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Anthony Millican Asst. Commissioner, AYSO South Bay Operations Director, South Bay Matrix FC

SB is Super in Memorial Cup

South Bay Matrix FC teams shined in the Memorial Super Cup tournament held May 26-27. The Under-14G squad (U15 in 2012-13) is coached by Hector Romo and ended up as Co-Champions in one of the more bizarre finals in recent memory. The final between SB Matrix and Mission Viejo Fusion was called because of darkness. The lights went out at Town Center Community Park soccer complex at 9:30 p.m.—while the teams were still in a penalty shootout! They were tied in kicks from the mark. The teams also tied 2-2 during the thrilling, but abbreviated match. The ‘second half’ was called about 15 minutes early in a vain attempt to hold the shootout in time before the lights were shut off.

Soccer Tournament Specialists, the tournament organizers, declared the teams co-champions as players and parents scrambled to gather their belongings in near total darkness. During the tournament, the South Bay girls scored 13 goals in four matches. Coach Romo’s alignment change resulted in a more wide-open, offense-minded attack. In addition, the team’s signature style of possession soccer yielded stretches of 5,6,7 passes in a row before losing the ball.

In U10G (U11 in 2012-13), the SB Matrix FC team coached by Hector Gonzalez gave the Rebels Lopez team all it could handle in the semis. Matrix and Rebels tied 1-1 in regulation, before Rebels eked out a win in kicks from the penalty mark. The Matrix U10G team got on the board first, stunning Rebels early. Matrix gave up the equalizer in the second half. The South Bay squad demonstrated great footwork in a sometimes overly physical, emotional match. There was very little difference between the teams, skill-wise. That was a great sign for the young South Bay team, which was coming off a dominating performance in a recent beach soccer tournament.

Tournaments such as the Memorial Super Cup provide coaches a window into a team’s strengths and weaknesses–things to work on this summer in preparation for the Presidio League. They can be great fun also. Congratulations to players on both South Bay teams and their coaching staffs.

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$1,200 to Sign Up in Other Clubs? Seriously?

It’s true. Other soccer clubs in the county charge a ridiculous amount of money to coach children in soccer. Did you know that other clubs also charge monthly coaching fees, often around $50 per child? And when these teams travel to tournaments (another cost), the coach is also provided a stipend? We understand when parents complain of sticker shock.

At AYSO, the volunteer spirit is alive and well. You can see that reflected in our Matrix competitive program, and our core recreational soccer program. Our volunteer staff of coaches believes in community service. They are trained in service. It is simple to define. A vol·un·teer: a person who performs or offers to perform a service voluntarily. Allow me to elaborate. It is also someone who does not make money capitalizing on the hopes and dreams of our youth. It is a mystery how other clubs, with so much of their income devoted to youth coach ‘salaries,’ are able to retain their nonprofit status. If ever there was a ‘gaming’ of IRS rules, this would seem to fall into that.

At South Bay Matrix FC, we repeatedly remind our coaches of the importance of aligning their mission with ours. AYSO’s philosophies are living tenets that separate it from other sports organizations. They are: Everyone Plays®, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development.

Everyone Plays®

Our program’s goal is for kids to play soccer so we mandate that every player on every team must play at least 50% of every game. It’s no fun to spend the game on the bench…and that’s no way to learn soccer!

Balanced Teams

Each year we form new teams as evenly balanced as possible because it’s more fun and a better learning experience when teams of similar ability play. It allows for each player to gain the experience of a wide variety of teammates of different skill levels.

Open Registration

Our program is open to all children between 4 and 19 years of age who want to register and play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing. There are no elimination try-outs and nobody gets cut.

Positive Coaching

Encouragement of player effort provides for greater enjoyment for the players and leads to better-skilled and better-motivated players. A coach can be one of the most influential people in a child’s life, so AYSO requires they create a positive experience for every boy and girl.

Good Sportsmanship

We strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude, and our program is designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.

Player Development

We believe that all players should be able to develop their soccer skills and knowledge to the best of their abilities, both individually and as members of a team, in order to maximize their enjoyment of the game.

The key to implementing these philosophies is our cadre of volunteer coaches. Nothing beats the spirit of a volunteer. So next time you are on the fields, make sure to thank a volunteer. (And, yes, this article was written free of charge.)

—Anthony Millican, South Bay AYSO/South Bay Matrix FC

South Bay Rules the Sun, Surf…and Beach Soccer!

Another South Bay Matrix FC Team Wins a Beach Soccer Championship

The South Bay Matrix FC U10G team coached by Hector Gonzalez won its age group in the Beach Soccer Championships held May 5-6 in Oceanside. South Bay defeated a Surf U10G team 6-2 in the championship match.

South Bay teams have a strong record in beach soccer. In addition to the U10G success, the South Bay U13G team coached by Hector Ordonez made the semi-finals in its age group in the Oceanside tournament, only a week after capturing the Beach Soccer Jam tournament at Fiesta Island.

For the Oceanside tournament, each South Bay team was entered into the highly competitive ‘Sun’ bracket. The South Bay teams trained on the sand in Imperial Beach to prepare for the Oceanside tournament. The girls’ hard work paid off in dominant performances in the Sun brackets’ opening rounds. The U13G team (photo at right) scored an incredible 24 goals in its first three matches, including a convincing 7-2 victory over rival Kodiak. The Ordonez team narrowly lost in the semis, losing 4-3.

The U10G team recorded 16 goals in its first two matches, before smashing Surf in the championship match. For the U10G team (feature photo), it was a second title in three years in this tournament. And defeating a team from Surf, with its cadre of professional coaches and trainers, is another feather in the cap of all-volunteer AYSO, and South Bay soccer specifically. Way to go!

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U14G Take on Some of the Best in Nomads Tourney

The U14G South Bay Matrix team represented the club very well in the Nomads Showcase Tournament March 31-April 1. The girls were entered in the tournament’s First Division and came away with two ties and one loss. On Sunday, the Matrix squad played Slammers FC to a scoreless draw. Each team had opportunities to win it in a tightly fought second half. A goal scoring opportunity for South Bay was nullified late in the match that was fairly controversial. Even so, the girls did well.  And here is an interesting fact about that Slammers team: they were 2011 Cal South State Cup Presidents Division – Champions. South Bay Matrix FC gave Slammers FC all they could handle. Hats off to Coach Hector Romo and the girls.


Soccer Tournament Discount Info

Coaches and team managers, take a close look at the following tournaments through Anthony Farace of Soccer Tournament Specialists at 619-596-0928.

Per Anthony Farace, “This is a great opportunity for your team to reduce the costs by attending one or all of the tournaments listed below. The more tournaments you attend through STS the more your team saves on the entry fees. Please contact me directly so I can get you the coupons that you will need to accompany the payment in order to receive these single multi-tournament discounts for your teams. STS organizes a well run tournament that offers all levels of play to fit your team needs.”

We will be discussing this at our next meeting. Thanks.

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Matrix Logo History

We are sometimes asked about our logo, what the shield means and the symbolism. I am searching the memory bank here, which is always a scary proposition. But if I recall correctly, it was created by Erin Lingo, with input from others including Ivan Medellin. Anyway, here is the description:

Star=celestial goodness, noble person

Wreath of laurel leaves and berries= Triumph

Gold= Generosity and elevation of the mind

White=  Peace and sincerity

Maroon= Patient in battle, and yet victorious

Matrix Players in the News


Matrix U19B player and Southwest High Boys’ Varsity member Jess Bojorquez was in the feature photo accompanying an article in the Star-News about his school’s first place finish in South Bay League play. And Nicole Rea and Natalie ‘Jelly’ Morales helped make news at San Ysidro High, where their experiences as freshmen varsity players included the first playoff matches in their school’s history. Jelly was also mentioned in the Star-News for her goal in a league match that clinched San Ysidro’s league title. Nicole and Jelly were on the U14G Matrix last fall, and are looking to carry over their success to the upcoming State Cup. In addition, this week’s El Latino weekly Spanish-language newspaper ran a team photo and extended caption of the U10G Gonzalez team in the youngers’ State Cup.

Way to go!

Soccer Nation Expo 2012

Wear your South Bay Gear to the Expo! Show your pride for our club!

Soccer Nation Expo 2012 is Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26 in the South Hall of the LA Convention Center. Come join thousands of fellow soccer fans at the most exciting soccer festival of the year! This is the biggest family soccer show! And it’s FREE to attend!

This year, Soccer Nation Expo has increased the number of exhibits and areas where attendees can play, learn, show off and experience more soccer activities than ever before. Some of these exhibits are:

• The LA Galaxy and Chivas will both have large areas where attendees can learn new skills and play soccer-based games with representatives of the teams.

• Recreational coaches and players will have an area where members of the Cal South Coaching Education and Olympic Development staff will be giving instruction on drills specifically for younger developmental players. Sponsored by Kohl’s.

• Nike will host their Elite 2.0 tour to test your skills and develop your game.

• Sports Authority will have the SKLZ team on hand to show you how to step up your training.

• The popular Futboleros soccer juggling troupe will show off incredible tricks and give you a chance to show your best tricks off in the Ultimate Soccer Arena and in soccer tennis

Los Angeles Convention Center – 1201 South Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90015 | 213-741-115