The RSL-AZ Academy boys kept their impressive home record going on Sunday as both the U18’s and U16’s beat Cal Odyssey from Fresno, Ca.
The U18’s started the day with a very impressive first half as the group came out buzzing and determined to impose their style of play on the opponent. Only just a few minutes in Julio Alarcon played a beautiful diagonal ball over their back four…Ari Sanchez in full stride brought the ball down perfectly, beat the defender inside and blasted a shot into the upper left corner. It was the perfect start the RSL boys were looking for.
The second half started off slow for the RSL boys as they gave up an early penalty kick to make the score tied at 1-1.
However Maikon Orellana went on one of his trademark mazy dribbles, beat 3 defenders and slotted the ball coolly into the net for the game winner. It wasn’t one of the best second half performances we have seen from the group but none the less championship caliber teams must find ways to win even when they aren’t playing well.
The U16’s started the match very similar to the U18’s with an early goal from Jose CoCo Navarro. RSL-AZ clearly dominated the possession and created chance after chance…however they couldn’t find that second goal in the first half.
In the second half it was much of the same as the RSL boys looked to find that second goal and close the game out. The coaching staff brought on Dylan Kelly who on his second touch of the game put the match out of reach for the Odyssey. Amazingly its Dylan’s 18th goal in 17 matches. A fantastic goal scoring record.
Second half sub Romain Gall put the icing on the cake with a cool slotted finish to make the final score 3-0.
Both teams travel to LA on Friday where they will face Cosmos Academy on Saturday afternoon and Real So Cal on Sunday in two important conference match ups…