All four Grande Sports Academy teams are going to be in action this weekend. Our U18 & U16 Academy teams will be hosting San Diego Surf on Saturday and our U18 and U16 Elite teams will be traveling to Phoenix on Sunday to take on an All-Star Team from the Alianza Tournament in Phoenix.
RSL’s U18 Academy team is W15-L3-D4 on the season and currently in first place in the Southwest Division after picking up 4 points over Crossfire Premier (4/6) & Seattle Sounders (4/7). In the previous matchup against Surf, RSL defeated them, 2-1, on October 13th. Goals in that game were scored by: Jose Hernandez and Benji Lopez.
“We need to score more goals than them,” said Assistant Coach Mike Kraus. “To do so I think we need to take chances. We will get opportunities and its a matter of quality in the final third and converting those chances. Limit mistakes and chances and if we do that I think we will have some success.”
San Diego Surf’s U18 team is W3-L12-D7 and in 8th place in the Southwest Division.
RSL’s U16 Academy team is W13-L5-D4 on the season and dropped to third place in the Southwest Division after losing both of their games to Crossfire Premier (4/6) & Seattle Sounders (4/7). In the previous matchup between these two teams RSL defeated Surf 4-1 on October 13th. Goals were scored by: Damian German, (2) Moises Rodriguez and a Surf OG.
“I think they had a good week of training,” said Kraus. “The last couple nights were very competitive and very good. They just need to translate that to the game field and make sure to bring the competitiveness. I think with the quality they have its going to be tough for other teams to compete for the 80+ minutes.”
San Diego Surf’s U16 team is W10-L8-D4 and in 5th place in the Southwest Division.
Our Elite teams will be taking on a All-Star Team on Sunday that has been selected from the Phoenix Alianza Tournament. Alainza is a group that was formed in 2002 and is nation’s leading organization dedicated to the development and support of amateur Hispanic soccer. At the games there will be Mexican Pro Scouts and U.S. Soccer Scouts. Information on Alainza here.
As always we will be LIVE Tweeting from the games. Follow us for updates @grandesportsa.
Saturday, April 13th
U18 RSL vs San Diego Surf – 11:00am at Grande Sports Academy
U16 RSL vs San Diego Surf – 1:30pm at Grande Sports Academy
U18 & U16 Elite
Sunday, April 14th
U18 Elite vs Alianza All-Star Team – 9:30am at Reach 11
U18 Elite vs Alianza All-Star Team – 11:30am at Reach 11