Real Salt Lake U-18′s & U-16′s closed out an extremely successful season that saw a number of academy records fall. Here are some interesting and notable numbers from the past season.
Real Salt Lake U-18′s & U-16′s have both qualified for the playoffs in three consecutive years.
In the season ending victory over Arsenal FC, Real Salt Lake U-18′s matched an academy best 8 goals in a game, previously done on May 19th, 2012 against Strikers FC.
The U-16′s set an academy best in goals scored and goals allowed this season. The 68 goals scored this season surpasses the previous high of 64 in 2010-2011, and the 34 goals allowed is the best since 38 in 2010-2011.
Represents the amount players who graduated from High School this year and will be moving into the collegiate ranks in the fall. Eight of these graduating seniors have been at the academy since the beginning: Jose “Coco” Navarro, Luis Chavez, Cesar Cobos, Eric Gonzalez, Isaias “Junior” Juarez, Jose “Bean” Vasquez, Danny Gavin, Jon Zabasajja.
When Carlos Salcedo entered the game for Real Salt Lake in the 89th minute against the Vancouver Whitecaps he became the first player from the academy to make his pro debut.
The U-18′s set a new record for wins in a season along with lowering the academy record for losses and draws in a season. The previous high for wins was 16 in the 2011-2012 season, the previous low for losses was 8 in the 2010-2011 season and the 4 draws this season lowered the previous high of 5 the past 2 seasons.
Coco Navarro equalized a U18 record of 20 goals in a season set by Maikon Orellana in the 2010-2011 season. Navarro is now the sole leader in goals scored for the academy with 45 in three seasons.
The U-18′s set a new record for points in the season surpassing the previous high of 53 in the 2011-2012 season.
Dillion Nino started and played in 28 games this season. He along with one other U-16 player are tied for first place in the nation.
The percentage of goals Brooks Lennon and Sebastian “Bofo” Saucedo scored with the U-17 MNT during the Caspian Cup. Lennon recorded two hat-tricks and scored a total of 7 goals and Bofo recorded one hat-trick and scored a total of 4 goals. The U-17 MNT scored a total of 19 goals in the Cup.