Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Orellana, Utah star on El Salvador's radar
by Paul Kennedy, March 14th, 2012 2:58AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  development academy, olympics, real salt lake

MOST COMMENTED

[FOUR THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ...] Salvadoran-born Maikon Orellana is one of the top players in the Development Academy. The Real Salt Lake AZ striker was a 2011 U-17/18 Development Academy Best XI selection and has already scored 10 goals this season. El Salvador reportedly has him on its radar as a candidate for its U-23 team that will face the USA in Concacaf Olympic qualifying. For four things to know about Orellana ...

MARADONA FAN. Orellana, who goes by the nickname "Mickey," was born in Chalatenango, El Salvador, and his family settled in Provo, Utah. He joined RSL's local academy at the age of 13 and played two seasons at Provo High School. He is a big fan of Diego Maradona and former Brazilian star Leonardo as well as, of course, Magico Gonzalez, the greatest Salvadoran player in history. What he shares with all three players is that he is left-footed.

SUENO FINALIST. Orellana's first big break came in 2009 when he drove from Utah to San Bernardino for the regional tryouts of 2009 Sueno MLS, the reality show. He was one of four players from the tryouts to qualify for the final event televised on Univision. Later in the year, he was invited for a tryout at Real Madrid but unable to accept.

DREAM MOVE. After playing for RSL at the 2010 SUM Cup competition for MLS academy teams, Orellana was invited to join the RSL AZ team in residency at Grande Sports World in Arizona. He jumped at the chance to move to Arizona even if the transition wasn't easy. “It’s hard being away from my family," he told realsaltlake.com, "but this is my dream. It’s what I want to do. I can’t be sad about it.”

UNDER-23 CANDIDATE. Orellana was not on the 22-player squad El Salvador brought into training in Maryland to prepare for Concacaf Olympic qualifying, but it is reported to be considering adding Orellana for the group stage in Nashville, Tenn. Two other American-bred players are on the team: former U.S. U-17 Dustin Corea and former Evansville and CSU Bakersfield midfielder Richard Menjivar.



1 comment
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: March 14, 2012 at 10:55 a.m.
    I hope all 3 play vs USA to see if they were good enough to make USA roster. Even though "Mickey" seems to have what it takes.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Youth Soccer Reporter
U.S. Youth Futsal names 10 teams for international play    
U.S. Youth Futsal has named rosters for five boys and five girls teams, U-12 through U-18, ...
Roster: U.S. U-20 women convene in California     
Coach Michelle French has gathered a 24-player U-20 women's national team squad for a July 22-29 ...
U.S. Club Soccer: 31 champions    
Thirty-one champions were crowned at the U.S. Club Soccer National Premier Leagues (NPL) Finals and the ...
Results: ECNL National Finals     
The girls Elite Club National League (ECNL) national championship titles for U-15, U-16 and U-17 were ...
Development Academy honors include best 'style of play'    
Unique in postseason awards, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy recognizes teams for best "style of play" ...
Development Academy National Championships Results     
The Chicago Fire won the U-17/18 division while FC Dallas was crowned U-15/16 champions at the ...
Real Salt Lake, Chicago Fire reach Development Academy U-17/18 final     
Real Salt Lake AZ and the Chicago Fire won their semifinals on Thursday in Carson, Calif., ...
FC Dallas, Red Bulls reach Development Academy U-15/16 final    
Georgia United U-15/16, the only non-MLS club to reach the semifinals of either age group in ...
U.S. U-18 boys winless at NTC Invitational     
The U.S. U-18 men's national team lost to Uruguay, 2-1, and tied the Czech Republic, 1-1, ...
MLS clubs take 7 of 8 Development Academy semifinal spots    
Georgia United beat the Vancouver Whitecaps in the U-15/16 quarterfinals in a penalty kick shootout to ...
>> Youth Soccer Reporter Archives