CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – The Real Salt Lake U-16 Academy team remains perfect at home following their three goal shutout win over Southwest Division rivals Chivas USA U-16 at the Grande Sports World on Saturday night.
Diego “Diablo” Silva, Josh Doughty and D.J. Villegas all found the back of the net for the Claret-and-Cobalt, who have now won all seven matches played at home this season in which they have outscored opponents 23-1.
Silva opened up the scoring in the 20th-minute on a give-and-go with Doughty. Silva collected the ball near the halfway line and played to Doughty, who charged up the middle. He picked up his head and played to Silva down the left-wing, who attacked the net with pace, cut in to his left and finished into the right-side netting.
In the 36th-minute, the Claret-and-Cobalt doubled their lead after Tate Schmitt cut through the Chivas USA defense and fired a shot from close range. The goalkeeper managed to get a hand on the ball, but couldn’t collect the blistering shot, which dropped to Doughty, who finished for his 6th goal on the season.
With seconds remaining in the half, Schmitt looked to add to RSL’s lead from an Alex Knox cross, but a well timed save by the Chivas goalkeeper held RSL to two goals as they went into the halftime ebreak.
After the restart, RSL continued to attack the Chivas goal with purpose and shots from Waldrep, Doughty and Danny Acosta all missed their mark in the opening sixteen minutes.
With less than a minute remaining in regulation, RSL scored their third and final goal when Waldrep cut a defender on the corner on the box. He took a touch to his right and curled a shot that hit the crossbar and bounced out to Villegas. He calmly collected the bouncing ball and slotted the shot into the right-side netting for his first career academy goal.
RSL will travel to California next week to play Santa Cruz Breakers Academy on Saturday and San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.
-Real Salt Lake Academy Match Report-
Match:Real Salt Lake U-16 vs. Chivas USA U-16
Date: March 10th, 2014
Venue: Grande Sports World
Kickoff: 5:30 PM PT
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake U-16 2 1 3
Chivas USA U-16 0 0 0
RSL – Diego “Diablo” Silva (assist: Josh Doughty) – 20th minute
RSL – Josh Doughty – 36th minute
RSL – D.J. Villegas – 79th minute
Real Salt Lake: Christian Herrera, Aaron Herrera, Miles Stray, Gavino Carranza, Diego “Diablo” Silva, Evan Waldrep (Nicholas LaMonica – 79), Danny “Catracho” Acosta, Josh Doughty (Jesus Avelar – 79), Alex Knox (Fahot Yogol – 56), Tate Schmitt (D.J. Villegas – 56), Kris “Haiti” Fourcand (Tyler Feeley – 60)