Dreams start somewhere, and for Andew Robles, they begin in the backyard of his Lynwood home. His neighborhood is a rough place, where he says he heard someone shot and killed on the corner of his street three months ago. The 16-year-old Robles escapes to his backyard to avoid the neighborhood and his tight living space. He stays in a two-bedroom house as one of eight siblings living with his parents and the 2-year-old son and 7-month-old daughter of his oldest sister, Stephanie. “Everyone trying out – they were all older than me,” Robles said. “When I first went, I noticed that they were all bigger than me, and I was like, `Wow, this is serious.’ But then I thought `this isn’t a new thing.’ Ever since I was little, I’ve always been playing with older people.” One of those older people is his 18-year-old brother, Eder, who will play for Chivas this season. So Andrew, a junior at St. John Bosco, might have some sort of edge to win Sueno MLS because of his family connection. But if Andrew is asked, he’ll say his skills give him the edge. “There are a lot of guys who are fast, but don’t have a good touch,” he said. “Or there are some with a good touch, but are slow. But me, I’m pretty even with everything. I kick well with both feet. I have good conditioning and good ball-handling.” Robles’ plan is to play in MLS with his brother, then pool their money to move out of the crowded house. His club team is based in Mission Viejo, and he says he yearns to move somewhere around there. When Robles is in his backyard, he plays soccer. He dreams of becoming a professional soccer player, and recently, that dream has dabbled with reality. Robles is one of 24 remaining players taking part in “Sueno MLS,” an open tryout for Chivas USA. The final 24 lasted through 2,000 people trying out and will play Chivas’ under-19 team today at the Home Depot Center. One of the 24 will be selected as the winner of Sueno MLS on March 25, earning an official tryout with Chivas. With 10 people, a toddler and baby in a two-bedroom house, he described ridiculously tight sleeping conditions, in which he considers himself lucky to share a room and bunk bed with his oldest sister. The only problem is that the toddler and baby are in the room, too, and he said, “Always. I always hear the baby getting up at night.” Another local player who lasted until the final 24 is Diego Delgadillo, who walked two blocks from his home in Bell Gardens for the first tryout. Delgadillo, a junior at Bell Gardens High, had a similar reaction to Robles with the first tryout, saying that he was struck by how many older guys he was playing against. Actually, Chivas is targeting young players with potential because the age range of the final 24 is 16 to 21. Among them, it sounds as if there are many different strategies to make it to survive the final cut. “I just play smart, using my head instead of my legs,” Delgadillo said. For Gilbert Contreras, a junior at Downey High, making it to the final 24 and playing today at the Home Depot Center are thrills of their own. But the chance to be the last soccer player standing also is a huge thrill. “I’m hoping that I do have a chance to win,” Contreras said. “If I made the top 24, then I probably do.” Joe Stevens can be reached at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!