Hours and hours of practice and hard work culminated November 17 with the conclusion of the Presidio League season for all olders and youngers teams. There were quite a few highlights for our league. But it all starts with our volunteer coaches and team managers. I want to thank each for their time and dedication to our youth this season. Of the 8 teams we had entered in the Presidio League, 2 went undefeated in AA-C, and another finished second in AAA–good enough to earn a Premiere seed. As a club, we finished with 19 more wins than losses. We have had several years in a row with more wins than losses. That speaks to the quality of AYSO teams in the competitive club environment of Presidio. We have accomplished all this at a fraction of the cost of other clubs.
I am especially proud of the fact that we went through the whole season with only 1 red card. Special congratulations go to Coach Hector Ordonez, whose U14G team went 8-3-3 in their first season in AAA, good enough for second place in their bracket and a Premiere seed. The Ordonez team showed you can build Premiere caliber teams with players right here in our own league. His team was ‘homegrown.’
South Bay AYSO Matrix teams are truly about player development. We don’t have to recruit or ‘steal’ players from the North County. We simply need to retain and develop the talent right here in our own backyard. This is a contrast to clubs that talk about player development, but what they really mean is they do not have talent in their own neighborhoods and so must recruit from South Bay.
Our ‘Outstanding Matrix Volunteer’ is Coach Santiago Villanueva. Every week of the season, Santiago and his family striped the fields for our program at Nestor Park and Southwest High. They would have done Mar Vista Middle, too, if it were not for flag football on Fridays. As the high school soccer season approaches, our older divisions are seeing player after player make Varsity Womens’ soccer teams, which is a credit to their development under Coaches Romo, Villanueva and Ordonez.
Finally, let me express my gratitude to Coach Diego Terry and Coach Marco Meza, who worked with training our teams and coaches and have made a huge impact on our program. We look forward to adding 2-3 more teams to our Matrix program next season. Our focus is on quality growth. For now, have a great Thanksgiving and good luck to our teams that are competing in the Presidio Cup this December!
South Bay Matrix FC
South Bay AYSO
(SAN DIEGO – September 6, 2012) — Kicking off the 2012 soccer season, the Michelin Soccer Program is coming to local communities in support of youth soccer. Beginning September 8, 2012, families of AYSO Region 712 will receive certificates to be redeemed for a free, high-quality, four-ply soccer ball (official size and weight) while supplies last at San Diego Tire Pros. The certificate entitles each family to one free soccer ball from the participating tire dealer and includes an exclusive rebate for a future tire purchase.
After the 30-day program period, AYSO Region 712 (South Bay AYSO) will receive $2 on behalf of Michelin and San Diego Tire Pros for every MICHELIN® tire sold to the general public. Donations can be used to purchase items such as new soccer equipment, uniforms, and entry fees for local soccer tournaments.
“Making a difference in our community and supporting our youth is so important to us,” said Jeffrey Yasukochi of San Diego Tire Pros. “We look forward to connecting with players and families from AYSO Region 712 when they come in for their free soccer ball.”
“The nationwide Michelin Soccer Program provides a unique way for our dealers to connect with their community, while igniting the spirits of players and families committed to youth soccer, said Don Byrd, vice president of Marketing for Michelin Americas Small Tires. “It is especially rewarding to know that through the program, we are able to provide more families the opportunity to participate in the sport, while enhancing our community involvement.”
Soccer is easily the fastest growing youth sport. This fall, over 1,300 dealers and soccer leagues are partnered up with plans to donate nearly 200,000 soccer balls to youth soccer players in their local communities.
To learn more about the Michelin Soccer Program, visit http://www.michelinsoccer.com/?league_overview. To find out more about San Diego Tire Pros, contact Jeffrey Yasukochi, 619-428-8473, at 750 Dennery Rd in San Diego or visit http://www.sdtirepros.com/index.htm.
South Bay AYSO kicked off the 2012 season with fun for the whole family. Coordinator Luisa Dasis helped bring in a number of booths/vendors–from SportZone to The Super Dentists to Italian Ice Cream. Scrimmages were held throughout the day, and two Matrix competitive matches took place on the big field. Commissioner Marco Beltran was assisted by youth players in leading the Pledge of Allegiance. This year, we had to overcome a number of obstacles to make sure Opening Day was possible, including preparation of the fields and access to the new parking lot. We are very grateful to our volunteer coaches, team managers and Board members who helped make the day a success.
“Thanks to all for a great Opening Day!” Mrs. Dasis said. “The players had fun, there was great food and the kids got some free stuff from Dr. Keri’s Dental Office. Thanks to each and every one of you for your dedication, hard work, time. I greatly appreciate all of the volunteers that were sent help to help out! I look forward to forward to another exciting Opening Day next year!”
Indeed, AYSO thanks Mrs. Dasis in particular, and all of our volunteers for making a difference for our youth.