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Chivas USA Youth Soccer Update

Welcome to this week's Chivas USA Youth Soccer Update, a roundup of Chivas USA's groundbreaking youth development program, including the Chivas USA Under-18 and U-16 teams (where the region's best talent compete, free of cost to the players, in the prestigious U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy) and the Chivas and Chivas USA Soccer Academies. For more information on Chivas USA's youth development program, please visit www.cdchivasusa.com.

CHIVAS USA U-18'S, U-16'S MAKE STRONG SHOWINGS VS. U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS:

The Chivas USA Under-18 and Under-16 teams kicked off their respective 2008-09 seasons this past Saturday with a pair of friendlies against their counterparts from the United States Youth National Teams at The Home Depot Center. Led by a goal from returning MF Jesse Paredes and a two-goal performance by FW Andy Lopez, the Chivas USA U-18's, coached by Sacha van der Most, earned a 3-3 draw against their U.S. opponents, while the U-16's, coached by Samuel Rivas, put up a valiant fight but ultimately fell by a scoreline of 2-0. Both U.S. Youth National Teams were comprised of players currently in residency under U.S. U-17 head coach and former Colombia World Cup star Wilmer Cabrera. Chivas USA's Youth Teams now turn to their 2008-09 Development Academy openers as they face San Diego Surf on Sept. 28.

CHIVAS USA ANNOUNCES YOUTH TEAM ROSTERS FOR 2008-09 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SEASON:

The Chivas USA Under-18 and Under-16 Teams, which will compete in the upcoming 2008-09 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season, have been announced and will play their first official matches next weekend against the San Diego Surf. The rosters for each team are below:

Chivas USA Under-18 Team: 2008-09 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Roster (As of Sept. 10, 2008)

No. Name Pos. Birthdate Hometown
13 Cesar Arenas DF 9/5/1991 Fontana, CA
Alex Barahona FW 6/2/1990 Los Angeles, CA
11 Orr Baroush FW 11/29/1991 Reseda, CA
4 Omar Becerra DF 9/20/1990 San Diego, CA
15 Jose Diaz DF 1/25/1991 Fontana, CA
6 Clayton Eaton MF 5/24/1991 Norco, CA
17 Andy Lopez FW 12/21/1991 Los Angeles, CA
21 Jordan Maman GK 2/5/1991 Manhattan Beach, CA
5 Hector Molina MD 11/5/1990 Van Nuys, CA
Jose Monteroza MF 10/27/1991 Los Angeles, CA
7 Leopoldo Morales FW 3/6/1990 Bellflower, CA
10 Jesse Paredes MD 4/1/1990 Los Angeles, CA
16 Anders Perez MD 10/3/1991 La Habra, CA
1 Juan Quiroz GK 3/4/1990 Inglewood, CA
20 Roberto Romo FW 5/21/1991 Paramount, CA
9 Victor Sanchez FW 8/23/1990 Huntington Park, CA
14 Carlos Torres, Jr. DF 8/27/1992 Compton, CA
2 Steve Torres DF 1/2/1991 Pomona, CA
3 Edwin Velásquez DF 3/16/1991 Bell Gardens, CA
8 Cesar Zamora MD 5/27/1991 Sylmar, CA

Head Coach: Sacha van der Most
Assistant Coach: Refugio Mancilla

Chivas USA Under-16 Team: 2008-09 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Roster (As of Sept. 10, 2008)

No. Name Pos. Birthdate Hometown
8 Jaime Cano MF 5/26/1992 Inglewood, CA
1 Cesar Castillo GK 5/26/1992 Bell, CA
6 Daniel Castro MF 4/24/1992 Los Angeles, CA
15 Manuel Cazares MF 3/8/1992 Panorama City, CA
10 Carlo Chueca MF 3/23/1993 Palm Springs, CA
11 Bryan De La Fuente FW 7/1/1992 Bell, CA
5 Jaime Frias DF 2/18/1993 Moreno Valley, CA
18 Roberto Garcia FW 1/12/1992 Sylmar, CA
12 Jose Godoy GK 5/22/1992 Los Angeles, CA
13 Jordan Gutierrez DF 10/18/1993 West Covina, CA
17 Jonathan Hernandez FW 3/13/1992 North Hollywood, CA
2 Jose Maldonado DF 1/22/1992 La Verne, CA
9 Yohel Martinez FW 7/27/1992 Corona, CA
3 Edder Navarro DF 6/14/1993 Los Angeles, CA
4 Angel Rodriguez MF 3/2/1992 Moreno Valley, CA
14 Carlos Torres Jr. DF 8/27/1992 Compton, CA
16 Allan Valencia MF 4/7/1992 South Gate, CA
7 Jose Velasquez FW 4/2/1992 Mission Hills, CA
20 Jorge Virgen FW 6/18/1992 Ontario, CA

Head Coach: Samuel Rivas
Assistant Coach: Miguel Ramos

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? FORMER CHIVAS USA U-19 PLAYER ERIC AVILA NOTCHES ASSIST FOR FC DALLAS:

This past weekend, former Chivas USA U-19 Team member Eric Avila notched his second assist of the 2008 season for FC Dallas in the team's 2-2 draw with D.C. United on Sept. 13. In the 79th minute, Avila broke toward the end line and played a low ball across the box for teammate Andre Rocha, whose shot found the net to tie the game at two. A midfielder from San Diego, Avila played for the Chivas USA U-19 Team in early 2005, before joining the ranks of U.C. Santa Barbara that fall, playing for the Gauchos for three seasons and capturing an NCAA Championship in 2006. He was drafted 19th overall by FC Dallas in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, and has played 10 matches (starting three) so far this season with Dallas.

'KICK-IT' THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 AT WESTCHESTER RECREATION CENTER NEAR LAX:

'Kick-it at the Park L.A. with Chivas USA' continues this Saturday, September 20, with a clinic at Westchester Recreation Center, located at 7000 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045. A series of four, 90-minute clinics kicks off at 9:00 a.m., followed by clinics at 10:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Run in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, 'Kick-it' is a series of clinics that emphasize physical fitness, sports, and education for as many as 400 children at each of 40 locations throughout the year. A five-dollar fee gets participants 90 minutes of instruction, a voucher for a free ticket to a Chivas USA game, a t-shirt, soccer ball, and Certificate of Completion. Most recently, Chivas USA held a clinic at the Studio City Recreation Center at 12621 Rye Street in Studio City on Sept. 6. For more information on the program, or to register for a clinic, visit www.kickitatthepark.com.

ABOUT THE U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY:

The U.S Soccer Development Academy is a nationwide youth development initiative, organized by the U.S. Soccer Federation, featuring 74 of the top youth teams in the country competing in a league system at both the U-18 and U-16 levels. The season will run from September of 2008 until June of 2009. The 74 youth programs, including one U.S. Youth National Team in each age group, are divided into eight regions, each of which will send a single qualifier to the national finals to be held at The Home Depot Center after the regular season concludes in late June. For more information on the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy, please visit www.ussoccer.com.

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