It all started with a contest called the MLS dream (Sueno MLS). It takes place in three cities: Los Angeles, Orlando and Chicago. There are over one thousand participants on each city. In order to participate, a player just has to register online and meet certain age criteria. Miguel Acosta, Poway Vaqueros BU17 Academy Elite player, registered and made it to the StubHub Center. On the first day, May 9, they whittle the group to only 25 boys; three goalies and 22 players per city. The selected boys attend a second round the following day, May 10. At the end of that day they announce the boys who will represent that city: one goalie and 5 players. Miguel was on of those six.
The next stage has all the 18 winners, 6 from each of the 3 cities, in a concentrated training for 5 days. During this period they practice with ex-professional soccer players like Eric Wynalda who played for the USA in a World Cup, Pavel Pardo who played in two world cups for Mexico and also a Bundesliga champion iwith VFB Stuttgart in 2007-08.
Out of the 18 players only 1 goalie and three players advance to the final which will be this weekend, in Miami where they announce the winner of the MLS dream.
PYSL wishes Miguel the best of luck this weekend. Miguel is an amazing representative of our Poway Vaqueros Academy program and the club is very happy for him.
LA Galaxy is already interested in Miguel.
The scouts and coaches were clearly impressed as well:
‘Acosta, who was born in Mexico and has lived north of the border only six years, was a force Sunday, and his long run through midfield set up Babaali’s strike. Howe liked that he “had a couple different dimensions,” and Bowen [Galaxy II forward, who served as a scout] compared him to Arturo Vidal, Juventus’ Chilean star, noting “you can build a team around him.”Said [Galaxy staff coach Paul] Soufl: “That guy was just a beast. The best player on the field.” ‘ ~ Sueño MLS: Six talented finalists top “highly competitive” field at Southern California tryouts; May 11, 2015, Scott French, MLSsoccer.com
‘Saturday’s standouts included 16-year-old midfielder Miguel Acosta of San Diego, who caused a lot of havoc on the left flank in the first half and set up Merino’s second goal with a weaving run past five defenders and a shot off the left post, and 17-year-old defender Isaac Arellano of Las Vegas, Nev. (pictured right), who expertly marshaled the Sueño MLS backline. “Miguel Acosta played really well in the first half,” said former Mexico national team star Pavel Pardo, one of the Sueño coaches. “One against one, I liked it. That move [on the goal] was nice.” ‘ ~ Sueño MLS: Three 2015 finalists to be named Sunday, but the final decision just got a lot tougher; May, 31, 2015, Scott French, MLSsoccer.com ‘Miguel Acosta made his presence felt from the first session.’ ‘The Tijuana-born Acosta, who hasn’t seen his parents since he was 11 – they’re in Mexico, unable to travel north of the border – was a huge presence all week, and his play against Galaxy South Bay confirmed his spot among the final three, especially on a brilliant run past five defenders to set up the second goal. “Day one, there was something special about Miguel Acosta,” said former US national team and MLS star Eric Wynalda, who was part of the Sueño MLS coaching staff. “He just has an innate ability to get out of trouble and not get into trouble. He definitely has the little things that you watch for in a player.” ‘ ~ Sueño MLS field narrowed to three finalists on intense final day at StubHub Center; June 1, 2010, Scott French, MLSsoccer.com
Tryouts for the 2015-2016 Vaqueros teams were held earlier this year. We had a wonderful turnout! PYSL welcomes all new players and returners to our club. Some teams still have room on their rosters for interested players. Please contact the coach for details.
2015-2016 Team’s with Openings
Advanced Camp (ages 13-17) is designed for older players looking for a more challenging camp experience. Campers will continue the development of technical skills as well as tactical awareness.
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $175 per week and includes a t-shirt.
Poway Summer Soccer Camp is designed to be a fun soccer experience where players (ages 4-12) will be taught age and ability appropriate skills in an enjoyable way. The techniques will be reinforced with exciting games and activities in a relaxed environment. New skills are then put into action in small sided games to full-field scrimmages. In addition to soccer, the campers will make new friends and participate in camp activities. Our camp is a great place for the recreational to competitive soccer player looking for soccer fun.
Regular Soccer Camp Dates:
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $150 per week and includes a t-shirt.
We are very proud to announce that seven Vaqueros players were selected for the Cal South Pro+ State ID Pool. Congratulations to Miguel Acosta, Joey Arnold, Owen Springett, Nicole Tabarez, Armando Torres, Jesus Torres, and Sarah Williams!
For more information on the Pro+ program please visit the Cal South website.