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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-336-8529.
The prospect of a free t-shirt, soccer ball and a hamburger only added to the experience of soccer enthusiasts, as the city of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department hosted a Soccer Expo on Saturday, May 11 with the help of South Bay AYSO/South Bay Matrix. It was quite a day of activities as the soccer skills clinic attracted well over 100 participants. The recreation center also hosted a community yard sale, and South Bay Matrix teams held an inaugural Jog-a-thon at the park. That made for a jam-packed, fun-filled morning. South Bay AYSO’s U5 Jamboree division showed up in force.
Special thanks go out to Luisa Dasis for coordinating the Matrix Jog-a-thon and our concession booths. Volunteer coaches from Matrix for the skills clinic included Diego Terry, Hector Romo, Rogelio Lopez, Santiago Villanueva, Polo Aviles, and several Matrix high school-age players who dedicated their community service hours to helping the younger players.
Thank you to all our participants and volunteers.
(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.