Armando Flores, 17, delantero de Santa Ana, California Es el ganador del torneo “Sueño MLS” presentado por Allstate.
Ahora Flores ha sido invitado para incorporarse a la academia juvenil de Chivas USA.
El portero Jimmy Camacho,16, de Riverside, California capturo el galardon nacional Allstate “buenas manos”. El trofeo para el mejor portero.
CARSON, Calif. (Sunday, May 13, 2012) – Forward Armando Flores, 17, from Santa Ana, Calif. today was named winner of Sueño MLS 2012 – presented by Allstate, the nationally-televised soccer search for the best undiscovered youth talent in the country. Flores has been invited to join the Chivas USA youth academy program.
In addition, Jimmy Camacho, 16, from Riverside, Calif. was awarded the national winner of the “Good Hands®” top goalkeeper award – El Portero Allstate, a parallel competition created to discover the nation’s top netminder. Camacho will also join the Chivas USA youth academy.
Coincidentally, Camacho and Flores were both born at Santa Ana Hospital and played on the same youth soccer teams.
The two winners were revealed in front of a national television audience during a live broadcast of Univision’s popular weekly Spanish-language sports entertainment show, República Deportiva, which chronicled the tryouts in a “reality show within a show” format.
Nearly 2,000 aspiring young soccer players competed in open tryouts over the past 45 days at FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders FC and Chivas USA, but only 18 regional winners gathered in Carson, Calif. last week hoping to impress celebrity scouts at the “Final Event.”
Under the guidance of MLS Argentine soccer legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto, former MLS and US National Team standout Jeff Agoos, and distinguished MLS head coach Alfonso Mondelo, the “Final Event” featured two scrimmages against LA Galaxy Academy teams, tactical and motivational lectures by current and former professional players, and a private meet-and-greet with Chivas USA stars. El Portero Allstate was mentored by Mexican goalkeeping legend Adolfo Rios, along with former Mexico star, Felix Fernandez.
Flores, who recorded two goals and an assist in two games during the “Final Event,” shares a number of remarkable similarities with first-year winner and current Chivas USA star Jorge Flores (now Jorge Villafaña). Both players hailed from Orange County, Calif. and were discovered at the Sueño MLS Chivas USA trials. Villafaña and Flores were also both 17 year-old forwards who walked on to the competition before they won.
“Armando impressed us with his speed, skill, vision, courage to go at players one-on-one, solid passing and finishing,” said Mondelo.
“It was an amazing feeling when they announced my name,” said Flores. “I want to follow in Jorge Villafaña’s footsteps, and hopefully I’ll become a pro just like him. This is step one to fulfill my dreams.”
“Jimmy has the personality to organize his team on the field and effectively communicate with his defense while absorbing the pressure of a game,” said Rios. “He shows good reflexes, is explosive and has good control of the penalty area.”
“This is a dream. It’s in the name, ‘Sueño’,” said Camacho. “I’m going to work hard now with Chivas USA and not settle. I’m going to step up my game with this opportunity I have.”
About Armando Flores (17, Santa Ana, Calif.)
Flores is a speedy forward who can also play as an attacking midfielder. No stranger to high-profile trials, the Santa Ana High School student trained for four months with the Club Atlas (Mexico) reserves after being spotted at a tryout in his hometown. Armando made the Sueño MLS national “Final Event’ despite having to register for the waiting list after all guaranteed spots were filled. When he got the call that he was advancing he said he “felt my dreams were coming true.” Flores considers Chivas USA one of his favorite teams and his favorite players include Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta.
About Jimmy Camacho (16, Riverside, Calif.)
National winner of Allstate “Good Hands®” top goalkeeper award – El Portero Allstate
Camacho’s Sueño MLS experience might be unlike any other. Discovered at the Chivas USA regional tryouts, the charismatic Citrus Hill High School standout recently lost one of his teammates and friends to lung cancer. “I felt that throughout the tryouts, he was with me in spirit, pushing me to do my best.” The wild-haired netminder lists goalkeepers Guillermo Ochoa and Victor Valdez among his favorite players and the LA Galaxy as his favorite MLS club.
SUEÑO MLS ALL-TIME WINNERS:
Year Name Home Town Position Host Team
2012 Armando Flores Santa Ana, CA Forward Chivas USA
2011 Birnis Adames Camden, NJ Forward Philadelphia Union
2010 Nelson Castro Houston, TX Defender Houston Dynamo
2009 Alberto Lopez Aurora, Ill Midfielder Chicago Fire
2008* Gabriel Funes Mori Arlington, TX Forward FC Dallas
2008* Briant Reyes Downey, CA Midfielder Chivas USA
2007 Jorge [Flores] Villafaña Anaheim, CA Forward Chivas USA
*Co-winners in 2008
Allstate “Good Hands®” top goalkeeper award – El Portero Allstate ALL-TIME WINNERS:
Year Name Home Town Host Team
2012 Jimmy Camacho Riverside, CA Chivas USA
2011 Anthony Hall Dallas, TX FC Dallas
Sueño MLS 2012 – presented by Allstate TIMELINE
April 14-15 Local market tryouts (FC Dallas)
April 21-22 Local market tryouts (Seattle Sounders FC)
April 28-29 Local market tryouts (Chivas USA)
May 9-13 National Finals in Los Angeles
May 13 Announcement of winner on República Deportiva
Eligible players must be males between the ages of 14 and 18 years old (born between dates of April 13, 1998 and May 14, 1994) with appropriate identification and retain their amateur status. Current collegiate student athletes will not be permitted to attend the final event in Carson, Calif. Sueño MLS participants will be responsible for all personal expenses associated with the local market tryout, including travel to local tryouts, lodging, food, soccer equipment (shoes, training gear, etc.), etc. Program sponsors will cover all expenses for eighteen (18) participants selected to attend the final event in Carson, Calif. For more information, please visit www.SueñoMLS.com. Participation in the event is free. Players may not register for more than one city.
About Chivas USA
Founded in 2004, Los Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA has achieved remarkable success in seven full seasons in Major League Soccer. From 2006-2009, the Mexican-owned club qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four consecutive seasons, to the delight of its passionate supporters. In addition, Chivas USA’s innovative grassroots programs demonstrate its deep commitment to the Southern California community, while the club’s youth teams and Soccer Academies offer unprecedented opportunities to the region’s best young talent. For more information on Chivas USA, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit cdchivasusa.com.
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