The soccer skills of 67 young athletes stood out at the Allstate Sueño Alianza National Showcase, where many invitations from professional team scouts came pouring in.
60 National Showcase contestants at Phoenix were recruited by different scouts, they even received up to nine team invitations from Liga MX, MLS, Liga de Expansion, MLS Next and Barcelona Academy.
“I was as you are, I probably didn't get any opportunity like you have, but I did have a dream, the dream that you have. When they invited me to watch you play it was freezing weather, I could see you in the cold, but in your eyes I could see hunger, the desire, the passion of playing soccer. Thanks to such opportunities as Sueño Alianza, the people behind it,” said Enrique Borja, a Mexican soccer legend who served as master of ceremonies in the traditional Scarf Ceremony.
“The work done by Alianza de Futbol is beyond doubt. Soccer brings communities together, in Alianza we know how to recognize this cause and it would not be possible without our sponsor's help . I ask for applause for each one of them. They are the support, they get involved”, added Borja.
Rafael Calderón, scouting director of Alianza de Futbol, was responsible for leading the ceremony together with Borja, where an emotional speech was addressed to the young people who were awarded with the invitation to join youth teams of professional squads.
Diego Buenrostro, selected in the Dallas Tryout, was the most decorated, receiving nine invitations from: North Carolina, a USL squad; MLS teams like Houston Dynamo, Columbus Crew and San Jose Earthquakes, as well as Pachuca, Santos, America, Mazatlan and Chivas, all of which play in Liga MX.
Joining Buenrostro on the podium of the most decorated were a couple of youths who received six invitations: Kelvin Marroquín, from Los Angeles (Houston Dynamo, Columbus Crew, North Carolina, San Jose, Pachuca and América) and Brandon, from Leon de San Jose (Barcelona Academy, Cimarrones, Columbus Crew, North Carolina, San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas).
Ana Carrera from Dallas, Niomi Grimaldo from New York, Nicole Grimaldo from Chicago and Tatiana Diaz from Dallas were the girls with the most invitations, each receiving two from the Scouts who will try to enroll them in their women's team.
In Carrera's case, the invitations were made by Santos and Mazatlan; America and Pachuca showed interest for Niomi and Nicole Grimaldo, while Tatiana Díaz received invitations from America and Mazatlan. It should be noted that Pachuca was a finalist in the Clausura 2022 tournament of Liga MX Femenil, losing the title against Chivas, while América is a finalist in the Apertura 2022 tournament and will face Tigres for the title.