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:
|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:
|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|
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.