Michigan teen wows scouts at Sueno Alianza

David Zavala, a 16-year-old from Grand Rapids, Michigan, received 21 trial invitations from Liga MX, MLS and USL clubs, and the youth national team programs of Mexico and the USA after starring at the 2019 Allstate Sueno Alianza National Showcase in Los Angeles. Past Alianza MVPs include Californian Jonathan Gonzalez, whose 13 invites in 2013 included Monterrey, where his play led to full Mexican national team call-ups.

Sueno Alianza MVPs
2019 David Zavala (left, in photo)
2018 Adrian González
2017 Luis Flores & Santiago Muñoz
2016 Salvador Martinez
2015 Ricardo Zacarias
2014 Luis Carrillo
2013 Jonathan Gonzalez
2012 Cylus Sandoval
2011 Kevin Partida


“David is a smart and creative player," said Hugo Perez, who coached the Alianza select team and recently became a Mexican federation scout. "For his age, he is a very mature player with an amazing personality who has a great potential to become professional.”

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Zavala, who has a GPA of 4.0, also received the Top Scholar Athlete Award from the ACCESS U Foundation.

The Sueno Alianza talent search, which was created in 2008 to expose young Latino talent to professional, national team and college scouts, this year had tryouts in 10 cities across the USA attended by more than 5,000 players. Fifty finalists were chosen for the National Showcase.

2 comments about "Michigan teen wows scouts at Sueno Alianza".
  1. R2 Dad, October 2, 2019 at 12:21 p.m.

    Kid was at a tournament 4 months ago:
    https://www.usyouthsoccer.org/tournaments/2019-midwest-regional-championships/team/63018/eventgroup/4304/midwestunitedfc03royalmi/
    ...where presumably scouts, OK, coaches that are known to USSF, were present. So if he is the standout it appears, no one cared enough.
    Didn't get called in to the September camp:
    https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2019/09/fifty-nine-players-gather-for-u16-bnt-talent-id-camp-in-chula-vista-calif
    Is it because the regional scout &/or his network sucks? I'm going to assume he's crap at his job:
    Gene Klein (YNT Network Scout - Mid-America)
    ...until proven otherwise.

  2. Bob Ashpole, October 5, 2019 at 7:45 a.m.

    He plays high school soccer for what we used to say was an "underprivileged" high school. He is the opposite of the USSF affluent white suburban model. At the Sueno though, once he attracts serious interest of non-ussf scouts, then he is someone that cannot be ignored without public embarrassment.

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