The first U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week kicks of this weekend at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Hometown LAFC is one
of only two teams (along with CASL) to sweep conference titles in the U-17/18 and U-15/16 divisions.
Both LAFC teams clinched the So Cal Conference championships and spots at Finals Week
during the Summer Showcase in Greensboro, N.C.
LAFC, a Coast Soccer League powerhouse, won the U-17 title at the 2007 Super Y-League North American finals and had two runners-up at the
2006 finals. It ranked among Soccer's Best Boys Clubs in its 2008 rankings
and Matthew Tellez
have been standouts for LAFC's U-17/18 team, its upper division academy team. Carlos Alvarez
was named MVP of the U-17 Super Y-League North American Final.
The U-15/16 team is coached by Rafa
the director of coaching for its boys program.
His girls counterpart is former MLS defender Teddy Chronopoulos
. Also on the coaching
staff is another former MLS standout, Dan Calichman
to hear Chronopoulos and Calichman and
other LAFC staffers talk about the club's goals. LAFC U-17/18:
11-Christopher De La Cruz
10-Matthew Tellez LAFC U-15/16:
7-Juan Sebastian De Rada
4-Christopher De La Cruz