Texans SC Houston Bring First Academy Title to Houston

Cappis and Vasquez Score to Defeat LA Galaxy U-17/18s 2-1 Despite Home Field Disadvantage

CARSON, Calif. (July 16, 2017) - Texans SC Houston U-17/18s ended the 2016-17 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season as Champions on Sunday. With the 2-1 victory vs. LA Galaxy, the Texans earned the first national title for any Development Academy club in the city of Houston.

The Texas side had its hands full from the get-go, as the LA Galaxy home crowd showed up in full force to Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Field in Carson.

Thirty-four minutes in, however, Houston landed the first blow. Following 10 minutes of intense pressure, Alejandro Alaniz struck a ball across the box, where it eventually met the right foot of Christian Cappis, who stuck the ball promptly into the back of the net.

Eleven minutes into the second half, the Galaxy found its equalizer from Efrain Alvarez. Building from the midfield, Alvarez controlled a Ulysses Llanez pass and strategically delivered a quick, left-footed shot from the top left side of the box to the right-side netting.

With both teams continuing to fight for glory, the Texans' most important goal of the season came in the 73rd minute.

After a sideline throw-in gave Alex Bruce a chance to cross the ball in, it was immediately headed away by a Galaxy defender. The ball landed in open space in the middle of the field, and was immediately chested down and one-timed off the bounce into the top right corner of the net by Omar Vasquez. The incredible strike was also Vasquez's first goal of the season.

"The whole thing happened in slow motion," Vasquez explained of his goal. "Before you knew it, I was crowded by all of my teammates, and it was just a beautiful experience."

Houston then held on for dear life for the remaining 17 minutes to capture its first ever national title.

"All year long they've had a belief that no matter what the momentum swings are, they just find a way," Texans SC Houston Academy Director and U-17/18 head coach Eric Quill said. "When (LA Galaxy) scored the goal, they could have easily let the moment get too big for them, but they decided to keep fighting. They kept pressing them and then a wonder-strike (happened). So I think a little bit of luck always helps."

The dramatic finish to the Academy Championships was 10 years in the making, with the 10th Development Academy season officially coming to a close. It was only right to end the first decade of player development in the United States with a new champion at the U-17/18 age level as Academy clubs continue to develop and grow.