The end of January and first week of February aren't usual weeks for winter school breaks, but more and more school-age players, players on MLS academy and second teams or recently signed to Homegrown
contracts, have traveled to join MLS first teams to take part in preseason training camps.
Here's a look at some of the youngsters who are in camp. Chicago Fire. Gilberto Angeles
and Javier Casas
joined the Fire for preseason training in Tampa. They did not play in the Fire's preseason opener, a
2-0 win over USF. Columbus Crew. Colin Biros
started and Sean Zawadzki
saw action in the 2-1 win over
Seattle on Sunday. Also with the first team in Arizona: Aboubacar Keita
and Logan Kowalczyk
. Houston Dynamo.
, 16, scored in the Dynamo's second goal in the 2-0 win over the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and had an assist in the 9-1 win over USL affiliate RGV FC. After the week
with the Dynamo in Rio Grande Valley, he left to join the U.S. U-18s for a week-long camp in Florida. LA Galaxy.
Galaxy's two most highly regarded young players, Ulysses Llanez
and Efrain Alvarez,
played with second unit in the 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday. Alex Mendez
came on the
third 30-minute period. Leo Sepulveda
and Llanez left after the game to join the U.S. U-18s. In all, 11 Galaxy II and academy players have taken part in preseason training.
New England Revolution.
Rhode Island high school senior Isaac
, recently signed to a Homegrown contract, played the second half of the Revs' 1-0 loss to Swedish club Malmo on Saturday. New
York City FC
. Five academy players joined the first team for the first time on its trip to Jacksonville: Joe Scally
, Tyler Shaver
, Justin Haak
, Dante Polvara
New York Red Bulls
. Ben Mines
, the 17-year-old Connecticut native signed to a Homegrown contract in January, scored the
winner in the Red Bulls' 4-3 win over Philadelphia to conclude the first stage of preseason in Florida. He had also scored in the opening game, a 4-0 win over USF. Philadelphia Union. Brenden Aaronson
, Tomas Romero
, all three from South Jersey, are with the Union in Clearwater, Florida. San Jose Earthquakes.
Homegrown signings Jacob Akanyirige
, 16, and Gilbert Fuentes
, 15, played in the Quakes' 0-0 draw against the Portland Timbers in Tucson on Wednesday morning. Seattle Sounders. Khai Brisco
, Ray Serrano
and Dylan Teves
all played in the 2-1 win over Portland on Saturday and 2-1 loss
to Columbus on Sunday in Tucson. Also in camp are 18-year-old Sam Rogers
and 16-year-old Azriel Gonzalez
, who are signed to S2, the Sounders' second team in the USL. Sporting Kansas City.
Both Sebastian Cruz
and Cameron Duke
played 60 minutes over Sporting KC's three games during its stay at
Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex in Scottsdale, Arizona.