Over the weekend the Real Salt Lake Academy traveled to California for a double-header against San Jose Earthquakes’s academy on Saturday and the Silicon Valley Soccer Academy on Sunday.
The U15s continued their winning ways with back-to-back victories on both days. Meanwhile, the U17s split points with narrow loss to San Jose and commanding win over Silicon Valley.
Saturday’s couplet of matches again San Jose Earthquakes began with a 1-0 thanks to a shutout performance from Bryan Ramirez his first of the year, and a goal from Zavier Gozo.
Despite an outstanding performance for goalkeeper Fernando Delgado, the U17 squad fell 2-1 in a tightly contested match. Forward Axel Kei found the back of the net for RSL, but it was not enough to overcome the Earthquake’s staunch offense.
The following day Gozo continued his goal-scoring streak with a brace against Silicon Valley, the young forward has now scored five goals in four matches. Armani Haro scored the third and final goal of the match, sinking the final nail into the coffin for the 3-0 win. Once again, Ramirez got the clean sheet for the team, making several saves to keep Silicon Valley from scoring.
After a brief hiccup against San Jose, the U17s got back on track with a 3-1 win against Silicon Valley, thanks to goals from Gershon Henry, Jaden Jackson and Kei.
Kei has now scored six goals with the RSL Academy this season.
Both teams will now return home to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Zions Bank Training Facility. The U17s will kickoff at 9:00 a.m. MT on Field 2 with the U15 following closely behind. The Academy will also face off against Rangers on Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. MT. and Battle Born on Sunday, October 10 at 1:00 p.m. MT. Both matches will take place at Zions Bank Stadium as part of the United Soccer Premier League.