National Finals of Sueño MLS 2013 – Presented by Allstate kick off Thursday in Los Angeles

NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES (Tuesday, May 7, 2013) – Some of America’s most talented young soccer players will travel to Los Angeles this week for the National Finals of Sueño MLS 2013 – Presented by Allstate, the nationally-televised search for the best young soccer players in the country. 

The 18 National Finalists, which include 15 field players and three goalkeepers chosen from the nearly 3,000 trialists from across the country, will head to The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA from May 9 to 12 for four days of competition and mentoring by top soccer legends, including Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama, former U.S. National World Cup defender Jeff Agoos, former Mexico National Team goalkeeper Felix Fernandez and MLS’ Technical Director Alfonso Mondelo.

The field players will be battling for the Sueño MLS 2013 – Presented by Allstate trophy while the three goalkeepers are vying for the Allstate “Good Hands ” top goalkeeper - El Portero Allstate award.  Both winners will be announced live on Sunday, May 12 on Univision Network’s República Deportiva, which has chronicled the competition in a “reality show within a show” format.

NATIONAL FINALS SCHEDULE - Sueño MLS 2013 – presented by Allstate (ALL TIMES PT)

*Media is invited and encouraged to attend all matches, training sessions and the live announcement of the winners

Thursday, May 9:

9:00 a.m. | Training @ Home Depot Center, Field 7

10:45 a.m. | Visit to LA Galaxy first team training session @ Home Depot Center (open to media after training only)

4:00 p.m. | Training @ Home Depot Center, Field 7

Friday, May 10

10:00 a.m. | Training @ Home Depot Center, Field 7

4 p.m. | Scrimmage vs.LA Galaxy Academy @ Home Depot Center, Field 7 

Saturday, May 11

9 a.m. | Scrimmage vs.LA Galaxy Academy @ Home Depot Center, Track and Field Stadium

Sunday, May 12

9:00 a.m. | Start of live broadcast on Univision’s República Deportiva and announcement of winners @ Home Depot Center

 

The 15 Sueño MLS National Finalists are:

Name Position Age Hometown Tryout Market
Erik Barragan Defender 15 Garden City, KS Colorado Rapids
Brian Loaiza Midfielder 16 Royal Palm Beach, FL Colorado Rapids
Brayan Arreola Midfielder 17 Denver, CO Colorado Rapids
Juan Hernandez Midfielder 14 Evans, CO Colorado Rapids
Gilberto Tovar* Midfielder 15 Garden City, KS Colorado Rapids
Bryan Argueta Forward 15 Gaithersburg, MD D.C. United
Elcor Castillo Midfielder 15 Newport News, VA D.C. United
Bret LaBonte Forward 16 Frederick, MD D.C. United
Alexander Soto Midfielder 14 Elizabeth, NJ D.C. United
Cristian Soto Midfielder 17 Indianapolis, IN D.C. United
Erick Bermudez Midfielder 17 South Gate, CA LA Galaxy
Victor Balanzar* Defender 17 Anaheim, CA LA Galaxy
Josue Soto Midfielder 17 Perris, CA LA Galaxy
Joshua Varon Midfielder 16 Bakersfield, CA LA Galaxy
Edgar Villalpando Midfielder 16 Wilmington, CA LA Galaxy

*Colorado Rapids tryout finalist Gilberto Tovar replaces Miguel Jaime and Galaxy tryout finalist Victor Balanzar replaces Daniel Crisostomo.  Jaime and Crisostomo were not able to participate in the National Finals.


 

The 3 Allstate “Good Hands®” top goalkeeper - El Portero Allstate National Finalists are:

Name Position Age Hometown Tryout Market
Daniel Ontiveros Goalkeeper 17 Denver, CO Colorado Rapids
Luis Aranzazu Goalkeeper 17 Pembroke Pines, FL D.C. United
Heriberto Becerra Goalkeeper 17 Fontana, CA LA Galaxy

NOTES:

Now in its seventh year, open tryouts for Sueño MLS 2013 – Presented by Allstate were staged by three Major League Soccer teams, including first-time host Colorado Rapids, as well as returning hosts D.C. United and LA Galaxy.  Up to 500 confirmed tryout spots were made available in each city on a first come, first served basis, where five field players were chosen by club scouts to represent the team at the National Finals.

In addition, the Allstate “Good Hands ” top goalkeeper award - El Portero Allstate - is being presented for the third consecutive year. One goalkeeper at each of the three local tryouts was selected as a goalkeeper finalist and will compete in the National Finals for the opportunity to be named El Portero Allstate and train with an MLS team.  El Portero Allstate will be selected in conjunction with the winner of Sueño MLS 2013 – Presented by Allstate, andwill be mentored by Mexican goalkeeping legend and Republica Deportiva co-host, Felix Fernandez.

Get more info about Sueño MLS 2013 – Presented by Allstate. Learn about player eligibility, timeline, and past winners.