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!”

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26 / January / 2010  In the News 


#1 Alex Pidoux on 01.26.10 at 8:43 pm

Thats AWESOME!!!
What’s the team going to be called? I heard a rumor that it will be called “Cosmos”.
Please tell me!

- Alex Pidoux BU12

#2 parent on 01.27.10 at 2:26 pm

Sounds like there are going to be alot of boys left without being on a team.

#3 israel mndez on 01.27.10 at 10:37 pm

Will the U9 LAFC kids move to Pomona or are we staying in the Canada city?

#4 Mike Rivard on 02.05.10 at 6:12 pm

It appears this merge along with the CSL rule of no more than three teams in an age group has eliminated some teams for both LAFC and Legends.

What happens to the LAFC current under 13 gold team and the Legends current under 13 gold team? Are they merging into one team or are you adding an academy team?

#5 Mike Rivard on 02.06.10 at 1:57 pm

Does anyone know if teams in each age group were eliminated?
Does anyone know what will happed to the current LAFC and Legends BU13 teams?
What was said in the LAFC parent meeting on Wed.?

#6 parent on 02.10.10 at 2:35 pm

What will happen to the LAFC U12 boys going U13 who are moving from bronze to silver team this year and to the Legends silver team? Are they going to get rid of them? I heard there will be only 1 team left so what will happen to the rest of the boys? Is LAFC going to eliminate these boys? Does anyone know?

#7 parent on 02.10.10 at 2:38 pm

It appears that a lot of boys who played for LAFC are going to just be eliminated. That’s sad.

#8 parent on 02.10.10 at 4:01 pm

Will LAFC eliminate U13 silver kids on both clubs in favor of the gold and silver elite boys in the U13 bracket?

#9 Mike Rivard on 02.11.10 at 4:18 pm

Look at the tryout schedule posted on this web site. Teams are divided up by LAFC West and LAFC East. Those are the teams that remain from the merger. The BU13 gold teams are gone now from both Legends and LAFC. They are going to make an academy team with those boys. There are a lot of teams gone but everyone will get a chance to tryout for another team.

#10 parent on 02.13.10 at 10:02 pm

That’s very easy to say when you are not a parent of the kids from the lower division on both Legends and LAFC trying out for the higher division. These kids probably have been together and worked hard so they won’t get kicked out next year. LAFC has 2 Silver Elites, they have no Gold any more.

#11 parent on 02.14.10 at 5:24 pm

In regards to the 09 boys U12 teams. In the long run, I see the advantage to the merger to strengthen the reach of academy teams, but the implementation is very unfair. When you have an A, B and C team, and have already divided up the kids accordingly, how can you say that all kids have a chance to make the one remaining team. That’s just a joke. Plus the “C” team made a great effort to win their division to go up and now they are gone. The Silver Elite team also is making strides as well, but no apparent support comes from the club (i.e. having our kids practice from 8:00pm-9:30pm on school nights). The upper eschelons should have come to us directly after a practice and made time for each team to discuss the future, not a mass meeting. The whole thing has really soured me on LAFC, I really feel our sons have been lost in the shuffle.

#12 Mike Rivard on 02.18.10 at 11:45 am

Club soccer is competitive. The most skilled will play and make the team. There are plenty of other teams that still have A, B and C levels.

#13 Parent on 02.21.10 at 10:37 am

I agree with Mike. Playing at LAFC Chelsea is not cheap. If your child is talented and you can afford this, that is great! It takes both talent and money, not just money.

#14 Javier on 02.26.10 at 11:54 pm

Biger better stronger!!

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