The senior squad held a scrimmage today against the RSL AZ academy U18 team. This was the first real action from Pre-Season camp for the senior team, while the Academy team is in the midst of their season (Currently 1st in their USSDA Division at 8-1-3 with 27 points). Interestingly, yet not that surprisingly, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. RSL created the majority of the chances, failing to find the back of the net on most which is to be expected to a certain extent in the first real run of the season. The lone RSL goal came through a converted penalty kick from Javier Morales after Abdoulie Mansally was taken down in the box on a run down the wing. Josh Doughty, a true U16, scored for the Academy team in the 80th minute to bring the game level on a half volley in the box.
Honestly, I’m not to discouraged by the result. It’s still very early in the season and the team will be shaking off a lot of the rust/emotion that has settled in over the past couple of months, especially with how the season ended. Another thing to mention is all of the players that were missing from today’s match: Gil, Beckerman, and Rimando are away at USMNT camp, while Sandoval, Schuler, and Findley are all recovering from off season surgeries.
If anything this match speaks volumes to how well the academy is currently performing. Look for more coverage of the academy players and the both teams progress this year from The North Bank.