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South Bay Girls Reach USYS Far West Finals

South Bay’s G2002 team fell 1-0 to Las Vegas on Sunday in the championship match of U.S. Youth Soccer’s Far West Presidents Cup. But the South Bay girls won anyway. They won our hearts. And on the way to playing its sixth match in as many days in Salt Lake City, Utah, the team struck a blow for AYSO competitive teams everywhere. Coach Polo Aviles and his 16U squad are believed to be the first AYSO-affiliated team to advance so deeply into regionals. The girls showed “Dad Coaches” are winners indeed. They do it for love of the game, not a paycheck. On Father’s Day, what more beautiful message is that? Congratulations, Coach Polo and South Bay girls. You made us proud. #MadeInTheSouthBay, and @CalSouthSoccer reigning 16U State Cup Champions. @AYSO_Soccer @sdutzeigler

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SB G02 State Cup Champs Prepare for Regionals

The road to the Far West Regionals in Salt Lake City is a path the South Bay G2002 team has traveled before. This is the second time this squad has made it to the Regionals, having attended as a wildcard a couple years ago. This time, the South Bay girls are entering play as the reigning CalSouth State Cup Presidents Division Champions. Coach Polo Aviles said his team knows full well the path will not be easy, and preparations began almost as soon as State Cup ended.

“We finished first out of 71 teams in State Cup, but it wasn’t an easy road to the final,” Aviles said. “We had to face some very competitive teams and almost found ourselves out of the competition in the round of 16 match vs. Apple Valley Storm. In that match, we had to come from behind to tie, and play two overtime halfs before winning it in kicks from the mark.”

With such State Cup experiences as well as challenging Coast Soccer League schedule the last two seasons, Aviles said his team is more battle tested than ever. The 2018 Regionals in Salt Lake City start on June 12. As part of the team’s preparations, the South Bay G02 team entered the Albion Las Vegas Memorial Cup tournament for the long weekend. The South Bay girls reached the tournament finals, before falling to Players SC and taking home a runner-up medal.

“I want my team to be more detached from the wins and losses and be more focused on doing the little things well,” Aviles said. “When you focus on getting the win, it can suffocate you, especially during State Cup and now Regionals, when the pressure gets thick. It is not what the coach knows; it is what his players have learned that will get you deep into State Cup or Regionals.”

South Bay will play under the new “AYSO United” brand, thanks to AYSO sister clubs in South Orange County. AYSO United is AYSO’s official club program, where players enjoy a more advanced play, participate in intense competition and receive cutting-edge training while still enjoying the benefits of AYSO and its Six Philosophies. AYSO United absorbed AYSO Pacific Soccer Club, where South Bay played under their umbrella to provide the team a greater challenge than San Diego County could provide.

The team’s “home region” is Region 712—South Bay AYSO/South Bay Matrix, the Region where most of the team hails from. New players have been skillfully integrated and welcomed over the years. “I have learned over the years how to hold a team together. How to lift some up, how to calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat, together, a team and that’s what South Bay soccer is all about. It’s our recipe for success,” said Aviles, who also happens to be South Bay Matrix Director of Coaching.

The G2002 team is actively fundraising for assistance in travel costs associated with the Far West Regionals. To help the team with a donation, please contact Luisa Dasis at ldasis@cox.net .

South Bay Teams Dominate Memorial Weekend Tournaments

South Bay Matrix competitive soccer teams put on an impressive show over the holiday weekend, with six teams making the finals of Memorial Day tournaments. As of press time, at least two champions were crowned. Overall, the following South Bay teams made finals: B2007 (Memorial Day Super Cup Champions), G2004 (Memorial Day Super Cup Champions), B2005 (Memorial Day Super Cup Finalist), G2006 (Poway Country Shootout Finalist), B2009 (Memorial Day Super Cup Finalist), G2002 (Albion Las Vegas Memorial Cup Finalist). South Bay Matrix is the competitive soccer arm of South Bay AYSO. “We only have eight teams overall, and to have six of them make tournament finals in one weekend is an impressive accomplishment,” said Anthony Millican, South Bay Matrix Coordinator.

South Bay teams have a noticeable style of play, blending skillful soccer with tactical awareness. An example is B2007, which is coached by father and son combination Jose Govea and Jose Antonio Govea, respectively. The younger Govea was a South Bay AYSO standout in his youth, and is passing on his soccer knowledge to a new generation of South Bay players. The B2007 won their tournament final 3-2 vs. GPS SD, with a “golden goal” in the waning minutes of sudden death overtime.

South Bay’s G2004 and B2009 teams are coached by Hector Romo, whose girls cruised to a 4-1 victory over Santee Matrix and whose boys lost a nail-biter in overtime on a golden goal.

South Bay’s G2002 team is building momentum for its second appearance in the Far West Regional Championships in three years. The reigning CalSouth State Cup Presidents Division Champions start play the Regionals in Salt Lake City starting on June 12. As part of its preparations, the team entered the Albion Las Vegas Memorial Cup tournament for the long weekend. The South Bay girls reached finals, which were to be played at 12:30 p.m. Monday, and the results were not known at press time.

“The G2002 team is so dominant, we needed to place them in the Coast Soccer League the last two seasons, which is the gaming circuit north of San Diego County,” Millican said. “Their games are in Orange County, and the Inland Empire because there was no competition left for them in San Diego County.”

Nearly all of South Bay’s G2002 squad consists of “home grown” players developed in South Bay AYSO Region 712, from South San Diego and Imperial Beach. Coach Polo Aviles himself is a Mar Vista High alumnus. Winning the State Cup was an incredible accomplish, a first for South Bay Matrix.

The South Bay girls are pioneering in another sense as well. They will play under the new “AYSO United” brand, in South Orange County. AYSO United is AYSO’s official club program, where players are selected through a tryout. Once selected, players are guaranteed 50 percent of playing time. Players will also enjoy a more advanced play, participate in intense competition and receive cutting-edge training while still enjoying the benefits of AYSO and its Six Philosophies.

The G2002 team is actively fundraising for assistance in travel costs associated with the Far West Regionals. To help the team with a donation, please contact Luisa Dasis at ldasis@cox.net

 

Soccer Tryouts

This year our tryouts will be held at San Ysidro High School Soccer turf field. It’s a beautiful venue with plenty of space, parking, restrooms and seating for all who would like to attend and participate.

March 10th @ San Ysidro High School

Boys and Girls 10am – 12pm

Born in 2002 and 2003

March 17th @ San Ysidro High School

All Age Groups Boys and Girls 10am – 12pm

Born in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002

Click here to register

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South Bay Teams Dominate Memorial Weekend Tournament

Four South Bay Matrix FC soccer teams reached the finals of the Memorial Weekend Super Cup Tournament, and all four won championships.

South Bay’s Boys 2002, Girls 2002, Boys 2004 and Girls 2004 teams each won their respective brackets in impressive fashion. “To go four for four is amazing, and really shows the quality of our program,” said Anthony Millican, South Bay’s Executive Director.

A fifth South Bay team, Boys 2005, reached the semi-finals and lost in kicks from the mark (PKs). The sixth South Bay team entered in the tournament, Boys 2007, made a quality showing in its first competitive club soccer tournament.

“We’re really proud of all the teams,” Millican said.IMG_8494 (1)

The Girls 2002 team played up in age in the G2001 division. The South Bay girls won the final 3-0 vs. Tactical FC of Las Vegas. The Boys 2002 team won its final 2-1 vs. a CVFC team. The Boys 2004 team won its final 4-1 vs. Hotspurs Academy. And the Girls 2004 team won its final with a similar 4-1 score vs. Matrix Santee.

“We have something special growing here in South Bay,” Coach Santiago Villanueva said. “Our grassroots efforts will only continue to grow and attract more people as we develop players the proper way. I am glad to be part of this special movement.”

The tournament marked the transition to South Bay Matrix Football Club’s new branding and new color scheme logo. The previous burgundy color scheme will continue to form part of our AYSO Region 712 programs. South Bay Matrix is the competitive soccer arm of South Bay AYSO, which is based in the Imperial Beach, South San Diego and San Ysidro communities. The new Blue and Teal colors are similar to partner club, Pacific Soccer Club, which is the AYSO competitive soccer program in Orange and LA counties. The words “South Bay” are across the chest, front and center of the new uniforms.

“In selecting a new color scheme and rebranding, we wanted the primary focus to be on South Bay,” said Director of Coaching Polo Aviles. “We really wanted to embrace our community orientation and make it a focal point. That has always been our strength. We wanted to give our competitive club members and fans something that readily identifies the club as South Bay’s.”

Established in 2003, South Bay Matrix FC has consistently crowned Presidio League Champions, starting in its first season of competitive soccer participation. Since the early beginning, South Bay has been a club to be reckoned with and has consistently won competitive/club soccer championships year in and year out whether in the Presidio League to San Diego Developmental Academy (SDDA), and now even in Coast Soccer League. Its teams have reached the CalSouth State Cup President Division Finals. South Bay teams annually compete and succeed in several high level showcase tournaments. South Bay’s G2002 is also currently participating in the National Premier League (NPL), which is an invitation only prestige travel league.

For more information about our program and how to become a member of South Bay, contact: Polo Aviles, Director of Coaching, at sbmfcpoloaviles@gmail.com or 858-336-8529.

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PAVING THE WAY FOR SUCCESS: INTRODUCING THE NEWLY BRANDED SOUTHBAY MATRIX FC

Imperial Beach, Calif. (March 20, 2017) – The South Bay Matrix Bay Football Club reveals new club branding and new color scheme logo.

The previous burgundy color scheme will continue to form part of our AYSO Region 712 programs history through the South Bay establishment which covers Imperial Beach, South San Diego and San Ysidro.

In selecting a new rebranding, we wanted the primary focus to be on South Bay. We really wanted to embrace our community orientation and make it a focal point. We wanted to give our competitive club members and fans something that readily identifies the club as South Bay’s team.

ABOUT SOUTH BAY MATRIX FC:
The South Bay Matrix FC (SBMFC) is South Bay’s competitive soccer program that serves Imperial Beach, South San Diego and San Ysidro. South Bay formed a year after the founding members of the new AYSO Matrix FC in its inaugural 2002 season.

Established in 2003, the South Bay Matrix FC crowned themselves Presidio League Champions in their first season of competitive soccer participation. Since the early beginning South Bay has been a club to be reckoned with and has consistently won competitive/club soccer championships year in and year out from Presidio League to San Diego Developmental Academy (SDDA), to CalSouth State Cup President Finalist, Coast Soccer League (CSL) as well as several high level showcase tournaments. South Bay is also currently participating in the National Premier League (NPL), which is an invitation only prestige travel league.

The club’s new Director of Coaching, Polo Aviles, is the original founder of South Bay Matrix, and actively oversees all operations of the SBMFC. Coach Polo is dedicated to transforming the club into a first-class youth soccer organization that focuses on the player development.

For more information about our program and how to become a member of South Bay,
Contact: Polo Aviles, Director of Coaching, sbmfcpoloaviles@gmail.com, 858.336.8529

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COMPETITIVE CLUB SOCCER * PROFESSIONAL TRAINING * PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

POSITIVE COACHING * GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP * EVERYONE PLAYS®

TEAMS ARE FORMING NOW!

CURRENT SB MATRIX FC TEAMS
Click here for a list of our current teams: SB MATRX TEAMS

CURRENT PACIFIC SOCCER CLUB TEAMS
Click here for a list of our current teams: PSC TEAMS

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SOUTHBAY JOIN NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE!

This spring, our very own PSC SouthBay G2002 team will be participating in the US Club Soccer, Southern California National Premier League (SCNPL)!

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Beginning March 4, the G2002 coached by Polo Aviles and Luis Rivera will play against highly ranked top 20 teams from the likes of Las Vegas Premier Soccer Academy, SO Cal Blues, & BYSC Corona in Southern California. Teams need to be invited to participate in this elite league! It’s our great honor to be accepted into the SCNPL this spring 2017 season. The National Premier League was created to:

“elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape by:

  • extending developmental principles espoused by U.S. Soccer into more age groups and clubs
  • linking competition with player development and identification platforms
  • providing meaningful weekly competition culminating in the NPL Finals”

Our athletes get exposure

We are so proud to give our athletes the chance to play at this level. It’s a demonstration of their effort, dedication and love of soccer!

Participating in the SCNPL also means our players have the chance to compete against some of the best players and teams in our region, and potentially in the nation, with opportunities for exposure to coaches at the next level of play as well.
The National Premier Leagues (NPL) offer a platform for long-term player development by providing consistent and meaningful games between the region’s top players and also provides opportunities for players to be scouted by U.S. Soccer national staff. NPL Website

PSC SouthBay and SouthBay Matrix FC continues to grow!

We are honored as a club to participate with US Club Soccer’s National Premier League this spring! It’s important to us to continue to expand the opportunities we provide for not only our competitive athletes, but also for our recreational and Matrix programs. SouthBay soccer strives to be a resource for players of all levels to grow and be successful. A one stop shop for all your soccer program needs.

Competing with this organization is one more demonstration of how we are supporting and nurturing our players to enable them to compete at the highest levels possible.

We are excited to benefit our athletes this way!

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ICYMI: G2002 Pacific SC South Bay is National Premier League (NPL) bound & looking for a few talented players to join them in the Spring

Congratulations to PSC South Bay G2002 in the U15 age group for making National Premier League (NPL) for the 2017 season. Our team is breaking into the NPL soccer scene.

The Southern California NPL serves as the National Premier Leagues (NPL) Division of the SouthCal Premier League. The SouthCal NPL Division is one of 19 leagues across the United States that are part of the NPL, which has been created to provide a national developmental platform with the highest level of competition in given geographic areas, and to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape based upon fundamental principles in US Club Soccer’s 10-year vision. The champions of each NPL (including the SouthCal NPL) are awarded a spot in the US Club NPL National Finals.

This team is a five time league champion that has moved up the ranks. They won back to back Presidio League Championship as well as back to back San Diego Development Academy (SDDA) Championships. Fresh off their Coast Soccer League (CSL) Championship in the Silver Elite South bracket, our highly talented G2002 team has been accepted to participate in the prestige Southern California National Premier League and is seeking a few more talented players for its 2017 Spring Season. If you would like more information, or to schedule a tryout at a scheduled training session, please contact Coach Polo Aviles at (858) 336-8529 or email Coach Polo at sbmfcpoloaviles@gmail.com. This team has an impressive track record of success, including reaching the finals of the State Cup President’s Division in 2015 as a U13G team. The team finished first in 2016 CSL Silver Elite South U15G, Flight 1 U14G of the SDDA in Fall 2015, after winning first in Flight 2 SDDA in Fall 2014. Coach Polo is an experienced teacher of the game, someone who believes in player development and implements strategies necessary to meaningfully carry it out.

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There’s Still Time to Join Matrix South Bay!

Come be part of the best, most cost-effective family oriented youth soccer program in the region! South Bay Matrix is forming teams now for the 2017-18 competitive season.

g20021South Bay Matrix has a proven track record in developing ‘High School Ready’ soccer players who typically are standouts on their varsity teams. Our alumni include two former South Bay League High School ‘Players of the Year,’ community college and university players. Current rosters of local high school teams are filled with South Bay Matrix players. Our club is a member of the San Diego Development Academy, where our teams compete under Matrix Elite  and Coast Soccer League, where our teams compete under the Pacific SC South Bay banner.

Our first place teams in 2016 include B2006, B2005, B2004 and G2002. Our highlights include:

  • B2004 Back to Back Presidio League Champions 2016 & 2015
  • G2002 5 Time League Champions , Coast Soccer League, SDDA & Presidio
  • Southern California National Premier League acceptance
  • G2004 & G2003 CalSouth State Cup Round of 16
  • G2002 CalSouth Presidents State Cup Finalist
    • Regional Championship appearance in Seattle
  • NSCAA ‘Premier’ Licensed Director of Coaching–among the highest-licensed directors of any youth soccer program
  • Among the highest winning percentages

For more information contact Director of Coaching Polo Aviles @ 858-336-8529, email sbmfcpoloaviles@gmail.com  or Luisa Dasis @ 619-322-1228 or ldasis@cox.net .