thumbnail Hello,

Real Madrid's youngsters make case for playing time with strong showing

Jese Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata, who usually play for Real Madrid's youth team, showed off for Jose Mourinho by scoring goals in Carson.

CARSON, Calif. -- Being a young, homegrown player for Real Madrid, a "canterano" as they would say in Spain, definitely has some stark disadvantages.

Florentino Perez has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in his second stint as Real Madrid's president in order to top Barcelona. Such a spree usually means that young players like Alvaro Morata and Jese Rodriguez get lost in the shuffle.

Both were hard to ignore Thursday evening in Carson, Calif., as the teenagers came through for Jose Mourinho's side, scoring second half goals to steer Real Madrid into cruise control towards the end of the match.

Morata and Rodriguez, all of 19 years of age, shared the stage with Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil among others at the Home Depot Center, and yet it was they who put the ball in the back of the net in the second half, along with Jose Maria Callejon.

"Yes, it's very important [for me], but the most important thing is the result," beamed Rodriguez, who showed he was definitely not a rookie when it comes to spouting post-game cliches.

Whether the goals land the youngsters on the radar of Mourinho, Aitor Karanka and the rest of Real Madrid's backroom staff remains to be seen.

The defending La Liga champion still has four more preseason engagements before kicking off the 2012-13 domestic season, as well as the usual bevy of cup competitions that will require a long list of available bodies to give the more well-known starters some rest.

Morata, Rodriguez and several others hope that's where they'll make their mark, Florentino's checkbook be damned.

"The coach knows he can count on me for anything he needs," Morata said before embarking on Madrid's tour of the United States. "I have been training double sessions with the first team and that helps us get up to speed quickly. It provides me with a chance to learn a lot because there are great players here. All I want is to continue improving as a player."

Follow ERIC GOMEZ on