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Brett Croft scores four goals as Storm win 8-0 in UPSL home opener

| Sports | May 19, 2015

Brett Croft scored four goals as Santa Clarita Storm beat Banning FC, winning their United Premier Season Home opener at Golden Valley High School, Sunday in a contest that was a blow out early.

SANTA CLARITA, California – Four goals from Brett Croft helped earn Santa Clarita Storm an 8-0 win in their home opener at Golden Valley high School over Banning FC on Sunday for their second game of their United Premier League Season (UPSL).

Croft opened his scoring right away when the ball was started by Jose Esquivel to the lighting fast Zach Klindworth down the left side who passed to an awaiting Croft who scored. The fast score was needed after being plagued by extremely slow starts Storm (4 points, 1-0-1) finally jumped out to an early lead scoring in the 3rd minute of the match as they were on their way to a dominating performance over a team not on the same level as themselves.

Brett Croft had his own personal Storm game scoring record Croft netting four goals for the game with his previous single match high of two goals.

Brett Croft had his own personal Storm game scoring record Croft netting four goals for the game with his previous single match high of two goals.

The hosts never let the contest get close as their defense worked well giving a dominating performance only allowing three shots on goal from a 4-4-2 formation that had Scott Landon on the back line with Juan Camacho. This set up enabled the Storm to score in the 37th minute as Klindworth fired a shot off his left foot past the keeper.

Storm attacked aggressively denying Banning FC (0 points, 0-1-0) possession of the ball controlling the game imposing their will showing they are a level or two above this opponent. In the 41st minute Croft easily beat the keeper after getting a pass from Nelson Peraza then added one more to end the first half of the match leading 4-0.

“We needed this boost to get everyone excited and ready to take on the rest of the season. This game was crucial for our team (Storm) to get some momentum going into the season and everyone contributed in different ways that helped us get the victory,” said Croft, Storm striker.

“We needed this boost to get everyone excited and ready to take on the rest of the season. This game was crucial for our team (Storm) to get some momentum going into the season and everyone contributed in different ways that helped us get the victory,” said Croft, Storm striker.

For the hat trick Croft scored on a penalty kick that was given after a Bannning FC player brought down a Storm player in the box. To finish off his own personal Storm game scoring record Croft netted one more goal in the 55th minute giving himself four goals for the game with his previous single match high of two goals he had recorded multiple times.

With the match in had the Storm changed their tactic going to a 3-5-2 formation moving Scott Landon from the back line to the midfield as he adds an attacking presence scoring the final goal of the night charging up volleying a rebound past the keeper to end the Storm’s scoring in the 63rd minute of the match.

Brett Croft and lighting fast Zach Klindworth both scored in the 8-0 victory for Storm.

Brett Croft and lighting fast Zach Klindworth both scored in the 8-0 victory for Storm.

This was the biggest margin of victory for Storm as they have only played a handful of times this there inaugural UPSL season. The UPSL has seen this type of disparity in the past when La Maquina previously beat Banning FC 10-1 and La Maquina winning 9-0 over OC Crew last season in League matches.

“We needed this boost to get everyone excited and ready to take on the rest of the season. This game was crucial for our team (Storm) to get some momentum going into the season and everyone contributed in different ways that helped us get the victory,” said Croft, Storm striker. “The opponent was a young group and will benefit from the experience in the future but were not up to the level at the moment.”

Team poster were the FREE giveaway for the game and Storm player's enjoyed signing them for their fans.

Team poster were the FREE giveaway for the game and Storm player’s enjoyed signing them for their fans.

Storm will now see if they can continue their hot start to a match travelling to Thousand Oaks for their next match against FC Hasental next Sunday May 23. FC Hasental (0 points, 0-0-0) will be playing their first game of the UPSL season.

 

Preview: Santa Clarita Storm vs. Banning FC

| Sports | May 15, 2015

Santa Clarita Storm will have their United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) home opener hosting Banning FC on Sunday, kickoff set for 5:15 p.m. PST at Golden Valley High School.

SANTA CLARITA, California – Santa Clarita Storm will have their United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) home opener hosting Banning FC on Sunday MAY 17, kickoff set for 5:15 p.m. PST at Golden Valley High School. Storm will look to start the match warmed up after following a few forgettable openings to the clubs last few games.

SANTA CLARITA STORM

It was a largely frustrating start to the UPSL campaign for Storm who could only manage a draw against a recently formed Valley United side that tired out giving the Storm ample shots on goal. Looking for improved performance and trying to find a solution to their sluggish start to matches Storm have revamped their pre-match routine to get the men sweating before kick-off.

However for all the poor form they have shown to start, Storm has plenty of quality in their dressing room and if they can repeat their performance to end matches, they should have enough to earn a win and three points to add to the table tally.

It is their midfield which has been the deciding factor for Storm of late, when they are able to control the middle of the field cutting off passing lanes has seen them have most of their success. However depending on the formation used and how the Storm are deployed may reveal their tactical plan. Scott Landon one of Storm’s strongest players will man the backline or midfield changing the complexion of Storm game plan greatly.

Landon playing different positions for Storm can team up with Andrew Tusaazemajja in the midfield or Zach Klindworth on the backline in defense, either or will automatically make that a strength for Storm’s coming match but leaving the other area a little more vulnerable.

Andrew Tusaazemajja is the anchor in the midfield and automatically make that a strength for Storm.

Andrew Tusaazemajja is the anchor in the midfield and automatically make that a strength for Storm.

Storm has shown a hybrid formation in the past of 4-2-3-1 from their traditional 4-4-2, even though they have logged their strongest minutes in a 4-4-2 formation having Klindworth teamed up with striker Brett Croft.

After a humbling defeat in their second round fixture, which dumped the Storm out of the UPSL Admiral Cup this year, some questioned the direction in which newly acquired manager Oscar Moreno was taking the club.

One ongoing cause of concern could be Storm’s lack of victories against weaker sides unable to beat teams using bench players instead of their usual starters. Storm looking to earn their first league title have been plagued by continued slow starts that have derailed those ambitions somewhat until they can correct the issue.

After a humbling defeat in their second round fixture, which dumped the Storm out of the UPSL Admiral Cup this year, some questioned the direction in which newly acquired manager Oscar Moreno was taking the club.

After a humbling defeat in their second round fixture, which dumped the Storm out of the UPSL Admiral Cup this year, some questioned the direction in which newly acquired manager Oscar Moreno was taking the club.

BANNING FC

After a awful end to their 2014 UPSL campaign, Banning FC are aiming to open this season as winners after back to back loses saw the side give up 16 goals in total to finish last season.

Unable to gauge their form of late since this will be Banning FC’s season opener for the 2015 UPSL season many questions will linger after they lost FEB 22 to the OC Stars FC 1-6 on top of being humiliated JAN 25 at the feet of La Maquina 1-10.

There were positives from last season for Banning FC who was able to edge out OC Crew 5-3 winning on JAN 18 to kick off the calendar year and participate in UPSL league play.

SANTA CLARITA STORM possible starting lineup:

F: Brett Croft               F: Zach Klindworth

M: Anthony Armbruster M: Scott Landon M: Andrew Tusaazemajja M: Alex Barahona

D: Victor Young D: Nicholas Rowin D: Alexandre Bovis D: Juan Camacho

GK: Kyle Cunningham

SANTA CLARITA STORM last match: Draw, 0-0 @ Valley United

BANNING FC last match: Lost, 1-6 @ OC Stars FC

UPSL League Record –   SANTA CLARITA STORM (1 point, 0-0-1)

BANNING FC (0 points, 0-0-0)   

SANTA CLARITA STORM vs. BANNING FC, May 17, 2015 (Sunday) kickoff 5:15 p.m. PST hosted by Golden Valley High School. First 100 fans will receive STORM TEAM POSTER free of their starting line-up.

May 17, 2015 (Sunday) kickoff 5:15 p.m. PST hosted by Golden Valley High School. First 100 fans will receive STORM TEAM POSTER free of their starting line-up.

May 17, 2015 (Sunday) kickoff 5:15 p.m. PST hosted by Golden Valley High School. First 100 fans will receive STORM TEAM POSTER free of their starting line-up.

Storm season opener comes up even in goalless draw.

| Sports | May 9, 2015

Santa Clarita Storm (1 pt, 0-1-0) were held to a goalless draw against Valley United (1 pt, 0-1-0) in their United Premier Soccer League season opener for the regular season on Saturday.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Santa Clarita Storm were held to a goalless draw against Valley United in El Clasico and their (UPSL) United Premier Soccer League season opener for the regular season today.

Coach Oscar Moreno and his men continued their lackadaisical approach to the start of games giving up six corner kicks in the first 15 minutes of play before waking up and seizing control of the match. Valley United keeper (0-0-1, 1 point) and x-Storm Keeper Casey Phillips kept his composure to make a few brilliant saves that keep the Storm from what seem like odds-on chances to score.

The Storm (0-0-1, 1 point) had a goal called back for offside when it appeared good adding to the list of many questionable calls by the referees against the Storm. Brett Croft Storm striker was close to earning the victory for the Storm after having a few good chances at scoring but was unable to convert. In the 40th minute Croft was called for a yellow card after a play at the end line was called against him and he yelled “Are you kidding me, how did you make that call?” at the sidelined judge who responded by halting the action to have the referee enforce what he deemed dissent.

Brett Croft, Storm striker seem to feed emotion into the team getting fired up leading to the Storm having many chances but just barely missing.

Brett Croft, Storm striker seem to feed emotion into the team getting fired up leading to the Storm having many chances but just barely missing.

The refs quickly followed Croft’s card up with another foul called against the Storm in the 42nd minute as a yellow card was issued to Anthony Armbuster after a collision in the middle of the field. The cards did not come back to haunt the Storm however seemed to wake them up as it appeared only Croft had come to play up until that point.

Croft seem to feed emotion into the Storm getting fired up leading to the Storm having many chances but just barley missing getting the one goal it could have took to open the season with three points instead of one for the draw.

As the second half began to wind down Valley United had one chance of only two that just went over the top of the net that would have scored if only a half ball lower. Surprisingly Storm keeper Kyle Cunningham had the complete opposite game as Phillips not having his best performance to open the season, with miscommunication with his defenders almost leading to an own goal and a few sloppy kicks that landed out of bounds.

Storm keeper Kyle Cunningham with miscommunication with his defenders almost leading to an own goal and a few sloppy kicks that landed out of bounds.

Storm keeper Kyle Cunningham with miscommunication with his defenders almost leading to an own goal and a few sloppy kicks that landed out of bounds.

The Storm defenders were able to keep Valley United’s striker Tristan Korras probably the fastest player on the field in check as Scott Landon and Juan Camacho played him close making sure one or both had him covered. As the clock winded down the Storm made a tactical change letting them release adding more attack opportunities that did not materialize.

The teams will face off again AUG 9 at Golden Valley High School with kickoff set for 5:15 p.m. PST.

Storm kicked off their United Premier Soccer League season opener for the regular season today.

Storm kicked off their United Premier Soccer League season opener for the regular season today.

Ready for a El Clasico in your backyard? Storm in action!

| Sports | May 5, 2015

Storm v. Valley United, May 9, 2015

By Malik Basurto

SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA – Santa Clarita Storm opens their inaugural season in the United Premier Soccer League with a very important match for Oscar Moreno and his men, this Saturday May 9, as the Storm visit Valley United in the first UPSL regular season game for both sides. With ties that bind this will be the first El Clasico of the season with both teams separated only by a short trip on the 5 freeway as Valley United represent the Northwest San Fernando Valley and many of the Storms players growing up in the Valley United youth system.

Even Storm head coach Moreno last coached for Valley United before signing on to lead the Storm and taking many of his Valley United players with him that now make up the Storm starting eleven. Valley United keeper Casey Phillips spent sometime as the starting Storm keeper before heading back to the team of his youth down the road. Scott Landon as well as Andrew Tusaazemajja had played in the Valley United youth system before signing with the Storm. Landon had played for Valley United since the age of 16, only signing with the Storm after being referred by Valley United to sign after the Storm had joined the UPSL last season and Valley United was not yet thinking making the leap.

Santa Clarita Storm

At stake more than just UPSL points to move up the table but more importantly to players bragging rights.

Both teams temperament will be tested by the brotherly atmosphere at Heritage Christian High School with many of the teams’ players having been teammates as youth now on opposite sidelines looking to achieve the same goal of winning the UPSL championship. Valley United head coach Laura Garcia is hoping both teams will shine with a tie not being the worst result to open the season. Coach Garcia after having worked with most of the Storm’s players and coaching staff only wants to see both sides walk off the field uninjured and everyone conduct themselves as professionals playing hard and no red-cards.

The Storm deploy a 4-4-2 formation with Zach Klindworth and Alex Barahona leading the way as the team’s strikers however the catalyst of the team will continue to fall on the tandem midfield play of Tusaazemajja and Landon. The Storm have found past success when able to cut off the passing lanes and stopping the opposing offensive before they can get into their plays.

The mechanism to success for the Storm will continue to fall on the midfield play of Andrew Tusaazemajja.

The mechanism to success for the Storm will continue to fall on the midfield play of Andrew Tusaazemajja.

Valley United’s head coach Garcia will stick with a 4-5-1 formation as the formula calls for striker Tristan Korras to continue the scoring prowess he displayed in earning seven goals as they continue their UPSL Admiral Cup dreams into the third round. With the midfield being the Storms true strength Valley United will rely on Saragon Barkawi and Nick Saldivia in the midfield to counter attack scoring on Korras rebounds or finding open shots.

Valley United had many players before they signed on to lead the Storm.

Valley United had many players before they signed on to lead the Storm.

At stake more than just UPSL points to move up the table but more importantly to players bragging rights as both teams’ continue to remain friendly helping each other out any chance they get. El Classico will be played out at Heritage Christian High School (South Campus) 9825 Woodley Ave in Northridge and admission is free to all.

Santa Clarita Storm

Santa Clarita Storm

STORM WATCH – Santa Clarita Storm soccer update

| Sports | April 30, 2015

Santa Clarita Storm Soccer

BY Malik Basurto

SANTA CLARITA, CALIF – As announced previously this month, the Storm will have an open tryout for the 2015 United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) season on Sunday, May 3rd, start time 3:00pm at Central Park, Santa Clarita. This rare day is for players looking for the opportunity to showcase their potential and follow in the footsteps of past Storm players who have moved up the professional ranks.

The Storm has helped players achieve their goals of reaching the pinnacle of American soccer, taking the field for the United States National Team. We also have had players move up to the league below Major League Soccer to showcase their talents.

Alex Harlley playing for the Atlanta Silverbacks

Alex Harlley playing for the Atlanta Silverbacks

A few examples are Alex Harlley who played three seasons with the Storm until March 5, 2014 when he was signed to the Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League (NASL) the second tier of the American Soccer pyramid.

Miguel Ibarra first cap for Senior National Team.

Boca Raton, FL – October 14, 2014: The USMNT tied Honduras 1-1 during an international friendly at FAU Stadium.

Also Miguel Ibarra a member of the United Stated National team played for the Storms before the team moved to Santa Clarita. Ibarra now is also playing in the NASL for club team Minnesota United FC.

The Storm will have an open tryout for the 2015 United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) season on Sunday, May 3rd, start time 3:00pm at Central Park, Santa Clarita.

The Storm will have an open tryout for the 2015 United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) season on Sunday, May 3rd, start time 3:00pm at Central Park, Santa Clarita.

The Storm coaching staff will conduct tryouts evaluating players for possible roster spot with the team, or to recommend them for other professional teams.Registration is $25.00 with application and $35.00 without. For an application email info@santaclaritastorm.com or visit our the Storm Facebook page or www.SantaClaritaStorm.com

Santa Clarita Storm

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