• 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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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!!!!!!

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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Front Row: Nicky Fraher, Ever de la Torre, Elijah Lichtenberg, Kevin Cervantez, Cesar Arceo
Middle Row: Chris Trejo, Romey Lomeli, Brian Paredes, Nathan Castillo, Jonathan Rose
Back Row: Brian Fraher (TA), Kevin Geddes, Matthew Laterza, Martin Arrieta, Anthony Rodriguez, Coach Josh Henderson

LAFC Chelsea Black , coached by Josh Henderson, won the CSL BU15 Silver Elite bracket! We knew the boys would have a great season, having finished the summer as Champions in the West Coast FC & NHB Cup tournaments. Indeed, they ended the season without a loss, 9 wins and 2 ties.

31 / January / 2010  Team Highlights, Tournaments  Comments (3)

One of the two recent additions to the club’s roster of teams, LAFC Chelsea GU12, coached by Emanuel Martins, were finalists of the Silver State Invitational Tournament that took place in Las Vegas (Jan 23-24). They ultimately lost the Championship game in PKs. The team is proud and excited to represent the LAFC Chelsea name, and are looking forward to meeting and interacting with the other teams in the club.

LAFC Chelsea welcomes the team and congratulates the GU12s on a great weekend!

30 / January / 2010  Team Highlights, Tournaments  Comments (2)

BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPIONS — LAFC Chelsea’s GU13 Black team beat the SCSC Avalanche to take home the championship trophy at the 4th Annual Copa Real Nike Invitational held January 16-18. The following weekend, this team prevailed again, taking home the first-place trophy from the 4th Annual DBWV Winter Shootout. “Congratulations to the players on winning back-to-back tournaments, I’m extremely proud of them,” said coach Brian Smith.

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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. Coach Louie announced the game plan to win Gold before the season started and the team delivered…Best of luck in Premier!

31 / December / 2009  Team Highlights, Tournaments  Comments (0)

The LAFC Chelsea Boys U15 team have had a successful start to the 2009-2010 season. Starting with the Coast Soccer season in September the boys have been training hard under coach Juan Sanchez and the results are following. The team took home the championship in the Coast Soccer League Gold division with a 9-2 record in a very difficult group.

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U18 Academy Team
U16 Academy Team

On Sunday June 7th, 2009 both of the two LAFC Chelsea Academy Development teams secured spots this in the Academy Development playoffs in North Carolina with wins against the Surf in La Jolla, CA. This will be the second time in two years that both the U18 and U16 teams from LAFC Chelsea have made it to the playoffs, distinguishing the club from most of the other 72 clubs from across the country that participate in US Soccer’s Academy Development Program. Don Sheppard, LAFC Chelsea Club President says “Sending both teams to the playoffs in North Carolina from first and second place in the So Cal Division of the Academy, the toughest division in the country, is one more demonstration of LAFC Chelsea’s dominance in youth soccer.”

The LAFC GU14 White (Chavez) Team Defeated Five
Top-Level Teams to Become the Nomads 2008 Champions

After taking second place in their pool, the LAFC GU14 White team advanced to the final round by defeating two Cal North “Gold” teams (Capitol Premier League)—including one in a penalty shootout. In the Championship game, LAFC White faced the Eagles Blue—a very respectable and much bigger Silver Elite North team. After 60 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime, the teams were tied 1-1, sending the girls to their second shootout in two days. With 3 saves and 4 accurate drives to the back of the net, LAFC White emerged the Champions.

CONGRATULATIONS Champions. A title well deserved.

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