Central California Aztecs Academy players on trial at Seattle Sounders FC. John Pulskamp. Omar Martinez . Marlon Vargas and Francisco Villanueva.
NEWS & EVENTS
Seattle Sounders Affiliation
Posted July 2016
Seattle Sounders FC today announced its latest youth agreement with Central California Aztecs (CCA). The Bakersfield-based club serves a sprawling area in Central California as a premier youth development destination, and joins North Carolina’s Twin City Youth Soccer Association as Sounders FC’s two out-of-state agreements. With CCA as a youth affiliate, Sounders FC is providing coaching education opportunities, a unique, integrated curriculum and a direct pipeline for players into Sounders FC Academy. Currently, CCA features 45 teams, including a competitive academy program from the U-12 level through U-18. The Aztecs cover a region stretching from Lancaster to Bakersfield to Fresno – a driving distance radius of two hours.
“Our goal is to have one of the preeminent youth soccer academies in the country,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “Central California is rich with talent, and we are confident this region, along with the structure in place at CCA, will be beneficial for our club.”
CCA becomes an adidas-branded club, but is keeping its colors of black and red. Additionally, CCA establishes itself as part of Sounders FC’s organization, despite its closer proximity to many MLS teams. “We were approached by multiple MLS clubs, but the trust was there with Seattle,” said Vice President of Soccer Operations Ray Sanders. “Ultimately, Seattle provided more resources, while allowing us to maintain our identity and create a genuine working relationship. We are very excited to be part of the Sounders family. Seattle is in a class of its own.” “Expanding into the Central California region will strengthen our youth structure,” Sounders FC Academy Director Marc Nicholls said. “We’ve been looking for the right opportunities to continue to grow outside of the Pacific Northwest, and we are excited to bring CCA into the fold. We have been very impressed by their player pool and staff.”
News and information about the Sounders FC Academy, Central California Aztecs and other affiliates, as well as Academy schedules, rosters and staff, can be found on the Sounders FC Academy website via the following link:
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1st Place at the Eagles Tournament, Camarillo CA
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2nd Place, CalSouth State Cup
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CalSouth State Cup
Congratulations, Grant Fidler, on signing his letter of intent with UC Davis to continue his academic and soccer career!
Grant has been with the Aztecs since he was 8 years old. He was apart of the 1st Academy Team and lead the team in goals. He was also ranked in the top 100 on Top Drawer Class of 2017. He has been a 3 year varsity starter at Centennial High School and currently holds a 4.5 GPA!!
Jarrett Reeser of the Central California Aztecs finished his trials in Italy Sunday with a 2-0 win in the morning against A.S.D. QuatroSport and a 1-0 win in the finals against world famous Inter-Milan Academy.
Jarrett showed his level of play by scoring the winning goal against Inter-Milan in the finals. He finished the tournament with 4 goals and 1 assist in 4 games.
He was also awarded from the Tournament Staff and Coaches the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award, which considering the level of the teams, is quite the accomplishment. Jarrett and his family will be discussing his various options as they now have many offers.