If you have been out to any of RSL's reserve matches this year, or even to any of the practices this summer you have likely seen a number of our Academy players in action and maybe not even known it. Well the end of the year awards are out from the US Soccer Developmental Academy and RSL-AZ guys picked up a number of honors, including both the Western Conference U17/18 player of the year: Maikon Orellan and the Western Conference U15/16 player of the year: Jordan Allen.
A number of other players at both levels were recognized as the best players at their positions as well, at the U17/18 level: Carlos Salcedo, Julio Alarcon and at the U15/16 level: Jose Navarro all were honored.
I have been very impressed with the level of skill and work rate of Allen when he has made appearances with the RSL reserves and while I know he has committed to playing college soccer at Virginia when graduates, I am holding out hope that we can get him signed to a Homegrown Player contract.
Here is the official press release:
FIVE RSL-AZ PLAYERS HONORED AT 2011-12 USSDA END OF YEAR AWARDS
Allen and Orrellana both named Player of the Year;
Grande Sports Academy Players Recognized in Western Conference
SANDY, Utah (Monday, July 23, 2012) - Five Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy players were honored earlier this week at the 2011-12 U.S. Soccer Development Academy End of Year Awards. The USSDA End of Year awards consists of a Player of the Year, a Coach of the Year, and position awards for each conference and for both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age categories. RSL U-15/16 player Jordan Allen and U-17/18 player Maikon Orrellana both received Player of the Year awards while fellow Grande Sports Academy standouts Carlos Salcedo - who is currently training with RSL's first team - Julio Alacron and Jose Navarro garnered USSDA Western Conference honors.
more after the jump:
Jordan Allen was named the Western Conference U-15/16 Player of the Year for splitting time with the RSL-AZ U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams. He scored seven goals as a forward, started 24 of the 25 games played for RSL-AZ, and was twice named USSDA Player of the Week for the 2011-12 season. He has participated in several RSL Reserve League games and was selected to join the U-18 Men's National Team as a right back. Jordan has verbally committed to the University of Virginia after his 2013 graduation from Grande Sports Academy.
USSDA named Maikon Orrellana the Western Conference U-17/18 Player of the Year. He started 24 of the 26 games as a forward for RSL-AZ. Orrellana lead the team with 14 goals to help the RSL-AZ U-17/18 finish third in the Western Conference.
Joining Orrellana and Jordan as players named to the West Conference team of the USSDA End of the Year Awards are U-17/18 defenders Carlos Salcedo and Julio Alacron, and U-15/16 forward Jose Navarro. Salcedo and Alacron provided the stellar wall of defense that limited other divisional opponents to 14 goals and 34 goals overall. Navarro assisted the U-15/16 team to a second place finish in the Western Conference with 18 goals this season.
Grande Sports Academy, home of the Real Salt Lake - Arizona Academy, is the first and only youth soccer residency program in the US affiliated with a professional Major League Soccer team, Real Salt Lake. The program focuses on preparing talented kids for professional ranks by providing them with state-of-the-art equipment, training facilities, and coaching by former US National Team, Major League Soccer and international professional players. The RSL-AZ teams have been nationally recognized as one of the premier clubs in the US Soccer Development Academy, and recently the U-15/16 team finished third at the 2011 Finals Week.
2011-12 U.S. Soccer Development Academy End of Year Awards
West Conference U-17/18:
Goalkeeper: Jake McGuire, Chivas USA
Defender: Oscar Sorto, LA Galaxy
Defender: Slater Meehan, Santa Cruz Breakers Academy
Defender: Carlos Salcedo, Real Salt Lake AZ
Defender: Julio Alarcon, Real Salt Lake AZ
Midfielder: Bryce Alderson, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Midfielder: Juan Samayoa, Real So Cal
Midfielder: Jose Villarreal, LA Galaxy
Forward: Caleb Clarke, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Forward: Maikon Orellana, Real Salt Lake AZ
Forward: John Chronopoulos, Santa Cruz Breakers Academy
West Conference Coach of the Year (U-17/18): Eric Yamamoto, De Anza Force
West Conference Player of the Year (U-17/18): Maikon Orellana, Real Salt Lake AZ
West Conference U-15/16:
Goalkeeper: JT Marcinkowski, San Jose Earthquakes
Defender: Christian De Luna, San Jose Earthquakes
Defender: Jalen Markey, Seattle Sounders FC
Defender: Michael Amick, De Anza Force
Defender: Jose Ocampo, Crossfire Premier
Midfielder: Marco Delgado, Chivas USA
Midfielder: Jose Garcia, Arsenal FC
Midfielder: Rolando Munoz, LA Galaxy
Forward: Jordan Allen, Real Salt Lake AZ
Forward: Justin Dhillon, LA Galaxy
Forward: Jose Navarro, Real Salt Lake AZ
West Conference Coach of the Year (U-15/16): Matt Tutton, Pateadores
West Conference Player of the Year (U-15/16): Jordan Allen, Real Salt Lake AZ
I think those are great honors for the RSL Academy players and staff, now it will be interesting to see if we find a way to bridge the gap between the Academy and getting kids to the full team?
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