The season is over for the Galaxy and Chivas USA, but scores of kids will play this weekend in the finals of the inaugural Serie de Campeones at Home Depot Center.
The Galaxy program is aimed at the Latino community, providing independent teams – not top club teams – the opportunity to play for a trophy at a lower cost than usual.
Still, there’s talent out there. A Galaxy scout found Alejandro Covarrubias, a senior a Bell High School, at one of the tournaments who has become a regular on the club’s Under-18 Academy Team and was recently added to the U.S. Under-18 National Team Pool.
Serie de Campeones is a five-tournament program in which the winners of the first four tournaments participate in the fifth one.
There are seven divisions for various age groups, including a competition for girls.
Participating teams include the Gunners, Kids USA, Liverpool, St. Patricks SC, Tigres de Oxnard, Manchester and a Galaxy team.
Games run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday on fields 5 and 7 (the David Beckham Academy field). Admission and parking are free.