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Sueno star Chavarria impresses Colombia great Valderrama

Carlos Valderrama admits he is a big fan of Sueno MLS 2014 winner Johnny Chavarria.

The 16-year old Las Vegas native took out the nationally-televised soccer competition ahead of 14 rivals which was announced on Univision Network's República Deportiva on Sunday.

One of the mentors of the competition, Colombian legend Valderrama, spoke highly of Chavarria who is part of the LA Galaxy youth academy.

"He has a great future," said Valderrama of the holding midfielder.

"He has great presence on the field, and he's a fighter. But what impressed me was mostly his technical skill.

"It's not really that easy at that age to know that position, but he has a good stance on the field, and when he has the ball, he able to distribute evenly. It's very important for a team to have that position, that player able to hold the ball and distribute the ball, and when his team doesn't have the ball, he's a challenger. He goes out there and tries to obtain the ball."

Valderram added: "It was a hard competition.

"I think there were, like, five impactful players, and they could keep growing if they find a good academy. They can achieve the dream."

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