While the Los Angeles Galaxy’s second team is doing business in USL Pro, Chivas USA’s Reserves were in action on Tuesday against Real Salt Lake at America First Field. Devin Sandoval scored in the 42nd minute for Real Salt Lake, but a young, rising star named Caleb Calvert equalized in the 51st minute of play to give the Goats Reserves a hard-fought 1-1 draw.
Calvert is hoping to make it to the first team and perhaps spearhead a revival of a club that could be losing its identity by the end of the year.
“I thought we played very well as a team. As you could have seen, we’re getting better and better and the results show that,” said Calvert to cdchivasusa.com’s Olivia Cervantes. “It’s unfortunate we didn’t come out with a win; the [Real Salt Lake] keeper came up big for them. Hopefully next time we can get that win; we’re getting better.
“I’m glad the coaches gave me a chance to play the full 90 minutes and thankfully I got the goal so I can show them what I can do and maybe put some questions in mind for the next time we have a First Team game.”
America First Field
Chivas USA 1-1 Real Salt Lake
RSL – Sandoval (Mansally, Velasquez) 42’
CHV – Calvert (Tyrpak) 51’
RSL – Ovalle (Yellow, Foul) 25’
RSL – Salcedo (Yellow, Foul) 85’
Melia, Rodriguez* (Barron* 64’), Zavaleta, Nwilloh, Contreras^ (Espinosa* 94’, Delgado, Dunn (Salcedo* 69’), Rivero, Tyrpak, Calvert, Fondy
*U-18 Academy player
^U-23 Academy Player
Unused sub: Spangenberg
Real Salt Lake
Attinella (Fernandez 74’) Mansally, Salcedo, Maund, Balchan (Watson-Siriboe, 46’) Stertzer, Ovalle*, Allen (Hernandez* 46’), Velasquez (Baird* 74’) Garcia (Saucedo* 71’), Sandoval
Unused sub: Lopez, Acosta*
*RSL Arizona Academy player
In youth academy action, the Under-15s advance to the next round of the Cal South National Cup after victories over Nomads SC (3-1) and Inland Empire Surf (4-0). The Under-15s will face Exiles Black this Saturday at the National Soccer Center in Lancaster, Calif. Meanwhile, the Under-14s hammered Albion SC 7-0 at the Bell Gardens Sports Complex. They have a busy May ahead of them when they take on Arsenal FC this Saturday at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET at Riverside Community College in Riverside, Calif.
The Chivas USA first team continue MLS play on Saturday against the Houston Dynamo at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE. A recap of the match will be posted on the MLS Multiplex.