The LAFC Chelsea Boys U14 team coached by Juan Sanchez won the Cerritos Memorial Cup during the Memorial Day weekend. The team was able to work through a strong group of teams in the preliminary round and elimination rounds to play the Albion boys U14 team in the final. The final was a well played match with strong attacks by both teams. But in the end the LAFC boys were able to capitalize and win 1-0 on strong team play starting with the defense and goal keeper. The winning goal was created from a series of passes through the mid-fielders and forwards culminating in a strong header being placed into the corner off a cross on the wing. All the boys rose to the occasion and played their best soccer of the tournament in the final!

Congratulations on a great team effort!

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This Team is Now Currently Ranked #1 in California,
#1 in the Region and #1 in the U.S.
Cal Cup Premier Champions

LAFC Boys U12 Gold Team continues to bring home the silverware, this time it is the California Cup Premier Trophy! This year, Coast Soccer league decided to incorporate a premier bracket within their Cal Cup competition at the BU12 Level. Faced with great competition our boys cruised to the championship dismantling Gold and Silver Elite teams along the way.

Cerritos Memorial Cup Winners!

The Cerritos Memorial Cup is an extremely difficult competition to win as it draws teams from surrounding states. Nationally ranked teams flooded in to participate in this year’s competition making it the most difficult tournament of the summer outside of Surf Cup. State Champions from Arizona, Nevada and Northern California stood between the nationally renowned LAFC Chelsea BU12 team and the trophy. LAFC played well allowing only 2 goals while scoring 17. They shutout the Nevada State Champion 4-0 in the quarterfinals and beat their brothers from the LAFC Black 2-0, in the semifinal. Important to note the LAFC Black, beat the Arizona state champions 3-1 in their quarterfinal game.

The final was a great game against Cal North State Champion Juventus, with LAFC Chelsea dominating. After regulation time and two 7 minute OT periods, the score was 1-1. We still dominated but were unlucky and the game went to pks. Our Goalkeeper Esteban Chavez was the hero as he saved 3 out of 4 kicks from Juventus to win the game.

As a result LAFC Chelsea are not only #1 in the state of California, #1 in our Region but they also claimed back the #1 spot as the best team in the nation at this age, as of June 1 in the GotSoccer rankings.

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Jarda Hruska’s GU12 Black team were excited to be the first team to unveil the new LAFC Chelsea blue uniforms over this weekend at the Legends Classic tournament. The girls showed a lot of promise and played hard and look forward to coming season as a Chelsea club. This is the girl’s first year with Jarda as a coach, they’re also fortunate to have his daughter Nadia assisting.

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ODP 96 Boys From Left: Axel Mendez, Evan Bal, Nik Dopke, Rodrigo Acevado, Esteban Chavez
After standout performances in League and National Cup a long list of LAFC Chelsea players were placed on the 72 player shortlist for an additional trial. Congratulations to these boys for being recognized as the best in Southern California.
Rodrigo Acevedo Edgar Murillo
Evan Bal Oscar Palma
Armaan Zare Sebastian Velasco
Nickolas Dopke Esteban Chavez
Austin Gartside Tommy Fraher
Axel Mendez
“I’m very proud of all of the players that were chosen to participate in this years ODP ‘96 trials. Recognition of their talent from outside sources continues us to believe the boys are developing nicely and on their way to bigger and better things. With the academy coming in things change, but at the younger ages, ODP is a great way of getting recognized at the national level”.
— Coach Barry Ritson

Five boys were placed on the Cal South ODP squad. Rodrigo Acevado, Evan Bal, Nik Dopke, Axel Mendez and Esteban Chavez. Once these boys partipate and are again selected from the Regional trial, they will be placed in the National pool and may represent the USA in their age group on the national team.

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Dear LAFC Chelsea Families,

First and foremost I would like to say how thrilled I am to have the opportunity to work with LAFC Chelsea. While the beautiful game has taken me to dozens of countries on six continents and given me so many priceless experiences, I have always remembered how it all started. My love for soccer started at age five, and with an older brother and a twin sister I always had people to kick…and kick the ball with (smile). But soccer was more than a game to me. It was my release, my place of Zen; and it helped get me through the toughest times in my life.

Dozens of goals and broken windows after the first fateful kick, I found myself at 15 years of age playing on the Under 20 National Team, and then battling with the likes of Michelle Akers, Carin Gabarra, and Mia Hamm two years later as a high school senior. I hardly knew how it happened, but in retrospect I can positively say that the values my parents instilled in me were paramount to every goal I have ever set for myself. Education was first and foremost. Soccer never took precedence over school, and no matter how hard we tried, that was non-negotiable.

As a great athlete you can earn a scholarship to a few universities, but as an athlete with straight ‘A’s…well, let’s just say the world is your oyster. I had my choice of almost any university I wanted, and with only my mother trying to put three kids through college, it was important that I got a full scholarship to a great academic institution. In the end, Anson Dorrance and the University of North Carolina won out as I spent the next four years of my life in the wonderful competitive cauldron of Tarheel country. And from there life took off on an amazing adventure. But I digress…

I have been fortunate to see the positive influence of sport in some of the world’s dire environments. Through refugee camps, impoverished communities, toxic waste dumps, war torn countries, and every unknown corner of the planet there is always a love for football and the social development that comes with it. Our sport is a catalyst for positive change both locally and globally, and one of the things that make LAFC Chelsea unique is the commitment to that cause. I am both eager and excited to help move the club forward in that respect. And from a coaching standpoint, I am looking forward to working with your kids and their coaches to help them achieve their full potential as players.

I came here to help make this great organization the best youth club in the country for boys and girls both on and off the field. To all the parents, thank you for your tireless support of your kids and their love of soccer. To all of the players, you’ve got the passion for the beautiful game. Now let’s see how far we can take it.

I’ll be visiting the fields over the next couple of weeks so please don’t be shy. I’m far from anti-social. I look forward to meeting all of you.



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The GU-15 Black, coached by Sal Lopez, played in Cal Cup 2009 on April 25th through May 3rd. They advanced through pool play undefeated and beat the top seed in the pool, Select Cities Fusion, in an exciting 1-0 win. The team was led in scoring by Priscilla Santos, Eiby Rodriguez and Sarah Rock, who scored the game winner vs. Select Cities.

In semi-finals, the Black beat a higher ranked opponent, CVU White, 2-1 on goals by Priscilla Santos and Kaila Eugenio in another well played game. Going into finals against the top seed in the tournament, Westside Breakers White, the team knew it would be a tough game. The Black held their own, but came up on the short end 2-0.

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