CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – Real Salt Lake – Arizona Academy U-16 goalkeeper Christian Herrera was featured in a U.S. Soccer “Opportunity Knocks” video, in which Herrera talks about the residency setup at the Grande Sports Academy and how the professional accommodations can help him work his way into the Youth National Team picture.
The feature was filmed at the 2013 Winter Showcase where Herrera earned clean sheets in two starts for the RSL-AZ U-16 Academy team. Before the Showcase, U.S. Soccer technical advisors selected four Development Academy Select rosters to compete against each other. Herrera and teammate Miles Stray were selected to the U-15/16 red and blue rosters, respectively. Herrera entered the match at the start of the second half and saved a penalty kick in the 49th-minute. Herrera’s save is at the 1:05 mark in the video below.
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