CARSON, Calif. (AP) – Julio Chavez, a defender and captain of Chivas USA's Under-18 team, has died in an auto accident. He was 19.
Chavez was killed on Monday night in Modesto, Calif., his hometown, the team said. He attended the team's youth academy for three years.
Chavez, a native of Modesto, graduated from Birmingham High School in 2012, earning a scholarship to attend the Cal State-LA. Chavez is survived by his parents Francisco and Isabel Chavez, and four siblings: Francisco, Claudia, Rafael and Cecilia.
Chivas USA will honor the player's life by wearing a black armband with his name and number on it and hosting a moment of silence before the match against the LA Galaxy on Sunday.
"He did a great job in the recovering process and became a strong part of the U18 team in the last six games winning streak. He then started as a center back and became the captain, leading the group into the playoffs," said Chivas USA's U-18 assistant coach Mike Munoz in an official statement.