• 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!
15 / April / 2010  In the News  Comments (0)

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.

24 / March / 2010  In the News  Comments (0)

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.

18 / March / 2010  In the News  Comments (1)

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.

8 / March / 2010  In the News  Comments (1)

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.

10 / February / 2010  In the News  Comments (2)
  • 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 http://www.lafcsoccer.com.
    • Eurosport & SOCCER.COM is a Proud Partner of the WPSL, who feature a wide selection of top-of-the-line soccer merchandise, serving as an important communication vehicle for organizations including the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF), Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Youth Soccer (USYSA) and many more! For more information, visit their official website at http://www.soccer.com.
    • Molten is the Official Championship Ball of the 2010 WPSL Final Four and is also a Proud Partner of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), and is the Official Soccer Ball of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). Visit their official website at http://www.moltenusa.com for more information on their full line of products.
    • 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).
    • For more information, visit our official website at http://www.wpsl.info, phone us at 1-800-854-0913 or contact us via email at [email protected]. You can also keep up with our league on our social media networking sites on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter!!
7 / February / 2010  In the News  Comments (3)

Pasadena, CA (January 20, 2010) — Bolstering its boys younger age groups as well as its coaching staff, the LAFC Chelsea soccer club announced today that local Legends FC boys teams has merged into LAFC Chelsea, effective February 1, the beginning of the new season. The Legends Boys program, which spans the communities of Chino Hills and Pomona, brings 20 teams and 350 players, U9 through U17, into LAFC. Legends FC will remain an all girls club and continue a great relationship with LAFC.

“Legends boys teams joining LAFC makes us bigger and stronger — it fills out our younger groups and strengthens the ranks of our experienced, licensed coaching staff, letting us give talented players more attention to help get them to the next level,” stated LAFC Chelsea vice president of soccer operations Teddy Chronopoulos.

“This is a great opportunity for the Legends FC Boys Program, both for the players and staff,” said Legends Boys director of coaching Billy Bizzaro who, for nearly a decade, was instrumental in shepherding the growth of the club from two teams to 30 teams. Legends FC was formed two years ago from the merger of Stampede and Glendora FC. Bizzaro is looking forward to working with the LAFC director staff and will be assisting in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, an elite national league and training program of which LAFC Chelsea is a member. Bizzaro adds, “I’d like to personally thank Josh Hodges, Angela Wright and everyone involved with Legends FC — it’s been a great experience!”

LAFC Chelsea, a subsidiary of the nonprofit LAFC Foundation, has become one of America’s largest and most prominent club soccer organizations. For more information, please visit www.lafcsoccer.com.

26 / January / 2010  In the News  Comments (14)

LAFC Chelsea’s reputation as a stepping-stone to top college programs continues to grow. Four players from the boys program have committed to play for Division I schools that traditionally rank among the best in college soccer. Two of the players, Bryce Gumpel and Brady Valashinas will attend highly selective Ivy League universities. Gumpel committed to Brown and Valashinas will play for Princeton. Brown and Princeton both qualified for the NCAA Championships with Brown winning a game before bowing out to eventual semifinalist North Carolina. Although Ivy League schools do not offer athletic scholarships, they are known for their soccer prowess; this year, four Ivy League teams competed in the NCAA Championships.

Gumpel and Valashinas are strong, savvy central defenders who play for one of two LAFC teams in the Coast Soccer’s U-19 Premier League, arguably the country’s most challenging youth soccer league. They have both spent years with LAFC. Valashinas made the lengthy commute from Manhattan Beach for practices in the Pasadena/La Canada area.

Two highly recruited midfielders from the same team, Michael Gates and Giovanni Rollie, also selected their colleges. Gates, a high-energy central midfielder, will attend Santa Clara University, while Rollie, who plays on the outside, chose the University of New Mexico. “Michael is a very hard worker and blossomed on and off the field this year,” said Ted Chronopoulos, LAFC’s vice president of soccer operations. “Giovanni is a very dynamic, creative player who can change a game quickly.” Chronopoulos says that the latest commitments affirm LAFC’s approach to junior development. “When colleges and national teams want our players, it shows that we are about development,” Chronopoulos says. “We teach them fundamentals, we teach them how important it is to train at a high intensity and how to act on and off the field. College coaches have confidence that when they sign an LAFC player, that player will thrive with them and reflect well on their program.”

4 / January / 2010  In the News  Comments (3)

The U.S. Soccer Federation has selected two LAFC players for its under-17 residency program. Stevie Rodriguez and Martin Arrieta will live at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. for much of the winter and spring (The Academy takes its name from the famous sports agency). Rodriguez and Arrieta join 38 of the best U-17 American players, who will train with leading coaches and compete against national teams from other countries in preparation for the next U-17 World Cup.

U.S. Soccer, the governing body of the sport in this country, created the Residency program in 1999 to develop players for U.S. national teams. Residency alumni include stars Landon Donovan, DeMarcus Beasley, Freddy Adu and Michael Bradley. Selection is among the highest honors for junior players.

Rodriguez is an attacking midfielder for LAFC. Arrieta plays striker. Both players have shone through their creativity and feel for the game. A third LAFC player, Jovanny Gomez, was asked to try out for the Residency program after appearing in a showcase tournament late last year. It is a credit for any club to see one of its players chosen for the Residency program. It is rarer and more remarkable when two are chosen and others considered.

Rodriguez and Arrieta will train in the morning under Wilmer Cabrera, a two-time World Cup participant and respected coach, and other national coaches. They will attend classes in the afternoon at the Bradenton Academy. They will have access to IMG’s state-of-the-art fitness training complex, which includes two swimming pools, and practice on one of three Bermuda grass fields, or in a domed turf facility on campus. “It’s very significant that LAFC has been able to repeatedly cultivate such talented players,” said Ted Chronopoulos, the vice president of soccer operations. “Other players in our club can see through Stevie and Martin and Jovanny what’s possible when they combine their talent with hard work and determination. We look forward to seeing these players and others climb to the elite ranks of U.S. players.”

20 / December / 2009  In the News  Comments (2)
  • Count Pele Among the Fans of the LAFC Foundation
    • Last month, at Teleton, Mexico’s largest, charity telethon, the Brazilian soccer legend met LAFC founder and president Don Sheppard. Pele applauded the organization’s efforts to help the world’s children and teenagers. By building soccer fields and providing equipment, coaching and other soccer-related resources, LAFC not only helps youth in impoverished areas live healthier lives but draws them to other beneficial programming. “I just want to tell you how we use soccer to help children around the world get better education and resources,” Sheppard said. “Congratulations,” Pele told Sheppard. “Soccer was very important to me.” Sheppard was thrilled to meet Pele, who has been deeply involved in charitable causes since his retirement. “He’s preaching the story of peace and love throughout the world,” Sheppard said. “He represents the epitome of an economically disadvantaged child who’s made it big. He supports education and economically disadvantaged kids; that’s what we’re all about.”
18 / December / 2009  In the News  Comments (2)

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