The Storm; who are participating in the Los Angeles Premier Soccer League in the off season, faced 'Brazil' Saturday night in Los Angeles at George Carver Middle School. Both teams found themselves in short supply of players with an equal amount of elven on both sides. The game was not only even in the number of players available, but also opportunities created by both teams on the field. Although the Storm controlled about 70% of possession during the game, the score stayed even though out the first half of play. The Storm however created several scoring opportunities. In the 38th minute, forward Mauricio Harrie fired off a perfect shot within the 18 yard line with help off a pass from Captain Matt Shaxton who was all the way out in midfield. Harrie managed to out maneuver the Brazil defense but the shot was right in the arms of the Brazil `keeper Regio Corona.
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the game. Even after a gantlet effort from Brazil who picked up the intensity and pressure to uncomfortable levels for the last 20 minutes of the game. Five minutes after the Storm took the lead Brazil created a break away and got a shot on target that Storm keeper Steven Rodriguez stretched to the far post and got a palm on the ball to knock it out of play. Off of the following corner kick Brazil came right back with a shot that found itself just under the cross bar and looked to be the shot that would knot up the score, when Rodriguez came up big again with a vertical dive getting his figure tips on the ball and push it up and over the net. Again off of the corner Brazil found the ball just outside the 18 and managed another well placed shot on goal only to yet again be denied by Storm `keeper Rodriguez.
The Storm had a couple more opportunities to put up a couple more goals from (typically) goalkeeper Miguel Lopez who was on the field due to the player shortage. In the 80th minute Lopez caught a cross with his head and got the header well on target but was denied by Corona. Lopez followed up with another
chance in the 85th minute assisted by teammate Mauricio Harrie but was again denied. It was the one goal that would have held up to give the Storm the win.
The Storm will play again next Saturday in Los Angeles the time to be announced.
January 5th and 6th the Storm will be holding tryouts for the 2013 N.P.S.L season. The Storm is looking for talented players ages 18 - 30 years of age who have the desire to play at the next level. For more information navigate to the team page on this website or email FCSC@FCSCProSoccer.com Futbol Club Santa Clarita Storm is a Minor League Professional Soccer team that has been created and organized to provide an opportunities for athletes to play soccer at the professional level, providing a vehicle which will generate more accessible opportunities for players to enter the next level of professional soccer.
It's is also the intent to provide an avenue which will raise community awareness about the organization as well as other community entities, increase community spirit, and provide family entertainment for the entire Santa Clarita Valley.
Futbol Club Santa Clarita Storm is owned and operated by United Sports International Inc., a sports entrainment corporation.