One of LA’s brightest clubs will be looking to rebound following a disappointing 5th place finish in the Southwest Division last season. The addition of Director Teddy Chronopoulos to lead the Academy might be as big as any other addition the club has made in recent years.Chronopoulos was instrumental in recruiting some of the top talent in So Cal to Chivas USA over the last few seasons. Odds are he will continue to do the same at Pateadores, a club rich in tradition and history.
The 2012-2013 Pateadores U18s boasted UCLA recruit Kevin De La Torre (’95) and leading goal scorer Roberto Escudero (’94). De La Torre and Escudero’s departure might have spelled trouble in the offensive third if not for the promotion of Pateadores U16s Christian Diaz (’96) and Tristian Thompson (’96) who combined for 19 goals between them and the return of usynt Brian Pacheco (’96) from US Residency.
Pateadores are also buoyed by the return of Bristol City Academy midfielder and 2014 UCLA recruit William Cline (’95). Cline is a demonstrative midfielder who will be seen as one of the leaders of the team. Look for Cline to pair with returning starter Jose Castillo (’96) who bagged 8 goals himself in 2012-2013.
The defense was shaky at moments last year, but many important pieces return for the U18s upcoming campaign. Defenders Arturo Fragoso (’95) and Alex Rosales (’95) started over 90% of the Pateadores U18 matches last season. Look for Corey Schramm (’96) to be an integral part of either the midfield or to be deployed as an dangerous outside back. Rosales, Fragoso and Schramm will be in front of Brandon Gomez (’96) the starting goalkeeper for the Pateadores U18s last season. Gomez is well equip to lead the squad defensively once again.
With Diaz and Thompson promoted, the U16s will look to contributor Luis Leon to carry this young Pateadores squad. The U16s also boast talented, but unproven players, Ronaldo Escudero (’98) and Daniel Klemm (’98). Both Escudero and Klemm should be in-line for a US national team look.
Per tradition, Pateadores U14 squad boast some of the top talent in th nation. One of the more interesting players at this level in the nation is usynt Christopher Lopez (’99). Lopez, a former Fullerton Rangers stand-out, has already seen time with the US U14 BNT, and will likely continue to be key member of the US youth team. Lopez will be joined by fellow hot prospects, Jhovany Tenorio (’99) and Felipee Sanchez (’99). Also involved with Pateadores but not yet currently listed on their roster is Santiago Galera (’99). The talented Galera co-lead the Pateadores in scoring with Lopez on the way to Pateadores U14 National Championship last summer. Pateadores U13 squad also won the National Championship and many of those players will likely fill out the U14 roster come Day 1. Look for Pateadores to once again be one of the top teams nationally at this level.
Academy Star: ’96 Brian Pacheco
Academy Talisman: ’95 William Cline
Academy Prospect: ’99 Christoper Lopez