Ever has been selected to be part of the US National Team at the U14 level. After receiving an invitation to the ODP trials he has successfully persevered through the Cal South, Regional and now National trials. Ever will now participate as a member of the U.S. Under-14 Boy’s National Team for their upcoming Camp November 26 – December 1, 2008 in Orlando, Florida at Disney’s Wide World of Sports for the Thanksgiving Inter-Regional Classic. Only a few elite players can say they have represented the United States at the National Team level, and Ever will get that opportunity at this camp with our youngest competing U.S. Youth National Team.

Ever currently plays with our U14 team at LAFC which is coached by Josh Henderson. He came to the club 4 years ago from AYSO and for the past 3 years has been coached by Barry Ritson who believes his dedication to his game has really paid off.

“Ever is a player with excellent technical ability and is always working to improve the weaknesses in his game. This is just the start for him on the National stage and we are all proud of his accomplishments so far. There is still a long way for him to go in his soccer career and we are thrilled that he has received this recognition for all of his hard work over the past few years. I’m sure he will represent his coaches, this club, and his country extremely well in Florida.”

Congratulations Ever!

30 / August / 2008  In the News  Comments (7)

The LAFC BU10 are champions at Pateadores Cup 2008. The boys and coach Jamie Harvey were undefeated over the three days in San Juan Capistrano. After winning their group and emerging to the semi-finals they played a very close game against Arsenal FC. At the end of regulation time it was 2-2, but LAFC won the penalty shoot out to advance to the finals. In the finals they had a more comfortable game, beating PVSC Exiles 6-2. Congratulations to the team.

Angela Battles

14 / August / 2008  Team Highlights  Comments (1)

Congratulations to the LAFC Girls U9 in winning the 2008 Pat’s Cup! Coach Louis Hunt & his team dominated the tournament with impressive scoring, defense, and teamwork. This was the first tournament the girls played in their age division and they only allowed 2 goals throughout the tournament. They fired in 27 total goals and posted two shutouts. LAFC won the championship against ISC Strikers.(7-0). Congratulations!

7 / August / 2008  Team Highlights  Comments (0)

Kevin has joined the US U-18 Men’s National Team in their trip to South America. Coach Dave Sarachan has named 18 players to the roster (attached) for the trip, and the team is scheduled to play friendlies against U20 national teams from Uruguay, Paraguay, and Venezuela. The team will also play a game against Argentinean club Estudiantes de la Plata. Also in the team is Richard Menjivar who played with Kevin last season at LAFC and will attend the University of Evansville in the fall.

U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team
International Training Camp
Uruguay and Argentina
July 27th – August 8th, 2008
Player Pos Ht Born Hometown Youth Club/College
Alashe, Latif M 6-0 09/18/91 Northville, CA Vardar
Arena, Anthony D 5-11 08/3/90 Kenmore, WA Crossfire Premiere Academy
Bates, William R. F 6-0 04/1/91 Chester, VA Richmond Strikers
Bick, Kevin F 6-1 09/14/90 Louisville, KY Chicago Magic
Dominguez, Brian M 5-4 03/07/91 Atlanta, GA UCSB
Hamib, Abdul Bilal GK 6-3 11/25/90 Annandale, VA DC United
Hurtado, Erik F 5-9 11/15/90 Beaverton, OR Santa Clara University
Islas, Paul M 5-7 09/14/91 Fresno, CA Cal Odyseey
Jahn, Adam F 6-2 01/05/91 El Macero, CA San Juan
Kemp, Taylor D 5-10 07/23/90 Highlandsranch, CO Real Colorado
MacMath, Zach GK 6-1 08/07/91 St. Petersburg, FL University of Maryland
Mejia, Kevin   6-0 07/20/90 Pasadena, CA LAFC
Menjivar, Richard M 5-7 10/31/90 Panorama City, CA University of Evansville
Perry, Aubrey D 5-9 01/20/91 Ocoee, FL University of South Florida
Petts, Harrison D 5-10 10/25/91 Zionsville, IN Carmel United
Rowe, Kelyn F/M 5-8 12/02/91 Federal Way, WA Crossfire Premiere Academy
Sanchez, Jossimar D/M 5-9 09/04/91 Patterson, NJ PDA
Sarkodie, Kofi D 5-7 03/22/91 Huber Heights, OH University of Akron

National Team Staff
Head Coach: Dave Sarachan llinois
Asst. Coach: Eric Yamamoto California
Asst. Coach: Tom Lang New York
Athletic Trainer: Dan Henrichs Illinois
Team Physician: Dr. Brandon Mines Georgia
Equipment Coordinator: Greg Pyle Washington
Team Coordinator: Laurel O’Neal Georgia
2 / August / 2008  In the News  Comments (10)

It’s never easy chasing the ball at any time but when you’re chasing it in the sixth game of a three-day tournament, it can be down right exhausting. That’s the trouble the West Coast FC BU-12 team came across in Monday’s 3-1 loss to LAFC in the San Diego Surf Cup final.

After beating Honolulu Bulls (6-0), Del Mar Sharks (3-0) and nationally ranked Soccer Domain Lions (2-1), LAFC was at the top of their game. Victories in the quarter final vs. Real Colorado (4-0) and CZ Elite in the Semi (2-1) ,LAFC was pitted against old foe West Coast Futbol Club.

West Coast (4-2) started strong, taking a 1-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game, but LAFC responded by showing off their superior ground passing attack from there. The boys from the Pasadena area outshot their opponents 9-1 the rest of the first half before taking a 2-1 lead into the break. West Coast kept it close the rest of the way until Edgar Murillo locked it up for LAFC (7-0) by scoring off a direct kick late in the second half.

“We got off to a nice start, but I think it was almost too soon, ” West Coast head coach Rob Kaminski said. “The other team just came back, and it looked like they had a lot more energy than us.”

West Coast’s nice start came courtesy of a beautiful one-time shot by Adonis Amaya after a direct kick into the box. Kaminski’s concerns over starting too soon were justified just 75 seconds later when LAFC strung together a number of quick ground passes up the right side of the field, resulting in a goal by Oscar Palma that helped swing the momentum back in his team’s favor.

LAFC, which has been to the finals of the Surf Cup the last three years, won its second straight title by maintaining possession and attacking the wings. Forward Milano Sanchez-Johnson and midfielder Caleb Calvert were particularly deadly at getting the ball up the field and making dangerous crosses into the box. The right side of the field was a problem area for West Coast in the first half, and it finally cost them when Calvert finished off a nice run by slotting the ball to an open Palma. The speedy forward scored low once again to give LAFC a 2-1 lead.

“I tried four different players over there during the game,” Kaminski said of his team’s struggles on the right side. “They’re a very good team. They use the space very well, and this field is pretty wide. They kind of got us running and when you get to a sixth game, you’re already tired. I think you start chasing and it starts taking the spirit out of you.”

“They were looking to go long, and we got the ball down and played some great stuff,” LAFC head coach Barry Ritson said. “That’s the biggest difference. I really try to instill in the boys the need to get the ball down the field with good passing rather than trying to kick the ball through or over the top. Our main strength is our crosses. We do open the field up wide and put good balls in the box. We had a little difficulty throughout the tournament in front of the goal but in the final we were brilliant and dominated proceedings. Some days it pays off and some days it doesn’t.”

The reason why it paid off on Monday was Palma’s poise around the net. He was set up well by his teammates, but he came through with nicely placed balls into the back of the net.

“That’s the key especially at this age group,” Ritson said. “Obviously goalkeepers are going to get big over the years. Other teams kind of rely on hitting it high above the goalkeepers’ head, but our boys now have started finding corners and keep it low.”

Ironically, LAFC scored its final goal by going high. A foul on the right wing of the goal box gave Murillo a free kick that started off as a cross and turned into a shot to the back right top corner of the net. West Coast nearly got back in the game when Collin Hossum volleyed a ball toward the net from 30 yards out. His shot clanged off the right post, however, and that would be as close as his team would get to scoring in the second half. LAFC outshot WCFC 16-2, which shows their dominance.

Kaminski would have been more upset after the game had the loss not come to an undefeated team that had only allowed three goals in seven games this tournament.

“This is actually the farthest we’ve gotten,” Kaminski said. “I told the boys before the game that I’m just happy that we got to the finals. We played some really tough teams on the way here. We beat the state cup champions (Fullerton Rangers) yesterday and we had a great game against that team. I think anytime you can get into the finals of the Surf Cup, it’s a very good tournament.”

“I’m still in a little awe of my team’s performances this past weekend at the San Diego Surf Cup 2008. An invitation only tournament, Surf Cup, prides itself on bringing the best of the best to face off against each other in one of the most prestigious Youth Soccer Tournaments in the world. The majority of the teams participating have played continuously since the end of last season, whereas we have had approx 6 games and there was a little anxiousness amongst the parents, players and coaches (yes, even the coach was a little worried about our lack of action). To win this tournament once is excellent. To win it 2 years running and being in the final the past 3 years shows how much talent there is in LAFC at such a young age. An unbelievable weekend for the players, parents and club as a whole”.—Barry Ritson


2 / August / 2008  Tournaments  Comments (1)

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