Under-12 North defeated 4-0 Santa Barbara SC White.
Here is the schedule of matches this weekend for the Los Angeles Galaxy Academy.
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
LA Galaxy Academy U-14’s @ De Anza Force (Saturday, Nov. 16)
Game will be played at StubHub Center Field 4 at 10 a.m.
LA Galaxy Academy U-14’s vs. Diablo Futbol Club (Sunday, Nov. 17)
Game will be played at StubHub Center Field 3 at 11 a.m.
LA Galaxy Academy U-16 B’s @ Santa Barbara SC White (Saturday, Nov. 16)
Game will be played at San Marcos High School Stadium Field at 9 a.m.
LA Galaxy Academy U-14 B’s @. San Diego Surf Boys Academy (Saturday, Nov. 16)
Game will be played at San Diego Polo Fields # 6 at 9 a.m.
LA Galaxy Academy U-14 B’s @. Los Angeles Futbol Academy (Sunday, Nov. 17)
Game will be played at Sotomayor High School Turf Field at 8:30 a.m.
LA Galaxy Academy U-12 North vs. FC Los Angeles Black (Saturday, Nov. 16)
Game will be played at North Torrance High School Stadium Field at 1:40 p.m.
LA Galaxy Academy U-12 North vs. Los Angeles Futbol Academy Black (Sunday, Nov. 17)
Game will be played at North Torrance High School Stadium Field at 3 p.m.
LA Galaxy Academy U-12 South @. FC Golden State Gold (Saturday, Nov. 16)
Game will be played at Chaffey College Field # 1 at 9 a.m.
LA Galaxy Academy U-12 South @. FC Golden State PDA (Sunday, Nov. 17)
Game will be played at Chaffey College Field # 1 at 1:45 p.m.
As for the first team, the Galaxy will be looking for more from their young forwards in Jose Villareal, Gyasi Zardes and Jack McBean. McBean will be training with Wolverhampton Wolves and Blackburn Rovers in England.
“They got a little better, but they’re still young and they have to step up being men every day in training and when they’re opportunities come, they have to grab them,” Arena said of the tandem of Villarreal and McBean to LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “[Meanwhile,] Gyasi had a good year, but he fell short in terms of finishing plays off. He could have had a number of goals this year, but fell a little bit short. We have to hope that this year was a good experience for him as he grows into a more responsible role with finishing off plays.”
“I want to improve and take this year in consideration. I want to learn from the rookie year and work extremely hard during the offseason and once we begin the preseason,” Zardes said this week. “I won’t have a surgery [to recover from]. I’ll have a year under my belt and I expect to mature.
“I loved that Bruce gave us time because it helped us grow playing with the best team in the league. It was very helpful.”