Our Juvenil A side are in Dallas, Texas, competing in the 2019 Dallas Cup. I believe this is a tune-up for our Copa de Campeones and Copa del Rey once we return home. Villarreal U19s defeated the hosts, FC Dallas U19s, 3-1, and there is a match report here courtesy of Dallas Sports Day—thank you!! We are next in action on Monday against Red Bull Brasil.
Here’s some (domestic) news of our top cantera sides:
Villarreal B lost at home to Ebro, 2-1. The B-boys looked a little tired and just didn’t translate their possession into as much danger in front of goal as usual. The table reads Atletico Baleares 62, Herculés 55, Villarreal B 55, Cornellà 51, Espanyol B and Barca B 49, 3 teams (including Ebro) on 47. Five matches left, the top four make it to the playoffs.
Next week we are away to Teruel; they and Alcoyano are on 35 points, Valencia Mestalla and Castellón on 34. With Ontinyent having disappeared, there are three relegation places still available, if that’s the right word.
Villarreal C lost to Vilamarxant, 2-1, and are midtable, 44 points.
The Villarreal Ladies (Villarreal Feminina A) defeated Aldaia, 1-0, and will finish third in the table—which really translates to second, as group winners Valencia B can’t be promoted—unless Villarreal defeats Valencia B and Aldaia defeats Alhama. (Everyone remembers Valencia was once ruled by the Arabs, right? That’s why we have all those place names starting with “Al”—”the” something).
Anyway, history aside, the ladies will be in at least the new national second division next year, and have an outside chance at getting to the first division if they can get into and progress through the promotion playoffs proper.