Los Angeles, California- In South Central Los Angeles on Saturday Oct. 6th, the F.C.S.C Storm played in a friendly match against the newest N.A.S.L Division II pro team; the Las Vegas High Rollers.
The two teams played to an even 0-0 draw as the Storm used this friendly game to showcase their returning players for the visiting High Rollers, as well as getting a look at some potential players to add to their own squad. The Storm with 10 retuning players and 13 prospects displayed very well the kind of talent they have in keeping even with the pro-team. Both teams enjoyed equal possession throughout the game as well as having an equal number of scoring chances going both directions.
Storm forward Tyler Coombes, who lead the Storm last season in scoring with 16 goals in 12 games, had several good opportunities that could not be capitalized on. Newcomers Beto Sanchez and Ricky Cruz also took some quality shots on target that came away empty. Defender Derek Dodrill and Midfielder Jayor Martinez have recently been training with the High Rollers in efforts to earn a chance at making the team,. They also had good opportunites throughout the game;
showcasing well their talents as well as the talent the Storm maintain in front of the pro team as they played against them for this friendly game.
However, the Storm had plenty of chances themselves to see the new talent that were showcasing for them and how they would compete in a highly competitive, professional level game. The results were excellent for the Storm as they saw many trial players that will prove to be outstanding additions to the team.
Specific names as David Duffy; a center back from Newcastle England earned himself the opportunity to be one of the newest additions to the defense for the Storm. David has years of experience in England playing with and captaining the U-18 England Schoolboy National Team. In addition David has College experience here in the States playing for and co-captaining for Columbia University; a NCAA Division 1 school. He also has experience with the Manhattan Celtic, of the NY Cosmopolitan Soccer League and the New York Athletic Club.Another bright potential that the Storm had the opportunity to see was a young 19-year-old by the name of Ricky Cruz. He is primarily a midfielder but has earned a good amount of experience in the defense as well playing with the U-17 Mexican National team, Pachuca’s U-17 Professional Development in Mexico and played with Chivas USA’s academy team. This 5’7” midfielder will be another great addition for the Storm.
21 year old Eric Flores looks to be another excellent addition to the Storms attacking front line as he is adapted to both the midfield and the forward positions.
Returning to the team is Mathayo Huma; a forward who played with the Storm in 2009 under it’s previously known title: The Lancaster Rattlers who played in the P.D.L of the U.S.L. Mathayo spent time in Mexico with Tecos first Division playing in eight (8) games with the club in both the reserve and first teams. Huma returned to the Rattlers from 2010 until 2012 before spending a year with the Ventura Fusion of the P.D.L. For 2013 he will be returning to the Storm for the
team’s much anticipated 2nd season in The Santa Clarita Valley. Mathayo was born in Kenya, Africa and has been in the U.S. for the majority of his playing career.Another new yet returning player is Beto Sanchez who also played with The Lancaster Rattlers when they played in the U.S.L, with both the Super 20 team and the P.D.L team before he was sidelined with an injury for two years. Back to playing fitness he now returns looking to add the same speed, agility, ball control, and aggressiveness he brought to the team in the past.
The Storm will now train to prepare for an up coming match with the L.A. Blues of the U.S.L Pro Leagues.
January 5th and 6th, the Storm will hold tryouts for the new season and is expecting an excellent turnout of talent. For more information on the tryouts go the www.fcscprosoccer.com