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Valley United remain unbeaten in UPSL, still in 1st Place after 2-0 win!

| Sports | May 31, 2015

Now unbeaten to start the season Valley United Soccer Club (3-0-1; 10 points) won 2-0 Saturday.

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Valley United Soccer Club continued their winning ways in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) with an insistent 2-0 victory over their San Fernando Valley rival So Cal Real on Saturday at Heritage Christian High School.

Next up for Valley United Soccer Club will be hosting Banning USA (0-1-0; 0 points) on Saturday, JUN 6 kicking off at 5:00 p.m. PST at Heritage Christen High School – South Campus. Admission FREE to all.

Next up for Valley United Soccer Club will be hosting Banning USA (0-1-0; 0 points) on Saturday, JUN 6 kicking off at 5:00 p.m. PST at Heritage Christen High School – South Campus. Admission FREE to all.

Now unbeaten to start the season United (3-0-1; 10 points) got another outstanding performance from their goalkeeper Casey Phillips who saved the game as soon as it started in the 5th minute making a huge stop after So Cal Real (0-1-0; 0 points) took advantage of a defensive error that left him exposed.

Valley United Soccer Club goalkeeper Casey Phillips was in outstanding form as usual making a few great saves.

Valley United Soccer Club goalkeeper Casey Phillips was in outstanding form as usual making a few great saves.

With the clubs having a strong rivalry that developed over the years as the youth programs yearly compete against each other for players and championships, United let go of their jitters and began to play the style of the beautiful game they specialize in an attacking mentality that Coach Laura Garcia has schemed being a whiz of tactic.

Despite United controlling play for most of the first half, their new striker Carlos Contreras could not convert any shots into goals. Possibly feeling some of the pressure of filling the boots of the teams leading scorer striker Tristan Korras who left the squad for a job in Maryland with Lockhead, Contreras found his footing.

Looking to avoid their first defeat of the season, United started off the second half attacking taking the game to another level with this being So Cal Real’s first UPSL regular season match getting their feet wet for this higher level of play.

Valley United Soccer Club still a top the Northwest Conferance in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) with a 2-0 victory.

Valley United Soccer Club still a top the Northwest Conferance in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) with a 2-0 victory.

Contreras confirmed their will be no let up in Korras absence from United finding the back of the net receiving a thru ball from Kamyar Emami just after the 62nd minute going one on one with the So Cal Real goalie. Only ten minutes later Contreras set the final score as the ball found his boot on a cross from Tyler Horcher that was a spectacular shot and his second goal.

Seeming as though mother nature wanted to mirror United’s fiery play, temperatures on the field reached 98 degrees causing Coach Garcia to change her game plan mid match deploying a defensive stance to finish the game seeing out their third win in a as many weeks to start the season.

Seeming as though mother nature wanted to mirror United’s fiery play temperatures on the field reached 98 degrees.

Seeming as though mother nature wanted to mirror United’s fiery play temperatures on the field reached 98 degrees.

Both sides will return to action next weekend, United hosting Banning USA (0-1-0; 0 points) on Saturday, JUN 6 kicking off at 5:00 p.m. PST at Heritage Christen High School – South Campus while Real So Cal will stay on the road to face Las Vegas High Rollers (1-2-0; 3 points).

If you’re looking for a great way for your child to learn soccer and be apart of a winning tradition check out Valley United Soccer Club’s youth programs. For more information check out their Facebook page Valley United Soccer Club that you can find out more about the FREE admission to all home matches and their youth programs. Visit their website www.valleyunitedsoccer.com

If you’re looking for a great way for your child to learn soccer and be apart of a winning tradition check out Valley United Soccer Club’s youth programs. For more information check out their Facebook page Valley United Soccer Club.

If you’re looking for a great way for your child to learn soccer and be apart of a winning tradition check out Valley United Soccer Club’s youth programs. For more information check out their Facebook page Valley United Soccer Club.

FC Santa Clarita 0, Valley United 2 | UPSL Match Recap

| Sports | May 25, 2015

FC Santa Clarita (0-3-0; 0 points) have a three match losing streak after a 0-2 lose against Valley United (2-0-1; 7 points) in Northridge.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Watching the team you coach give up ten goals in three matches to start the season while only scoring once in that span can be frustrating, even more so when the front office executives are pressuring you for results to see the team win now.

The match started off awful for Rubio and his talented men as Valley United’s Laura Garcia out coached Rubio from the start orchestrating the first goal of the game in the 9th minute.

The match started off awful for Rubio and his talented FC Santa Clarita men as Valley United’s Laura Garcia out coached Rubio from the start orchestrating the first goal of the game in the 9th minute.

FC Santa Clarita (0-3-0; 0 points) head coach Martin Rubio found his breaking point quick to start the season as they traveled to Northridge coming up short 0-2 losing against Valley United (2-0-1; 7 points) that saw his side complete a three game losing streak.

After their first three games into their inaugural United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) season Rubio had enough and began acting unprofessional during the first half of the match then started a fight with executives on the sideline while play was in progress.

Casey Phillips had another stellar game in the post as the Valley United keeper made a couple great saves while keeping a clean sheet for the match. This was Phillips second clean sheet of the season holding Santa Clarita Storm two weeks ago scoreless to open the season.

The match started off awful for Rubio and his talented men as Valley United’s Laura Garcia out coached Rubio from the start orchestrating the first goal of the game in the 9th minute when Simon Deeley received a pass through the shambolic FC Santa Clarita defense from Saragon Barkawi, then Deeley turned the ball into a rocket off his boot that zoomed past the keeper before anything could be done.

Martin Rubio’s rift with FC Santa Clarita front office a sad state of affairs.

Martin Rubio’s rift with FC Santa Clarita front office a sad state of affairs.

With the visitors losing 1-0 in the early part of the match, Rubio needed to take his frustration out while being out coached by Garcia and in the 30th minute his embarrassment finally bubbled over. Rubio walked over to FC Santa Clarita owner Gerald Brunner as he was standing with the team general manager as they were watching the game not far from the team bench then began yelling something at them before the General Manager and Rubio were in a loud yelling fight. Brunner broke up the heated exchange and Rubio returned to the bench to finish trying to coach the debacle unfolding.

Rubio’s unprofessionalism rubbed off on his team who managed to gather three yellow cards in the second half being booked in the 65th minute after taking down a Valley United player in the box, then in the 77th minute another yellow card for a dangerous play.

Rubio’s unprofessionalism carried over to his team who managed to gather three yellow cards being booked in the second half.

Rubio’s professionalism carried over to his team who managed to get three yellow cards in the second half, two for exhibiting bad sportsmanship.

The bookings did not help FC Santa Clarita as they were on their heels and discombobulated only to stand by as they gave up the final goal of the night in the 88th minute quickly followed up two minutes later by another yellow card. This booking was for unsporting behavior that became the prelude to a dust up and skirmish between the two teams. After the dust settled the referees called the game and put an end to FC Santa Clarita’s third lose in as many weeks to start the season.

Their may have been warning signs before Rubio’s in match breakdown starting with when Rubio and his assistant coach Oscar Moreno began having issues dealing with the local media a few weeks ago. Moreno began to refuse to answer any questions saying if he gave any information regarding the team, a player might read it and become unhappy pretending to be sick and not show up for a game. Moreno’s reasons in his alarming statements to a reporter from a coach of a professional soccer organization was shocking and perhaps the first indication of trouble.

Parting with Martin Rubio first of needed changes for FC Santa Clarita.

Parting with Martin Rubio first of needed changes for FC Santa Clarita.

The media began to bypass the coach getting information directly from the team owner and players who were more than willing to be helpful and seemed happy with the job the local media had been doing. For all of Rubio’s failures and leading a team that is a perennial underachiever the media were surprisingly soft on their criticism.

What a shame that a brilliant front office executive and a team loaded with talent that’s under performing could be held back from being a contender due to a coach in over his head. You shake your head at what’s going on with FC Santa Clarita or purportedly going on and how they could not figure out how to get along for the good of the organization.

If a UPSL title is the most important thing to FC Santa Clarita owner Brunner, then how does a overwhelmed, unprofessional and media unfriendly coach fit in with making that goal a reality? There is no way anyone can say a terrible marriage between a coach and front office doesn’t affect the team, or at least any team that isn’t winning.

After the dust settled the referees called the game and put an end to FC Santa Clarita’s third lose in as many weeks to start the season.

After the dust settled the referees called the game and put an end to FC Santa Clarita’s third lose in as many weeks to start the season.

No one wants to be known as the coach who takes a team on their longest losing streak and a personality that wears downs players excitement.

No one wants to be known as the team who holds on to a coach to long as your top talent ages and the door to win a championship slams shut.

In the end it was unfixable, the General Manager looking to be the more mature man resigned his position effective immediately after Brunner took no actions of disciple against Rubio for his unprofessional behavior mid match.

FC Santa Clarita with many front office issues not seeming to be settled anytime soon hope the product on the field can improve when they try to stop the losing streak at three in a row next Sunday, May 31 against the Las Vegas High Rollers (1-1-0, 3 points).

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

Santa Clarita Storm

Santa Clarita Storm earn comeback win over DCU

| Sports | April 20, 2015

Santa Clarita Storm (4), Deportivo Coras U.S.A U23 (2)

Santa Clarita Storm (4), Deportivo Coras U.S.A U23 (2)

BY Malik Basurto

SANTA CLARITA, CA – The Santa Clarita Storm poured it on as they came from behind to defeat Deportivo Coras U.S.A U23 on their home grounds 4-2 for the second match of their United Premier Soccer League Admiral Cup fixture. It was a slow start for the Storm as it took them a half to get their level of intensity up after falling behind 1-2 early.

The scoring started for the Storm when they began to develop their counter attack taking advantage of a DCU side that brought bench players for the road trip. The inexperience showed in DCU as they gave up two penalty kicks that the Strom converted. The Storm showed their heart, pace, and composure rebounding to maintain possession giving chances to attack they converted.

Chasing the game from the onset saw the Storm surge when head coach Oscar Moreno changed his lineup to get the team fresh legs finding the spark his men desperately needed. The Storm will use the game as a building experience, looking at this result that saw the team give a strong performance

The Storm win feels good however they will regret their slow set up as they were eliminated from the Admiral Cup chase after losing the first leg of the fixture to DCU 1-4. The Storm will regroup in preparations for their pending UPSL regular season set to kick off next month.

Santa Clarita Storm

Santa Clarita Storm

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