Midfielder Paolo Carrillo-Weisenburger played one game of school soccer, in the seventh grade, and finished with two goals and an assist. It was an experience, the 15-year-old remembers, that taught him two things: He was pretty good and interscholastic soccer wasn't.
"I knew that level of play wasn't going to help me get better," he said. "I wanted to put myself in a challenging environment."
The high school sophomore found that with the Galaxy, as one of 150 kids between ages 12 and 18 good enough to earn a spot on one of the team's seven youth academy squads.
But he took an even bigger step toward finding out how...