Sueño MLS

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The Sueño MLS program is a Major League Soccer scouting program intended to look for undiscovered talent. This program gives players the opportunity to be selected to join the elite Youth Academy System of a host Major League Soccer club.

Synopsis[edit]

Sueño MLS is a nationally-televised player search for Major League Soccer, which focuses on Latin American talent throughout the United States. The name 'Sueño MLS' is 'MLS Dream' in Spanish, and tryouts are held in three select cities every year on a first-come basis. Hundreds of teenagers passionate about the sport travel from across the country to attend these free tryouts. Pro coaches from MLS teams are responsible for selecting what they believe to be the most talented players. 5 field players and 1 goalkeeper are typically selected per participating city to compete for the Sueño MLS title. Eighteen finalists train together for a few days to face in a final match against an MLS Academy Team affiliated with an MLS franchise.

History[edit]

In 2011, 400 tryout spots were made available on the first day, and then the list of players was narrowed down to 30 for the second day of tryouts.[1] Five outfield players and 1 goalkeeper were selected from each city, namely Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.

The 2011 competition also included the first-ever award for the top goalkeeper of the competition titled the "Good Hands" Award.

The final was then held in Dallas, Texas where Birnis Adames was named the winner of the competition and Anthony Hall, the top goalkeeper, respectively.[2]

Winners[edit]

Competition Winners[edit]

2007 Jorge Flores Chivas USA
2008 Rogelio Funes Mori FC Dallas
Briant Reyes Chivas USA
2009 Alberto Lopez Chicago Fire
2010 Nelson Castro Houston Dynamo
2011 Birnis Adames Philadelphia Union
2012 Armando Flores Chivas USA
2013 Alexander Soto D.C. United
2014 Johnny Echeveria LA Galaxy
2015 Baltazar Duran Chicago Fire
2016 Alan Gaytán Portland Timbers

"Good Hands" Top Goalkeeper[edit]

Year Player Club
2011 Anthony Hall FC Dallas
2012 Jimmy Camacho Chivas USA
2013 Luis Aranzazu D.C. United
2014 Manuel Steven Ortiz Ruiz New York Red Bulls
2015 Eduardo Muñoz Chicago Fire
2016 Charlton Alonso New York Red Bulls

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Sueño". MLSsoccer.com.
  2. ^ "Forward Birnis Adames wins Sueño MLS 2011 – presented by Allstate". MLSsoccer.com.