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Marky Delgado gets 'amazing opportunity'
by Paul Kennedy, April 18th, 2012 5:23PM

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[FOUR THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ...] Youth development has been a big part of the Chivas USA program since the MLS club's launch in 2004, and it has signed its youngest player to a pro contract, 16-year-old midfielder Marco Antonio “Marky” Delgado. For four things to know about Delgado ...

COSMOS PRODUCT. Delgado grew up playing in the Pomona United Youth Soccer League and moved to the Cosmos West Academy when he was 14. But the next year, he joined U.S. Soccer's U-17 residency program, where he spent two semesters before returning home. By this time, Chivas USA had absorbed the Cosmos West Academy and Delgado was back training with the first team.

BRIGHT FUTURE. Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser has been impressed with Delgado.  “He is a player who immediately stood out as a very solid player," said Fraser, "and we’ve had him training with us for quite a while now and you can even see over the last couple of months how much he has developed. He has great ideas on the ball, a very soft first touch, and he has really picked up the pace at this level quickly. He is definitely one that we expect a bright future from.”

PARENTAL SUPPORT. Delgado's mother, Mireya, drives Marky with his younger sister Ruby in tow from Glendora, where they live, to Chivas USA's home at the Home Depot Center in Carson. It's a commute of 40-plus miles -- each way -- so his mother stays in Carson for practice to end before they return home. “All of the things that we’ve been through and all the sacrifices he’s made, they’re paying off,” Mireya Delgado told cdchivasusa.com. “Now it’s up to Marky to work hard and take advantage of this amazing opportunity.”

WAIT TIME. Delgado, who is a high school junior, won't be available for selection until he has fulfilled all MLS's homegrown-player training requirements in August. In the meantime, he'll continue to play for Chivas USA's reserve team.



2 comments
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: April 19, 2012 at 9:16 a.m.
    How is he a Cosmos product if he was only there for 1 year? Where did he actually develop?

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: April 19, 2012 at 12:55 p.m.
    Luis, I agree with you, however, he developed in the eastern part of Los Angeles County, and further developed/honed his skills with the Pomona United Youth Soccer League. The Cosmos connection is obvious, but it is even more obvious that Chivas USA has its head screwed on straight when it comes to identifying local Latino youth talent. As a matter of fact, last night on the way to get a bite to eat, my wife and daughter spotted a sign posted on a fence at a nearby park announcing a Chivas USA activity, and they simply stated that since Chivas's home base is some 18 miles down the road, the same as the Galaxy, why isn't the LAG also in the local neighborhood parks? The answer lies in the mere fact that Chivas USA is making a greater effort to get themselves known outside their "sphere of influence" as opposed to the LAG that developed a myopic and put on a set of blinds while focusing in a more affluent area. Point to all of this, is Chivas USA willingness to get out TO the community and making themselves known, even if they must ruffle some feathers with the "true blue, white and red" jersey wearing Chivas of Guadalajara... who BTW are lukewarm about Chivas USA, yet they show a "hidden pride" that their Chivas USA cuzin's are making inroads in a very broad and extremely large region. As for Marky, yes it is up to him to make good, finish his schooling, and make his parents, his community, and his Chivas USA organization proud!


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