Hot Chivas ready for rematch with Galaxy

Ben Spencer (far left) and Chivas USA is making a bid for first place in the SoCal Division. Richard Castillo

Chivas USA has been steamrolling its competition over the past four months in under-17-18 U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy action. Next up is its biggest test of the season – a rematch with the team to last hand Chivas a defeat.

Chivas has gone 10-0-1 over its past 11 matches after having lost its first three of the year. During its 11-match undefeated run, Chivas has outscored its opponents 42-17. The team has not tasted defeat since a 2-1 setback to division rival LA Galaxy on Oct. 1. Chivas will try to maintain its winning ways when it meets the LA Galaxy (10-1-2, 5-1) on Saturday in a clash between the top two teams in the SoCal Division who have become quite familiar with each other.

"I know a good group of guys that used to play with Chivas who now play for the Galaxy, and we still keep in contact. We're friends, but we're rivals at the same time," said Chivas defender Brendan Hines-Ike, naming Galaxy players Kebe Mamadou, Abel Leon and Pedro Velazquez.

"Abel and Pedro played against us the first time, and Kebe will be there in this game. The LA Galaxy has always been a big-time team for us to play against, but so is Chivas. Chivas and Galaxy have always been two of the top teams in the SoCal region. The whole team is excited."

Hines-Ike is among the impact players for Chivas along with midfielder-defenders Eric Gonzalez and Julio Chavez, forwards Ben Spencer and Cristopher Caicedo, defensive midfielder Eduardo Quezada, forward/midfielder Jose Dheming, defender Joel Martinez and midfielder Rene Santos. Spencer leads Chivas with seven goals, followed by Dheming with four.

"We didn't have the chemistry that we have now when we played Galaxy earlier in the year," Hines-Ike said. "We're extremely confident now in our team and in our ability to play, and I think that it's going to be a different result for us this time."

Last weekend's Academy action:


Central Conference Texas Division

FC Dallas 5, Houston Dynamo 1: The game's first five goals came from Vernon Bailey, Kellyn Acosta, Alex Radilla, Rodrigo Rodriguez and Troy Reeves as second-place FC Dallas (6-3-5, 7-4-6) vanquished the sixth-place Houston (4-5-3, 5-9-3), whose lone score came from Jose Rodriguez in the 70th minute on Saturday.

South Conference Atlantic Division

Charlotte Soccer Academy 1, McLean Youth 0: Giovanni Castro scored in the 65th minute to lift second-place Charlotte (4-0, 5-3-1) over third place McLean (3-3-1, 6-9-3) on Saturday.

North Meck 3, McLean Youth 2: Thanks to goals by Mads Arentoft and Scout Monteith in the seventh and 25th minutes and another by Jackson Allen in the 63rd, fourth-place North Meck (2-0-2, 2-3-4) held leads of 2-0 and 3-1 to defeat third-place McLean (3-3-1, 6-9-3) on Sunday. Bashir Hooper and Khalil Davis contributed goals in the 38th and 72nd minutes for McLean.

West Conference Northwest Division

DeAnza Force 1, California Development Academy 0: Joseph Bolous scored in the 40th minute to hoist the scond-place DeAnza Force (6-2-1, 10-5-4) over the fifth-place California Development Academy (2-5-2, 6-10-3) on Saturday.


Central Conference Texas Division

FC Dallas 1, Houston Dynamo 0: Daniel Garcia's goal in the 19th minute stood up as first-place FC Dallas (12-1-1, 14-1-2) blanked sixth-place Houston (3-5-4, 6-7-4) on Saturday.

West Conference SoCal Division

LA Galaxy 2, Pateadores 1: William Raygonza and Sebastian Velasquez sandwiched their goals around one by the losing team's T.J. Casner as the second-place LA Galaxy (5-1, 10-1-2) overcame the third-place Pateadores (3-3-1, 7-5-2) on Saturday.

South Conference Atlantic Division

McLean Youth 2, North Meck 0: Goals by Conor Nogueira and Andres Rodlauer in the fourth and 81st minutes were enough for first-place McLean (6-0-1, 8-4-6) to shut out seventh-place North Meck (1-2-1, 2-5-2) on Sunday.

CASL Chelsea 1, Richmond Kickers 0: Bryan Roque's goal in the 39th minute stood up for fourth-place CASL (2-0, 7-1-1) against second-place Richmond (4-5, 6-14) on Sunday.

West Conference Northwest Division

DeAnza Force 2, California Development Academy 2: Tanner Thompson and Tyler Thompson scored in the 11th and 71st minutes to lift the last-place Development Academy (0-7-2, 3-13-2) into a draw after facing separate one-goal deficits against the first-place DeAnza Force (6-2-1, 11-6-2) on Saturday. Max Ornstil and Dylan Autran converted for the DeAnza Force in the 10th and 41st minutes.


Real Salt Lake-AZ 3, Santa Cruz Breakers 3: After trailing 2-0 30 minutes into the game, Real Salt Lake (6-0, 11-2-2) took the lead on three straight goals from Trevor Hyman, Jose Navarro and Benjamin Lopez -- the latter in the 68th minute -- on Saturday. But an own goal was credited for the equalizer in the 73rd minute, adding to earlier scores by teammates Lynden Gooch and Hardip Singh. Real Salt Lake is in first place in the West Conference's nine-team SoCal Division, and the Breakers (2-6, 3-14-1) are in last place in the eight-team Northwest Division of the West Conference.