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With a 1-0 win over OC Revolution in the Final, LAFC Chelsea Black obtained the Cal Cup Championship to close down a great year. They had 3 shutouts, 4 goals against, and 18 goals in favor.

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    • LAFC GU10 ended its 2009-2010 post-season play with a well-deserved victory at California Cup. Despite playing three games in one day due to rain postponements, the girls had enough energy to defeat FC Long Beach 3-1 in the final. The opposing coach told his players after the game that playing against teams like LAFC Chelsea “will only make them better.” Over the course of the tournament, LAFC outscored its six opponents by a stunning 25-4 margin. It won decisively against Pateadores and Arsenal in group play and defeated Real SoCal 3-0 in the semifinals. Congratulations to Coach Louis and his girls!
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  • LAFC’s Stature on the National and International Scene Continues Growing
    • Earlier this month, the club was the talk of the 2010 Dallas Cup, arguably the most prestigious boys’ tournament in the U.S. Three of the club’s five entries reached the championship game with two winning titles and two other teams making it to the semifinals. LAFC’s boys program already ranks first in California and sixth nationally, but given the size and quality of the Dallas Cup field, it was a remarkable performance - unmatched by other participants.
    • Dallas Cup has drawn teams from more than 60 countries in age groups from U-13 to U-19 and averages approximately 160,000 spectators annually. This year’s event included club and national squads from Germany, China, South Africa, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Mexico and Brazil. “This was the year for California and LAFC did very well,” said Gordon Jago, the Dallas Cup’s executive director.
    • In the U-13 division, LAFC made history, becoming the first club in the tournament’s 31-year history to field both finalists as LAFC defeated LAFC Black. LAFC U-13 has ranked first in different age groups for much of the past two years. It wasted little time in demonstrating its class, routing three teams in group play by a combined 27-0. It won its semifinal game over England’s Crewe Alexandra FC 8-0.
    • “The margins of victory in such a challenging competition demonstrate yet again how our U-13 team has separated itself from the pack,” said Ted Chronopoulos, LAFC’s vice president of soccer operations. “The team possesses a rare combination of athleticism, technical skill and tenacity, and the players conduct themselves in a manner that reflects well on them and our club. I would be remiss in not also mentioning the superb run of the Black team, which fought its way to the final - no small achievement - and plays stylish, ball control soccer.”
    • LAFC’s U-14 team emerged undefeated from a 32-team draw, the tournament’s largest. It surrendered just two goals in defeating teams from Arizona, South Carolina and Mexico in group play, Texas clubs in the quarter - and semifinals and Southern California rival West Coast FC in the final 1-0. “This team showed tremendous willpower and discipline,” Chronopoulos said. “It is always an achievement going undefeated.”
    • The U-15 team won its group, topping a development squad for Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire and the Dallas Texans Red before tying FCB Escola Monterrey, one of Mexico’s best clubs. It defeated Fram CQ Vipers of California in the quarterfinals before losing unluckily to Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt, whose professional team competes in the Bundesliga.
    • In the U-19 division, LAFC captured its group by besting Archbishop Tutu’s Ikapa United from South Africa (named for the country’s Nobel Prize winner) and the Eclipse Black from Texas and won its quarterfinal over a development team for the MSL’s Houston Dynamo. LAFC fell 1-0 in the semis to Shattuck St. Mary’s SA from Minnesota. “This was a difficult draw with several academy and development teams and to reach the semifinals was an outstanding effort,” Chronopoulos said.
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After a two-year battle with cancer, Jessie Mastan passed away at City of Hope Hospital on March 22. Mastan was 14. She played for LAFC and ran track. In 2008, she was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone disease that spread into her lungs. She went into remission and appeared on the City of Hope/City of Duarte float at the annual Rose Parade. But the cancer returned earlier this year and complications set in. Please keep Jessie and her family in your prayers at this difficult time.

The LAFC Foundation has established a fund in Jessie’s name to assist the Mastan family. Anyone wishing to contribute may send a check, payable to LAFC — Team Jessie. Please send your checks to the LAFC Foundation, 336 South Euclid Ave., Pasadena, Calif. 91101. A list of donors will be provided to the Mastan family. Please indicate on your check if you would like to remain anonymous. For large donations, please call the LAFC Office at 626-685-9503.

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LAFC Chelsea girls program begins 2010 on a very positive note, and has taken some important steps on the road to becoming the best girl’s program in Southern California.

Our younger teams have completed competition at the State level and represented the club well. The following teams had excellent runs at the state level: GU9 team (Laura Janke) semi-finalist in state cup; GU10 (Louis Hunt) quarter-finalist in state cup, and Cal Cup Champions, GU12 (Manny Martins) quarter finalists in national cup, GU12 (Louis Hunt) Cal Cup Champions, and the GU12 (Jarda) Cal Cup quarter finalists.

We are also proud to see our players excelling individually. A few of our players have been recognized by Cal South (the state’s soccer governing body) with selection to the Olympic Development Program. Chloe Castaneda, Cheyenne Delgado, and Nicole Joseph were all selected to the 1997 ODP player pool, and are currently in camp working towards a spot on the state’s team. Chloe Montano was selected to the 1998 YOP player pool and will be joining the training camp the weekend of March 27.

Congratulations to our teams and players.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates as our older teams will be competing in the state tournaments, and our players will be striving to achieve success in being selected into state/regional/national teams, as well as making college commitments.

GO LAFC!!!!!!

LAFC Chelsea boys U13 added National Cup title to their trophy cabinet after beating Real So Cal 6-0. After a heartbreaking loss last year in the semi final on PK’s, this was the goal for this team this season. The entire run at National Cup was stellar. They had 5 shutouts in 6 games, 30 goals for and only 1 goal against. They have now won every major tournament in Southern California, a remarkable achievement for which the entire LAFC club is proud.

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LAFC Chelsea featured on ESPN Outside The Lines. US Soccer launched a bold initiative in 1998, “Project 2010″ hoping to place the men’s national soccer team in position to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup in just 12 years time. Julie Foudy examines the impetus, the components, and the reality of Project 2010.

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The LAFC Chelsea BU16 Gold team is destined for Premier after being crowned League Champions by CSL in an undefeated league campaign. The cornerstone of the team’s success was a very disciplined approach relying on possession and quick passing and a suffocating defense, conceding only 9 goals in 11 league games.

A remarkable aspect to their achievement is that 10 new players were added prior to the season and a new head coach in Louie Bilowitz. Coach Louie announced the game plan to win Gold before the season started and the team delivered — Best of luck in Premier!

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We are happy to announce that the Rampage FC GU12 and the GU10 coached by Manny Martins in 2009 have officially joined LAFC Chelsea. The GU12 team competed and won the Silver Elite North bracket of CLS while maintaining an undefeated record. They also reached the semi-finals of State Cup. With this team addition in 2010, LAFC Chelsea will field 3 teams in the GU13 age group (currently GU12), 1 Gold, 1 Silver Elite, and 1 Silver.

Similarly, the Rampage FC GU10 team competed and won the Silver North bracket of CSL so this team will be competing in the Silver Elite North bracket in 2010 as LAFC Chelsea. For the 2010 season, the club will field 3 teams in the GU11 age group (currently GU10), 2 Silver Elite and 1 Bronze.

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  • New Pacific-South Division team will be based
    out of Pasadena-area
    • PASADENA, CA (02/06/10) — Los Angeles F.C. Chelsea is the newest member team in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), and are hoping their inaugural season in the Pacific-South Division will come up nothing but roses. The Pasadena-based club will play their home games at La Canada High School in La Canada, CA and already have an experienced WPSL mentor to lead the troops this Summer 2010 season.
    • Emanuel “Manny” Martins has been hired as Head Coach for LAFC Chelsea, coming off his 2-year stint as leader of the now-disbanded WPSL Los Angeles Rampage - who finished fourth with a 7-5-2 record in the very competitive Pacific-South Division last season. With the Rampage, Martins had three players honored with All-Pacific Conference accolades: Marihelen Tomer, Susie Mischenko and Faye Rabson.
    • In recent years, LAFC Chelsea has been intent on improving its girls’ program, adding new teams and top coaches. The club’s Vice President of Soccer Operations Ted Chronopoulos believes that the addition of this WPSL team - which competes on the second-tier of women’s soccer in this country below Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) — will further raise the club’s stature and help with recruiting by creating a rare incentive: few youth clubs nationwide offer playing opportunities beyond the Under-19 division.
    • LAFC — which ranks among the best clubs in the U.S. for youth development — will recruit older players in upcoming months, although the club will draw much of its roster from the Rampage team that Martins led the past two seasons. They’ll have their hands full in the Pacific-South, facing the likes of 2009 National Finalist Ajax America and a strong SD United side.
    • “This will give our best players something to shoot for and it will speak volumes about LAFC Chelsea’s long-term commitment to its players,” Chronopoulos says. “We are well on our way to becoming a national hub for soccer development and this represents another valuable resource… I’m eager to see how we’ll fare against such strong teams. I have high hopes for the development of our players and our women’s program.”
    • LAFC includes over 50 boys & girls teams with 800 players from ages eight to eighteen and this past year, the academy placed seven players on U.S. National Team rosters. Chelsea Football Club’s youth super club network began in July 2008 and formed a partnership with LAFC - one of the most decorated youth soccer academies in the U.S. — becoming the third such club to join Chelsea’s network.
    • LAFC Chelsea now hosts Chelsea tournaments, training sessions and a player and coach exchange program. Also a result of the partnership, LAFC Chelsea offers more scholarships for young athletes with financial hardship. LAFC provides kids across Southern California and throughout the country the opportunity to play competitive soccer regardless of ability to pay club membership costs.
    • “Our youth super club network is designed to support soccer development in the U.S.,” said Chelsea F.C. Chief Executive Peter Kenyon, at the time when the partnership was announced. “LAFC shares the same goal and has demonstrated rapid growth of their club and talent. Since its inception, LAFC has provided young athletes the opportunity to play competitive soccer through financial support.
    • “With our new partnership, we hope that the association with Chelsea can attract and leverage additional funding scholarships, helping to further develop the academy and club. Providing elite training for young talent is critical to the long-term development of the sport in America.”
    • Martins — who holds three USSF National coaching licenses — is currently in his first year as the head coach for the Los Angeles Mission College men’s soccer team and is in his second year as head coach for the Granada Hills Charter H.S. boys soccer program. He has also recently joined the Olympic Development Program (ODP) as a talent, and in the past served for three seasons as the men’s assistant coach at Cal Poly Pomona (Div. II - CCAA), was the head coach at Sylmar High School for eight years and an assistant coach at Los Angeles Mission College for three years.
    • LAFC Chelsea will play its home games in La Canada at La Canada High School, and will feature some local players as well as top college players from across the nation and internationals. Tryouts will be held in March and for more team information, visit their official website at
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    • About the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL): The WPSL is a 50-plus team national league with five conferences starting in 2010 and is the largest women’s soccer league in the world. The league is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The WPSL’s mission is to provide the highest level of soccer in our effort to: bring affordable & quality family entertainment to the community; display positive role models for our youth; while, being a stepping stone for aspiring players to Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS).
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