17 BEST ALIANZA SOCCER PLAYERS SELECTED TO TRAVEL AND PLAY IN MADRID AS PART OF THE LALIGA AND ALIANZA DE FUTBOL PARTNERSHIP
LaLiga North America and Alianza de Futbol today announced that the 17 best players from the Allstate Sueño Alianza National Showcase will travel to Spain and compete from November 12-20 against LaLiga club academies in front of LaLiga coaches and scouts. This trip is the most recent initiative within LaLiga North America and Alianza de Futbol’s partnership, and continues LaLiga’s commitment to growing soccer in North America at a grassroots level and provide the Hispanic community opportunities they otherwise would not have access to via the game.
Allstate Sueño Alianza is the largest and most prestigious scouting program in the United States and allows Hispanic soccer players in the U-14, U-17, and U-20 categories the opportunity to be observed by coaches and scouts from LaLiga, US Soccer, FMF, MLS, USL, Liga MX, and the best college programs in the country. Between May and September, the program toured in 10 cities throughout the United States and saw over 5,000 players participate. These 5,000 were narrowed down to the top 50 that participated in the Allstate Sueño Alianza National Showcase. LaLiga coaches attended the event and selected 17 players, who will be traveling to Spain.
Since its inception in 2018 via the joint venture between LaLiga and Relevent Sports Group, LaLiga North America has remained consistent in their work to achieve their overall mission—to help grow the sport by creating and fostering a community of soccer players, fans, and supporters in the U.S. and Canada at assorted grassroot touchpoints. Alongside their work with Alianza de Futbol, LaLiga North America has additionally partnered with US Club Soccer to instruct their methodology at all coaching levels, and have established academies in Miami and Toronto to create once in a lifetime experiences for young players with the highest level of training.
The experience and progress of the players in Spain will be documented in a 4-episode series called “Soñando con LaLiga” (“Dreaming with LaLiga”), which will air throughout November on all LaLiga channels in North America. The series will include interviews with players, detailing their journey throughout the Allstate Sueño Alianza National Showcase and what led them to this trip, their backgrounds, and their expectations for the future.
“This will be a once in a lifetime experience these 17 talented players”, said Joaquin Escoto, Managing Partner of BRC, Owner of Alianza de Futbol. “Thanks to LaLiga we are creating new opportunities for the Hispanic community in the US and this project it’s just the first step of our partnership.”
“LaLiga North America is proud to invite these exceptional players to compete against the top LaLiga club academies in Spain, and get a chance to play in front of coaches and scouts from the best league in the world,” said Nicolas Garcia Hemme, VP of Strategy and Business Development at LaLiga North America.
The full roster of players traveling to Spain is as follows:
|Fernando Cohate||Bronx, NY|
|Juan David Zavala||Grand Rapids, MI|
|Angel Iñiguez||Daly City, CA|
|Emiliano Salazar||Cypress, TX|
|Luis Barraza||Greeley, CO|
|David Mendoza||Chicago, IL|
|Oliver Zamora||Redwood City, CA|
|Nicholas Garcia||Winnetka, CA|
|Martin Cendejas||Baytown, TX|
|Santiago Carnalla||Chicago, IL|
|Ivan Corral||Glendale, AZ|
|Mathews Tejeda||Alexandria, VA|
|Ricardo Rogers||Dallas, TX|
|Henrri Guzman||Houston, TX|
|Missael Cruz||Maywood, CA|
|Rafael Gutiérrez||Pittsburg, CA|
|Julian Escobar||San Jose, CA|